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How To Drink Sparkling Water With Espresso

I love espresso, as many of you do. It is a drink that is full of flavor and incredibly unique. I like to take my espresso in the traditional way, with very little extra features. I like it on its own so that I can explore the complexity of the flavors unhindered by other intruding aspects.

If you order an espresso at a cafe or coffee shot that is worth their weight, they will more likely than not serve you a sparkling water along with your espresso order. Some will even provide the water to you before they even finished making the espresso.


How do I drink sparkling water with my espresso?


The sparkling water that is offered with an espresso is used for palate cleansing. When you are served the water, you should drink it before you engage the espresso so that you can clean out lingering flavors that may be in your mouth.

If you are lucky enough to be served your sparkling water first, before the espresso is prepared, you can start to clean your palate before the drink is even done. Because espresso is best when it is as fresh as possible, it is nice to get the cleansing out of the way as soon as possible.

So when this water is offered to you, sip it to clean out your mouth in preparation for the espresso. If you are unfamiliar with the flavor or intensity of the espresso, it is wise to leave some of the sparkling water. If you leave some of the water, you can clean your palate after you drink the espresso. This can wipe out the aftertaste if you find it unpleasant.

Because of the complex and specific profile of the espresso, there is not much that pairs well with the drink. Some people may serve it with a piece of chocolate, but this is the exception. If you are eating or drinking any other foods or drinks, I would recommend using the sparkling water to rinse your palate before and after the espresso.

Why sparkling water?

You may be wondering why you would select sparkling water rather than any other drink. Sparkling water has one of the best cleaning effects without leaving too much aftertaste, but leaving you refreshed and primed for the espresso shot.

Other drinks may be too thick, or have too many other components that can coat the tongue or taint your tastebuds so that you would not be able to be properly able to appreciate the full flavor and profile of the espresso.

Standard water also has a cleansing property, but it is not quite as effective. The carbonation of the sparkling water has a refreshing aspect that leaves you more primed for the espresso than water would alone.

In other places

This principle is not unique to drinking espresso. There are lots of different food items that use a palette cleanser to prep your taste buds for new flavor profiles.

One of the most well known and widespread version of this is sushi. Sushi is a nuanced food, and every piece has a complicated and full flavor profile. Each piece of sushi has new flavors that work together, and each should be eaten unhindered by the pieces eaten before it.

They should be enjoyed on their accord and individually. This is why sushi is served with pieces of pickled ginger. Pickled ginger works the same as the sparkling water. It cleans and clears the palate so that you have no lingering flavors going into your next piece of the sushi, and it can be enjoyed for its entire full flavor.

If it’s not there

Like the pickled ginger, the sparkling water should always be served on the side of the espresso. If you happen to order an espresso from a shop, and they do not serve a sparkling water, you may be in trouble.

If they can miss such an important aspect of the espresso experience, what other details in the preparation and production of the espresso have they missed? The Espresso is a drink of nuance and bold flavor that is teased out with precision and technique. So make sure that every espresso has a sparkling water to accompany it.

And so . . .

Sparkling Water With Espresso

The sparkling water that you are given when you order an espresso is used for rinsing your palate. You want a clean palette when you drink your espresso so that you can truly experience the flavors and depth of the drink.

  • Sip the water before you drink the espresso
  • Make sure remnants of other flavors are gone before drinking the espresso.
  • Save some water to cleanse after the espresso in case it is not good
  • Don’t eat or drink anything else with the espresso

I hope you enjoyed this guide to sparkling water with espresso. Please please any comment or questions you may have.

How to Serve Espresso

Espresso is not just coffee. Technically, the term espresso refers to the drink and the way that it is made. A good espresso is strong and black but should not be bitter. Many coffee drinkers are still searching for the perfect espresso – maybe the one that you serve is the one that will rocket to the top of the coffee connoisseur’s list if you just know how to make and serve this quintessentially Italian drink.

With a coffee as distinctive as espresso, the making of the coffee is just as much apart of the serving process as the actual presentation. It does not matter how correctly you serve your espresso if the coffee is undrinkable. Let’s take a look at the whole process, from beans to cup and saucer. Just to make sure that you get it right.

What you will need

1. Coffee beans

2. Espresso grinder

3. Espresso machine

4. Soda water or spring water

5. Espresso cup / demitasse

Step 1: The coffee beans

One of the key components to your perfect espresso is the quality of the coffee beans that you use. Do not even think about serving an espresso if you have not used the highest quality and freshest espresso coffee beans you can find. The roast can be either medium or dark, depending on your preference.

The freshness of the beans is also important. The beans that you use in your espresso should not be more than three weeks past the roast date. How the coffee beans are ground makes a difference. Do not use a cheap electric grinder. They can burn the coffee. You should rather use a proper espresso grinder. The beans should be finely (about the same coarseness of sugar) and uniformly ground to ensure the proper release of flavour.

