Most people agree that nothing beats an old-fashioned cup of coffee in the morning, but sometimes that same routine can become a bit monotonous. Fortunately, there are numerous ways you can get a jolt of caffeine in a more flavorful and exciting manner with organic espresso. Here are five ways to enjoy your next espresso-based beverage:
1. In a Latte
Some coffee drinkers like to make a pit stop for a delicious and frothy latte on their way to work in the morning, and it’s one of the most popular ways to consume espresso. Lattes are generally comprised of one part espresso and three parts milk, often with a layer of milk foam on the top. Many talented baristas also enjoy adding some latte foam art to the top of a cup, usually looking like a leaf or heart. It’s a nice touch on an already wonderful treat.
Lattes can be made with several types of milk, including cow, almond, oat, and soy. Coffee shops everywhere usually have a wide selection of flavors that can be added to lattes, and some of the most common include vanilla, caramel, and hazelnut. Lattes can also be enjoyed as a hot or iced beverage, so you can enjoy them any time of the year.
2. In an Americano
Another popular way to enjoy espresso is in an Americano. Americanos are typically two parts espresso to three parts water, and these are often also enjoyed as hot or iced. Americanos don’t contain any milk or cream on their own, but many enjoy adding a bit of sweetener or cream like a regular cup of coffee.
Flavors can be added to Americanos too, but most people prefer to drink them plain to get the full taste of the espresso.
3. In a Cappuccino
Cappuccinos are similar to lattes in that they contain a high ratio of milk compared to espresso, though cappuccinos usually have a one-to-two ratio of espresso to milk instead of one-to-three. Cappuccinos are regularly topped with a thick layer of milk foam, and some people even order them “extra dry” when they want even more milk foam on top.
4. In a Macchiato
Macchiatos are for those who like to taste a stronger flavor of espresso, yet still prefer a bit of milk to balance it out. Macchiatos consist of two parts espresso to one part milk. Sometimes the milk is steamed or foamed, but it’s also often served with a dollop of milk poured into the cup.
5. As Is
One of the most traditional ways to drink espresso is simply as a shot or two in a small cup without adding anything. You can also enjoy plain espresso over ice for a cooler drink, but most people don’t start out drinking straight espresso on their coffee journies. The flavors are generally too strong for beginners, but many avid coffee drinkers find themselves enjoying plain espresso eventually.
You can try espresso in dozens of different types of drinks, and it’s fun to experiment with different ratios and flavors at home and at your local coffee shop.