Best Tassimo Coffee Pods in 2018

Tassimo coffee pods provide a consistent and clean way to produce your favourite drinks time and time again. Thankfully both Tassimo, and 3rd party manufacturers, have produced a wide selection of different drinks, so you’re not stuck with the same americano day-in-day-out.

The problem with choice though, is how do you know which is the best Tassimo coffee pod for you? Well thankfully, you can take our word on these coffee pods below.

Best Cappuccino Coffee by Tassimo

best costa cappuccino tassimo coffeeOur highest rated cappuccino coffee pod for a Tassimo machine are the 8x serving Costa cappuccino coffee pack.

We like our cappuccinos hot with lots of frothy milk over milk and a good double espresso shot of well extracted coffee.

This is the type of great drink you get with the Costa pods, although you’re of course free to sprinkle your own chocolate or cinnamon dust on top.

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Best Espresso Coffee by Tassimo

tassimo lor best espresso coffeeOne of our favorite drinks, and possibly our highest rated coffee, is a good espresso. L’OR have made a significant well bodied espresso drink with their Tassimo L’OR Espresso Delicious Coffee pods.

Due to an espresso being a very short drink, the flavours should be very concentrated. A good espresso will also have a good crema, enhancing the taste and producing a wonderful aroma.

L’OR have managed to pack a highly technical drink into their L’OR Delicious pods, which makes for a splendid espresso.

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Best Sweet Tassimo Pod by Tassimo

What usually splits coffee drinker groups in half, is where they stand on sweetened or syrup’d coffees. We’re partial to a caramel or even the more subtle vanilla coffee from time to time.

Although we’re rather fond of the chocolate Mocha for our Tassimo, we love the Latte Macchiato caramel coffee.

Although in Mexico a macchiato is confusingly called a cortado, which is a different coffee in most other countries, a macchiato is usually an espresso with a small amount of frothy steamed milk. They have become popular with various syrups added to them, such as the above mentioned caramel, but also almond, chocolate mint or cinnamon.

This long drink isn’t overly sweet but does have noticeable caramel flavours and aromas.

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Best Non-Coffee Tassimo Pod by Tassimo

tassimo chocolate cadburys podDon’t worry, we get it. Sometimes you need something other than another hot caffeine injection. Sometimes you’ve had too much, its too late in the evening, or one of your young children want their own drink.

There are a variety of Tassimo pods you can use that don’t make coffees, with one of our favourite pods being the classic Cadbury’s Hot Chocolate.

Cadbury’s Hot Chocolate have their own signature velvety drink which, when made extra hot, is something truly remarkable.

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Top 5 DeLonghi Coffee Machines for 2018

Is this the Best DeLonghi Coffee MachineIf you’re looking for the top DeLonghi coffee machine for 2018 then have we got the article for you. We’ve compiled so much data to put together this top coffee machine list, it’ll save you hours of tiresome work. Whether you know your DeLonghi ESAM2800 from your Icona Vintage, or you’re at a complete loss as to which DeLonghi machine is best for you – this article will shed some serious light. Thankfully we’ve done the research, drank lots of coffee and compiled our 2018 top 5 list of DeLonghi coffee makers.

You may be thinking its best to simply buy the most expensive DeLonghi machine you can afford, however you’re likely to be spending money on features you’ll never use. Plus there are lots of older DeLonghi models that still rank really highly, some still entering our 2018 top list, because they’re well built, produce great tasting coffee and are packed full of useful design features.

All the machines below come highly recommended as great De’Longhi purchases in 2018.

The best DeLonghi coffee machine in 2018

TL>DR: Click here to jump down to our first of the top 5 De’Longhi machines we recommend buying in 2018

To busy to read how or why we recommend each one, jump to buying one right now.

All 5 are brilliant purchases.

