11 Espresso Drinks to Put your Espresso Machine into better use
So you’re fed up with the hassle you go through every time you want your shot of espresso (it’s espresso and not expresso, please don’t call it that).
You currently don’t own an espresso machine, and you need your boost of caffeine. You can’t start your day without a cup of coffee, so you drink whatever is available at your house, which is more likely a regular black coffee. The problem is, it doesn’t have the same espresso aroma, flavor, and feel. Wisely, you decided to get yourself an espresso machine that will put an end to your compromising days.
While espresso is your way to go, you might want to try these different espresso-based drinks to maximize the use of your espresso machine. Who knows, you might find yourself a new favorite.
The reason you got yourself an espresso machine, to begin with.
It is a coffee-making method that originated in Italy. It’s merely hot water forced under pressure through ground coffee beans to make a shot of espresso. All the drinks listed will start with an espresso shot.
A double shot of espresso.
If you need more than one shot to wake you up, or you’re just a fan of a strong, bitter, full-body cup of coffee, a Doppio will be a perfect match.
A single shot of espresso with half the amount of water, which will give you a more concentrated shot of coffee.
Espresso Lungo contains more water than a traditional shot of espresso, which makes is a larger drink, lighter in flavor, but has more bitterness to it.
Macchiato in Italian means stained, and that’s precisely what it is. A shot of espresso ‘stained’ with a touch of foamed milk.
The closest you can get to a traditionally brewed coffee with an espresso shot. A significant amount of water is poured over a shot of espresso to make it a large cup of coffee.
The traditional cappuccino was a combination of espresso shot and steamed milk foam. The modern cappuccino cup is a combination of espresso, steamed milk, and foamed milk (1/3 of each).
Breve is similar to a cappuccino, only much creamier. The milk used for a breve is half-and-half, which gives it a smooth texture. Pour over a shot of espresso half a cup of steamed half-and-half and cover the remainder of the cup with half-and-half foam.
Flat white is a popular drink because it maintains the strength and flavor of the espresso shot. It has a small layer of steamed milk and a thin layer of foam. It’s ideal for those who want to have a strong coffee flavor while having a dairy beverage.
It is very similar to the cappuccino, but not the same. Latte also contains the three layers of espresso, milk, and foam. Latte has a larger amount of steamed milk and less of foamed milk relative to a cappuccino.
Also known as mochaccino, it is the only flavored coffee on the list. It is a chocolate-flavored beverage with an espresso shot, foamed milk, and a flavored ingredient (mainly chocolate or white chocolate, which will make it a white mocha).