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Espresso-Based Beverages At Home

April 19, 2012

Espresso-Based Beverages At Home

 

Capresso EC100

Capresso EC100

Ristretto, Macchiato, Cappuccino, Mocha, Americano… Most coffee lovers have heard of these gourmet drinks at one time or another, but how many have attempted to prepare these coffee house espresso-based beverages at home?

Creating these coffee house drinks in your own kitchen is simple with our Guide to Espresso-Based Beverages. We recommend having a Capresso espresso machine and a Capresso automatic milk frother on hand when preparing these recipes.

Guide to Espresso-Based Beverages

Drink Name Preparation
Espresso 1-1.5 ounce shot of coffee brewed at high pressure for 20-25 seconds. Espresso is the basis for many gourmet coffee specialty drinks.
Ristretto 0.5-0.7 ounce shot of coffee brewed at high pressure for less than 20 seconds. The ristretto has a very intense flavor that is bolder with more body than a traditional espresso.
Lungo 2-4 ounce shot of coffee brewed at high pressure for 45-60 seconds.  The lungo is more bitter than espresso as more water is extracting the coffee’s flavor.
Macchiato A shot of espresso topped with a spoonful of frothed milk served in a demitasse cup.
Espresso con Panna A shot of espresso topped with whipped cream in a demitasse cup.
Espresso Affogato A scoop of gelato or ice cream “drowned” in a shot of espresso.
Cappuccino A shot of espresso topped with 1/3 steamed milk and 1/3 frothed milk in a large cup.
Latte A shot of espresso topped with 2/3 steamed milk and a few spoonfuls of frothed milk in a large cup.
Latte Macchiato Fill a cup with steamed milk and top with a few spoonfuls of frothed milk. Pour a shot of espresso on top of the foam to “mark” the latte.
Hazelnut Latte A shot of espresso mixed with hazelnut syrup, topped with steamed milk and a few spoonfuls of frothed milk.
Vanilla Latte A shot of espresso mixed with vanilla syrup, topped with steamed milk and a few spoonfuls of frothed milk.
Caramel Macchiato Fill a cup with steamed milk and caramel sauce, and then top with a few spoonfuls of frothed milk. Pour a shot of espresso on top of the foam to “mark” the latte. Add caramel sauce to the top if desired.
Mocha A shot of espresso mixed with chocolate syrup topped with steamed milk. Add whipped cream and cocoa powder to the top is desired.
Americano A shot of espresso top with 6-8 ounces of hot water.
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