Caffeine: Perks and Pitfalls

Last month, I visited the original Starbucks coffee shop at Pike PlaceMarket in Seattle. I was so frustrated when I was there because I badly need a new NAS and my sister just told me to just go and have a nas server test. Anyway, after which, I took a car I borrowed from my sister. She even asked me to make use of her new dashcam, which she has tested for dascam testr and said I should review it after. Anyway, on to my tale to the Market, the Starbuck coffee shop was established in 1971 and arguably the birthplace of the global coffee industry as we know it today, it is now a tourist attraction easily identified by the long line winding its way outside the entrance.

Ironically, the espresso and all its variants (see below) actually originated in Italy, half a world away from Seattle.  Coffee is prepared in many ways, and perhaps the most popular is the espresso, which also forms the base for many other popular beverages. An espresso is a shot of concentrated coffee made by quickly passing hot water through ground coffee beans under intense, high pressure. A ristretto is prepared in a similar manner, but with slightly less water; alungo(long shot), on the other hand, has slightly more water. An americano is a shot of espresso diluted with hot water. A shot of espresso mixed with steamed and foamed milk (instead of water) is a cappuccino, so named because it resembles the color of the robes of Capuchin monks. A café latte is a creamier version that uses more steamed milk and less foam.Café mocha is espresso and steamed milk, with added chocolate.A machiattois a shot of espresso mixed with a small amount of foamed milk and often flavored with either caramel or chocolate.

Other methods of brewing coffee include the French press (a devicewhere coffee grounds are immersed in hot water and later filtered out using a plunger), and the traditional ‘drip’ coffee maker. There is an optimum ‘grind’ for each method or preparation above: fine for espresso, coarse for the French press and medium grind for drip coffee machines.

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