Latte Art Makes Beautiful Coffee Pictures on Social Media

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If you’ve had a dine-in latte at a neighborhood coffee house, chances are pretty good that the foam on top of your coffee has been decorated with a beautiful design. Those in the know refer to this as “latte art,” a practice that’s actually been around for a few decades now.

Even if you haven’t had the pleasure of a professional barista using your latte as a canvas for his or her design, you’ve probably seen pictures of coffee art on social media. After all, what better way to start your day than with coffee – especially when it features beautiful art on top!

What Is Latte Art?

Latte art is the result of steamed milk that is then poured into a shot of espresso. By varying the volume, speed, and other factors related to the pour, a barista is able to create a drawing or design on the surface of the beverage. To further embellish the surface of the latte, a barista can draw into the top layer of foam with utensils, such as the back of a spoon or a stir stick.latte-art-dog-picture

In order to create latte art, a couple of elements must be present: first, the espresso shot must have crema, or that foamy, silky layer or head that’s typically lighter brown in color when compared to the actual shot of espresso beneath. The second element is known as microfoam, which is the dense, foamy mixture at the top of a pitcher of steamed milk.

When the hot milk is poured into a latte, the foam separates and rises to the top where it can be mixed together with the brown crema from the coffee. The resulting contrast in colors allows the barista to create designs in the surface of the latte.

Styles of Latte Art: How to Make Coffee Pictures

There may not be an infinite number of pictures and styles to decorative latte art, but there are certainly quite a few. From hearts to rosetta shapes, intricate designs to flowers, the pictures of coffee that we see online depict a bounty of beautiful images that resemble high art more than a morning beverage. So what styles of latte art exist, and what are the designs called by the professional baristas who make them?

There are two principal ways that latte art can be created. Free pouring is the act of simply pouring steamed milk into the espresso to create coffee pictures. Etching, a variation of making coffee pictures, involves the use of a tool once the pour has been made. With free pours, most coffee pictures involve either an image of a heart, or an image of a leafy fern shape, known as a rosetta. A direct pour will result in a heart shape, while more wiggling of the milk pitcher during the pour will yield the rosetta coffee picture.

With etching, even more intricate designs can be achieved, creating pictures of coffee that resemble masterful works of art, perfect for social media use. Geometric shapes that vary in intricacy, animal images, and flowers are all common coffee pictures.

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Morning Coffee Not Hot Enough? Try Warming Up the Mug First

When you’ve just rolled out of bed and you’re still trying to shake the dreamy haze of sleep, there’s nothing quite like a hot cup of morning coffee to pry open those drowsy eyelids and put a spring in your step. But when your hot coffee turns tepid, it can really put a damper on your wake-up routine. Fortunately, there is a way to help your cup of coffee maintain its fresh-from-the-pot heat, and it starts by warming up the mug – here’s why.

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Your Mug Is a Heat Thief

When you first grab your favorite coffee mug from the cupboard, you may notice that it’s cold to the touch, especially so during the winter months. And that makes sense; your cupboards are basically sealed off from the rest of your home, so they don’t benefit from your central heating system.

Fast-forward to a few minutes after you’ve filled your cup with steaming coffee, and you’ll find that the cup itself has become nice and warm. If it’s especially chilly, you might even wrap your hands around it to keep them cozy.

It’s a nice feeling, but that heat had to come from somewhere. You guessed it: your coffee cup is stealing heat from your fresh-brewed get-up juice. When hot coffee meets cold mug, thermal energy is exchanged. It’s simply a basic principle of physics.

Warm Your Cup First To Keep Morning Coffee Steaming

By now, you might be feeling a bit betrayed by your favorite coffee mug. Surely it knows you love hot coffee. So how could it do this to you?

Fortunately, there’s a trick to keep it from stealing your coffee’s steam. Just get in the habit of heating up your morning coffee mug first. Get some hot water from the faucet or boil some water on the stove. Fill your mug with the water and let it sit until the mug is warm to the touch. If you’re in a hurry, just throw it in the microwave for a little bit.

This trick works best with mugs that maintain heat well, but even thinner cups will keep coffee hot longer when preheated. And while it may seem like one more thing that you have to do in the morning, trust us – you’ll be delighted with the results as you sit your morning cup of coffee, and it stays hot until you’re finished.

