- 1. SMELL: The first aroma is released when the coffee is around 80°C and is mixed to allow the perfume, exceeding the layer of cream. There are fresh and light notes of flowers and fruits, and jasmine almond. The second aroma comes after tasting, when you can perceive aromas more determined such as butter, freshly baked bread, chocolate. It is what in every-day language we call ” taste”.
- 2. TASTE: It comes around 65°, the ideal temperature for tasting.
It is better not to alter the taste by adding sugar.
A perfect espresso has the right balance of sweet notes, bitter and sour.
Just a tiny sip would make you appreciate the fullness.
- 3. TACT: pleasant sensation of creaminess and softness, velvety and caressing.
- 4. EARING: It’s like a piece of music, composed of aromatic notes… Focusing on the inner feeling of harmony, you can also feel and hear and everyone discover his own tone.
- 5. SIGHT: The white porcelain cup frames the cream: a subtle texture in shades of brown, crossed by light reddish streaks.
If the cream is dark brown, with a white button or a black hole at the centre, there is something wrong: the time has been probably too long, grinding too fine, or the temperature and pressure is too high. If the cream is light and flimsy, it’s the opposite.
What better way to start a day than enjoying a good cup of coffee?
It is a ritual that loads of people do all over the world!
We do not know exactly when the coffee was discovered for the first time, but archaeologists have found descriptions of the use of coffee as a medicine in the Arab world in some writings dating back 900 B.C.
A legend attributes the discovery of coffee to an Ethiopian shepherd called Kaldi.
He observed that his flock was very active when the animals ate certain red berries… So he decided to try them and he discovered the energetic effect of coffee berries!
Gradually the habit to use the coffee berries as energy food spread, and people learned that they could prepare a tasty drink first by boiling them, and then by fermenting the berries.
Starting from Ethiopia, the use of coffee spread to the surrounding areas, when the first coffee plantation was established in Yemen.
Later the cultivation spread towards Arabia and Egypt, where drinking coffee became a daily habit.
Coffee became popular in Europe only in the XVII century, and its popularity increased very quickly.
At the beginning of 1600, “coffee houses” became the first meeting point for cultural and aristocratic people, especially in Italy, France, Britain, Holland and Germany.
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