First of all, if you like your coffee to have a rich taste and aroma, you’ll like Spanish coffee. It is roasted and blended in a unique fashion to create a robust, smooth, full-bodied and absolutely delicious drink. It is essentially a mix of coffee, heavy whipped cream and liquor. Doesn’t that sound absolutely delicious?
Spanish Coffee:- The Process
Mezcla is undoubtedly the most popular blend of Spanish coffee and in order to make this version, 20% to 30% of the raw beans needs to be sugar sprayed using a fine mist of sugar before roasting. This process is often known as ‘Torrefacto’. These glazed beans should be added to the normal beans and they should be roasted until the sugar is burnt off. Finally, the roasted beans turn dark to create a deep rich coffee without the slightest hint of bitterness.
Spanish Coffee:- The Variations
Coffee in Spain is delicious and varied and Spanish people love their coffee like any other precious thing. In a Spanish cafeteria, you can come across different types of drinks to choose from and each version has its own unique taste and aroma. Some of the popular versions are Cortado, Bombon, Leche y Leche, Café con Leche, Café solo, Largo and Café con Hielo.
Cortado ia a drink made in a small cup by mixing equal quantity of espresso coffee and hot steamed milk. Bombon is prepared by adding 50% of espresso and 50% of condensed milk. The condensed milk adds the much required sweetness to this type of coffee.
While making Leche y Leche, you need to add both steamed milk and condensed milk to espresso coffee and Café con Leche can be prepared by adding more milk than coffee. Café solo, as the name suggests, does not contain any milk and Largo is a longer pour of the Café solo with a bit more bitterness. Café Hielo is an iced coffee and during summer months, many people prefer this unique iced version to keep their spirit high.
Spanish Coffee:- A Step By Step Guide
1) If you want to make a strong and dark coffee that is typically Spanish, you should use a strong variety of freshly ground beans like French roast or a combination of sugar sprayed beans and freshly ground beans. It is always advisable to avoid beans that come in a can because of its large grind.
The water should not contain a lot of minerals or chlorine because the coffee flavor may change due to the presence of these substances. Bottled or filtered water is the best option available. The ratio between coffee and hot milk should be kept between 1/3 cup and 2/3 cup respectively.
2) You need to take a conventional stove-top espresso maker and the bottom portion should be filled with cold water.
3) The filter area made of metal, especially the middle portion should be filled with coffee that is finely ground.
4) Then, the pieces should be screwed together.
5) Now, you have to put the pot on the stove-top. Heat it until the water gets heated and reaches on top of the chamber.
6) The burner should be switched off when you hear the air spurting sound or coffee reaches the top part of the pot.
7) Pour the milk into a big cup and heat it using a microwave until it starts boiling.
8) Now, it is the time to combine coffee with milk. You should pour the milk into a mug and add the hot coffee in a slow manner to get the right taste, color and aroma that you prefer.
It does not matter whether you drink this coffee in the morning, afternoon or evening; it always offers a great tasting experience. Coffee is an integral part in the lives of Spanish people but people all around the world also show great affinity towards this wonderful beverage. Many people also add a dash of brandy, rum, whisky, aniseed or whipped cream to make the taste different and all these variations have also made a prominent role in making Spanish coffee hugely popular all around the world.