De’Longhi ESAM2800.SB Bean To CupCheck Amazon Now
De’Longhi ECOV311.AZ Icona Vintage Coffee MachineCheck Amazon Now
De’Longhi EC680.R Dedica Espresso MachineCheck Amazon Now
De’Longhi ECP33.21 Espresso Coffee MakerCheck Amazon Now
De’Longhi ECAM44.660.B Eletta Bean to Cup Coffee MachineCheck Amazon Now

How to find the best DeLonghi coffee machine

You’re here because you know other peoples reviews and opinions are key when deciding between online purchases, that is so true for coffee machines too. Despite what DeLonghi, Tassimo or Bosch marketing staff tell you – nothing compares to the voice of hundreds of people using it in their kitchens every morning.

These are the views we’ve collated and combined with our own reviews of these top De’Longhi coffee machines.

Although we know that the cost and style of the coffee machine will likely be the top 2 factors that grab our attention, we’ve also looked at the following important unique-selling points to help you differentiate one top performing De’Longhi from another.

Boiler Water Reservoir

One thing that constantly frustrates myself is not noticing when my water reservoir is nearly empty, causing the next pour to only extract half a shot of espresso as the boiler stops. This is easily done first thing in the morning, before anyone’s really functioning properly.

Absolute nightmare!

Now the extreme is to buy the DeLonghi with the largest water reservoir, but you don’t want water sitting in that tank for several days. That makes for bad tasting coffee and also leads to build up of minerals and limescale in your appliance.

All of the DeLonghi coffee makers below have good sized tanks that are easily removed to be filled. Some have low water lights too – so you won’t go running out mid-brew.

One aspect we’d like you to consider, is do you have storage (shelves or cupboards) above your work surface, and will they allow a water tank to be lifted vertically away from the machine?

Most tanks only need to be lifted up by a few inches before they can be slide to the side, but its worth factoring in the height of the machine if you have particularly low over-worktop cabinets.

Bean-to-cup Bean Capacity

Some of the higher end machines have the ability to grind beans and extract them all in one easy to accomplish process. These coffee machines are called bean-to-cup and have a lot more mechanically going on under the hood compared to a ‘standard’ espresso machine. A perfect example is the mighty ECAM44 (Save £230) we’ve included below.

For these machines to operate, they store your bag of unground beans in a hopper. Keeping them unground until the second they’re needed means you naturally lock in the freshness and tastes,

Bean-to-cup therefore tend to top out the market with a higher price tag, but its saving you buying a separate grinder while also helps keep the mess down.

The flip side being that De’Longhi bean-to-cup coffee machines are expensive to service and fix due to their inner complexities.

All decent De’Longhi machines listed below that have the bean-to-cup functionality have a good sized hopper or bean capacity. You normally fill the hopper similar to the water reservoir, although they tend to be fixed to the machine and therefore need access to the top panel.

Brewing Temperature

Reviews are key for this metric, as it can’t reliably be quantified. Yes they’ll quote a temperature that their coffee machine produces it’s glorious ‘worlds best’ tasting coffee, but how comes the online reviews go on to say it’s distinctively on the chilly side, every time.

Sometimes a manufacturers coffee maker just doesn’t live up to the spec, especially once several dozens coffees have gone through the boiler and portafilter.

We pay close attention to any machine making coffee on the wrong side of hot, as we cant stand a mild brew. Fear not, no De’Longhi coffee maker reviewed below makes cold coffee, they’ve been penalised heavily and dropped from our ratings altogether.

We love our little De’Longhi EC680.R (See below) for making perfectly hot espressos

Dimensions and Footprint

The majority of us live in either cosy or comfortable sized houses, we definitely don’t live in palatial mansions with huge kitchens. For this reason we appreciate that counter worktop space, whether its kitchen top or desk space, is quite the commodity.

Although we haven’t specifically dropped any De’Longhi machine from our top 5 list for having a large footprint, we have used it to steer our feedback.

