A popular Ethiopian legend tells that coffee was discovered by a goat herder named Kaldi, who found his goats frolicking and full of energy after eating the red berries of the coffee shrub. Kaldi tried the berries for himself and had a similar reaction.

“Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?”

– Albert Camus

coffee-beansWikipedia describes coffee as “a brewed beverage prepared from the roasted or baked seeds of several species of an evergreen shrub of the genus Coffea. The two most common sources of coffee beans are the highly regarded Coffea arabica, and the “robusta” form of the hardier Coffea canephora.”

How do you like your coffee?

There was a time when coffee was just filter-brewed coffee. Times have changed. Now  you can order a latte, a cappuccino or a macchiato, or a host of different styles with dozens of flavours. But what are all the most common types of coffees ?  Here are a few of the most popular:

Cappuccino Still the most popular with any barista. A single or double-shot of espresso, part frothed milk and cinnamon or chocolate sprinkle to top it off

Latte A single or double-shot of espresso combined with steamed milk and a little foam – a latte is usually a little lighter than a cappuccino.

Caffè Americano Single or double-shot of espresso  with hot water – so you will still enjoy  the rich and nutty flavour of espresso but with a longer drink and less intensity.

Café viennois Rich brewed coffee with a small amount of whipped cream – in the tradition of  the Viennese coffee houses.

Mochaccino A single or double-shot of espresso, part hot chocolate and part frothed milk so you get the caffeine with the sweetness of chocolate and the creaminess of the milk

Café au lait A half-brewed coffee with warm full-cream milk served in a bowl in the French style

Espresso Romano An espresso with lemon peel.

Iced coffee Fresh brewed coffee, cooled and served over ice.

Latte Macchiato Hot milk  with a shot of espresso

Espresso Macchiato Espresso  with a dollop of frothed milk.