History of Latte Art

Who doesn’t enjoy their latte that a little bit more when the barista goes to the trouble of adding a little heart-shaped or leaf-shaped swirl on the top of the foam? This is what’s known as latte art, and it has become an increasingly popular art form in cafes across the world in recent years. In fact, it’s pretty much standard practice for a latte or a cappuccino.

Here are a few fun facts about this art form, how it developed and how it’s done:

  • Latte art is a method of pouring steamed milk into a shot of espresso in a certain way, resulting in a pattern or design on the surface of the drink. It can also be created or embellished by simply “drawing” in the top layer of foam using a toothpick or similar implement.
  • These aforementioned methods are the two main types of latte art: free pouring (creating the pattern during the pour) and etching (using a tool to create a pattern after the pour).
  • Free pouring is far more common, and has resulted in the two most commonly seen latte art patterns —the heart shape and the rosetta, a fern-like design.
  • Latte art is made possible by the combination of the crema (which is an emulsion of coffee oil and brewed coffee) and the microfoam, which is a foam of air in milk.
  • David Schomer, the owner of Seattle’s Espresso Vivace coffee shop, is credited with bringing latte art to the forefront of coffee culture in the US.
  • Schomer credits the development of microfoam (“velvet foam” or “milk texturing”) to Jack Kelly of Seattle coffee shop Uptown Espresso in 1986.
  • Schomer worked on his technique of free-pouring the textured milk using the sides of the cup to form swirls and waves, and perfected the heart pattern by 1989. Then he saw the now popular rosetta pattern in a photo from a café in Italy in 1992, and worked for about six months perfecting the technique to create that design.
  • Today, free pouring latte art designs (such as the heart and the rosetta) have become pretty much standard practice when making drinks, and many baristas take part in international latte art competitions.

Coffee Art in OG showed its style in last year’s Organo Gold’s OGlicious Recipe Contest. In addition to fantastic coffee recipes, all the entries were compiled into a Holiday Cookbook in which proceeds go to OG’s charity – OG Cares.

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Thanks A-Latte Comes to Life!

I have a Latte 101 blog post entitled “Thanks A-Latte!” and wanted to show everyone how easy it is to make gourmet latte at home. This saves you time and money…also, makes you sound pretty cool! I did this in one take…I’m still learning how to do side shots correctly LOL If you enjoy, PLEASE like and share my video…also, subscribe to my YouTube channel for new videos every week! #GBYD #GourmetLivesMatter #RaezCafe

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Thanks A Latte

The Gourmet Cafe Latte, in its golden yellow box, is one of our top-selling products. The luxurious drink blends the smooth flavor of Italian-style coffee with the creaminess of frothed milk. It’s a drink that seems somehow decadent, yet, with the added bonus of Ganoderama, is more like a little burst of flavor with benefits.

Did you know that in general the latte is a relatively new phenomenon? Let’s do a little LATTE 101:

  • latte is simply a coffee drink made with espresso and steamed milk.
  • The English word is an abbreviated version of the Italian term “caffè latte” which means “coffee milk”.
  • In Italian, “latte” literally means milk, so ordering a “latte” in Italy will get the customer a glass of milk.
  • In English-speaking countries “latte” evolved as an abbreviation for “caffe latte”, the Italian term which is similar to the French café au lait and the Spanish café con leche.
  • Historically, coffee and milk have been part of European cuisine since the 17th century. It is primarily Europeans who added milk to coffee, as no record of milk was found in coffee pre-1600 in Turkey or in the Arab world.
  • According to the Oxford English Dictionary,the term “caffè latte” was first used in English in 1867 by writer William Dean Howells in his essay “Italian Journeys”.
  • The contemporary popularity of the latte has spawned the creation of what has been dubbed “latte art” which is increasingly common everywhere where espresso coffee drinks are popular, such as North America, Europe, Australia and beyond. Created by pouring steaming, frothed milk into the coffee, that liquid is introduced into the beverage in such a way that patterns are distinguishable on the top of coffee.
  • The Gourmet Cafe Latte was one of OG’s original products!

