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Roast Date

What is it? The day the coffee was roasted.

Step 1

First, take a bunch of green beans.

Step 2

Next, pour them into the coffee roaster and make magic happen!

Step 3

Beautiful roasted beans!

Step 4

The day the beans were roasted.

My take on it...

I always check the bag for the date. Fresher the coffee the better.

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Ristretto

What is it? A more concentrated espresso shot. Using more coffee grounds and less water.

Step 1

First, grind the beans.

Step 2

Second, pull the espresso shot with more coffee grounds and less water, a more concentrated shot.

Step 3

Sip and enjoy.

My take on it...

I haven’t tried this drink yet.

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Red Eye

What is it? A cup of drip coffee with 1 shots of espresso in it.

Step 1

Brew up 1 fresh shot of espresso.

Step 2

Next, pour the espresso into a mug.

Step 3

Pour fresh drip coffee over the 1 shot of espresso.

Step 4

Sip and enjoy.

My take on it...

I made one of these once. A great jumpstart to my busy day.

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Pour Over

What is it? Pour water evenly over the coffee grounds to extract the full flavors to make an excellent cup of coffee.

Step 1

First, grind the beans to medium.

Step 2

Next, fill your gooseneck kettle with boiling water.

Step 3

Last but not least, dump the coffee grounds in the filter and place the filter in the pour over. Slowly pour the water around the grounds. Taking a break every few seconds to let the grounds settle.

Step 4

Sip and enjoy.

My take on it...

I had my first pour over at Soul Grind in Pacifica, California. This method really brings out the notes and I remember my coffee being delicious.

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Mocha

What is it? A latte made with espresso, steamed milk, and chocolate.

Step 1

First, squirt some chocolate syrup in a mug.

Step 2

Brew up a fresh shot of espresso.

Step 3

Then, pour the fresh hot espresso over the chocolate syrup.

Step 4

Steam the milk.

Step 5

Next, pour the steamed milk over the espresso.

Step 6

Lastly, take a spoon and give it a good stir, making sure the syrup is fully mixed in.

Step 7

A spoonful of fresh whip cream on top. Sip and enjoy.

My take on it...

Starting out mochas were my go-to. I’m a sucker for chocolate, so mixing the two is amazing to me.

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Macchiato

What is it? Espresso shot with a dollop of steamed milk and foam on top.

Step 1

First, brew up a fresh shot of espresso.

Step 2

Next, pour the espresso into a small mug.

Step 3

Then, steam the milk.

Step 4

Pour in a small dash of milk. Lastly, use a spoon to scoop out the top layer of foam. Fill the cup up with as much or as little foam as you would like. 

Step 5

Sip and enjoy.

My take on it...

I haven’t had a proper macchiato yet, but I plan to.

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Latte Art

What is it? A coffee drink made of espresso and steamed milk. Except the steamed milk is poured with such finesse that baristas can make art on top of your drink.

Step 1

Brew up a fresh shot of espresso.

Step 2

Next, pour the espresso into a mug.

Step 3

Then, steam the milk.

Step 4

Finally, pour the steamed milk over the espresso. But! This is where lots of skill, practice, and patience comes into play.

The Swan

Rosetta

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My take on it...

I have tried making latte art a few times in the past but it always turned into a blob. I would love to get some real training on latte art.

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Latte

What is it? A coffee drink made of espresso and steamed milk.

Step 1

Brew up a fresh shot of espresso.

Step 2

Next, pour the espresso into a mug.

Step 3

Steam the milk.

Step 4

Then, pour the steamed milk over the espresso.

Step 5

Sip and enjoy.

My take on it...

I really enjoy a good latte. This is like the base coffee drink in my opinion. All the specialty drinks start as lattes and then flavor is added. For example, a mocha, banana foster, and the very popular pumpkin spice latte!

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Roasts

What is it? The "cooked" coffee beans ready to be drank! Personal preference is key when deciding which coffee roast you may like. Generally split between Light, Medium, and Dark roasts. Lighter roasts are more acidic and dark roasts taste more like the average "coffee".

Step 1

First, take a bunch of green beans.

Step 2

Next, pour them into the coffee roaster and make magic happen!

Step 3

Beautiful roasted beans!

My take on it...

I haven’t dabbled in roasting yet but I hope to one day. A massive amount of science, technique, math, and miracles involved!

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Iced Coffee

What is it? Pour fresh brewed coffee over ice. There are a few different ways to make this but they are all cold and refreshing!

Step 1

First, fill a glass full of ice.

Step 2

Next, pour some fresh brewed coffee over ice. Don’t be surprised if much of the ice melts.

Step 3

Also, this is an optional step but a dash of half n half helps tie the flavors together.

Step 4

Sip and enjoy.

My take on it...

My favorite form of coffee on a hot summer day!