A Diagram of your favorite Coffee and Espresso Drinks

Lokesh Dhakar, a designer, was looking for a visual representation of what makes up the many different types of espresso drinks.

Unable to find a single source for the information, he pulled together the data from many sources like coffee specialists, drink houses and wikipedia to produce a very handy visual chart. Below is a quick screen capture with a link to his higher resolution version on Flickr. As you can see, he has covered a nice variety from what we think of as a regular espresso through to drinks containing many ingredients – 9 in all.

coffee drink diagram

Lokesh’s site is here as well…


Cappuccino versus Latte – the difference

Cappuccino: Equal parts of Steamed Milk and Espresso. The milk will be more bubblier in the Cappuccino and may take up a third of the drink.

Latte: Milk and Espresso, usually with more Espresso than Milk… the milk is treated like an additive so there is less of it and wont have the foam on top than the Cappuccino.

When trying to remember which is which – there are three ‘c’s in Cappuccino. Just like the parts of the drink; foam, milk and espresso. Latte is actually short of Caffe Latte (means coffee with milk in Italian)



Judging Lattes and Espresso drinks

I just found that there was a Latte and Espresso drink competition recently in Dallas. A local lady, Teresa Gubbins, was chosen to help judge the cups of dark joy. She wrote a nice post about her adventure. After reading the fun she had, I researched and found there was another major global competition for Baristas. I need to see if next year’s competition will be a possible vacation spot.

For the local event: Sherri and Danny Johns of Portland-based (my old stomping grounds) WholeCup Coffee conduct barista competitions at trade shows around the world. On Sunday, June 28th, they hosted the Ultimate Barista Challenge competition at the Southwest Foodservice Expo, a three-day trade show for the restaurant biz at the Dallas Convention Center which continued through Monday and Tuesday.

Sunday’s competition drew six baristas from Texas and beyond who prepared three espresso-based drinks: 1. macchiato, 2. latte, and 3. specialty drink creation. Danny emceed and Sherri supervised the judging, with a panel that included coffee experts Heather and Jay Kurima, and the author. Catch her whole adventure here…

For the big global competition, you can go to World Barista Championship who just finished their 2009 event in Atlanta. 52 Baristas competed for the award, with Gwilym Davies from the United Kingdom. I’m not sure if that plays into next year’s event, but it will be in the United Kingdom.


Espresso drinkers doing our part for Green Earth

A post on Twitter got me thinking about how much waste there is around a great cup of coffee. I feared that I would find I was being a bad person by encouraging some industry to burn up resources helping me get my morning drinks. Today I would like to speak a touch about helping the planet, not on a soap box here, but a quick couple lines that will hopefully help you with some info.

What I found was good and bad news. Unless you get into a situation of someone having a very dirty machine that burns up huge amounts of electricity to heat the small amount of water there is no major impact. The process of gathering and processing the beans, storage and shipping and the selling are all in line with most food products. Whew!

The area that is about to get nailed for waste is the little Single Serving machines we see everywhere. I’m guilty of having one, as is most of my friends. It is a convenience that after reading up a bit, I might have to consider doing without. It is a situation where the sheer numbers off all of those little plastic containers going into the trash all over the world is getting out of hand.

Jennifer Berry over at Earth911 wrote an article just last week on what she found about some producers of these coffee pucks are doing to help. It appears some are getting the message and changing the materials and processes. Let encourage them to continue when we can – thanks!



Espresso Art 2 – show off for your friends

Earlier I posted a sort video on how to foam milk and pour to make simple art on top of your espresso drinks. Even something that simple adds a bang to coffee your serve to friends and family.

Step two… way more advanced, is about creating art in the milk foam by moving it around after it is in the espresso. This takes a bit more talent to perfect, but it has been fun. And, generally, anything you do is adds a touch of fun for the eyes to go with the taste.

This video shows how you can create fun images by moving the foam around, adding dots in the foam and even really impressive creations by adding lines of chocolate. Wow! I need more friends to come by in the morning for coffee so I can practice. You have the coffee made, why not play with your food for a second.

espresso art 2