Black, Dark, Gourmet, Blends
Ever five hundred billion cups of coffee are consumed each year making it the most popular drink on this earth. Extracted from the seed of cherries growing on coffee trees, coffee is grown extensively in fifty-three countries across the world. A number of coffee loving nationalities, along with coffee elitists will tell you that straight and black is the only way to consume this fashionable drink but that is not completely true.
Specialty gourmet coffee is very popular among coffee drinkers today. You can find gourmet coffee in most grocery stores, specialty shops, restaurants and coffee shops. If you are a true connoisseur, you might compare gourmet coffee to a wonderful bottle of wine. People enjoy the taste of the sophisticated beans used in the making of this delightful gourmet drink. The soil the beans are grown in produces the very distinct flavors of the gourmet beans.
Gourmet coffee has a more balanced flavor and richer taste than the standard mass-produced coffee. The beans go through a rigorous process of certification that is very strict to help keep the quality high. Blenders invent fantastic combinations that can be a real treat to the palate. In Indonesia, Sumatran and Papua New Guinean beans are combined to produce a distinctive, rich brew. Sumatran beans are also combined with Columbian to create a dark roast with a slightly smoky taste.
Introducing flavoring to your coffee can improve even the blandest of roasts. To sweeten a bitter or acidic brew try almond, vanilla or cherry flavoring. Certain syrups produce seasonal style coffees, such as gingerbread, which is ideal around thanksgiving and Christmas. The Yemeni roast, combined with dark chocolate, makes a really exotic blend, while a lighter effect can be achieved with an American roast and a little milk chocolate. Combining coffee with cocoa beans before you make the drink is another popular method for those coffee lovers with a sweet tooth.
A good whiskey can be combined with black coffee and brown sugar and topped with cream to produce the perfect Irish coffee. Creamy liqueurs such as Baileys and Amarillo can be added to sweeten your drink. The Italian grappa is a popular accompaniment to an espresso.