November 5th is a big day in Britain. Also known as Guy Fawkes Night, it’s the date we celebrate the failure of the Gunpowder Plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. But for die-hard coffee lovers, the main event to celebrate in November falls on the 8th. Get ready to raise your mug to toast National Cappuccino Day!
We Brits are traditionally regarded as a nation of tea drinkers, but according to Nescafé, the average person in the UK drinks two cups of coffee a day. There are, of course, lots of different ways to enjoy your caffeine hit. Latte, cappuccino, espresso and macchiato are just some of the most popular selections.
Whichever way you take yours, there’s nothing worse than a disappointing brew. So, we asked Assistant Product Manager Ashley for his expert advice on how to make the best coffee. Read on for his recommendations
Many people consider this to be the best coffee option, because of its balance. This delicious concoction should combine a perfect blend of espresso, steamed milk and foam. It’s all about the structure and splitting the key elements into equal thirds.
Correctly made, a cappuccino should be rich, never acidic, and incorporate a subtly sweet flavour from the milk. And because the milk sits on top of the espresso – as opposed to being mixed in – it actually gives this brew a stronger flavour.
It’s hard to imagine life without it now, but the cappuccino wasn’t particularly prevalent in the UK until around 1980. Like many types, this originated in Italy. The names of certain coffees, such as ‘latte’ (milk in Italian) reference the main ingredient within. However, cappuccino apparently gets its name from the colour of the Capuchin friar robes, the shades of which this type of coffee most closely resembles.
I’m well aware that one person’s best coffee is another’s idea of the worst. We all like different strengths and flavours, so one coffee certainly won’t suit all.
And indeed, many of us like to drink different types at varying times of the day. Cappuccino is traditionally enjoyed at breakfast, for example, whereas espresso is often consumed at the end of a meal.
However – and whenever – you enjoy yours, I recommend our CM465 Sense Built In Coffee Machine collection. This is a super-stylish appliance, which is available in four different finishes: Black Glass, Stainless Steel, Gunmetal and Black Steel. And whatever your idea of the best coffee is, this model is designed to deliver the perfect cup every time.
Our built-in coffee machine offers 30 Auto programmes, so you can adjust the settings precisely to your preferences. And it allows you to prepare your coffee fix using either fresh or pre-ground beans
The grinder has 13 different settings, so you can also customise how fine you prefer yours to be. There are also five drink volumes to choose from, to help you modify the amount dispensed.
Importantly for cappuccino lovers, this coffee machine incorporates a milk jug and steam nozzle to heat and froth milk.
If a creamy version is your idea of the best coffee, it’s hard to go wrong with our CM465. It’s actually set by default to automatically deliver a standard cappuccino (although you can of course easily adjust the various settings).
Start by selecting your desired coffee strength, then fill the machine’s milk container. Skimmed or semi-skimmed at refrigerator temperature is best or perhaps choose vegan alternatives? Next, position the frothing regulator between the words CAPPUCCINO and CAFFELATTE printed on the milk container lid. You’ll find that moving this regulator adjusts the quantity of froth dispensed.
Remove the hot water spout and attach the milk container to the nozzle. Place your cup under the coffee and milk spouts, press the ‘Cappuccino deliver’ touch key and voilà! Your coffee is served.
Not everyone is a cappuccino fan. If you think that the best coffee options are strong and black for example – or even if you prefer tea – I recommend our steaming water taps. They offer so many benefits, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without one.
This advanced model incorporates a filtration system to reduce scale and impurities such as bacteria, rust, heavy metals, pesticides and particulates. This will not only make your coffee taste better but it will protect your boiler too.
Did you know that kettles waste water whenever we overfill them, reboil them or pour leftover water down the sink? In contrast, our steaming hot water taps dispense only the exact amount you need, whenever you need it. And you won’t have to worry that you will run out.
All three are ideally suited to helping you prepare the best coffee possible, thanks to our fantastic filtration technology and water conditioning systems. Aesthetically, I like the distinctive diamond-cut effect on the JOYA’s separate circular dial and this model offers five different finishes – Black Steel, Gold, Gunmetal, Copper and Stainless Steel. The 360°C swivel spout is also useful.
Our VAPOS 2 3-IN-1 Tap comes in five finishes (Black Steel, Gold, Gunmetal, Copper and Stainless Steel). WRAS (Water Regulations Approval Scheme)-approved, it incorporates a safety mechanism for steaming water control and a cool touch spout.
If you’re a fan of stainless steel, our VAPOS 2 Quad 3-IN-1 Hot Water Tap could well be the perfect option. Like our other models, it’s also WRAS-approved, offers water conditioning technology, and supplies cold, hot and filtered 98°C steaming water – which just happens to be the ideal temperature for making the best coffee and tea.
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