Specialty coffees are enjoying huge popularity all over the globe. In German-speaking Europe, café crème is still the firm favourite, closely followed by espresso – but cappuccino, latte macchiato and other specialties are catching up and are especially popular with younger coffee drinkers.
It couldn’t be more concentrated… espresso ‘ristretto’ (which means restricted in Italian, or strong for a beverage).
Espresso is the most popular type of coffee in southern European countries like Italy and Spain.
The macchiato – which means ‘stained espresso’ – is an espresso which is topped with milk foam to give it an elegant finish.
True to its Spanish roots, the cortado is the perfect blend of aromatic espresso with a smooth and fine milk foam.
With its light-coloured crema, this drink is also known in Switzerland as a ‘Schümli’ and in Italy as a ‘caffè lungo’. It is made with much more water than an espresso.
Coffee with plenty of warm milk, known in Switzerland as a ‘Schale’. This milky coffee, which is often enjoyed at breakfast time, is made from coffee with warm milk.
The word cappuccino probably comes from the Capuchin monks, and came to be used because the milk foam resembles the monk’s hood (cappuccio). The color of the monks’ hoods also recalls the brown hue of the beverage.
The flat white is a drink that is very much in fashion among coffee lovers. Originating in Australia, its secret lies in ensuring that it is prepared correctly by adding the coffee to the cup first, followed by warm milk. The milk foam is prepared in the final stage. This lies under the crema, taking on its color and taste.
Espresso with warm milk and milk foam. The latte macchiato, which literally means ‘stained milk’, is made up of three layers: a bottom layer of warm milk, a top layer of milk foam and an espresso in the middle.