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Aloha Island Coffee Pods Are Great Hawaiian Coffee

Aloha Island Coffee Pods for Coffee Pod SystemsAnyone who owns a coffee pod system knows that coffee pods are convenient and that they make it easy to enjoy a single cup of quality coffee any time that you want. Coffee pod coffee makers are versatile in such a way as to offer a great range of coffee experiences that are less dependent on specific proprietary cartridge refills. However, many coffee pod coffee drinkers may not know about Aloha Island Coffee Pods.

Aloha Island Coffee Pods are a brand of coffee pods that focus specifically on the coffee of the Hawaiian Islands. All Aloha Island Coffee beans are derived from estate-raised coffee and hand-selected for quality. This means that, whether blended with other regions’ quality coffees or 100 percent Kona, Aloha Island Coffee pods always contain the highest quality coffee that you can brew from your home coffee pod system.

Aloha Island Coffee Pod Varieties

All Aloha Island Kona coffee is 100% natural and organic, sourced from coffee estates in the Kona region of Hawaii’s Big Island or the islands of Oahu and Kauai. Aloha Island Coffee Kona coffee blends are made with coffee beans grown in South America at the same natural and organic standards to which Aloha Island holds its Kona coffee. This means that Aloha Island Coffee is always 100% natural and organic whether it is 100% Kona coffee, a Kona blend, or any other regional variety offered by Aloha Islands.

Aloha Islands Coffee 100% Kona coffee pods are just as they claim. These elegant coffee pods for your coffee pod system contain only pure Kona coffee, a coffee known for its delicate yet robust character thanks to the regional qualities in which it is grown. These coffee pods will surely please those who like a lot of flavor but prefer a lighter body to their coffee.

aloha-island-coffee-artisan-organic-island-breakfast-kona-coffee-podsAloha Island Coffee Kona Blend coffee pods combine the gourmet Kona coffee that makes Aloha Island Coffee great with other regional varieties to produce a smooth and delicious series of coffee pods for you coffee pod system. These coffees are generally very balanced so that the delicate, smooth nature of the Kona coffee within them is not overpowered by the other regional variety.

Aloha Island Coffee regional coffee pods are not Kona coffee pods. These vary as much as any other company’s coffee pods and are hand-selected to live up to Aloha Island Coffee’s rigorous standards of quality. They are an excellent choice if you prefer only the finest quality coffee pods but are looking to try something other than Kona coffee.

Whichever Aloha Island Coffee pod you choose, you are guaranteed an excellent coffee experience. Aloha Island Coffee has truly earned its reputation for amazing coffee, and this carries over to their coffee pod line.

Tassimo Latte vs. Tassimo Caramel Latte Macchiato

The other day, I had some friends over for coffee. I had forgotten they were stopping by, and my nearly empty pantry had only two options left: Tassimo Latte and Tassimo Caramel Latte Macchiato. Luckily, these were among my friends’ favorite drinks. Unsurprisingly, they cleaned me out of both beverages.

When it came time for my last guest to pick her drink, she couldn’t make up her mind. She couldn’t decide if she wanted to keep things simple or if she wanted that hint of caramel. Being a notorious flip-flopper, my friend began to irritate everybody else. Each person took turns trying to sway her. I got to thinking, which one was really the better option?

A Tale of Two Tassimos

My mind began drifting to a fantasy world where each option was an applicant for a highly sought after position. I imagined I was at my desk doing a final review of their resumes.

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My first thoughts went to the obvious difference in preparation between lattes and latte macchiatos. The average coffee drinker may not know this, but there is a difference: lattes are prepared by adding milk to espresso, whereas latte macchiatos are made by adding espresso to milk. When I remembered this, I considered how my imaginary candidates came from different backgrounds.

I moved to reviewing the Tassimo Latte. I thought about the taste. I always found the Tassimo Latte to be scrumptious. The combination of dairy and coffee flavors is perfect for dessert or a mid-afternoon treat. The plain but distinguished flavor goes down smooth, and my tongue always has a pleasant tingle when I drink it.

Next, I took a moment to reflect on the Tassimo Caramel Latte Macchiato. Similar to the Tassimo Latte, it has a perfect blend of milk and espresso. However, it also has a subtle yet noticeable hint of caramel. Whenever I need a little extra sweetness in my day, the Tassimo Caramel Latte Macchiato is a great go-to option.

Sweet Victory

After wrestling with the decision, I prayed that my friend would pick the Tassimo Latte. I only had one of each option and decided I needed some extra sweetness. Thankfully, she made the right call, and we both were able to enjoy our beverage of choice. As we sat down to enjoy our drinks, I logged into CoffeeForLess.com to order myself more of each.

