So, at the meeting place, we have this drink: "A Salted Caramello".
It's an "espresso" beverage with espresso (optional) chocolate, caramel syrup, and a pinch of salt.
Although, this is a popular beverage, some people are still curious / concerned about putting salt in their coffee.
So, let's learn more about why adding salt to your coffee can actually be a creative and healthy way to alter the taste and experience of your coffee.
1. The first thing that happens when you put salt in your coffee is, it neutralizes the bitterness by blocking the taste buds responsible for tasting it.
2. This will also add thickness to the beverage, by making the water denser.
3. Adding just a pinch of salt will also help enhance the flavor of the espresso.
4. Adding salt also helps replenish some of the sodium that your body loses from drinking caffeine.
5. Salt in a coffee with milk helps break down some of the fats, and enzymes in the milk; for a more enjoyable after-taste / drinking experience.
Along with improving the flavours, salt can have many health benefits to you favorite coffee beverage, but, we recommend experimenting for yourself, as this process is not for all taste-buds.
So, if you're ever curious about adding salt to you coffee, come by the meeting place, and try our salted caramello (with espresso) to see if this is something for you!
We hope to see you soon!
March is here! So, in honor of it being a month that starts with the letter "M".
We thought it would be fun to drink coffee beverages that begin with the same letter this month. And, the first ones that come to mind that we have available at The Meeting Place are mochas & macchiatos.
For those of you who don't really know what these drinks contain exactly, here's a short description (with pictures):
A drink combining chocolate, steam milk, and espresso (can also be iced).
Ask for whipped cream on top for a delicious treat.
Fun Fact: The name is derived from the city of Mocha, Yemen; which was one of the centers of early coffee trade.
An espresso coffee drink with a small amount of milk.
At the meeting place, we mostly serve it iced (also known as iced cowboy).
Fun Fact: In Italian, macchiato means "stained" or "spotted", so the literal translation of macchiato is “marked coffee.”
Hope to see you soon!
Make sure to try one of these two drinks during the month of March when you visit the meeting place!
And, if you don't know which one to try, don't be afraid to ask your friendly server or barista which one they recommend!
So, you're probably wondering what more you need to know about caffeine; it wakes you up and keeps you alert, right? What else do I need to know?
Well, let me just give you some fun facts that I think you'll find pretty interesting...
1. there is no ideal time to drink coffee
Some people say that the ideal time to drink coffee is between 9am and 10am because that's when you get the maximum impact of caffeine in terms of the functional benefits. But, there’s also other research out there showing that the impact of caffeine varies based on when you regularly consume caffeine. However, ultimately, everybody is different, so there’s no one perfect time of day to drink coffee that will be ideal for everyone.
2. decaf contains caffeine
it’s very hard to remove all of the caffeine from coffee, even with very selective and specific extraction processes.
That said, most decaf coffees contain about between about 1% and 10% of the residual caffeine, inside the coffee, depending on the method.
That’s still a lot less caffeine that’s available in coffee beforehand, and actually it’s about the same amount as in as in a hot chocolate. So clearly, it’s unlikely to affect you as much as a regular caffeinated coffee or tea.
3. filter coffee has more caffeine
While espresso has a higher concentration of coffee, per serving, filter coffee (eg French press, drip filter, etc) typically has more caffeine per cup.
The main reason is because you typically drink more filter coffee per cup than a standard espresso
a double shot of espresso averages about 80 mg of caffeine v.s. around 125 milligrams in a 240ml (8oz) filter coffee.
4. dark roast does not have more caffeine
People often say because dark roasted coffee tastes stronger, it has more caffeine.
I’ve also heard the opposite: that because it’s been roasted darker, some of the caffeine has been ‘roasted off’.
The first statement is false.. Dark roasted coffee does taste stronger; it has been roasted longer.
So, it is stronger, but not in caffeine.
So, now that you know more about caffeine, and know what you're drinking, we'll be waiting to make you that amazing cup of coffee.
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