De’Longhi ESAM2800.SB Bean to Cup Coffee Machine

DeLonghi ESAM2800.SB Bean to Cup Coffee MachineRRP: £349.99

Cost: £266.10 (Saving £83.89)

Dimension: 36 x 28.5 x 37.5 cm

Water Reservoir: 1.8 litres

Pro: Bean-to-cup function with a 200g bean hopper, which is a good size. Fitted with a burr grinder, with 7 different coarseness settings. Huge water tank that’ll rarely need filling.

Good drink customisation: drink volume, coffee quantity, coffee strength and brew temperature. Exactly what you’d expect when in this cost bracket.

Con: One of the biggest De’Longhi models we have in our top 5, so expect to lose some vital work space to its footprint.  Also not the stylish looking unit in our list.

Verdict: 7 different settings is a bit overkill for the burr grinder, however we can’t knock the quality of the coffee that this bean-to-cup produces.

If you’re looking for an all in one, large capacity unit with good controls then this would be our recommendation from the top 5.

If you’re able to live without the bean-to-cup feature, you can save yourself £100 and buy one of the other fab units below.

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DeLonghi ECOV311.AZ Icona Vintage Espresso Machine

Delonghi ECOV311.AZ Icona Vintage Espresso MachineCost: £220.52

Dimension: 23 x 26 x 30 cm

Water Reservoir: 1.4 litres

Pro: Great retro look that gets peoples heads turning. Easy to wipe down and large drip tray. Available in a variety of pastel colours – baby blue, cream and pale green.

Con: Cup warmer wont be nearly hot enough for most peoples liking, however we always use hot water to directly heat each cup. Lack of drink customisation controls, which for the price, is a bit of a let down.

You may struggle to get a large mug or tall glass under the portafilter without removing the drip-tray (something that is trivial to do) – this probably is also shared with the EC680

Verdict: If you want a coffee machine to match a certain look, or you have great memories of yesterday-year, this gorgeous looking unit is for you.

Yes you’re paying for the stylish looks, but it also makes great coffee too. Plus if you buy it now from Amazon you’ll get it for only £220.

You can buy cheaper De’Longhi’s, for example the EC680.R below, without losing any features.

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De’Longhi EC680.R Dedica Espresso Machine

RRP: £219.99

Cost: £159.10 (Saving £60.99)

Dimension: 33 x 15 x 30 cm

Water Reservoir: 1.0 litres

Pro: The EC680 makes brilliant coffee and is quick to get upto brew temperature – mine takes around 30 seconds before the first brew is ready.

At 15cm wide, the EC680R has a tiny footprint on the kitchen worktop.

Con: This machine has one of the smallest water reservoirs of all the top De’Longhi machines listed here.

Similar to the Vintage Icona (above), you’ll find it difficult fitting large cups or glasses under the dual spout. This can be avoided by removing the drip tray, which is easily done.

Verdict: Available in fire engine red, black or stainless steel, this tiny little machine makes great coffee. If space or money is a virtue, get this De’Longhi and you won’t be disappointed.

It also can be bought for a fraction of the price of its bigger De’Longhi brothers.

Don’t let the small water reservoir put you off though, 1L is still a great capacity if you’re only making a few coffees at a time. If you think you’ll be making lots of drinks at a time, is an espresso machine really what you need?

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De’Longhi ECP33.21 Italian Traditional Espresso Coffee Maker

RRP: £159.99

Cost: £117.99 (Saving £42.00)

Dimension: 18.5 x 24 x 30.5 cm

Water Reservoir: 1.1 litres

Pro: Good small footprint, although not quite as small as the EC680 (above)

Con: Probably the least attractive of the top 5 De’Longhi coffee machines we’ve listed, thankfully it makes outstanding coffee.

Verdict: A smart little compact ‘basic’ coffee machine that turns out great coffee. If you’re looking for a small machine that still delivers, and you don’t like the EC680 in fire-engine red (above), then how about this great little cube of a unit

At time of writing this kitchen gadget also has over £40 off its normal RRP on Amazon.