Though my preference was for the Tassimo Caramel Latte Macchiato that day, it could have very well swung toward the Tassimo Latte. Each drink has its benefits. The decision is really a matter of mood and preference in the moment.

A Date Set By Senseo Medium Roast Coffee Pods

A short story… A couple of years ago, I had my eye on this girl. Every morning, we stopped at the same coffee shop and took the same bus to work. After three months of awkward silence, I had never built up the courage to talk to her. That changed when I got in line behind her and she dropped her wallet.

I picked it up, and we began talking. At first we didn’t have much to discuss, but being in a coffee shop, I improvised. I asked what her favorite drink was. Then, she returned the question. Quickly, the conversation turned to home brewing. I mentioned I liked Senseo Medium Roast Coffee Pods yet she met me with a hearty chuckle.

She explained that after swearing off coffee for decades, she got her parents to try it. Ironically, she served them coffee made from Senseo Medium Roast Coffee Pods. Afterwards, she said they didn’t go a day without enjoying a cup. We decided to meet up later that week for dinner.

An Interesting Evening

We met each other that Friday. We found we had a bit more in common than taking the bus and enjoying coffee. We were both diehard New York sports fans. She also mentioned that she was going to be changing jobs the next week. It was the makings of a fun evening, but also a wild one.

After dinner, it wasn’t too late, so we decided to take a walk down to our usual coffee spot. When we started walking, the sky was clear. Unfortunately, after a few blocks, the weather took a turn for the worse. It became a complete downpour. Before we could react, we were soaked.

It became quickly apparent that we were in no shape to make it to the coffee shop. We decided to call it a night, and we each made our way back home. It was only after I got into my cab that I realized I didn’t have her number. I figured I would just catch her the next week at the coffee shop. When I got home, I brewed some coffee from my stock of Senseo Medium Roast Coffee Pods and ordered some more off of CoffeeForLess.com to share with her next time

The First And The Last

Unfortunately, you should always exchange numbers. In my assumption that I would see her the following week, I failed to consider that her new job might not put her in the neighborhood. Lo and behold, she never made her way back to our coffee shop.

Having had time to reflect back on that evening, I realize that at least I have a cute coffee story to tell – I got a date all because of Senseo Medium Roast Coffee Pods.

Do I Need a Tassimo Cleaning Disc to Clean My T-Disc Brewer?

A few companies are marketing branded cleaning discs for a variety of single serving coffee makers, including such CoffeeForLess favorites as Tassimo and Keurig coffee machines. These products appearance in the marketplace has led some in our coffee community to ask if these products are necessary when it comes to coffee machine maintenance. Today, we put to rest he question of whether you need a branded Tassimo cleaning disc or some sort of special cleaning K-Cup to clean these machinese.

While these branded cleaning implements do offer their own specific promises, single cup coffee makers like Tassimo T-Disc brewer and the Keurig K-Cup coffee maker are quite simply not that different from regular coffee makers to absolutely necessitate design or brand specific cleansers.

They can simply be cleaned as any other coffee maker is cleaned, making single cup coffee makers just as easy to own and maintain as regular coffee makers, no Tassimo cleaning disc or scrubby K-Cup necessary.

Clean Tassimo or K-Cup Coffee Makers with Household Ingredients

Tassimo Cleaning Discs Unnecessary with VinegarMaybe you have heard that you can clean coffee makers with white vinegar, maybe you have not, but one thing is certain: it works. Vinegar is very acidic and the elements left behind by unfiltered water and the coffee making process happen to have a great solubility in acidic vinegar-water mixtures.

The only problem with using white vinegar to clean a coffee maker like a Tassimo or Keurig model is that vinegar itself, while utterly harmless to people, is actually quite acidic and capable of damaging sensitive coffee maker parts. This is solved by simply watering down vinegar at a proportion of one part vinegar to two parts water.

For instance, mixing one cup of vinegar with two cups of water would make a cleansing fluid that is utterly effective at descaling and cleaning as any Tassimo cleaning disc.

The method is simply, run your vinegar-water mix through your coffee maker just as you would regular water. Run the vinegar-water mix to make a full pot of coffee or cup of coffee, depending on your brewer. Do this once, and then run the brewer two more times with regular water to rinse out any residual vinegar.

Do this with no coffee in the machine and discard each round of cleanser brew to clean your Tassimo brewer or K-Cup coffee maker with no need for branded cleaning discs.