Five of the best coffees you can make at home

Author: William Sharpe   Date Posted:16 September 2013 

Coffee is a product that is totally unique as it is transformational. What this means is that coffee can be blended, roasted and ground. It is a commodity, a good, a service and an experience.

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Coffee is a product that is totally unique as it is transformational. What this means is that coffee can be blended, roasted and ground. It is a commodity, a good, a service and an experience. And, once you have tasted fresh-roasted coffee you will never want to drink another type of coffee again.

 

I recently landed my dream job here at Di Bella, Australia’s second largest roast and ground coffee company. As the company’s Procurement Quality Manager, I focus on the entire production process from sourcing through to roasting - and combine that experience with my passion for working with a wide variety of blends and flavours.

 

If you’re a serious coffee lover like me, you’ll understand how important flavours (or tones) are to deliver an exceptional excellent cup of coffee.

 

My coffee philosophy is to retain the integrity of the bean’s origin and unlock the flavours and nuances that the growers want to amplify, and coffee lovers really want to savour. 

 

The perfect coffee?

 

So, what makes a great cup of coffee?

 

There are four main ingredients: the barista, the equipment (coffee machine and grinder), the water and, of course, the coffee beans.

 

At Di Bella, we are passionate about educating our customers. It’s our aim to improve coffee standards in homes, workplaces and cafes by educating coffee lovers on all aspects of the coffee making process.

 

Five of the best

 

The coffee we choose on any given day says a lot about our mood and taste and Australians definitely have a preference for milk-based coffee products. 

 

Here’s a rundown on the top five coffee choices for most Australians ... and if you have a coffee machine, you can try perfecting these at home.

 

Espresso/Short Black

 

Also known as the ‘heart starter’, the classic ‘short black’ coffee is made by pumping water under pressure through finely ground coffee using an espresso machine.

 

The coffee is intense and should be sweet. The espresso shot is the foundation on which all great coffee is based, so getting this right is essential to create delicious coffee.

 

Latte

 

Literally translating to “milk” in Italian, a latte consists of a single espresso shot with 180 – 200 ml of milk added to it. It is usually standard to create about 1-centimetre of foam and it’s typically served in a glass. A good choice for that afternoon break, especially if full-bodied coffee tends to keep you awake at night.

 

Long Black

 

Known as an ‘Americano’, this coffee is usually prepared by filling a cup with hot water, then adding a double shot of espresso on top. This coffee is less intense than espresso because of the dilution of the coffee by the water; however, the drink retains all the wonderful hallmarks of the espresso.

 

Cappuccino

 

Traditionally enjoyed by Europeans with breakfast, a cappuccino is made using a single espresso shot with 180 – 200 ml of steamed milk added to it. It’s usually standard to create about 1.5 centimetres of foam. Typically served in a ceramic cup then finished with a dusting of chocolate powder, this is one your mum or grandma will often love.

 

Flat White

 

Widely popular in Australia and New Zealand, a flat white is made using a single espresso shot with 180 – 200 ml of steamed milk added to it. It’s usually standard to allow about 0.5 centimetres of foam and it’s typically served in a ceramic cup.

 

Can you smell the coffee beans already?