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Latte Art: A Masterpiece In Your Coffee

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.


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Make Way for the Smurf Latte, A New Blue Coffee

It's about time that coffee got a new look! The new trend this summer is a vegan coffee from Melbourne, Australia called the Smurf Latte. The recipe made of coffee, lemon, ginger, agave, coconut milk and blue algae (also known as E3), a natural food colorer found in the sea and large lakes.

Though not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration, blue algae has been known to possess various nutritional benefits thanks to its rich levels of amino acids, vitamins and minerals.

This turquoise coffee drink has peaked the curiosity of consumers. Indeed, many expect a sweet and candy-like taste, but are surprised when they discover the sweet but bitter taste.


A Huge Success

The Smurf Latte is not the first unique creation that has come out of this coffee shop from Melbourne. Indeed, the Matcha Mylkbar is also home to the Turmeric Latte, Beet Latte and the Mushroom Latte.

Today, this coffee shop has put its blue latte in the spotlight with the hopes of bringing in a younger clientele, and it’s working! This latte has made its way around social media thanks to its electric blue color that has been inspiring baristas and coffee lovers worldwide.

For now, the drink is only available at the Matcha Mylkbar in Melbourne, so the next time you are in Australia it would be worthwhile to stop by and give it a taste.

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Coffee Works: Why coffee in the workplace makes for happier employees

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A cup of coffee is usually the first thing we grab once we get to the office.   

Most employees agree that coffee breaks are important, even essential during the day at work. During your break, usually with your co-workers, you discuss company matters. These mini-meetings promote collaboration, productivity, as well as creativity and the relationship of your workforce.

The coffee break can be used to ease tensions, maintain team spirit, but most importantly as a sense of belonging.

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You allow your employees to get to work quicker and arrive earlier because they don’t have to stop at Starbucks to get their fix. You will gain a lot from providing quality coffee or espresso, in order to take care of your staff. Here are a few more reasons why coffee can ramp up productivity at work.

  1. It helps you stay more alert

Caffeine ramps up your brain’s energy levels. More energy equals enhanced memory, ability to focus, problem-solving, and general cognitive function. So when you need to concentrate on a crucial project at work, you can heighten your focus by sipping on coffee. Your brain will snap to attention, helping you plow through simple tasks or sort out the most complicated issues of the day.

  1. It gets the creative juices flowing

Coffee and espressos can help people be more creative individually or in a group setting. For others, drinking coffee stimulates their brains, making room for inspirational thinking.

  1. It helps you learn new things faster

The coffee-fueled brain works overtime to help you learn faster and improves information retention. 200 milligrams of caffeine helps the brain to identify words and phrases more quickly. Drinking coffee leads to improved short-term memory and an increased ability to solve reason-based problems.

So fire up the espresso machine in the morning and afternoon and stay on top of all your important work projects!

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How to Prepare Your Used Cafe Liegeois Capsules for the Recycling Bin

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While there are countless arts and craft projects on the Internet for upcycling used aluminum pods like the Nespresso® ones and companies that specialize in taking care of recycling used capsules, we have a simpler, no-cost idea altogether.

For one thing, Café Liégeois Coffee Capsule reservoirs are made of plastic. They are all the same color and do not crush in the same manner as aluminum does. And let’s be honest, making intricate home décor and jewelry is not for everyone!

As a part of a whole-house recycling program, consumers often overlook or avoid trying to deal with the espresso pods. We get it; it is messy and tedious. However, with a little effort on a regular basis this doesn’t have to be the case.

Store used coffee capsules in a container for the month. Once a month, cut the tops off of each of them and dispose of the coffee inside. Fill the sink with warm water and put all the pods in there and give them a gentle stir. Drain sink and transport the plastic cups to your recycling bin. That’s it!

A little bit of effort can make all the difference in making the Planet a more healthy place.

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Do You Speak Coffee?

If you are as serious about your coffee experience as we at Café Liegeois are, by now you have heard a multitude of terms and names for the different styles of brews and beverages. It can get a bit overwhelming (and even discouraging!) as one tries to navigate towards finding what they like to drink.

We have researched and found the most popular ways people are enjoying espresso coffee and compiled simple recipes here.

  • Espresso – The beginning of all espresso drinks. This is coffee brewed by forcing approximately 1 ounce of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans. Espresso is generally thicker than coffee brewed by other methods, has a higher concentration of suspended and dissolved solids, and has crema on top (a foam with a creamy consistency).
  • Ristretto – Brewed in the exact same fashion as espresso but with just .75 ounces of water. Stronger and thicker!
  • Doppio – Again, brewed as a regular espresso would be but with double (doppio=double in Italian) the amount of water; 2 ounces.
  • Macchiato – Using either one or two shots of espresso, Macchiato is finished with just a dollop of foamed milk or “froth” on top.
  • Café Noisette – Two shots of espresso (or one big one) with an equal amount of steamed milk and a bit of froth on top.
  • Americano – A bit like making a full size cup of regular coffee using espresso as a concentrate. Simply add 2 times the amount of hot water to a brewed shot of espresso.
  • Latte – If you like a rich espresso with lots of milk, latte is for you. To one shot of espresso add approximately 10 ounces of steamed milk and top with a dollop of frothed milk.
  • Mocha – 2 ounces of espresso, 2 ounces of chocolate combined with 1 ounce of steamed milk. Rich and indulgent!
  • Cappuccino – 3 equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and frothed milk. Very tasty with nutmeg, cinnamon or cocoa dusted on top.

Café Liégeois Espresso Coffee Drinks

See any you recognize? Find something new to try? The wonderful thing about using your Nespresso® machine with Café Liegeois pods is you can chose the level of flavor depth or even decaffeinated to make any of the above drinks. Choose PUISSANT® for level 10 flavor intensity, MAGNIFICO® for level 9, DISCRET® (our decaf) for level 7, MANO MANO® (our Fair Trade Coffee) for level 6 or SUBTIL® for a level 5. And this is just the beginning! Play with the above recipes to create your own unique experience. Try using flavored coffee syrups, caramel, chocolate shavings or ice cream. The possibilities are limitless!

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