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Chai Me – Find Your True Inner Spice (video)

He travelled 40,000km on his motorcycle through 12 countries looking for the perfect chai recipe. The result is Chai Me, the highest quality and most authentic chai available. Marcus Child, the founder of Chai Me, has dedicated his life to providing you with ‘the one’ recipe which you can now enjoy at Alowishus Delicious. Are you ready to find your inner spice?

 

 

The 3 Steps of Coffee Tasting

At Alowishus we are addicted to making great coffee. It is important to us to get it right and make your experience with us a great one, every time. Knowing that you will enjoy our coffee is what drives us. We put great effort into training our baristas and continue to work hard on improving consistency and flavour in our coffee. In order to improve your experience even further, we would like to invite you into the world of coffee tasting. Taking the time to truly smell, taste, feel and appreciate a good cup of coffee is something we easily forget in our busy lifestyle. We have put together this short guide to help you not just enjoy our delicious coffee, but experience it with all your senses. Follow these 3 simple steps to get the most out of your coffee experience.

1. Smell

Our sense of taste is directly influenced by our sense of smell. When tasting a coffee, smell it first. Place your hand over your coffee mug. Hold the cup close to your nose and inhale. What do you notice? Some examples of aroma are earthy, spicy, floral and nutty. These distinctive scents are directly related to the actual flavour of the coffee. Certain aromas can be subtle and challenging to recognise for the new coffee connoisseur. What aromas can you smell?

2. Taste

When tasting a coffee, it is important to slurp it. By slurping, you spray the coffee across your entire palate. This allows the subtle flavours and aromas to reach all the tasting zones of your tongue. Try identifying the four tasting terms: aroma, acidity, body and flavour.

You’ll taste and feel the acidity of a coffee in the sides and tip of your tongue, in much the same way that you experience acidity when tasting citrus. Coffees with high acidity are described as bright, tangy and crisp with a clean finish. Coffees with low acidity feel smooth in your mouth and tend to remain longer.

What flavours can you identify? Citrus, cocoa and berries are just a few of the flavours you may taste in coffee. Some coffee flavours are bold; others are very subtle.

3. Feel

Locate the experience on your tongue. As you taste a coffee, think about where you are experiencing flavours on your tongue. Note the weight of the coffee on your tongue. Does it feel light or full in your mouth? This sensation is similar to what you experience when you compare the feel of full cream milk with nonfat milk. A coffee with light body will feel light on your tongue and its flavour will not linger. In contrast, you’ll feel the weight of a full-bodied coffee on your tongue and its flavour will remain in your mouth for a while.

 

We hope this short guide will help you enjoy our coffee even more and look forward to seeing you again soon.

The Barista Team at Alowishus Delicious

5 Amazing Facts about coffee you probably didn’t know

1. Coffee beans aren’t really beans

There you go! All your life you were tricked into thinking coffee came from beans. Truth is, coffee is a fruit. Coffee berries, also known as coffee cherries, are an edible fruit containing seeds that look very similar to beans, and are therefore called coffee beans. After the harvest these seeds are dried, shipped, roasted, ground and lastly, turned into the wonderful beverage that you so love to enjoy at Alowishus.

 

2. Coffee & wine have more in common than you might think

Just like wine, coffee comes in numerous different varieties. Every variety has its own characteristics. And just like with wine we can look at the aroma, acidity, body and flavour of a coffee. Next time you enjoy a black coffee, try to dive into the fascinating world of coffee and ask yourself these questions. Does the coffee smell earthy, spicy, floral or nutty? Does it taste bright, tangy and crisp or rather smooth? Does it feel light or full in your mouth? Do you taste citrus, cocoa or berries? Pay attention and you’ll learn love your coffee even more.

 

3. Coffee prevents Alzheimer’s & dementia

According to a 2009 study, three to five cups of coffee per day won’t just help prevent, but even reverse Alzheimer’s and dementia. Other studies have shown that there are other health benefits of coffee in association with exercise. People, who consumed caffeine before their workouts, lasted longer and worked harder to achieve their goals Visit Website. Coffee beans also share many properties with the now so popular açaí berry. Just like açaí, coffee is rich in antioxidants that counter the negative impact of free radicals in our bodies.

 

4. The quality and taste of a coffee is determined by 4 main factors

Besides in which part of the world a particular coffee is grown and a number of other aspects, the main factors that determine flavour and quality are summarised by the 4 M’s: Macinazione – the correct grind; Miscela – the mixture, or as we say, the blend, Macchina – the machine used to make the coffee and lastly, Mano – which translates to ‘hand’, the barista who prepares the Espresso.

 

5. It takes 2000 hours to make a cup of coffee

From the day the seeds are planted to the day you get to enjoy a delicious beverage about 2000 hours have gone into the cup. This fact alone is reason enough for us to take some extra time when having coffee to really appreciate and savour it. Breath in the Brazilian air, listen to the sounds of the Indonesian jungle, close your eyes and enjoy the views of the Vietnamese coffee plantations and rice fields.

 

6. BONUS FACT

Just for the record: There is no X in Espresso.

 

Stay caffeinated & hydrated!

 

David Lee-Schneider

Barista Coach & Café Consultant