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Sugar & Spice = Tijuana Style Coffee

Coffee in Tijuana has a definite local flavor. The popular local drink is a concoction known as “café de la olla”, which is coffee with added milk, spices and sugar.

In Tijuana, coffee was traditionally primarily a morning drink. But as a 2013 OC Weekly article [July, 2013] by Dave Lieberman noted, the coffee culture sweeping across other parts of North America is trickling across the border into the Tijuana landscape. One local gem Lieberman found while exploring Tijuana was a cafe called Caffe Sospeso. “Caffe Sospeso — which takes its name from the Neapolitan pay-it-forward tradition of “suspended coffee”, where you pay for two coffees but only drink one, so that someone down on his or her luck can have a free coffee later — has been in Tijuana for 18 years, but has concentrated lately on changing the coffee culture on the south side of la línea,” Leiberman wrote.

Here, in place of the sweet, spicy, milky drink favored by locals, he found a more contemporary coffee experience, with cold-brewed pourover and French press coffee preparations showcasing the beautiful aromas of their carefully sourced beans.

So, for those who prefer their coffee dark and flavorful but not sweet and milky, the growth and popularity of modern venues such as Caffe Sospeso seems to be a good sign.

Tip: For those who do enjoy sweet, milky coffee with a hint of spice, why not try adding some cinnamon and perhaps a dash of agave syrup to your sachets of Gourmet Latte or Cafe Mocha — to create your own Tijuana style coffee experience at home.

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When in Rome…

You couldn’t find a more quintessentially coffee-loving place than the vibrant Italian city of Rome. Coffee is an integral part of the fabric of daily life in this energetic city. Locals whizzing by on scooters, flocks of tourists walking the Roman ruins and the Colosseum, and people everywhere sipping espressos.

Here in the US coffee has become something of an “on-the-go” staple. In Rome, it’s more of a “drink and go” scenario — with many coffee bars offering standing room only for folks who want to quickly sip their espresso without even sitting down. You won’t spy any 20 ounce Frappuccinos® here (and if you do, they will likely belong to tourists!).

According to CNN Travel correspondent and proud Roman, Silvia Marchetti, it’s part of the culture. “Romans like their coffee fast, strong and burning hot. We gulp it down, on the run, sans sitting,” writes Marchetti. “Drink and go: that’s the philosophy. It’s part of the lifestyle, a persistent aroma that envelopes people from morning till after dinner.”

Here are a few fun facts about Romans and Italians in general and their coffee, and a few tips on how and what to order, and when:

  • Cappuccino is considered a breakfast coffee, so traditional Italians do not order this drink any time after around 11:00am.
  • Caffè ristretto(kah-FE ri-STRE-to) is a so-called “restricted coffee” — which references the way in which the stream of coffee is stopped before the normal amount, making the coffee stronger, or more concentrated, than a regular coffee or espresso.
  • Many Romans drink five or more espressos per day.

For Rae’s coffee lovers … For a strong, robust coffee, add 4-6 ounces of hot water to your favorite Gourmet Coffee, Latte or Mocha..

For more information about Organo Gold’s European convention, go to: https://euconvention.organogold.com/.

Source:  http://goitaly.about.com/od/foodandwineofitaly/a/italian_coffee.htm

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Survey Says…Alot of People LOVE Coffee!

A lot of people profess their undying love for coffee each morning. “I love my latte”, or “I can’t live without my morning cuppa Joe” and so on are heard across the world each morning as people get out of bed. But a recent survey by hotel chain Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts showed that people love coffee even more than previously thought!

Some key results from the study included:

  • 78% of respondents said they would rather give up alcohol, social media or relations with their spouse for a year, rather than forfeit coffee.
  • 53% of respondents chose coffee over physical intimacy as their preferred morning wake-up call.
  • 54% of respondents make their morning brew right at home.
  • 73% of respondents would give up television and internet in a hotel for the perfect cup of coffee.
  • 63% of respondents would give up alcohol over coffee while staying at a hotel.
  • 58% of people surveyed said they drink coffee to relax, while 55% also drink it primarily for the taste.