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De’Longhi ECAM44.660.B Eletta Bean to Cup Coffee Machine

RRP: £829.99

Cost: £529.99 (Saving £230.00)

Dimension: 46 x 26 x 36 cm

Water Reservoir:  2 litres

Pro: Bean-to-cup with a whopping 13 adjustable settings. Great milk frother that combines with the dual spout to produce luxurious drinks

Con: Hugely expensive. A big unit too. Can take a while to warm up, but great once it gets going.

Verdict: Easy to strip down and clean, which is essential when milk carafes are involved.

Makes a large selection of piping hot drinks, such as long cappuccinos, espressos, flat white, macchiato and even hot milk for your hot chocolates.

Great options for customising your drink using the highly intuiative digital control system.

An amazing bean-to-cup coffee machine for the true coffee connoisseur. The best De’Longhi coffee machine available in 2018 – hands down.

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Top Coffee Maker Gifts for Christmas 2017

This won’t be the first article you’ve read that points out how close Christmas is already! With less than 50 days to go and only 1 more paycheck before that shopping needs to be finished, do you know what gifts you’re going to be buying for your loved ones?

Well if you’ve got little ones running around, toy giant Toys’r’us leads the way in predicting you’ll be beseiged with Star Wars, cuddly or electronic gadgetry this Christmas. Even Hamleys have produced their list; featuring a gorgeous tiger, a lego BB-8 and something called a Hatchimal Egg.

Top toy for Christmas 2017: a Lego BB-8

I’d love a new coffee machine this Christmas A cute little BB-8 would be a close 2nd

Too young for coffee? Buy them this adorable Lego BB-8

Top Christmas Coffee Gifts

Maybe your loved one is slightly older and more reliant on caffeine than our younger-versions.

Or maybe you rightly justify that Christmas is a damn good time to reward yourself to a new coffee machine.

2017 has been a long year. A tough year.

Maybe you need a daily boost to your immune system. What better way to end 2017

Or why not treat the kitchen to a brand new espresso maker.

Maybe a new Tassimo pod machine or a bulk-dispensing drip coffee maker can push your employees to new levels of greatness in 2018.

Whatever the reason, we’re going to list some of the BEST COFFEE MACHINES for Christmas 2017 just for you. (Don’t tell anyone else, okay?!)

 

Fancy Beans with Fancy Flavours

Lets not muck about; coffee makers are expensive gifts and a lot of us aren’t blessed in the relms of Sir Richard Branson, Sir James Dyson or the Grosvenor family. (Top 25 richest British people)

So we thought we’d dabble in the world of luxury that won’t break the bank.

We have some exquisite beans here for you to try – yes they are more expensive than your usual blend – but that’s the point.

Nuclear Coffee

This 1Kg bag of coffee is described as STRONG and bold, without compromising the delicate coffee beans taste.

All of their beans are ethical sourced and they’re stamped with the Fair Trade logo

One verified customer said this about the Nuclear coffee; “Superb stuff!! Rocket fuel of the highest order. Very nice taste,no bitterness and a good,strong kick of caffeine. Best one ive tried

£16.95 for 1Kg on Amazon

Spiller & Tait

A medium roast that can be drunk all day, but recommended at breakfast time. These beans won Great Taste Award 2017 and the Taste of the West Awards 2014. So you’re in for a solid win with these!

£15.95 for 1Kg on Amazon

Planet Java Mocha Coffee

Our cheapest of the 4 bag-o-beans, this blend consists of 4 Arabicas and 2 Robustas sources. They claim a chocolatey nutty flavour due to the mix of Yemen Mocha and Indian Mysore beans.

One drinker left this comment:

“Just finished my first coffee from these new beans and they really do make a nice coffee. Great flavour, good depth with rich chocolate tones. Highly recommend.”