Step 2: Packing the coffee

A single shot of espresso should be made using about seven grams of coffee. Naturally, you should only ever serve single espressos. Serving doubles or triples is just not the Italian way of doing things.

The coffee should be packed using a tamper. The tamper should put about thirty pounds of pressure on the coffee. If it is packed too tightly the water takes too long to flow through the coffee grounds and you will serve up a bitter espresso. Too lightly packed and your espresso will lack punch and flavour.

Step 3: Brewing the coffee

You need to push the water through the coffee grounds at just the right pressure. This is difficult to get right if you do not use the correct machine. Do not try to make espresso with a regular filter coffee machine, it simply cannot get enough pressure behind the water. A proper espresso machine is already primed to pass the water through the grounds at the right pressure.

Why a particular pressure? If your pressure is too low then the water will take too long to filter through and the coffee will end up being bitter. If the pressure is too high the coffee will be weak. The right pressure will also make sure that your espresso has a good amount of crema on the top. This hazelnut coloured cream is often seen as a marker of a good cup of espresso.

Step 4: Pouring and the cup

The water that you use when you are making the espresso should be pure and filtered so that it does not add any flavour to the coffee. Many people make the mistake of using boiling water. You should actually use water that is about 90 degrees Celsius – just shy of boiling. A good espresso machine will take care of this for you though.

You should serve espresso in the correct cup. This is not the typical coffee cup that will take about 300ml of coffee and milk. The correct name for the cup used in serving espresso is a demitasse.

The demitasse is made of ceramic or porcelain and should come with a matching saucer. It can only take between 60ml and 90ml making it the ideal size of a single shot of espresso. If you are going to be serving espresso make sure that you have enough of these little cups and their saucers. There is nothing tackier than trying to serve a shot of espresso in a regular coffee mug.

Step 5: Serving the espresso

You should serve your espresso with a glass of water. You get extra points if you serve the coffee with sparkling water. The water is used to cleanse the pallet before drinking the coffee. If you are going to be drinking a good espresso you want to get the full flavour and dynamic of the coffee without any distractions from what you have drunk or eaten beforehand.

If you go to Italy, the only thing that you will be served with your espresso is a glass of water. This means that this is the only truly acceptable side. However, there are a few other things that can be served with espresso and a few things that should not.

A disc of dark chocolate can definitely enhance the flavour of the coffee. It is important that the coco content of the chocolate is high so that it is not sweet and does not make the coffee taste bitter. Some cafe’s will serve a sliver of lemon peel with their espresso. This can be treated as a garnish or rubbed on the rim of the demitasse, ostensibly to enahcne the taste of the coffee.

You should not serve any sugar, milk or sweet cookies with your espresso. The whole point of a good espresso is that it is not sweet or bitter but that it conveys a strong but smooth taste of coffee. True, some people like a little sugar or milk with their espresso, but unless someone actually asks for sugar or milk, do not even think about offering them.

Serving the perfect espresso is simple. The right cup, the right temperature, a glass of water. But all that is no good at all if you have not made a good espresso to start off with. Serving an espresso starts with making the perfect cup and presenting it in the right way. If you liked this tutorial and it helped you make and serve the perfect espresso, please share the experience with us in the comments section and share the tutorial on your social media.

How To Drink Sparkling Water with Espresso

Coffee is a beverage often regarded as a tasty drink. The main attraction of the coffee that made it renowned all over the world is that it does not only contain caffeine, but also come in a great variety of flavors. A great number of people from around the world have gradually developed a taste for the coffee. Various flavors of the coffee are liked by the people but espresso has gained the greatest popularity among the masses. The popularity of espresso can be measured from the fact that most of the parlors that serve coffee are named under espresso.

The beauty of the coffee lies in the serving. Having a rich history, it has been served with a number of things over the years and the serving of espresso has evolved a great deal. People enjoy the serving of espresso with sparkling water the most. Most of the parlors nowadays do serve espresso with the sparkling water as it is really liked by the masses all around. There are a number of reasons to serve espresso with sparkling water. We will have a closer look at some of them in the following paragraphs of this write-up.

Ensuring The Taste With A Fine Blend


Although the recipe to make coffee is quite similar in most of the parlors serving it, but in order to ensure the taste of a really fine blend, you need to manage the recipe in a way that an impressive mix is achieved. A detailed look at the recipe is contained in the following points. You just need to follow these steps in order to ensure a great taste:

  • Once you hold back the milk foam with the help of a large spoon, pour warm milk to the extent of your liking in the espresso;
  • After the liked percentage of warm milk is poured into the espresso, you need to spoon as much milk foam into it as you like;
  • Once the perfect mixture is achieved, you just need to do a weeny bit of garnishing in order to make the presentation of the espresso lovely. This is done with the help of a little cocoa powder or nutmeg on top of the milk foam.