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For more on the study, see the full article on BusinessWire.com.

Source: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20130926005859/en/Le-Meridien-Study-Reveals-People-Choose-Coffee

Recipes or ReciTEAS???

After reading my post “A Taste-Tea Option,” I know that you’re all experts on how to brew and steep the line of teas featured at Rae’s Cafe. This week, I’m going to take it one step further and give you a brand new recipe to put your expertise to the test!

Try out this new Vanilla Green Tea Latte recipe and tweet me a photo with the #raezcafe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of Organic Green Tea
  • ½ cup of boiling water
  • 1 cup of milk of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (or sweetener of choice) to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  • Steep the bag of Organic Green Tea in the ½ cup of boiling water for 1-3 minutes (as mentioned in “A Taste-Tea Option”, never go over 3 minutes!)
  • While the Green Tea is steeping, heat the milk until it is very hot, but not boiling
  • Once the Green Tea is done steeping and the milk is hot, mix together
  • Add in the honey and vanilla extract
  • Pour into mugs and enjoy while hot

*Note that you have the option to use a frother to make the milk foamy. Or check out “Foam Sweet Foam” for a quick, easy way to create foam.

Recipes

Mocha Almond Pancake

It’s been a little over a year since the introduction of the delicious BrewKups at P50K in San Antonio, Texas. To celebrate the “occasion”, I want to share with you one of my favorite recipes from the OG Cookbook: OG Brewed Mocha Almond Pancake by Roberto Carlos Cruz from Puerto Rico.

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Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Brew Organo Gold Chocolate Almond BrewKup using the medium size.
  2. Dissolve OG Café Mocha and OG Black Coffee into the brewed Chocolate Almond. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, beaten eggs, oil and milk and whisk until well incorporated. Add Organo Gold brewed coffees and chocolate to the mixture. Blend well.
  4. Cook pancakes on a hot griddle or pan over medium heat. Turn once and cook until they are golden.
  5. To serve, add a small scoop of butter and drizzle with honey.

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The Rise of the New Coffee Class

riseofnewcoffeeclassIf you want to talk fancy coffee brewing methods and equipment, we could be here for a while. There are dozens upon dozens of fancy coffee machines that brew, percolate, or create the perfect cup of coffee or shot of espresso.

The recent rise of the cult coffee roaster has also produced a “new wave” of coffee connoisseurs of whom are very specific about the flavors of their beans, brews and the consistency of their foam. Even a new form, “coffee art” has emerged from this coffee-centric society — with baristas creating patterns in the foamy cap of lattes or cappuccinos, using pouring techniques (or sometimes even toothpicks) to com-bine the foamy milk with the dark brown liquid of the espresso.

While all this has been going on, another kind of coffee has also experienced something of a Renaissance – pre-brewed coffee.

A certain Seattle-based coffee giant launched their own in-house pre-brewed product with an enthusiastic response. It seems the convenience and portability of pre-brewed, powdered coffee products is a hit in today’s modern, multi-tasking, always-on-the-go society.

And why not? The fact is that pre-brewed products – in particular premium, luxury-level products such as Rae’s family of coffees – are made with the same high quality beans freshly ground in hipster coffee shops to make those over-priced lattes and espresso drinks.

  •  We source only the finest, hand-selected beans for our pre-brewed coffee products, such as the Jamaican Blue Mountain grown beans used in our Premium Gourmet Royal Brewed.
  •  We use only the latest technology to dry, process and make our premium pre-brewed coffee, capturing the freshly-roasted flavor of these quality coffee beans from the world’s finest coffee regions.
  • The flavor of our beverages is enhanced with only the finest ingredients, such as the luxuriously rich chocolate flavor of our Gourmet Café Mocha.
  • Our Gourmet Café Latte product is SO much like a fancy coffee shop latte, complete with freshly-foamed milk, we challenge you to challenge your coffee elitist pals to take a blind taste test and spot the difference.
  • We believe our products, with the addition of the amazing Ganoderma powder, are not merely as good as store-bought, freshly brewed coffee — they’re better. AND beneficial.

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