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Which coffee type are you? Coffee at the bar, coffee to go or coffee at home?

In occasion of the launch of the limited edition barista and the brand new machine creatista by Nespresso I was invited to taste their coffee and get the feeling on how to prepare a latte as a barista with the new machine Creatista Plus.

If you get to try such high class products the chance that your coffee preparation fails is quite small.
This experience made me think about my coffee habits, since I take into consideration buying a coffee machine at home since quite a while. Today I use a small bialetti moka to brew my coffee.

What about discovering our coffee habits?

  1. Did you ever try to do a real great coffee with micro foam at home?
  2. Do you have the right equipment to makes a proper milk foam?
  3. Maybe you are you just a bit lazy to concern about it and prefer to go for an espresso or flat white at your favorite bar on your way to the work?
  4. Or you don’t  have the budget to buy an expensive machine?

I questioned these topics for myself and would like to share with you my thoughts in this article. Further, I want to give you  suggestions on available options to find the best coffee choice or equippment for your habbit.

One of my previous article was all about specialty coffee and about where to find it here in Zurich. I share content about  grinding coffee beans at home. This plays an important role when making coffee at home. For those who did not get the chance to read it, get it here.
Coffee beans are the base of all what comes after. I love the taste of a flavored, strong coffee. l want to know where my coffee comes from and how it is roasted and processed.

What specialty coffee is…

A coffee which scores 80 points or above on a 100-point scale is graded „specialty.“ Specialty coffee grows in special and ideal climate. They are distinctive because of their full cup taste and little to no defects. The unique flavors and tastes are a result of the special characteristics and composition of the soils in which they are produced.

Are you the type that loves to brew your coffee at home or taking it at the bar?

If it comes to my coffee habits I know, that I am a mix of both. I am a coffee at home brewer and coffee shop drinker. Waking up in the morning and smelling the coffee notes from the moka machine is how I grew up. The sound of the coffee bubbling is something I cannot think out of my dayly routine. That is why, I personally think, that i cold not replace having my coffee at home in the morning.
What I tried out, too, is the nespresso milk foam maker called Aeroccino, (costs ca. 89 CHF). This product is a perfect alternative to buying a complete machine and making a latte or cappuccino at home.

At weekends I love to stop by at a bar where I know they have specialty coffee. I let my barista prepare the delicious thin micro foam with latte art on my coffee.

Barista corto, barista chiaro, barista scuro – Creatista Plus by Nespresso

Nespresso just previously launched new Limited Edition coffee blends called barista corto, barista chiaro and barista scuro. These blends were especially crafted by Nespresso experts.

The Barista corto creates a Ristretto Nero with an extra-intense taste, thick syrupy texture and marble dark crema.
The origin: Monsooned Arabica from India, washed Robusta from Guatemala amongst other origins.

The Barista scuro is meant for a dark Espresso Macchiato. It keeps its strong, flavourful, full-bodied coffee character when combined with a gentle touch of milk foam.
The origin: Washed Arabicas from Costa Rica and Cundinamarca region of Colombia amongst other origins.

The Barista chiaro is ideal for a an indulgent Cappuccino Dolce or a flat white. It  has a smooth, creamy taste and round, exceptionally delicate biscuit notes.
The origin: Unwashed Arabica beans
from the Cerrado region of Brazil and washed Arabica from Kenya amongst other origins.

With these coffee sorts comes a new machine called creatista plus that is designed to help you out at home and give you the barista feeling. The machine is simple in use and the micro foam is really as enjoyable as at the coffee bar. The price of the machine start from 579 CHF.

This mixes up my habits now! Should I make my flat white at home or go out and drink it at the bar?

Ideally I would have both option available, but what about the coffee smell that my moka machine giftes me ?

You see, I cannot really find a solution to my coffee dilemma.

Anyway, there are options, and that is always good in life, so let’s keep it open.
Depending on the type of coffee habit you have, you will find the right choice for you!

