Sometimes we like to say that coffee is an art, from the very beginning to the very end. It's sad to me when I see people "cutting the cable" on quality coffee and going with the cheap-o stuff, not just because it represents our current cultural habit of misplaced consumerism (i.e. we'll spend fortunes on our techy stuff but we sacrifice the quality of food and beverages for substitutes) but also because it doesn't allow for coffee to be artful.
It's actually one of the things I love most about doing this. In case you thought otherwise, coffee roasting is not a get rich vocation. It's just not. When the farmer makes his profit, the distributor makes theirs, and the roaster finally gets to the bean, there's just not a lot of price wiggle room to get the coffee into the hands of the consumer. It's hot, tedious, and frustrating at times. But oh man, it's beautiful. It's beautiful. It's art, watching and smelling the change of the beans from pure green and grainy in smell to distinctively aromatic and gorgeously uniform in color.
To move from the roast, to the grind, and then to the brew is simply a craft of love and art. That's why we do it. And that's why we've decided recently to go with a hand-pressed espresso machine for our events and on-site sales.
So I made this the other day and that's when I started to realize I wanted to reflect on the art of coffee. I might write an entire post on this at a later time, but for now I just wanted to introduce you to this drink. It's a latte, prepared differently than most iced lattes. But oh, the shift from a near-boiling espresso brew to an ice cold drink does something in locking in the flavors of the espresso.
What you Need:
2% or Whole Milk
Sugar Free Caramel Syrup
Drinklings Espresso (Sumatra -- specify in order if you'd like espresso roast)
Step 1: Grind (don't use already ground) coffee into a fine espresso blend
Step 2: Boil the water and place into espresso machine. Put three to four ice cubes into the espresso glass/mug
Step 3: Run one shot of caramel syrup over the ice.
Step 4: Brew. And smell the sweetness of happiness.
Step 5: With half cold and half cold froth, fill the remainder of the cup with the milk and top off the top with the froth.
Step 6: Enjoy!!