You’d be an… Iced Cappucino!
There’s no doubt about it, you’re one cool cat, and your favorite drink reflects your totally sweet side, too! Espresso lies in wait under a smooth layer of frothed cold foam. With just a splash of milk, an Iced Cappuccino offers a balanced cup with a stronger espresso flavor and a velvety, frothy foam with a crisp, cool undercurrent.Much like you, with your many layered personality, your sweet and delightful playful outer side hides a resilient core of strength and integrity.Perfect for a mid-summer afternoon, when you need a quick hit of caffeine to get you through the day, an iced cap is always ready to cool your brow with beads of condensation and help you chill as your day winds down.Here’s an easy recipe for an at-home Iced Cappuccino on those hot summer days.3 ounces espresso6 to 8 ice cubes3 to 4 ounces whole milk3 to 4 ounces milk froth, steamed and foamedSTEP 1Using an espresso bean grinder, grind some espresso beans to make 1 tablespoon of ground coffee. Using a commercial espresso machine, put the 1 tablespoon of ground coffee into the portafilter (the cupped handle) and tamp the grounds lightly. Insert the portafilter into the machine and place your glass or cup underneath. Set the machine for a double shot and turn it on to extract the espresso, which should be a thick golden brown crema.STEP 2Add 6 to 8 ice cubes to a mixing glass and pour the espresso over the cubes. Stir to bring the temperature down. Using a spoon or strainer, strain the cooled espresso into a serving glass, leaving the ice behind (if desired, ice can be included or added later). Add the cold milk to the cooled espresso in the serving glass.STEP 3 Using the steam wand of the espresso machine, steam the whole milk so that a tight, small-bubble, microfoam is created. Using a spoon, add only the tight microfoam (about 3 to 4 ounces or an amount equal to the other parts) to the milk and espresso. Serve without any garnishes so as not to mask the delightful flavors. Serve immediately and enjoy!“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?”– Cassandra ClareBe An At-Home Barista!Not every day can start at your favorite local coffee shop, so it’s important to get a decent set-up at home so you don’t have to lose out on quality with your morning cup.3 Things You Need to Make the Perfect Cup at Home1. Invest in the right beans for your drink of choice.Good beans paired with the right roasting method can equal an amazing cup of coffee. And while it seems like a simple task, just like a fine wine needs a highly trained vinter, you need a coffee master skilled at roasting and blending beans for the optimal flavor profile.Think about how you actually like to drink your coffee - hot, iced, with/without creamer?Typically, if you’re more of a coffee purist who enjoys a simple fresh, hot, black coffee then a light Arabica bean like our Ethiopian Blend would be an ideal choice.If you generally prefer pouring your coffee over ice or enjoying it with some additional flavor add-ins, then we might recommend giving our Knockbox Espresso a shot.The main thing to remember is that it’s all about finding what works for you, so try different things and enjoy the process! And don’t forget to invest in a quality, easy to clean grinder like the Tornado Conical Grinder, which you can find in our online shop.2. Get the Right EquipmentEven if you’re a simple Pour-Over brewer, you’re still going to want the best apparatus for the job. You can start with a simple French Press, or a more clever vacuum brewer like our Glass Stovetop Coffee Siphon.And if you prefer something automatic and capable of brewing larger quantities, you can always go with a FreshPot Countertop Brewer or it’s fancier counterpart Express Espresso Bar.3. Take it To-Go!While it’s always nice to relax and enjoy your morning brew in your favorite mug, like the Rise & Grind Coffee Quart Mug, sometimes life doesn’t let you take the time.For the days that you have to hit the ground running, java in hand, it’s always nice to have an insulated travel mug on standby to keep your morning holy juice the perfect temperature until you can take the time to savor it.Check out our online shop for a great selection of personality filled Out-The-Door Travel Mugs.🍵Coffee is the Best Medicine🍵Good morning, coffee lover! I'm Melody Perkins, bean enthusiast, barista, and owner of Perks Coffee Shop & Supply. Our specialty is delivering the best cup of coffee that money can buy – and that you can make at home.I’ve travelled all over the world looking for the best beans, the best machines, and the best baristas and have brought them all together under one roof with one purpose – to pour you the Perfect Cup.I've worked with some of the world’s most renowned coffee bean growers to bring you our exclusive line of specialty roasted coffees, Perfect Cup Coffee, and have been featured in “Beanery” magazine and several episodes of the “Coffee Talk” podcast.Get Some BrewspirationCheck out these delicious resources for the best cup!1. Follow us on Instagram. From perfect pours to latte art and everything in between, follow @Perks&Recreation for drool worthy recipes and tasty treat suggestions.2. Listen to my Podcast interview on “Coffee Talk.” I share my passion for everything coffee, including my favorite roasts and where in the world I tasted the cup that Changed My Life.3. Want guidance on how to make your perfect cup at home? Book a class with me. We’ll not only teach you how to perfect your favorite drink, we’ll also help you pick the tools you need for your very own home Coffee Station.The Best Part of Waking UpNow that you've got some insight into your very own perfect coffee recipe, check your inbox for your quiz results. You'll also get my printable recipe guide for the top 5 Most Popular Coffee Drinks.Over the next week, I'll be sharing more brewing tips, and tell you about some behind the bar barista secrets to help you get the most of your morning cup of joe.“What goes best with a cup of coffee? Another cup.”– Henry Rollins