Doing the steps mentioned above, a perfect mix can be achieved and your espresso is ready to be served.

Step-Wise Instructions to Make Espresso


In order to serve espresso with a really lovely presentation, you need to follow certain steps so that you may enjoy the experience of having a fine espresso. This paragraph will contain the instructions along with the pictorial representation in order to give you a clear idea of the making and serving of espresso in a fine manner.

The purpose to serve espresso with sparkling water is to provide the individual tasting it the opportunity to cleanse the palate with the help of the sparkling water. A sip of the water cleanses it and makes you ready to have the first sip of the espresso. Now, if any drink is taken into consideration, the mood of the individual drinking it is set by the first sip of that drink. The first sip actually determines the taste of the drink and is a measure of its quality.

So here is a detailed account on the making of espresso. Before starting the making process, I gather it is necessary to mention the ingredients required to make an espresso of fine quality.


  • The required ingredients in order to make a cup of fine espresso are as follows:
  • Milk
  • Espresso beans


This paragraph will include a detailed account on the method to make a fine cup of coffee. The step wise instructions in order to achieve that are mentioned below.

 1. Steam Your Milk

A 12 oz. pitcher is used in order to take the required amount of milk in order to be steamed and move to the next step. In order for the process of steaming to be impressive, the pitcher does not need to be filled completely. Once the pitcher is filled to a certain level, you can move to the next step.

2. Put the Nozzle of the Tip On the Surface of The Milk

This step needs to be followed in order to achieve the perfect mix. It includes a swirling action from the maker in order to get a fine mix of the foam and the milk.

3.  Achieve The Right Temperature

In this step, you need to make sure that you do not exceed 160 degrees while providing a little bit of warmth in order to make a hot espresso.

4. The Double Espresso Shot

In order to judge the talent of a barista, his ability to make the shot while pouring the milk is measure. If your machine does not allow you to do this, keep the mug swirling so that you get a perfect shot of the espresso. A good shot is around 21-23 seconds according to the experienced coffee makers.

5. Swirling the Pitcher

The perfection of the mix is measured by the thickness of the foam at the top of the espresso. If it is not thick enough, you need to swirl the pitcher once more in order to achieve a fine mix.

6. Being Cool While Pouring Espresso

Lastly, you need to make sure that the coffee is poured in a way that would make the presentation beautiful. You need to be as cool as you can while pouring espresso from the pitcher into the cup so that the foam is gathered around the center of the cup which will ensure a beautiful presentation.


The making of espresso does not vary a great deal in the different areas where it is liked pretty much. The main difference that is the real deal of ensuring an outstanding taste is the timing of the steps followed to make it. I hope that you did enjoy my little tutorial about the making of the coffee and it proved to be helpful to learn making a fabulous coffee.

How To Keep Your Coffee Fresh

There’s nothing better to get you going in the morning than a hot cup of delicious coffee. If you prefer the higher quality roast found at your local coffee shop, you know how hard it can be to preserve the flavor of your coffee over time.

Nothing is worse than reaching for your morning Joe only to find that it’s lost its flavor. So how do you keep your beans from going bad? Do you stick them in the freezer until you need them, or can you keep them on the counter? If you find yourself asking these questions, it’s time to change your approach.

I spent years keeping my coffee out in its original bag, and got disappointed when it didn’t last through the month. I’ve since learned how to keep my coffee tasting great long after I bring it home. Follow these simple steps to keep your coffee fresh, using items you may already have in your kitchen.

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Why Everybody need to take coffee regularly

Regardless of what you call that welcoming cup of coffee, or even what kind of fancy caffeinated drink you prefer, its value to hundreds of millions is indisputable: it’s needed to get through the day. Coffee is regarded as a healthy drink that is cultivated over 80 different places across the world. It is generally roasted, as well as brewed into a dark, bitter drink, which is then, most of the time sweetened with sugar or other sweeteners. There exists certain debate around caffeine as it impacts on our bodies. But, there are lots of research which have exposed several health benefits of coffee while taken in moderation. It is also helpful at workplace to boost productivity and stress free work all day long.

The positives (it’s a safe stimulant) and the drawbacks (too much caffeine is not good for the body) can be debated endlessly. But like most things in life, moderation is the key. Consuming coffee in moderation is the best approach and provides numerous benefits.

And it is these benefits that can explain the trend of employers quietly but effectively – perhaps even unintentionally – incorporating coffee more and more into the everyday workplace. Now I’m going to tell about the benefits of coffee at workplace.


The benefits of coffee on worker productivity have been well documented. Studies have shown that coffee can help reduce stress and recharge and re-energize employees. Overall, coffee can help to improve the general satisfaction of a company’s staff by making them more motivated, alert and, ultimately and perhaps most importantly, productive.

