What is in a coffee?

20th May 2017By MikeBrewing, Drinks 1 Comment

What’s in a coffee?

There has been a lot of press lately about ‘just a coffee’ since some burger joint decided to make adverts having a dig at the coffee industry! So in this post we are going to look at some of the drinks we make at Relish and many other coffee shops around the country also do, also maybe dispel the myth that none of these are also ‘just a coffee’, after this you can decide what makes ‘normal’… After all it is your drink!

Latte:-A shot of espresso, steamed milk topped with a little foamed milk- Aka- Milky Coffee

Cappuccino:-A shot of espresso, steamed milk & foamed milk often topped with a dusting of chocolate- Aka- Frothy Coffee

Americano:-Hot water, a shot or two of espresso served with or without milk dependant on taste- Aka- Black (or white) Coffee

Filter:-Covered on last blog, simply coffee brewed into a jug and served with or without milk- Aka- black (or white) coffee

Flat White:-A shot or two of espresso, texturised (silky) milk- Aka smooth milky coffee

Espresso:-One shot of espresso served with a small glass of water- Aka One of those little coffees

Doppio Espresso:-See above x2 (but not 2 glasses of water)- Aka- Wow!

Espresso Con Panna:-Shot of Espresso topped with whipped cream- Aka- Really? Whipped cream?

Café Bombon:-Espresso and condensed milk (usually regarded as a dessert coffee)- Aka- Sorry what??

Turkish/Greek/Arabic Coffee:-Short coffee brewed with the grounds (unlike espresso which is brewed through the grounds) served with small glass of water- Aka- Wow! Wow! Wow!

Cortado:-Shot or two of Espresso mixed with roughly the same amount of warm milk- Aka- What was this called again?

Macchiato:-Shot or two of Espresso topped with a little foamed milk- Aka- So is this the same as a cortado?

Mocha:-Shot or two of Espresso topped with hot chocolate- Aka- Chocolate coffee

Cold Brew:-Slow brewed coffee with cold water often flavoured and can be served carbonated- Aka-FIZZY COFFEE???? Really??

Caramel Macchiato:-?? ‘Made up’ drink, vanilla flavoured latte with caramel drizzle (teehee) -Aka- *on phone* Hi can’t speak I’m in Starbucks writing my novel

This may seem like a cop out for a blog post but we feel that a lot of the menu items seem to be confusing as we as an industry possibly haven’t explained what they are and just expect people to ‘guess’ so we feel this is very important in ‘educating’ in them.

We hope that this long list (although we are sure that this isn’t them all) helps let you know what each of the ‘other’ coffees are and can help you decide which you would prefer and which of them are actually still ‘just a coffee’ after all what is ‘a normal coffee’??


How do you like your coffee?

8th February 2017By MikeBrewing No Comments

How do you like your coffee?

If we were to ask you how do you like your coffee made your answer would be along the lines of with milk and sugar, or black or similar but how many of you have a favourite brewing method? Here we will talk about several of these methods and some pros and ‘cons’ (if there can be a con of good coffee) of them.
We should probably tell you a little about ourselves first though as you may be thinking “What qualifies you to give me this information?” Well we are a small Coffee Roasting company based in the beautiful seaside town of Whitley Bay owned and operated by Polat, of Turkish origin Polat has a real passion for coffee and me, Mike manager of Relish, Head Roaster at Relish Coffee Co and addict (Coffee of course). We don’t pretend to be experts on coffee but do feel we are getting there.

Onto the point of this ‘blog’ we should probably start with a few of the most well known methods so

Espresso- One of the main ones used by most coffee shops- makes Cappuccino, Latte, Americano and of course Espresso (with an S not an X) a finely ground coffee with hot water forced through the tamped grounds to create a short intense coffee to which steamed/foamed/texturised milk or water can be added to make your coffee shop favourites.
Pros- Great Coffee/ Versatile
Cons-Good machine can be very expensive

Filter Machine- take slightly coarse ground coffee placed into usually a paper filter and machine will pour hot water through the coffee usually into a pot, used by both coffee shops and home due to the ability to make a pot to make several cups at a time.
Pros- Easy to use/ Make several cups in one go
Cons- Not viewed as ‘strong’

Dripper (manual filter)- Very similar to Filter machine. Take dripper, place cloth filter, slightly coarse ground coffee, slowly pour hot water over coffee and enjoy.
Pros-Easy to use/ Great coffee/ Affordable
Cons- Only makes one cup at a time

French Press/ Cafetiere- Warm cafetiere (important), Place desired amount Coarse ground coffee, pour just off boil water over, stir, place lid with plunger on (do not plunge yet) wait 4 minutes, plunge, pour, enjoy.
Pros- Affordable
Cons- Can be messy/ grounds in coffee

Chemex- Slower brewed ‘filter’ coffee due to slightly thicker filter, Coarse ground coffee, hot water, makes a much richer coffee
Pros- Looks great/ Great Cup
Cons- Expensive/ Easy broken.

These are but a few methods of making great coffee there are many more but the most important thing to remember is using great coffee and the correct grind (don’t be fooled by ‘Ground for all coffee makers’ you quite often see) My particular favourite out of all these for my home making is the coffee dripper, great because of the cloth filter that just needs rinsed once grounds been discarded (Don’t bin them, keep them for the garden… look out for future blog), because of the ease and the taste from it. My choice out of our coffee for this would be our Guatemalan Los Pinos coffee due to its fruity aroma and its dark chocolate notes.

What would be your favourite method?
Do you have an Idea for future blogs from us? Let us know what you would like to read about. After all it will be you guys that will be reading it.