Legend has it that centuries ago a young herder noticed his goats seemed more energetic after eating berries from a particular tree. The local monks decided to give the berries a go and realized they were much more alert and awake afterwards. Word quickly travelled and coffee culture was born, spreading from the Arabian Peninsula to the rest of the world.
With such a long and rich history, it’s no surprise that we’ve invented a variety of ways to brew and enjoy this timeless drink, from stovetop boiling to overnight cold dripping. Atop the hierarchy of coffee brewing methods sits espresso – that delicious, highly concentrated, full-bodied drink that packs a caffeine punch, and that we’ve all come to rely on to get through the day.
Espresso gave rise to a number of drinks we enjoy today. Lattes, flat whites, cappuccinos, mochas, macchiatos – each has a shot of espresso as its foundation. Aside from differentiating beverages, the introduction of milk to espresso also makes latte art possible. As coffee culture became more sophisticated and the work of baristas regarded as a culinary skill, latte art became an integral element. The designs emphasize the skills and artistry of the barista while making the ritual of coffee drinking more enjoyable for the customer.