The National Institute of Health conducted a recent study, showing that those who drank four or more cups of coffee were 10 % unlikely to become desperate than people who don’t take coffees.

Media reports have discussed how coffee allows the brain to work in a much more efficient way. Michael Lemonick, a reporter from Time magazine and a self-professed avid coffee lover, CNN columnist Dr. Sanjay Gupta told- When you’re sleep-deprived therefore you get coffee , basically anything else you measure will certainly develop : response time, maintenance, interest, logical thought –much of the complex features you align with intelligence.

Over the years, many employers have realized the benefits of coffee and have included coffee as part of the work environment. Whether through coffee makers or coffee vending machines, employees have coffee readily available. This is correctly seen as a courtesy from the employer, but it also leads back to the higher goal of increased worker productivity. Employees won’t need to leave the office to grab a cup of coffee – saving valuable work time that otherwise would have been spent on the commute to the nearest café.

The coffee machine or employee lounge where the coffee machines can be found are also similar to the water cooler – both serve as a place of congregation for employees looking for a small mental break. After hours staring at a screen, trapped in meetings or on the phone, employees need to have a place to release stress, shoot the breeze and just casually relax. Even just a few minutes discussing last night’s game or digressing on the latest episode of “Game of Thrones” with a cup of coffee in hand is enough to rejuvenate stressed and weary employees. Which, again, leads to more worker productivity.

Morale booster

Other benefits to employer-provided coffee are indirect and less empirical but also valuable. Free coffee from the boss is a perk for employees. That helps to create staff loyalty and sends the message to all of them that the firm is concerned about their health care .That also means employees don’t have to spend their own money for their daily cup of joe (and who can argue with saving your own money?).

Studies and surveys have shown that employees do indeed appreciate these small perks. A recent survey showed that three out of five people feel more motivated to do their best work when there are workplace perks. A majority of them said these perks make them feel valued.

When recruiting potential new hires, mentioning and/or seeing free coffee can always be seen as a positive. Pointing out the staff lounge or kitchen and coffee maker doesn’t hurt. Obviously, it is just a small perk in the grand scheme of someone making a job decision, but subliminally, its pure value as a benefit can only help.

Additionally, when clients or guests visit, being able to offer them a cup of coffee is beneficial to the company. This simple gesture can be viewed as thoughtful common courtesy and politeness but it can also be seen by clients and guests as good and sound business practice – maybe another subliminal point to be earned when trying to close a deal, make a big sale or simply just continue the business relationship.

Long-term health benefits

As valuable as that daily pick-me-up is, or as morale-boosting as free work coffee is, the long-term health benefits are also important.

Researchers from the University of South Florida as well as the University of Miami observed that individuals older than 66 who had upper blood levels of coffee improved Alzheimer’s two to 4 years later on than other people with reduced caffeine .

Dr. Chuanhai Cao, a neuroscientist at the University of South Florida, who also co-authored the research, said, -We are not claiming that reasonable coffee intake cantotally protect persons from Alzheimer’s illness. However, we strongly feel that average coffee eating may radically decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s or even delay its start.

As both employers and employees continue to make everyday decisions, big or small, that affect their work lives, they should always take that incredible magical drink into consideration. Its benefits and effects have been well documented. Ultimately, the perks of employer-provided coffee help lead to healthy worker morale, which lead to more worker productivity, which lead to improved company profits, which then cycle back to company perks that inspire worker productivity.
Whatever you call it, remember to enjoy it!

How to Drink Coffee Properly

Coffee: the delicious way the majority of people start their day.  While many opt to stop at popular coffee shops, most people find making it from the comfort of their own homes more satisfying.  There are three roads that can lead to the grand finale of making a cup of coffee.  Just as people choose different ways to travel across a country, they all have similarities and can reach the same destination.

The first mode of transportation is the most used: by car.  This popular way of making coffee is just as easy and convenient: hot water, coffee, sugar and milk.  Just as some tend to make sure their vehicles have water, oil and gas by doing a quick morning check, a cup of coffee is prepared rapidly, stirred quickly and leads to a caffeinated trip to start the journey of the day.

The second mode of transportation by coffee is similar to riding on a train.  Have you ever ridden on one?  Not having to worry about lights and stop signs yet still being able to relax and have a long trip is wonderfully invigorating and inspiring.  By having the extra time to concentrate on the task at hand, you can make your coffee as diligently and leisurely as you like.  Carefully pour some milk into the cup.  Follow this with the coffee and then the one (or two) spoons of sugar you like. Carefully pour half of the hot water in while stirring all the ingredients together.  Then, consider yourself at a train station for a few moments with passengers getting on and/or off.  Pour the rest of the water in then wait approximately 35 seconds.  The train is ready to go.  The coffee…is ready to drink.

