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Coffee Rant Number Two

OK, I know I might be getting a little repetitive and negative here as I’ve already ranted about coffee on this blog, and I promise to sweeten things up with the next post.

However, after going in for a couple of coffees in an un-named cafe in Kerry, ordering a cappuccino and latte, and being served watery, scalded drinks that were identical except the cups, I have to ask again, how can so few people care about their coffees, especially when the Irish coffee-drinking culture is exploding?

At the very least, baristas could be trained in basic definitions of the drinks and know that a cappuccino and a latte are not the same. It’s not a guarded secret! The information’s out there. Lavazza Training Centre and Espresso Planet are two of about 1,900,000 sites that came up when I typed “Espresso terminology” in Google.

The crazy thing is that I do not at all consider myself a coffee expert. It’s just that I can’t understand how people can’t inject a greater level of care in what they do…

By the way, in the other coffee post, I wrote a tip for making a good espresso. One way to tell if it’s a decent one is that an espresso should look like a mini Guinness, and an espresso without crema is like a pint without a head. You wouldn’t serve it.

If you’re in the business or have an espresso machine at home, pull an espresso (above) and/or an americano (right) into a glass, and if it’s a good one you will see that it even settles like a freshly-pulled pint, turning from a bubbly brown into black!

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3 Responses to “Coffee Rant Number Two”

  1. March 9th, 2006 at 8:56 pm

    Markham says:

    I gave up coffee for Lent.

    Next subject, please.

  2. March 10th, 2006 at 5:44 pm

    KFM says:

    Fair enough! (I would be in greater trouble if you had also given up chocolate!)

  3. February 21st, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    ciara ni cheallachain says:

    pleasure reading your blogs this morning, if i had a euro for everytime i was served a crap latte in this country I’d be a very wealthy woman, i have switched to americanos due to the crucifixion of the bainne & the thousand of bubbles & foam i use to get on the top of them, keep up the great work!

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