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Different coffee drinks

texture, sweetness, intensity

Coffee is among the most Swedish that exists, but the different types of coffee drinks that are available in cafés can easily become confusing for those who are not familiar. Below is a list of some of the slightly different coffee drinks - both explain the difference between the usual and what distinguishes some of the slightly more unusual. All have espresso as a base - which means they are made from coffee beans that are ground (as standard freshly ground in a coffee grinder on site in the café) and that are brewed in an espresso machine .

"What exactly is the difference between caffe latte and cappuccino?"

Coffee is among the most Swedish that exists, but the different types of coffee drinks that are available in cafés can easily become confusing for those who are not familiar. Below is a list of some of the slightly different coffee drinks - both explain the difference between the usual and what distinguishes some of the slightly more unusual. All have espresso as a base - which means they are made from coffee beans that are ground (as standard freshly ground in a coffee grinder on site in the café) and that are brewed in an espresso machine .

Flat white - oceanic texture

The flat white drink came from somewhere in Australia or New Zealand and is a mixture of one part espresso and two parts milk. The milk is heated with steam, mixed with espresso, topped with a thinner layer of skim milk and then allowed to stand for a short time so that it becomes a skin on top of the coffee. This gives the recognizable structure of this drink. Flat White is a relatively popular drink in Sweden, even though it was unknown a few years ago.

Cortado - the Spanish sweet

Cortado is a Spanish variant of "coffee with milk". But the Spaniards only heat the milk instead of frothing completely, and thus a cortado does not get the same texture as the Italians' cappuccino which also foams the milk. The heated milk is mixed with equal parts espresso to make a cortado. Gives a sweeter taste, as the acidity of the coffee is slightly reduced by the milk.

Ristretto - fast and intense

Cafes can offer a good espresso, which is difficult at home as it requires experience of the equipment, choice of beans and brewing time. When brewing, the sweet flavors first appear before the bitter ones develop. But there are different types of espresso brewing. A longer brewing therefore entails a greater risk of having a bitter aftertaste. A ristretto is an espresso but where the brewing is stopped before the espresso is completely finished, which gives a smaller amount of coffee but with a more intense taste experience.

Lungo - long and smooth

Brew an espresso but double both the time and the amount of water. The result is a drink that is more diluted than espresso and with a slightly bitter taste. Our Swedish brewed coffee is a good comparison when it comes to how strong the coffee is. However, this drink should not be mixed with an Americano - which is a regular espresso but with added hot water.

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