The third mode of transportation by coffee is my favorite.  Consider the flight of an airplane.  Quickly pour the water into your cup, then the coffee and the sugar.  Stir the mixture robustly and then give it a happy ending with a splash of milk.  Consider it like a plane allowing you to get to your destination faster and leaving you with more time to enjoy the sights.  Sitting on the porch in the morning or drinking it on the way to work, thinking about the dreams you have in life.  Coffee is inspiring, and all three of these methods of making instant coffee can wake up creativity, the brain and yes, the energy to get things accomplished.

The destination has been reached.  Was it a safe trip?  Some believe that coffee is not good for you as it can lead to health problems, addiction and if you are female and pregnant, could potentially hurt your unborn child.  When it comes to pregnancy, it is normal to feel this way about just about everything short of fresh vegetables and fruit.  Overall, however, we are celebrating the news that what we have been told for so long has been found through scientific research to show that coffee can actually be good for you and can definitely be part of a healthy lifestyle.

How is this possible?  Coffees such as Flavia and Lavazza and others can lead to energy that gets people out there and exercising.  It leads to brain function that can make you more alert to situations, wakes up the creative creature within for those such as writers, artists, marketers, architects and more.  This makes it understandable then that drinking coffee is linked to being able to fight off dementia as well as diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart problems and Parkinson’s.

Robert Frost has a prophetic and heartfelt poem known worldwide called The Road Not Taken.  Some think he is writing about regret.  He isn’t.  He is writing about taking a chance on something he feels within himself: inspiration.  Many people have dreams and yet never take the time to follow them.  Pick up that cup of coffee and see where it leads you.  Make it your way and see how much more you enjoy it.  The taste, the aroma, the benefits of the brand of coffee you choose to drink can lead to some of the most fulfilling days as you find yourself completing a work project on time, writing that next chapter, finishing your college thesis, whatever point in life you are at, the energy within stayed lit by the coffee you drank.

The three methods or “modes” of transportation by coffee mentioned above are all tasteful and relevant to those who enjoy coffee.  Whether it be Flavia or Lavazza or another brand, the coffee you drink can be just as tasteful as it is motivating.  Whichever “road” you take, you will enjoy the taste, feel and aroma of what it brings to you.  As you ponder the journey you find yourself on, each sip from that cup will awaken another hour of beautiful treasures to be found within.  Now, excuse me for a bit if you do not mind.  I have to go spend some time with my own “morning love” in my favorite cup as well.  Coffee anyone?

Before getting to know the upgrade of coffee that is good for anyone, one can ask him/herself the question, is coffee good or bad for me? The question, of course, begs to be answered. That in truth depends on many things. First off, we are straight up talking about black coffee. Not the chemically loaded, sugar laden, pesticide party, cream topped, Frappuccino that has 6 vanilla syrup pumps, now that type of coffee.

One of the most basic aspects of drinking coffee is the type of cup that you are using.  At times, we are forced to take coffee out of the sippy adult cup. Who would like to be touching their lips when drinking coffee? All shops of coffee need to have the choice of cups that are non-disposable for the drinkers who are in-shop. It will be okay to bear a cup that is sippy if one cannot drink while still at the shop, but it will be totally disgusting to use one of the cups while inside the shop. So why not take time and make some good coffee for yourself?

How to make a cappuccino Step by Step

You’ve reached that point that all caffeine addicts hit sooner or later…you may break into violence if you don’t have a cappuccino and NOW!

But you are without equipment…or coffee! Do you call your friends and occupy a Starbucks? Probably not, since you’re still on parole for that M&M’s fight in Baskin-Robbins!

What to do? What to do?

[Whispering] Here’s a secret:  it’s possible to make rich cappuccino with a creamfoamy topping in the privacy of your own kitchen!

NO! You cry in disbelief.

Watch and learn, oh ye doubters of little faith.

With a little bicep and brain power, a handful of ingredients and a couple of tools, we can make coffee magic without the luxury of Breville or De’Longhi.

Here’s your Needs List:

Instant CoffeeThe gooder, the better, e.g. Millicano = 15% ground coffee
WaterBe kind to your kettle (and personal plumbing), use filtered
MilkThe fatter, the creamier – it’s chemistry, don’t fight it, buy whole milk
Cream, Sugar Cinnamon, Grated Chocolate/FlakeYummy enhancers
KettleRust and Calcium-free – try CLR (and rinse lots afterwards)
MicrowaveGive that a scrub!
PanTeflon is easier to clean after heating milk
WhiskTime to test those strong wrists
Decorative MugGlass looks best for Instagram


Cappuccinos are like scrambled eggs, deceptively simple, but easy to mess up in soooooo many ways, even when you have the sexy equipment. But we’re after another level of artistry.

This is Cappuccino on Survivor – OutWhisk, OutLather, Outstanding Taste!