Only £10.99 for 1Kg on Amazon

Brown Bear Breakfast Coffee

Unlike our first choice, the Nuclear coffee, the Brown Bear is for those who don’t like the strong dominating hit of coffee. The Brown Bear company say this coffee is perfect for the breakfast table, with a well balanced, malty and nutty finish.

Elly said this about Brown Bear’s breakfast coffee: “Yummy coffee, perfect for my Aeropress, no bitter aftertaste like with some coffees, just pleasant and smooth!” She also rated it 5 out of 5.

Just £14.99 per Kilo on Amazon

 

Top Christmas Coffee Maker

Imagine waking to the lovely aroma of freshly brewed coffee, or coming home in the cold dark winter days to a nice frothy cappuccino. Who wouldn’t want to receive this beautiful coffee maker this Christmas.

Nespresso Lattissima TouchNespresso have made another cracking machine here, giving you the easy early-morning decision of a cappuccino, latte or espresso.

Not only that, but the Lattissima can get up to temperature in less than half a minute, so no more waiting around in your slippers and dressing gown.

Just more time to relax and unwind with a lovely dark crema coffee.

Black not your colour of choice for the Nespresso Lattissima Touch, well it also comes in a strong red or elegant cream.

Get the Lattissima Touch for Christmas for only £117

We also have a great review section on the many Bosch Tassimo coffee makers available, all would make a perfect present to go under the tree. Just visit our Bosch coffee review page to check out more Christmas gift ideas.

Variety is the spice of Christmas 2017

Its always a glorious time when the coffee houses around the country break out their elaborate sugary Christmas drinks.

Seriously though, what is Eggnog trying to be? No chance I’m accepting that in a coffee house any time soon.

But why only have them at Christmas time when you can give someone the gift of caffeine-variety this December.

We’ve selected two great choices; one from Italian staple Lavazza, the other a Latte focused pack from Tassimo.

 Lavazza Capsule Pack only £38 on Amazon Tassimo Latte Pack only £18 on Amazon

Not satisfied with those choices?

Know someone who just loves to be COMPLETELY overwhelmed with choice (apparently those people exist!)?

Well why not flood their lives with this amazing 100 pod Nespresso variety pack.

Ultimate Christmas Variety Pack

Ultimate Christmas Variety Pack

 

It would almost be a shame to wrap those Nespresso tubes up, they look so great just as they are. What an amazing gift to give someone though.

Great gift in a small package

If you’re looking for a little stocking filler, or maybe a small gift for your hard working boss, how about these 6 coffee glasses for less than a £10?

For that price you can’t go wrong, plus they look great with a nice milky latte inside. Something perfect to cuddly up near a lit fire with, beside the tree, don’t you think?

£6 for 6 Latte Coffee Glasses on Amazon

That’s all for Christmas 2017

We sure hope we helped you find a new gift for someone this Christmas.

If we did, or if you’ve thought of something brilliant we haven’t listed, please drop a Christmassy comment below.

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for some great tips on buying a new coffee maker, have a quick read of our buyers guide. It’ll point you squarely in the right direction. Then we can all get back to wrapping that pile of presents.

Top 10 Caffeine Health Benefits

Coffee is full of caffeine, some 200-400mg per 100 grams. But what is caffeine and how does it affect our bodies.

Caffeine is a powerful drug and we’re going to look into the top 10 health benefits you get from it.

Remember though, like a lot of drugs, caffeine can be addictive and excessive consumption can have significant effects on your health.

We’re not doctors, so please do your own research before acting upon this information, especially if you’re expecting a baby.

1. Caffeine’s link to preventing cancer

Regular coffee drinking decreases the risk of developing multiple types of cancer. Cancer being one of the biggest groups of diseases in the modern day, its reassuring that everyday products such as coffee are showing signs of reducing the risk of developing it.

