Coffee

The story of how coffee came to be is, interesting, to say the least. Legend says that centuries ago, an old goat herder from the Ethiopian region first discovered the potential of the coffee bean. Supposedly, the goat herder was observing his goats eat what he assumed were berries, and then noticed that his goats were active all night, when they would usually be asleep. The goat herder then reported his observations to a group of monks, who later experimented with cooking the “berries” (which were just coffee beans). Although they didn’t quite get it immediately, they knew that the beans would make you more alert and allow you to be able to stay awake more easily during long prayer sessions. After some trial and error with how to best consume the coffee beans, they discovered the marvelous drink we all know and love today; coffee.

So the next time you’re craving more than a regular cup of Joe, whip up one of the recipes below. They can be prepared at home quickly and easily! (If you don’t have an espresso maker you can substitute strongly brewed coffee).  All of the ingredients you will need to make these recipes are available at at Max Delivery! Click here to order now!

 

Melty Mocha

You’ve probably heard the term “mocha” at your favorite coffee bar, but, chances are you don’t really know what it is. That’s okay, you’re in the same boat as most people. A mocha is a type of coffee drink that incorporates chocolate and milk or cream into the natural flavor of the coffee. It is known for being relatively sweet and rich, combatting the natural bitterness of coffee wonderfully. Here is how you can get started with your own mocha from home!

Ingredients:

  •      6 oz. of your favorite coffee, brewed hot
  •      2 oz. of whole milk
  •      1 Hershey’s kiss
  •      1 tbsp. of hot cocoa mix (powder)
  •      Whipped cream (optional)

Directions:

Place the unwrapped Hershey’s kiss in the bottom of whatever cup you would like to enjoy your mocha from, then add the hot chocolate mix on top of the Hershey’s kiss. Pour or brew your hot coffee over the Kiss and powder. Stir well with a spoon. If you feel the Hershey’s kiss has melted and the powder has dissolved, you can add the milk. If not, microwave the drink until the chocolate has melted, then add the milk. Top with whipped cream if you prefer.

The order in which you add the ingredients is somewhat important because it will help ensure that the chocolate is completely melted and the powder is fully dissolved. If you add the cold milk, it will be harder to melt the chocolate, and microwaved milk has a different flavor than cold milk.

 

Cold Vanilla Coffee Blend

This one is perfect for the warmer months. Its ice cold, slushy-like consistency is perfect for those hot, humid days that are coming up. This one has a lot of tiny chunks of ice in it, creating a texture that is unlike any other. Most of all, it is a perfect coffee drink to get your day going the right way. Here’s everything you need to know.

Ingredients:

  •      1 cup of coffee, brewed very strong
  •      3/4 cup of whole milk
  •      1/4 cup of sweetened condensed milk
  •      1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •      3 cups of crushed ice (or more depending on how you like it)

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in a blender, and blend until it has a smooth consistency. Top with whipped cream if you prefer. It is best if you use cold or room temperature coffee, but it is not required. You may need to use more ice if you use hot coffee. Be sure not to over blend. If you do, it will become a liquid. You can always stop and check to see if it needs more blending, but you can’t “un-blend”. Enjoy!

 

Americano

“an espresso drink diluted with hot water”

Espresso is an extremely strong, coffee concentrate. It can be added to a coffee drink to make it bolder, or less commonly consumed alone in a small quantity. Espresso, when diluted with hot water, is called an Americano. It tastes like the traditional cup of coffee that people in America drink in the morning while reading the newspaper. Usually, people add cream and or sugar to combat the natural bitterness of the coffee. Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients

  •      2 tbsp. of finely ground espresso beans
  •      6 oz. of boiling water
  •      cream and sugar, to taste

Directions:

This recipe is very simple. Brew the espresso into a carafe, and pour the espresso into a large coffee cup. Add the boiling water. Add cream and sugar to your liking. Enjoy!

 

Latte

“a coffee drink made with espresso and steamed milk”

A latte can be a wonderful start to your morning, even though it is a bit trickier than the Americano. Here’s what you need to know:

Ingredients:

  •      1/3 cup of brewed espresso
  •      2% or nonfat milk (as much as you prefer)

Directions:

Start with the brewed espresso, then you need to froth the milk. Depending on how you do this, the milk may or may not be hot. If it isn’t, you need to microwave it for about 30 seconds. Pour as much of the warm milk as you’d like (not the froth yet) into the espresso. Then spoon the milk froth in so it sets on top of the coffee. Enjoy!

If you know how to make these two drinks, you can make most others. A cappuccino, for instance, is very similar to a latte, the only difference being a latte has a lot of milk where cappuccinos do not. Likewise, if you know how to make espresso, you can make a doppio, macchiato, or flat white, the list goes on. Most of the popular coffee drinks are all very similar, varying only in how much milk content or froth to add. Be creative and figure out what you like best. It never hurts to try new things!

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