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It is no surprise that at Café Liégeois we are full-out coffee addicts. All we do is think about coffee, talk about coffee, make coffee and, of course, drink coffee. Our typical routine starts with two Magnifico espressos to get the day going, followed by a single shot of Kivu in the afternoon.
Though that’s three coffees per day, we are quite moderate in comparison to some of history’s greatest celebrities. Philosophers, writers, politicians and even musicians have depended on this beverage to create the work that has since made them a legacy. Who knows, maybe the world wouldn’t be the same as it is today without the help of a few (dozen) coffees.
From composers to politicians, here is a short list of some of the biggest coffee drinkers of the past five hundred years:
Ludwig Van Beethoven
This famous composer was just as meticulous with the creation of his music as he was with the brewing of his coffee. It has been said that Beethoven would count out exactly 60 coffee beans to make his morning cup of coffee. According to him, this was the perfect dosage to make an exceptional cup.
“If there was no Coffee, it would be necessary to invent it”, am I right? French writer Voltaire is known to be one of the largest coffee drinkers of all time. He is rumoured to have drank forty to fifty coffees mixed with chocolate per day. Though many feared this alarming amount would kill him, Voltaire lived into his mid eighties.
Johann Sebastian Bach
It wasn’t for nothing that the composer created a mini opera based on coffee! The Coffee Cantana is a short story about a father who demands his coffee-addicted daughter to give up the drink in order to get married. Luckily for her, there were plenty of coffee-crazed suitors that would agree to marry her!
For those curious to know where the start of the Venti sized coffees came from, it all leads back to former President Roosevelt. The president would drink a full gallon of coffee everyday. Even his son commented on his father’s obsession, noting that his cup was “more in the nature of a bathtub”.
Latte art is the method of creating drawings or patterns on the surface of a coffee. This aesthetically pleasing and edible art was developed by baristas and is becoming very popular among coffee lovers. With a little practice and imagination, the technique can be mastered in a few steps.
Step 1: Find good milk for frothing
To create latte art, the most important step consists in creating good foam. A milk with a higher concentration of fat is ideal because it will keep the milk from separating easily. It is important also to get the milk to good temperature. At the beginning, the milk must be cold and ideally frothed in a pitcher with a spout.
Step 2: Froth the milk
Pour the cold milk into the jug a 1/2 inch below the spout and purge the steamer into the pitcher at a 15° angle to heat. The milk will begin to froth when the liquid begins to turn like a vortex. Continue moving the steam wand up and down to create air and remove the bigger bubbles. When complete, remove the steam wand and clean immediately.
For those who own a professional machine, you can prepare your coffee and to froth the milk at the same time. For other machines, you must first prepare the coffee before frothing the milk.
Step 3: Pour the milk
Next, the milk pouring must be done at the correct distance from the cup of coffee. In the beginning, the spout of the pitcher must be super close to the cup to pour the milk. When the foam comes out, you can begin to draw!
Step 4: Create your drawings!
Now the fun begins! To create a flower, tilt your cup slightly away from you and fill the cup with 1 to 2 inches of milk. Move the pitcher closer to the cup to speed your pour and begin to wiggle your wrist back and forth. To finish the flower, bring the cup back up and draw a straight line of milk through the drawing. If your latte art doesn’t come out “Instagram worthy” the first shot, don’t stress. A bit of practice is needed before making latte art!
Final Tip: There are stencils and toothpicks that can help in the creation of your latte art.
If you are a coffee lover but you do not know which accounts to follow on Instagram, here is our selection of the best coffee accounts. We could spend hours scrolling through their photos filled with trips, art, culture and baristas. There is an account for all types!
Coffee and Traveling with @thecoffeenomad
This account is a traveler’s tale between coffees: one coffee in Norway and another in Seattle. If you enjoy searching for small coffeeshops when you are on the road, this account is for you. Erica Brianna sure knows how to make coffee lovers experience some wanderlust.
Coffee Culture with @manmakecoffee
Andy founds his passion for coffee when he stumbled across a small cafe in Addis Abeba, and drank a cup that he still remembers vividly to this day. Since then, he shares his love for this drink with his Instagram account and his blog. Each coffee drink he photographs looks more delicious than the next. Don’t forget to read up on his blog to sharpen your coffee culture!
Art and Coffee with @bernulia
Giulia Bernardelli knows how to give life to a cup of espresso with the help of her paintbrushes. We can scroll through this account for hours with a Café Liégeois while she transforms little cups into masterpieces. Her poetic drawings have impressed even those who find coffee to be boring (but these people are quite rare).
Baristas with @baristadaily
Powered by Alternative Brewing, this account posts pictures that are sent by baristas to take a peek into the world of espresso experts and beyond. While you’re at it, check out Aternative Brewing’s account as well, you will be blown away by the variety of coffee machines that exist!
And finally, if you haven’t already, check out our Instagram account (@cafe_liegeois). Our amazing photographer, Chloé Crane-Leroux, will make you wish for a little Liégeois coffee.