Research is shown that even small amounts of caffeine consumed on a regular basis can reduce the likelihood of developing multiple types of cancer; such as breast, colon, skin and liver [Source]

Natural products that can be self administered are even more important when the usual drug treatment for such diseases is so aggressive and the side effects life-changing.

2. Caffeine can reduces the risk of developing liver disease.

One research paper has found that consumption of only a small amount of caffeine on a regular basis can have a significant reduction to the risk of developing advanced fibrosis:

An average daily intake of an estimated 100 mg of caffeine from coffee, tea, or soda was associated with an approximately one-third reduction in odds of advanced fibrosis, although higher intake did not seem to confer any additional benefit [Source]

When a liver becomes damaged it develops scar tissue, which cannot perform the normal function of the cells in the organ. This stage is called fibrosis. This damaged can come from alcohol consumption, environmental toxins or infections such as hepatitis B / C.

Fibrosis of the liver develops before the more serious form, cirrhosis of the liver. Cirrhosis of the liver can cause liver failure, rupturing of the organ and even death.

Findings that report a ⅓ reduction in developing advanced fibrosis is fairly significant and has spurred on further medical and academic research into the area.

3. Caffeine helps prevent Kidney Stones

Caffeine reduces the risk of developing kidney stones. Kidney stones are usually a build up of calcium, ammonia or magnesium compounds within the kidney, ureter or bladder.

Scientists believe that by consuming caffeine a person is less likely to develop the formation of kidney stones as their urine becomes more diluted. Its important to note that the scientists found this is true even when caffeine comes from sources other than just coffee.

4. Drinking coffee decreases suicide risk

Researchers have found a correlation between drinking multiple cups of coffee in a week with decreased likelihood of carrying out a suicide attempt. [Source]

This is a remarkable link between the physiological and psychological aspects of the human body.

5. Caffeine improves reaction speed

Caffeine decreases reaction time and brain activity when you’re tired. Although it may seem obvious that the caffeine in coffee helps keep you awake but that doesn’t necessarily mean your cognitive abilities and reactions are maintained. A study using highly decorated soldiers exposed to no periods of prolonged sleep [Source] concluded:

“a total daily dose of 800 mg caffeine during successive overnight periods of wakefulness is an effective strategy to maintain cognitive function when optimal sleep periods during the day are not available.”

6. Caffeine benefits asthma sufferers

Caffeine opens up the airways of asthma sufferers. Scientists are found a significant link that caffeine consumption helps to open up and maintain the airways of asthma suffers, similarly to the effect a well prescribed drug, Theophylline, has.

This is also true for other respiratory problems such as emphysema and bronchitis.

The correlation between caffeine and Theophylline should be too surprising as manufacturers produce the drug using a derivative of caffeine, called Xanthines.

7. Coffee lowers the risk of stroke

Coffee lowers the risk of stroke in women. A large and significant study of almost 35,000 women showed that over 10 years, those who drank coffee on a regular basis were at a much lower risk of developing multiple cardiac conditions.

“coffee consumption was associated with a statistically significant lower risk of total stroke, cerebral infarction, and subarachnoid hemorrhage” [Source]

8. Coffee can help with weight loss

Coffee helps with weight loss and keeping the weight off once it’s been shed.

This is far more significant than just making people feel they look better, although the psychological aspect is still important.

Obesity is now a massive ‘pandemic’ affecting health services, so research into causes of improved weight loss are vital.

One sturdy summarised their findings as those who lost weight and then maintained their new weight “… reported to consume significantly more cups of coffee and caffeinated beverages compared with the participants in the general population sample” [Source]

9. Caffeine linked to preventing Parkinson’s disease

Reduces the likelihood of developing Parkinson’s disease. Researchers found that even those who were genetically pre proposed to developing Parkinson’s, those who consumed multiple cups of coffee a day were less likely to develop the common neurodegenerative disorder [Source].

