How To Make Delicious Coffee

There are three elements that contribute to creating a great cup of coffee - the barista, the equipment (coffee machine and grinder) and using high-quality coffee beans.

The barista is the heart of the coffee-making process. A good barista must manage the coffee beans and machinery to produce a consistently great cup of coffee. Within the coffee making process itself, the barista must manage the variables of grinding, dosing, distributing and tamping the coffee, of which there is a definite art.

Alternative brewing methods allow for the exploration of different flavours compared with espresso based coffee. As the coffee culture in Australia grows, these methods are becoming increasingly popular as a way to taste the nuances and character of a coffee.  

At Di Bella Coffee, we are passionate about educating our customers. It is our aim to improve coffee standards in homes, workplaces and cafés by providing education on all aspects of the coffee making process. This is why we also offer a range of educational courses, from factory tours to hands-on barista workshops. We take an 'educate, not dictate' approach to sharing our coffee knowledge, with all our courses designed to provide you with an understanding of the fundamentals to creating that elusive ‘perfect’ cup of coffee.

In this guide we look at the average Australian coffee menu and breakdown what goes into making delicious coffee yourself.

Espresso/Short Black

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The classic ‘short black’ coffee is made by pumping water under pressure through finely ground coffee using an espresso machine. The coffee is intense and should be sweet. The espresso shot is the foundation on which all great coffee is based, getting this correct is essential to create delicious coffee.

Click Here to read our guide to pouring the ultimate espresso shot.

Latte

How to latte
 Literally translating to “milk” in Italian, a latte consists of a single espresso shot with 180 – 200 ml of steamed milk added to it. It is usually standard to create about 1cm of foam and it is typically served in a glass.

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Long Black

Long Black HOW TO

Also known as an ‘Americano’, this coffee is usually prepared by filling a cup with hot water, then adding a double shot of espresso on top. This coffee is less intense than espresso because of the dilution of the coffee by the water; however, the drink retains all the wonderful hallmarks of the espresso.

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Cappuccino

How to make a CAPPUCCINO 

Traditionally enjoyed by Europeans with breakfast, a cappuccino is made using a single espresso shot with 180 – 200 ml of steamed milk added to it. It is usually standard to create about 1.5cm of foam. Typically served in a ceramic cup then finished with a dusting of chocolate powder.

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Flat White

Flat White HOW TO 

Widely popular in Australia and New Zealand, a flat white is made using a single espresso shot with 180 - 200 ml of steamed milk added to it. It is usually standard to allow about 0.5cm of foam and it is typically served in a ceramic cup.

Click Here to read our guide to pouring a silky smooth flat white.