- Latte Macchiato
But what exactly are they? Are they that difficult to make on my own?
Espresso is coffee brewed by forcing a small, pressurized amount of hot water through finely ground coffee beans (espresso beans are essentially coffee beans roasted for brewing optimal espresso). As a result, espresso is thicker than traditional coffee and has a layer of creamy foam on top called crema.
Since espresso is so concentrated, it’s often consumed in small glasses that often resemble shot glasses with mug handles. Espresso is also the base for several coffee drinks, such as cappuccinos, lattes, and cafe mochas.
Brewing your own espresso is not difficult, but you must have an espresso machine or a Nescafé Alegria 510 to do it. Espresso cannot be brewed with a traditional coffee pot.
Americano or Caffé Americano is somewhat of a watered-down espresso. It’s prepared by adding hot water to espresso. By making espresso Americano, it has the strong, rich flavor of espresso, but the same strength as traditionally brewed coffee.
Making your own Americano once again requires an espresso machine, and once the espresso is brewed, you can add 1-16 fl. oz. of hot water to dilute it to an Americano. Or by touching a button on the Nescafé Alegria 510, it’s all done in one step.
A Lungo (Italian for long) is very similar to an Americano in that it is espresso with more hot water than a traditional espresso. However, with an Americano, the hot water is added after brewing the espresso, and with a Lungo, the extra water is added for brewing. In other words, the Americano is diluted after the espresso is brewed, and the Lungo is brewed diluted.
A Lungo is not as strong as espresso, but it’s far more bitter because the extra hot water forced through the ground coffee extracts components from the beans that would normally stay undissolved.
Brewing a Lungo requires an espresso machine and careful measurements with water. But of course, the Nescafé Alegria 510 makes this process far easier.
A cappuccino is a coffee drink made of equal parts of espresso, steamed milk, and foam from the steamed milk. The espresso is added first, then the steamed milk, and then it is topped with the foam. To make a cappuccino of your own, you need a cappuccino machine, which brews espresso and has a special steamer to heat up the milk.
If you’ve ever used a cappuccino maker of your own, then you know it’s a tiresome process that requires lots of cleaning immediately after making your drink. The Nescafé Alegria 510 makes this process far easier.
A Latte Macchiato should not be confused with a Café Latte. A Cafe Latte consists of one-third espresso and two-thirds steamed milk, with the milk added to the espresso. With a Latte Macchiato, the espresso is added to the milk. A Café Latte is a blended drink, and a Latte Macchiato is a layered drink. Less espresso is used with a Machiatto than a Café Latte, and if made correctly, it will sit on top of frothed milk with a perfect crema on top of the espresso.
In theory, a Latte Macchiato is easy to make with a cappuccino maker, but it’s not easy to make perfectly layered. In this instance, if it’s a Latte Macchiato you honestly crave, it’s easier to make one with a Nescafé Alegria 510.
The Nescafé Alegria 510 is so simple to use, anyone can be a barista in their own home or office. Whether you experiment with different flavors of cappuccinos or simply brew an Americano or two, you will love having the ability to make coffee house quality drinks with a press of one button. Be sure to check out our starter bundle to help you get your private coffee house off the ground!