Sunday, 11 December 2011

What is Coffee


What is Coffee
Coffee is a brewed beverage with a dark, acidic flavor prepared from the roasted seeds of the coffee plant, colloquially called coffee beans. The beans are found in coffee cherries, which grow on trees cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in equatorial Latin America,Southeast Asia,South Asia and Africa. Green (unroasted) coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world. Coffee can have a stimulating effect on humans due to its caffeine content. It is one of the most-consumed beverages in the world.

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Made with an Espresso shot, which is added to hot water to make a long black coffee.

Café Frappé
Strong coffee (1/2) is mixed with ice cream (1/2) in a blender 

Café Freddo Shakerato
A mix of espresso, crushed ice and sugar which are shaken and served in a tall glass.

Café Latte (or Café au Lait/Café con Leche)
The French or Spanish version of Cafe latte: A shot of espresso mixed with steamed milk, with a small layer of milk froth on top.

Café Mocha 
An espresso with steamed milk, a little chocolate syrup or warm chocolate and steamed milk or whipped cream at the top.

A cappuccino consists of roughly 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk and 1/3 milk froth and can be garnished with a light sprinkling of cocoa powder.

Cappuccino con Panna 
An exquisite cappuccino with cream: an espresso with steamed milk and topped with whipped cream

Single serving of espresso in normal coffee cup

Doppio Espresso 
A double shot of espresso

A European favorite. Freshly brewed espresso has a distinctively rich taste, a robust aroma and a golden ‘tiger-skin’ crema.

Espresso Corretto 
Espresso served together with a glass of spirit (e.g. Grappa).

Espresso Macchiato
A single shot of espresso topped with just a spot of frothed milk.

Espresso con Panna
Straight shot of espresso topped with whipped cream.

Espresso Romano
An espresso shot served with a twist of lemon.

Espresso coffee brewed with more water (see Café Lungo)

Flavoured Latte
A 12 oz. latte flavored with 1 oz. of flavor (cherry, vanilla, etc.).Sizes vary.

(Grosser) Brauner 
Coffee with milk, a larger cup is a Grosser

Black coffee with some frothed milk

Latte macchiato 
Steamed milk with a shot of espresso coffee, traditionally served in a tall glass.

A cross between a latte and a cappuccino.

Lungo (Café Crème)
Café crème is a cup of coffee brewed the espresso way, but using a larger amount of water. The result is a lightly aromatic coffee drink of the same strength as regular coffee, but with a golden, creamy top layer. 

An extra strong espresso brewed with half the amount of hot water compared to a regular espresso. This results in a very intense shot emphasizing the caramel sweetness of the espresso.

Strong coffee with whipped cream

Black coffee

Wiener melange 
Normal strength coffee (1/2) with warm milk (1/2) with chocolate

What is Tea

What is Tea
Tea is an aromatic beverage prepared by adding cured leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant to hot water. The term also refers to the plant itself. After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world.It has a cooling, slightly bitter,astringent flavour which many enjoy.
The term herbal tea usually refers to infusions of fruit or herbs made without the tea plant, such as rose hip tea or chamomile tea. Alternative terms for this are tisane or herbal infusion, both bearing an implied contrast with tea. This article is concerned exclusively with preparations and uses of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, the Minnan word for which is the etymological origin of the English word TEA.


The flavor profiles and quality change year to year, like wine, and is influenced by soil, temperature, rainfall, elevation and other elements in nature. Even the botanicals growing nearby can affect the flavors of the tea

White Tea

This tea is the unopened bud of the tealeaf. After the bud is picked, it is withered and the moisture is allowed to evaporate and dry. It is very high in antioxidants and low in caffeine. When the buds are picked, the tea farmers lose the leaves that make popular and marketable teas. This is why white tea is rare and expensive. A true white tea is only produced in Fujian China and has a silvery and fuzzy appearance. The infusion is very pale and has a mild flavour.

Yellow Tea

This tea is rarely found in the states. It is a green tea with yellow leaves that were encouraged to turn yellow by the stir-frying stage of the tea making process. We now carry yellow tea. Please visit Shop Online.

Green Tea

This tea is high in antioxidants, Vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals. The freshly picked leaves are allowed to dry, then are heated to stop the oxidation. This tea has antioxidants and more caffeine than white tea. China greens have a smoky or toasty flavor and green teas from Japan have a grassy or herbal taste.

Pu ehr

This is a compressed tea produced only in China. This tea has health benefits reputed to aid in digestion and weight loss. It also helps to lower cholesterol.
Pu ehr is shaped into nests, bricks, and balls or sold loose. We carry Tu cha, shaped like bird’s nest. This tea is actually a living organism and improves with age. It has an earthy flavor and the recipe is highly guarded. During the Ming dynasty, anyone found trespassing where the tea was produced would be killed.


The methods of producing a black tea vary greatly from country to country. This tea is fully oxidized and is very high in caffeine. There are 4 steps involved in the production of this tea; withering, rolling, oxidizing and firing or drying. It loses some of its vitamins, trace minerals and antioxidants from the manufacturing process.


These teas are scented with the addition of flowers or herbs and can be a white, green, oolong or black tea. We carry a White Jasmine that has been scented multiple times with the fresh blossoms of jasmine. To scent the tea, the tealeaves are layered with jasmine, orchids or other blossoms and herbs. They are left overnight and the next day the blossoms are removed. The tealeaf is very porous and picks up the scent of the blossom.


Most teas varieties can be flavored, but a rare and complex tea should be enjoyed with no flavors added. Flavors can come from the addition of fruits, essence and herbs.

Herbal Infusions

An herbal can be a blend of roots, bark, flowers, leaves, and stems to produce a beverage with many health benefits. Most are caffeine-free.

Fruit Infusions

These tisanes were developed in Europe and consist of apples, rosehips, hibiscus and a myriad of other fruits and botanicals. This is a great beverage for kids because it is high in vitamin c and is caffeine-free. Fruit infusion can be enjoyed hot or iced and you can even freeze into pops.