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5 Different Ways To Take Your Coffee

Friday, July 11, 2014
Splash of milk, one sugar?

How you take your coffee is usually a pretty personal choice. You have probably been drinking it more or less the same way as long as you can remember (although perhaps you might have lowered your sugar intake just a little bit. With coffee vans for sale up and down the country, and the coffee industry booming, you should perhaps try and branch out a little.

With so many different varieties of coffee available out there, it might be time to try something new. As they are all made from the same blends as your usual latte is, the taste will be familiar. The different ways of taking coffee tend to revolve around the same shot as well, but the differences can really help keep the coffee spark alive for you.

While there are lots of different coffee orders for you to try, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourites. If you’re looking for coffee vans for sale or you’re just a good old fashioned coffee fan we’re sure you’ll love at least some of them!


A ristretto is traditionally similar to an espresso but the water is forced through the coffee grounds more quickly which means that while there is still plenty of oil and flavour, there’s less caffeine. Now days, with machines rather than hand presses, ristrettos are made by using less water. An espresso is 8 grams of coffee in 30 millilitres of water, while a ristretto is the same amount of coffee in 15 millilitres of water. It makes for a very strong, flavoursome shot.

Café Cubano

Do you have a bit of a sweet tooth when it comes to coffee? This Cuban espresso is sweetened with Demerara sugar during the brewing process. It can be used to describe both the espresso shot and the drinks made using it as their base. Traditionally it’s taken without milk, and at breakfast or late in the evening. The heat alters the sugar during the brew, so the taste is different than it would be if you added the sugar at the end.

Café Con Hielo 

The literal translation is espresso with ice – making it the perfect drink for a hot summer’s day. In its home land of Spain you would be given a black espresso and a cup of ice, and sugar. Add the sugar to the coffee first, and stir in. then pour the hot coffee over the ice and drink!

Café Frappe

This is one of those happy accidents. It’s a Greek foam-covered iced drink made from instant coffee. In 1957 a Nestle representative couldn’t find hot water to make his coffee with, so he mixed it with ice and cold water in a shaker instead. The result worked, and is still available in almost all Greek cafes.

Café Viennois 

Also known as espresso con panna, this is a latte sized drink made with whipped cream. It can be served either hot or cold. It’s particularly possible in coffee houses in Budapest and Vienna, but you’ll find it served in cafes all over Europe.

Flat White 

We’re particularly fond of the flat white, which was developed in Australia and New Zealand in the 1980s and served by Cafe2U since 2004. It involves pouring microfoam (steamed milk with fine bubbles) over a double shot of espresso (or espresso ristretto!). It’s something to try if you like cappuccinos or lattes, although they tend to have a higher proportion of coffee to milk, which allows the espresso flavour to really shine through.

Our coffee vans for sale offer the best quality coffees in the most convenient format. If you’re looking to try something new, just ask one of our trained baristas for some suggests – we’re a friendly bunch! If you want to get started with one of our coffee vans for sale and start your journey as a franchisee, we’d love to hear from you too.

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