In fact the reduction in risk was greatest with those genetically likely to develop Parkinson’s;

“Caffeine intake would significantly reduce the risk of PD much more in those with high genetic susceptibility compared to those with low genetic susceptibility”

10. Increases memory consolidation and retention

Several studies have shown that the consumption of coffee and caffeine can boost memory retention.

A recent study published in Nature Neuroscience concludes that adding caffeine to your diet can improve the neurological process that involves moving information from the short-term memory space into long-term memories, a process called memory consolidation [Source]

It should be noted that these studies into the neurological effects of caffeine consumption are usually quite small and further research is needed to explore the effects in more detail.

Summary of health benefits for caffeine

We can see from these top 10 effects that caffeine is a powerful drug that can lead to many health benefits when consumed even in small amounts, 100mg.

Like most drugs though, caffeine can be abused and addiction is easily possible.

If you’re pregnant then the usual advice is for expectant mothers to avoid most caffeine sources.

Further research into caffeine, and specifically the wonder of coffee, needs to occur, but initial research into light-to-moderate consumption suggest that caffeine is beneficial to the human body.

Drink up and enjoy.

6 Things you may not know about coffee houses

Here’s a list of some of the things you may not be aware about regarding your local coffee house. Whether its Costa, Nero, Starbucks or a small independent store down the road, you can be sure that some of these apply.

How much caffeine is in my coffee?!

super-large-coffee-has-how-much-caffeineIf you’ve got a dull meeting ahead of you, or a long tube travel, buying a super-double-extra-large doesn’t always mean more of a caffeine hit.

Usually it just means more milk, which also means more encapsulated air, not the boost you’re really after. Plus the milk is where the calories are at too.

You could try:

  1. A double espresso, for a short strong hit
  2. A flat white, for a strong but milky drink
  3. A medium or large filter coffee, for that longer drink

Are expensive coffee beans better?

Expensive blends don’t necessarily mean better blends! Like in everything else we assume the higher the price tag the better the product, this just simply isn’t the case.

Some independent stores especially, may even buy cheaper beans and sell the drink branded as something else. Try a few different drinks and go with what you LIKE, not just the most expensive. Think with your tongue people not with your pay-cheque.

Baristas know how to make a latte

I know this is true of Starbucks at least, probably the other large coffee chains and shops too, but they actually go through training to make you that drink.

I don’t just mean health-and-safety of the machines either.

Barista school is a real thing. Real education on beans, blends, history and how to make that perfect drink every time. Okay its not a masters degree, but they’ve still worked for that specific education, for the ability to be called a barista.

They’ll know how to make a latte, how to serve a cappuccino and how to pour a macchiato

Coffee art, latte art and steamed milk

whats-the-point-of-coffee-art-milk-artOne of the ways of making sure your milk has that perfect velvety texture is to put a little chocolate logo on top.

It may be the typical ‘bean’ or the companies logo, but that little bit of ‘artwork’ is actually a quality control mechanism.

If the art breaks down or the foam collapses quickly underneath it, that means the milk wasn’t heated correctly.

Send a drink back

If you don’t like your drink, you can probably send it back for a different one.

This is dependant on the establishment (not a law of the country etc) but usually if you’ve gone and tried one of those syrups, or just a different type of brew, if you don’t like it you can genuinely go and tell them and they’ll replace it.

Its rude to queue for a coffee when…

Baristas consider it rude if you’re on the phone in the queue.

Why?

Because it is! If you’re in the queue its because you’re ready to engage with the barista. They’re busy and you’re there to order from them. Here’s 3 things to do instead of using your phone:

  1. Choose your drink. Choose your size. Choose your snack
  2. Scan the menu for something new and exciting. Break the mould.
  3. Use the time to unwind and relax before you sip that hot well made beverage,

Plus also spare the ears of all those people around you.

Coffee houses – did you know…

So there you have it, 6 things you may not have known about coffee houses.

There’s probably lots more things to. Do you know of something that we could add?

Add it to the comments below.

Thanks for reading