Trick or Treat? MERINGUE-UCCINO!

One of my most scary experiences in recent times..

 

Whilst visiting friends in UK, I decided to stop and check the coffee scene and see how the English ‘Barista hype’ compares to the Swedish one.

So I went to a really popular café on the main road of a London suburb and ordered a regular Cappuccino.

A few minutes later the waitress arrived with this to which I wondered if it was a mistake or if it was supposed to be like this.

After consulting a few local coffee lovers I figured this was the standard, not a ‘Halloween special’ meant as a practical joke or even to scare you!

If you really love froth you most likely would be a fan but in terms of shape and consistency it would be more correct to call this a Meringue-uccino or something to that effect.

If kids knock on your door tonight asking ‘trick or treat?’ why not treat them to one of these?

Happy Halloween!

 

Disclaimer: there are also amazing coffees in London with outstanding Latte Art but this is not one of them!

BYOB – Be Your Own Barista

Is it possible to make Café style coffee at home?                                                          

 

Italian coffee has a long lasting and well-known tradition, famous worldwide.

 

It is maybe the biggest example of ‘less is more’ as a tiny espresso contains such a richness in flavour that one does not need a pot-full of it to appreciate its properties.

 

Espresso style coffee has been steadily on the rise in Sweden both in independent coffee shops and big high street names as a growing part of the population appreciates taste and quality over quantity.

 

Could there be a way of making this quality of coffee in your kitchen? Is the only solution for this coffee to reach your sofa or office desk to go and order a take-away cup? Does good coffee have to ‘cost the earth’, both environmentally and economically?

 

In Italy the answer is NO. How about Sweden?

 

A lot of coffee is on the Scandinavian market but not many options are thought out with simplicity in mind, while others have a considerable impact on the environment.

 

That’s why ‘Lost in a Cup’ wants to change things by bringing quality coffee from Italian coffee roaster “La Tazza d’Oro” to your home, work place or social centre.

 

To find out more about the different solutions and to order coffee online and get it delivered to you click here.

 

#EspressøYourself

 

 

Week’s Drink: Espresso Tonic

Many love a good G&T but have you ever tried an E&T?                                                                            

 

From my experience working behind the bar in Sweden, two of the most popular drinks in clubs are Gin and Tonic or Vodka Redbull, the first chosen for the taste and the second mainly for the energising effect it gives.

 

What if there was a way of mixing those two concepts? What if there was a good tasting drink which could also be energising and also looking good at the same time?

 

The combination of Tonic Water and Espresso coffee might sound odd, it did to me too. However, after the first time I tried it, I was completely converted.

It is a beautiful drink to watch make and super simple

 

  • 2 shots (50–60 ml) of good quality espresso
  • 1.5 dl tonic water
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Ice
  1. Prepare a double espresso and leave to cool.
  2. Fill up a glass (200 ml) with ice.
  3. Squeeze the lime juice on top of the ice.
  4. Pour in the tonic water and gently pour in the slightly cooled double espresso.

 

In my experience you can easily do without the lime, especially if the espresso is good quality. To get the most out of the taste I suggest Arabica 100% if possible or a blend with at least 70% Arabica beans.

 

If you are in a party mode and want to spike it with some Gin many have done that although I have not  tried it so far but I believe it should work; booze and good espresso are a marriage made in heaven. Who needs energy drinks when you have espresso?!

 

 

The Fika Ritual

Coffee breaks in Sweden are more than a pause, they are a ritual.                                    

 

The word ‘Fika’ is unique to the Swedish language and means ‘coffee break’ or maybe it would be more correct to say ‘coffee ritual’.

This almost sacred tradition involves coffee, something to eat and a good conversation. It offers the perfect setting to meet a friend, a relative or even a date!

Many workplaces endorse the  ‘Fika break culture’ with special dedicated areas which seem more spacious and comfortable than in other countries. It is a key part of the daily routine in which the number one goal is to enjoy the coffee, maybe have a snack and relax a few minutes with colleagues.

Sweden gives the ‘coffee ritual’ more importance than most other countries do and surprisingly this includes Italy! In my experience, Italians give most importance to taste and quality and not to the actual ritual which lasts under a minute, enough time to make an espresso, add sugar, stir and shoot it down. Down south the actual sitting around and chatting is something most Italians would rather do in the evening over an aperitif.