The Coffee Experience

Understand the basics of coffee

The Coffee Experience

Understanding Coffee

Understanding Coffee

To really appreciate something fully, you’ve got to understand it. Coffee can be quite complex, but it’s quite easy to get your head around the basics. Once you do, you’ll enjoy it even more.

Coffee Characteristics

In every cup of coffee, there are three key characteristics that create its overall flavour: aroma, acidity and body.

AROMA

Coffee can have up to 1000 aromatic compounds that contribute to its profile. A coffee aroma can be: fruity, caramel, roasted, cereal, rubber, fermented, earthy, spicy, floral, nutty, and even cooked.

ACIDITY

When it comes to coffee, acidity isn’t what you think it is. It’s a sharp and vibrant taste, a tingling on the tongue. Good acidity tastes bright and crisp, whereas a coffee without enough acidity tastes flat and dull.

BODY

Body describes the texture of the coffee as it coats your tongue, and the weight of the coffee as it settles in your mouth. A full-bodied coffee is rich and heavy, whereas a coffee without much body is thin and watery.

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Coffee Cupping

Coffee cupping is the practice of tasting coffee. At NESCAFÉ, our professional coffee cuppers make sure we’re delivering consistent quality at the highest standard. Try putting yourself to the test! Here are a few tips to help you have a coffee cupping session at home:

1 - Nose the aromas while the coffee is still steaming  

2 - Take a spoonful of coffee with a silver spoon

3 - Pucker your lips and slurp the coffee loudly

4 - Feel the texture of the coffee on your tongue

5 - Sense the weight of the coffee in your mouth

6 - Notice if it lingers... and enjoy!

Coffee Consumption In Moderation

Coffee Consumption In Moderation

Since the Middle Ages, and its origins in the luxury coffee houses of the Middle East, this mysterious and complex beverage has provoked love and fear. Coffee has aroused scientific interest for many years. Today, experts agree that moderate coffee consumption of up to 4 mugs of instant coffee (around 400mg of caffeine) per day is not associated with detrimental effect on health. Coffee can be part of a balanced diet and active lifestyle, and is included in the Government's Eatwell Guide.

 

Want the delicious flavour of coffee without all the caffeine? Decaff is the answer. The decaffeination process removes nearly all of the caffeine from coffee beans even before they are roasted.

 

If you’re looking for a delicious and tasty decaff coffee, look no further than the NESCAFÉ range of decaff coffees. Although there are numerous ways to decaffeinate coffee, NESCAFÉ uses a water decaffeinating process that preserves the full taste and rich aroma that is unique to NESCAFÉ. That means, with NESCAFÉ decaff, you can still enjoy the coffee experience you love; without all the caffeine of course.

Making Coffee

Making Coffee

There are so many different ways to make coffee, whether you go for complex concoctions or instant inventions, each method results in a different brew.

For many people, brewing coffee is an art form. Particularly for the professionals – the baristas. They pride themselves on their coffee skills and can whip up foamy works of art. Want to bring out your inner barista? Here are just a few different ways to brew a delicious cup:

DRIP COFFEE

You can make drip coffee by placing fine coffee grounds on top of a coffee filter over your cup. Then slowly pour hot water over it and wait as the coffee drips through to create a smooth cup.

FRENCH PRESS

If you have coarser coffee grounds, you can use a French press. To do this, you mix the grounds with hot water, stir and let it steep. After a few minutes, plunge the plunger and start pouring.

ESPRESSO

If you’re after something a little stronger, a stove-top espresso pot brews coffee by passing boiling water through ground coffee, pressurised by steam. The result? A perfect espresso.

TURKISH

Turkish coffee is made with a special pot called a cezve. Extremely fine coffee grounds, sugar, cardamom and water are added to the cezve and brought to the boil, for an intensely rich coffee.

You can still make yourself a great coffee even if you aren’t a barista. Our instant coffee is a top-quality product that’s been enjoyed on the summit of Everest and was even the first coffee to land on the Moon. It’s easy to prepare, store and transport. The beauty of instant coffee is that it gives you a wonderful coffee experience in a totally convenient way.

Instant coffee has a longer shelf life than most coffees. But whether you like your coffee made from beans or granules, it’s important to store it correctly.

 

DO store your coffee within a dry, airtight container and place it in a cool, dark, dry environment.

DON’T store your coffee in the fridge or freezer and keep it away from warm, light, moist environment.

Drinking Coffee

Drinking Coffee

There’s always a new coffee drink to try, but there are some classics that you’ll find in every coffee shop. Here’s a little more information about the different ways to drink coffee...

A Coffee for Every Occasion

There are so many different ways to enjoy coffee. Whether you like yours simply black or flamboyantly flavoured, piping hot or ice cold, or indulging yourself with added cream or a splash of whisky, there’s a coffee to suit whatever mood you’re in.

Espresso

Espresso

An espresso is a shot of concentrated coffee made by forcing steam through very finely ground coffee beans.

Ristretto

Ristretto

A ristretto is a more intense espresso. It’s made in the same way, with the same amount of coffee, but less water.

Macchiato

Macchiato

A macchiato is a thick and creamy tasting coffee, made with one shot of espresso and a small amount of frothy milk foam on top.

Americano

Americano

An Americano is also known as a ‘long black’. It’s made with a shot or two of espresso topped up with hot water.

Cappuccino

Cappuccino

A cappuccino consists of a double espresso, hot milk and foam, all in equal parts. You can also add chocolate dusting.

Latte

Latte

A latte, or caffè latte, is similar to a cappuccino, but with more milk and only about a finger width of foam on top.