08:33 19 October 2009
While instant coffee is great for a quick caffeine hit, nothing beats the rich and sensuous aroma of freshly ground beans or the dark notes that waft from a recently poured cup of coffee in the morning.
Whether you prefer the richness of a Columbian Robusta or are more partial to an Ethiopian Arabica, for those of us who are serious about our coffee, the flavour and aroma of each magical cup is part of a ritual that helps set us up for the day ahead.
While much of the flavour will depend on your choice of bean whether it be Arabica, Liberica or Robusta the altitude at which its grown, alongside precise blending and roasting processes, are all key factors. The right choice of machine is also an important ingredient for creating the perfect cup
Yet when it comes to making our own coffee, it can be difficult to recapture that professionally made coffee most of enjoy from our high street coffee shops.
In the video below, expert barista David Cooper demonstrates show you how to make the perfect espresso, latte and cappuccino using both popular Bean-to-Cup and Bar-Pump machines.
Having judged the 2008 World Barista Championships, he certainly knows his beans and gives an insight into the history and culture of arguably the worlds favourite beverage. For more fantastic tips about coffee making and the different bean varieties visit www.seriousaboutcoffee.com.
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