Are you ready? Rotate those wrists and flex those taste buds – let’s get on with it!

First: Espresso Yourself

Boil your filtered water in your clean kettle and add to the instant coffee. If you have a Moka pot, use these tips for a great brew. You could use your Keurig one-cupper or beg one from friends.

B: Tolerate Lactose

You want to get half a cup (per person) of milk to the point of just below boiling. You could use the microwave on high for about a minute, but for better control use a pan on the stove on medium-high heat.

Milk is sneaky, so keep your eye on it! It will boil with sudden violence like a rabid volcano. One minute it’s a happy pond of tiny bubbles, the next it’s an upwardly mobile tsunami of scalding liquid and clingy solids (boiled milk is a pain in the bottom to clean up).

Just before it turns ugly, remove the pan from the stove and pour it into a warm bowl.

C: Foam is Where the Heart Is

Use an electric whisk to whip that milk into foam or show off your wristability with a manual whisk. There are three basic techniques with this tool:

  • Hold the handle between your palms and rub them across each other, rotating the whisk.
  • Grip it as if you’re holding a knife and stabbing downwards. Grasp the base of the handle with your index finger and thumb and then use your other fingers to beat the whisk against your palm.
  • Pretend you’re a relay runner, holding your baton upright…but it’s a whisk. Tilt the bowl slightly sideways and whisk in a circular motion.

Maintain your pace until you have a creamy layer of bubbles. Pour it into a glass.

  1. d) Spin and Rap

Swivel the glass to gather the lather. Rap the glass on the countertop to break the larger bubbles. Keep Spinning and rapping until you’re happy with the result.

D: Finish and Quaff

Swirl the glass one final time and then immediately add the milk to the espresso. Pour and shake your hand gently to force the foam out as a layer, underneath which the milk will lie.

Add your fixin’s: Whipped cream, grated chocolate (crumbled Cadbury’s Flake is bestest) or a dusting of cinnamon, use finishing touches to complete your treat.

The End: Feet Up and Enjoy

Don’t undercut your pleasure by glugging your cappuccino like it’s Perrier in the desert. And watch out you don’t get distracted by work or chores. You’ve earned a few moments of caffeine appreciation, so settle back – a good book and fluffy cat are not mandatory – and take the time to savor your creation.

The Ingredients to the Cappuccino Secret

First, think about what you need.  These are things you can easily and regularly put on your grocery list, especially when you taste the outcome.

Expresso and milk

Yes, it really is that simple.  First, make the espresso with either a Nespresso or just as cool, a Moka Pot.  Then, heat the milk on the stove or preferably in the microwave till it is hot.  We each have our own preferences but I would recommend whole milk as it tastes smoother and creamier than others.  Then stir the milk until it gets effervescently foamy.  This should just take a couple of minutes.  While some may use a spoon, using a whisk is recommended.  Lead the glass the milk is in with a waltzing swirl in order to make sure the foam is thickened and then lead it into a different dance by tapping it to rid it of any bubbles.  Do this several times and you will feel like you made it to the finale of Dancing with the Stars, especially when you taste the delicious finished product you make by pouring the milk into the espresso.  That final dance move will involve a little shaking which will lead to a crowning of delicious foamy froth on the espresso.

Fact or Fiction?  You Decide!

While some people will assume it cannot possibly taste good being made this way, you will do what many have done on the hit DWTS show and be the surprisingly good and tasteful winner!  As you get into cappuccino more and more, you may find you want to have a machine.  That’s fine.  Going this route is fun and less costly but if you are a fan of cappuccino and would love some at home without having to constantly go downtown to get some, this can lead you to making the most tasteful decision and honestly?  You might want to prepare yourself because when your friends and neighbors find out you can make such delicious cappuccino, you will become the most popular home in the neighborhood!  This could lead to morning gatherings and weekend get-together you hadn’t expected.   It may not hurt to keep a little “tip” jar on the counter because when the secret gets out that you are just as good a barista as the downtown coffee shop, well, make sure there is plenty of parking!

6 Tips To Be Aware Truth Coffee

If you like to take coffee then you must know either coffee is good or bad for your health? This article will help you to summarize the hottest things about coffee and how it may actually affect your health. More if you take coffee on a daily basis then you must aware of the benefits and drawback of coffee. At last, coffee may not be suitable for everyone from a health point of view, so if you have any health problem then you must ask your doctor before taking coffee.

Latest Research on the Health Perks of Coffee

Studies have been carried out to ascertain what benefits coffee has on the health of humans. Against popular belief, the positive effects of caffeine outweigh the negative effects. For instance, coffee includes ingredients like polyphenol antioxidants, bioflavonoids, B vitamins, and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and chromium whose anti-inflammatory components neutralize the grim effects of caffeine. From a totally different angle, coffee helps in actuating our DNAs as moderate daily consumptions are highly beneficial to our organs such as the heart, liver, kidney and also serves as a resistance to many diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart diseases, Parkinson’s diseases to mention but few.