 

*not sponsered article

 

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Dive into a new coffee experience

Bros Bean Beats

Why I love blogging for food & coffee in Zurich?

We are surrounded by a dynamic world of culinary offers. All of this international people and expatriates living here bring a great influence and trends to our city. It is absolutely inspiring. I have the feeling that every moment either online or offline I am getting in contact with new coffee and food places.
It’s like Alice in wonderland. By talking to people I find out, that we all get more and more sensitive to really good quality food or coffee. Consumers want to know more about where the products come from. It goes even further; we love to have the knowledge of preparing all of this at home, too.

Bean Bros & Beats introduce me a bit to the topic filter coffee

My first reaction as an Italian is skeptical, since I like coffee dark and strong. But I admit, after tasting this coffee at their coffee place I feel completely taken into this new coffee culture. I love the idea to have 2 coffees a day, a flat white in the morning and a filter coffee in the afternoon.

What is a real good filter coffee and what a flat white?

Two complete different coffee experiences! A flat white consists of a double shot espresso and has micro foam on it. It comes in a smaller glass (1.8 dl) to make the taste more intense; it can be more nutty in the taste. Here I refer to the Fifty Fifty blend used at Bros Beans & Beats, roasted by Henauer. There are blends that have a taste of chocolate, too. A different machine is used to brew the coffee.

Filter coffee has an other preparation procedure. Coffee is brewed with water, using the right temperature it draws out fantastic flavors and aromas. A real coffee pleasure for your tongue. It is more aromatic and pure, if I may say it this way. The coffee fromvertical coffee” that Bros Beans & Beat prepare as filter coffee is fruity in the taste.

Let’s get bit more into filter coffee, I researched some topics for you

First: you need some equipment

  • Good quality coffee beans. Find some online here
  • Buy a French press to start. It’s a cylindrical pot with a plunger and built-in filter screen that presses hot water through ground coffee.

Find some instructions here for your perfect cup of coffee:

  • Best French press brewing guide
    or stop by at Bros Beans & Beats and get some professional advise!
  • If you like a more professional machine: go for a moccamaster, it’s about 250 CHF. This works all automatic but needs a bit of knowledge. This brand is used at Bros Beans & Beats. A valuable website to find your ideal espresso coffee machine is available here.
  • Grind your beans with a manual grinder! You smell an explosion of flavours when you grind the beans. There are two manual grinders I suggest, the commandante C40 nitro blade it is not only fancy in the look but works fantastic or the Hario Mill bit cheaper but good. Both are burr grinders, so they’ll produce a nice, consistent grind, and they’re relatively compact.
  • You need to weight your coffee, so get an electronic scale
  • For the Moccamaster you need paper filter.

Buy this equipment either on amazon or on coffeecircle.com. Get a great choice and good price ranges.

After you have your equipment get familiar with some more information on coffee preparation

  • How fine or rough should the coffee be grind?

For French press or the moccamaster you would want a coarse grind. Using a simple moka machine you go for a fine grind. Somehow, find your own grinding and play with it!

  • Some insights about the roasting of the coffee beans

Dark coffee beans display a lot of visible oils, this is typical of your dark roast and espresso roast blends. The oil simply means the beans were roasted longer than their less oily counterparts.

  • A light or dark roast for your coffee?

Darker coffees actually have less caffeine than lighter roasts. Lighter blends still contain oil, however the oils are “lighter” and are not as visible since they are contained inside. These blends are roasted for shorter periods of times giving them more caffeine. For filter coffee use light roasted beans.

  • How much coffee do you need for your cup of coffee?

About 3 tablespoons per 3dl water. But play around with how much you use in proportion to how much water you use and you’ll end up finding the perfect combination for your taste.

What else to say? Let’s start playing and explore this world of coffee together. And if all of this is just too complex, stop by at Bros Beans & Beats and order your coffee there!

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