With the holidays drawing to a close and the new year upon us, the possibilities for what can be achieved in 2023 are limitless. New Year's resolutions are a great way to set and reach new goals, explore different interests, and better ourselves.
For coffee lovers, a resolution could mean traveling to a distant espresso utopia like Italy for a quick sip, or as simple as walking to the new coffee shop around the corner for a cappuccino. Whatever it is, Whole Latte Love wants to make this your best brewing year yet with some simple tasks to try!
Try a New Bean, Blend, or Roast
Trying a new coffee can be equal parts exciting and intimidating. If you know what kind of roast you like — light, medium, or dark — picking a new blend within that same category will help you explore new flavors without straying too far from what you already enjoy.
Whip Up Some Latte Art
One of the most pleasant sights in all of espresso is a frothy cappuccino or creamy latte topped with gorgeous art. The quality of your latte art varies depending on your experience level, the type of milk you use, how you froth said milk, and which wand you use.
Whether you’re still learning with the help of a pannarello art wand, or are stepping up to the big leagues with a manual wand on your machine, making impressive latte art will add a personalized flair to your drink and impress all of your guests.
Spread the (Whole Latte) Love
I think we all have a friend who is "anti-coffee;" someone who prefers tea, an energy drink, or "just water, thanks." While it's more than OK for them to pass on a cup of joe, chances are they just haven’t had coffee worth pledging their allegiance to.
This year, take the time to sit down with that friend and invite them to try some coffee with you. A cappuccino, latte, or flavored coffee can be a great starting point to cut the intensity of coffee flavors, and reduce the anxiety that the word "espresso" can create for the uninitiated. Even better, invite them over to sample a number of different blends for a fun and fancy coffee tasting.
Make Some Manual Coffee
Coffee has long been associated with our favorite drip makers and shiny espresso machines. If you’re a coffee lover who wants to explore the depth, body, and flavors often lost in automatic and semi-automatic brewing processes, it might be time to mix things up.
Manual coffee brewing methods such as moka pot, French press or vacuum siphon offer unique brewing methods that provide a level of satisfaction and pride akin to slow roasting a cut of meat or cooking a homemade sauce. The result is a quality, delicious product made with your own hands, which seems to make it tastier and all the more fun to share.
Manual coffee can be made into small, carefully brewed batches of flavorful and full-bodied drinks, making it a great opportunity to try and test micro-roasted beans. In short, a micro-roast is simply a batch of curated coffee beans that are roasted in small batches to enhance their flavor and quality. Micro-roasts are often noted for their freshness and can help you make an ideal cup of artisanal coffee.
Brush Up On Your Coffee Knowledge
Coffee is a fascinating subject that has its own history and lessons deeply set within a multitude of cultures across the world. Whether you’ve been enjoying crema-rich espresso for decades, or are just starting to visit cafes around town, take the time to learn about coffee.
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