Awareness and Tips for Coffee Drinkers

There are different types of coffee and all of them have their own benefits. Their effect depends on the time when you intake it.

This article will help you to summarize the hottest things about coffee and how it may actually affect your health

Take organic coffee only

Always try to use the organic coffee as coffee is crop with heavily sprayed pesticides, so you should select only coffee beans that are certified organic. It is suggested able to buy, sustainable shade-grown coffee which helps to avoid the continuous damage of the tropical rain forests and the birds that inhabit them.

So when you go buy coffee try to take only whole bean with fresh smell and taste and not stale.

You do not need to buy pre-ground coffee as you never recognize whether it is previously rancid by the time you get it.

Darker coffee is better than the light color

The darker coffee, are much better than the light color coffee and are higher in neuroprotective agents than the lighter coffee. Dark roast coffee maintains the blood levels of the antioxidants vitamin E and glutathione more efficiently than light coffee. Dark roast coffee is also better on your stomach because dark coffee has a chemical that keeps away your stomach from producing extra acid.

Morning is the best time to take coffee

When you take coffee it may increase your metabolism by up to 20 %. So taking a cup of coffee in the morning is ideal. It is better if you take your cup of coffee before your exercise. As studies show that coffee increase players presentation, not after as the caffeine may interfere with your body’s muscle building mechanism. But it never means to take an excess of coffee in the morning, you can take a maximum of 2 cup coffee in the morning that is maximum for the day.

Take sugar-free coffee, artificial sweetener, or commercial creamers. Otherwise, coffee will not good for your health and may cause problems for you. If you take excess sugar in coffee then it may increase the risk of insulin resistance, suppresses the immune system, and perpetuates addictive food performance. If your health allows you can add a small amount of cream in your coffee, it will maintain you’re the taste of coffee and also preserve the health benefits of coffee. Nonfat milk often has more sugar than whole milk, while creamers tend to have unsavory ingredients.

Try to keep away from flavored and novelty coffees. This Type of coffee is usually not good for health.

Make use of non-bleached filters. If you are using drip coffee maker to make coffee, keep away from using the bright white chlorine bleached filters.

Don’t use plastic cups to take coffee. Be cautious about the container in which you take coffee from. Your choice must be either glass, ceramic, or stainless steel coffee mugs.

Why should you Avoid Coffee?

You need to stop consuming caffeine when you are pregnant.

Using caffeine at a time when your adrenal function is decreased or fatigued can, in fact, trigger high-stress amount to your adrenal glands. Presently, there are so many people who use caffeine to get the energy to push on their fatigued and stressful days. If you happen to be among them, it may be an indication that you may be having serious problems that cause your body not to function well thus you need to solve them.

Adrenal fatigue can undoubtedly be very detrimental to your personal health. For instance, some of the organs and body systems that are affected by the adrenal glands are immune system, cardiovascular system, carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism, hormonal system, electrolyte and fluid balance, and also sex drive. For this reason, continuing to use caffeine when you are experiencing adrenal stress will only increase your problems by the end of the day.

In case you are experiencing electrolyte imbalance, you really need to stay away from coffee. It has got a diuretic effect.

Sleeping difficulties like having trouble to fall asleep or waking up few hours after going to bed after taking coffee could mean that you are sensitive to caffeine. The levels of caffeine differ based on the kind of grind, roast and brewing method. Lighter roasts have low caffeine levels than darker roasts. Coffee with finer grind will have more caffeine. Thus, to manage your sleeping difficulties you can try a different kind of brewing method, roast and grind. You can also just reduce the quantity of coffee you take daily and drink coffee in the morning only.

Further, when you take coffee and have stomach cramping or increased heart palpitation or other symptoms, it could mean you have a food intolerance. Also, a physical reaction can be caused by the presence of mold or any contaminants in the coffee. This is because coffee is a dry food thus can have mold.

To sum up, coffee has a lot of benefits to your health since it contains essential nutrients and antioxidants. Nonetheless, you must have regard to the stimulant caffeine effects which can be highly addictive. Also, caffeine may cause your adrenal glands stress. Thus, always be cautious as a drinker. To reduce your dependence on coffee as a coffee lover, you can always mix it with decaf as a measure to slowly control your addiction.

