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Budget Barista Series: French Press

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Want to start your day freshly pressed?  Then this is the coffee for you! WHAT IT IS A French press is a device for brewing coffee that involves a cylinder shaped pot and a filtering plunge. It is known by many names, including plunger pot, coffee press, coffee plunger, caffettieria a stantuffo in Italian, and catetière à piston in French.  …

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Budget Barista Series: Latte Macchiato

Budget Barista Series: Latte Macchiato-bringingeuropehome.com

WHAT IT IS A latte macchiato is a dirty little drink.  Macchiare means “to dirty” or “to stain,” so a latte macchiato is milk that has been dirtied-up, so to speak, with a shot of espresso.  That is exactly how I like to dirty my milk. The beverage is made by putting steamed milk and the milk foam into a glass …

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Budget Barista Series: Espresso

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Espresso is the foundation for many popular hot and cold Italian beverages, so by rights it should have gone first in my “Budget Barista Series.”  But cappuccino’s more fun, and one of my all-time favorite drinks besides, so it got top billing. WHAT IT IS The Italian cousin to Turkish coffee, espresso is strong, dark, …

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Budget Barista Series: Cappuccino

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You don’t have to go to Italy to get a great cappuccino (and you don’t have to stand in line at Starbucks, either—but in keeping with the theme of this blog, I’m evoking Italy). WHAT IT IS Cappuccino is an espresso based drink, made of one-third espresso and equal parts steamed milk and foamed milk.  There are …

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Feuerzangenbowle

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As kids, we gathered round the campfire.  As adults, we can gather round the Feuerzangenbowle! WHAT IT IS Feuerzangenbowle translates as “fire-tongs punch” or even more descriptively as “flaming fire-tongs punch” (feuer means fire, zangen means tongs, and bowle means punch).  It is essentially a dramatic and entertaining way to make a type of Glühwein.  A …

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Glühwein Four Ways

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The Christmas markets of Gemany are magical—renowned in their scope and enticing in their variety.  I have come to believe, however, that their secret ingredient is Glühwein.  There is nothing that warms the outdoor shoppers more effectively and festively than this hot mulled wine.  As a bonus, each market serves its wine in charming mugs …

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