10 Good Health Reason You Should Drink Coffee Everyday


If you’re wondering about the benefits that coffee beans contain, you’ve come to the right place. Recently speaking, coffee hasn’t exactly been reputable. This is because the kind of coffee that the bulk of Americans drink is loaded with additives, sugars, and other unnatural ingredients. These factors happen to be quite harmful to our health. This article is by no means to tout the consumption of the so-called “coffee” drinks that have become the popular mainstay of our morning routines. It is rather to offer a redemptive take on the benefits of the pure form of the dark liquid provided by nature.

warm cup of ciffee on brown backgroundOn that note, keep in mind that this article is in reference to pure, black coffee. With that said, it is necessary to note that as we add sweeteners, cream, whip, or any other delight, we contribute coffee’s increased popularity and decreased nutritional value. Here are the soundly tested benefits of coffee:

Increased Antioxidants

Coffee is the primary source of antioxidants for most North American individuals. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, or cancer-causing agents, thereby reducing the cell degradation caused by them.

A recent study found that most Americans get about 1300 milligrams a day of antioxidants from coffee alone.

Weight Loss and Metabolism

Because coffee is a stimulant, the caffeine it contains can give a boost to your metabolism. This, in turn, aids weight loss and energy levels. If you look at the ingredients listed for most over-the-counter weight loss aids, you’ll find that caffeine is often a primary ingredient.

Be careful though, as too much coffee or caffeine can also cause jitters, anxiety and wreak havoc on your sleeping patterns.

Better Brain Function

A recent study found that individuals who drink at least one to two cups of coffee per day scored significantly higher on memory recall, cognitive ability, logic comprehension and basic IQ tests.

Meaning, the next time you’re guzzling coffee to get you through that late-night cram session, remember that it is doing a lot more than just keeping you awake.

Reduced Alzheimer’s Risk

When comparing moderate coffee drinkers, those who drink 2 cups a day, to light coffee drinkers, others who drink less than a cup per day, researchers found that the moderate drinkers were considerably less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

Reduced Parkinson’s Risk

Two studies have been focusing on the link between coffee and Parkinson’s disease. One found that heavy drinkers were less likely to develop the disease when compared to non-drinkers, while another found that the amount of coffee consumed was inversely related to an individual’s likelihood of developing Parkinson’s.

Reduced Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

A study done by the Harvard School of Health found that men who drank approximately 6-8 OZ cups of coffee, or 3-4 standard mugs, could lower their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by as much as 50 percent. Meanwhile, women could reduce their risk by almost 30 percent.

It Reverses Aging

One of the main benefits of coffee is that it is rich in antioxidants. We know that a lot of antioxidants are also present in fruits and vegetables. They work together in keeping the cells fresh by removing all the free radicals that literally pollutes the body.

It Fights Cancer

There are also some studies that show that coffee has the ability to fight certain cancers. In fact, it is possible to reduce the risk of acquiring colon cancer by 25% by just drinking 2 cups of coffee daily.

It Prevents Depression

Depression may look like a mild case to some of us, but it drastically affects our daily lives. If you speak to a person with depression, you will notice how stress takes over their whole existence. Fortunately, coffee can take you out of that depression rut. In fact, studies have shown that children who drank coffee during their childhood have a lower chance of being depressed in their adult lives.

It Improves Digestion

If you’re having awful digestion, coffee has your back. A cup of coffee can get things moving. You see, coffee is a natural diuretic. Aside from draining your body of excess moisture, it allows your body to remove its wastes. This means, if you have an upset stomach, you should pick up a mug of coffee. It might just help.
Like anything else in our daily lives, coffee should be consumed in moderation. While a few cups a day may have health benefits, too much coffee can cause heart problems, increased blood pressure, constipation, indigestion, and other undesirable issues.

  • Coffee has been shown to prevent diabetes. Dr. Frank Hu, a professor of the Harvard School of Public Health, reviewed nine studies done on coffee and type 2 diabetes with 193,000 participants. He found that 28% were at lower risk for the disease after drinking 4-6 cups of coffee a day.
  • Coffee contains magnesium and chromium, which help the body use the hormone insulin. This results in more regulated blood sugar.
  • Drinking 1-3 cups of coffee a day lowers the risk of heart rhythm disturbances in both men and women, as well as the risk of stroke in women alone.
  • The link of coffee to lower risks of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, especially in men, has been a consistent finding over numerous studies. A twenty year study states that the risk was substantially lowered by 65%, by drinking 3-5 daily cups.

Coffee contains only 7 calories per 6 ounces. It is believed that decaffeinated coffee contains the same benefits and full strength. The caffeine is the key negative of coffee, as it can be harmful in large doses. It is still up for debate though, as new studies continue to find the benefits to outweigh the harm.

Moderation, as well as keeping the coffee “pure” are the safest bets when enjoying a cup of morning joe!

Use sugar-free creamer, or less than one gram of sugar, heavy whipping cream, or a natural sweetener, like Truvia, to flavor your cup. The popular drinks served at coffee houses, on the other hand, are loaded with calories, sugar and harmful additives. Also, they’re a costly treat. Although I do occasionally indulge in a sugar-free cappuccino, I make most of my coffee drinks at home.