The second most drunk beverage in the world is coffee. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with restrictions on movement, many people are getting their coffee fix at home. People have turned their kitchen into coffee shops and are experimenting with flavor and different types of coffee. This page will tell you how you can make barista standard coffee in the comfort of your own home and offer you a few recipes and ideas to try out yourself.
Coffee is said to have been discovered thousands of years ago in Ethiopia by a goat herder named Kaldi. Who would have thought that from such humble beginnings would be born one of the most popular and widely distributed drinks in the entire world! Here are a few coffee ideas for you to make at home.
Cold Brew Coffee
Cold-brew coffee dates back to Japan, hundreds of years ago. According to the professionals of www.sipcoffeehouse.com, coffee connoisseurs, cold brew is an extraction method that uses cold water to extract deep flavors from the bean. Cold brew coffee is a very popular type of coffee that is ordered daily all around the world. Cold-brew is not to be confused with iced coffee, which is a separate drink altogether.
Black coffee, the traditional cup o' Joe. Black coffee is simple, warm, and delicious. It is simply coffee beans served in hot water. You can also call black coffee café noir, which is its proper name and sounds pretty cool.
A latte is perhaps the most popular coffee drink available; it is the most frequently ordered in North America and Europe and is delicious. A latte is made with a shot of espresso, steamed milk, and some foam on top. It can be ordered without anything else but is often given a shot of vanilla or spice to boost its flavor.
The infamous cappuccino. A cappuccino is a latte made with more foam than steamed milk and is often topped with cocoa powder, cinnamon, or nutmeg. Some variations of the cappuccino use cream instead of milk, and even boost its flavor with a shot as mentioned previously.
Americano is similar au fond to the café noir. The Americano is a shot of espresso diluted in boiling water. You make it by pouring the espresso first, then adding the water afterward – that is how it gets its rich flavor.
The espresso, drink of the Mediterranean. An espresso is a shot served on its own or used as the foundation for many of the aforementioned drinks.
A doppio is a double espresso and is used as a base, or just waking you up when you have not had enough sleep – go easy on them, though!
The cortado is made with a balance of steamed milk and espresso – the milk is used to reduce the tang of the espresso, and the cortado is absolutely delicious, and a very popular drink in Italy and Spain.
The Galão, a drink originating in Portugal is much like a latte and a cappuccino, except that it contains thrice the amount of foamed milk, which makes it a much lighter drink, and much more easily consumed, as lattes and cappuccinos can be very heavy.
The Long Pull Espresso
The long pull espresso, or the lungo, is a very popular drink that pulls the espresso for longer. The longer the pull, the higher the quantity of caffeine, meaning it gives you twice the kick.
Macchiato is a drink, as with many others on this list, that uses a shot of espresso as a base, and is topped with a small bit of foam. It is delicious, and somewhere between a latte and a cortado.
The mocha is another popular drink, just behind hot chocolate. It is delicious and is essentially just a chocolate espresso topped with steamed milk and frothy foam. Yum!
The ristretto is another shot of espresso. It has lower water to espresso ratio, which bears a sweeter taste than a more traditional espresso shot.
The affogato is more of a desert than a coffee but is delicious. It is a shot of espresso twice over a scoop of ice cream, topped up with a brownie.
Café au Lait
Café au lait is a minimalist coffee drink that is delicious; it's really simple, too. Add a dash of hot water to your cup of coffee, and voila! Yes, it's that simple!
Irish coffee, our parent's favorite drink. Black coffee, whiskey, sugar, topped with nutmeg and cream. Irish coffee is delicious. Don't drink too many, though.
Now you know a few simple coffee recipes you can make in the comfort of your own home. Coffee is a delicious drink and is popular all around the world.
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"How did you ever get into a business like that?" people ask me. They're confounded to hear that my product is industrial baler wire—a very unfeminine pursuit, especially in 1975 when I founded my company in the midst of a machismo man's world. It's a long story, but I'll try to shorten it.
I'd never been interested to enter the "man's" world of business, but when I discovered a lucrative opportunity to become my own boss, I couldn't pass it up—even if it involved a non-glamorous product. I'd been fired from my previous job working to become a ladies' clothing buyer and was told at my dismissal, "You just aren't management or corporate material." My primary goal then was to find a career in which nobody had the power to fire me and that provided a comfortable living for my two little girls and myself.
Over the years, I've learned quite a few tough lessons about how to successfully run a business. Below are five essential elements to keep in mind, as well as my story on how I learned them.
Find A Need And Fill It
I gradually became successful at selling various products, which unfortunately weren't profitable enough to get me off the ground, so I asked people what they needed that they couldn't seem to get. One man said, "Honey, I need baler wire. Even the farmers can't get it." I saw happy dollar signs as he talked on and dedicated myself to figuring out the baler wire industry.
I'd never been interested to enter the "man's" world of business, but when I discovered a lucrative opportunity to become my own boss, I couldn't pass it up.
Now forty-five years later, I'm proud to be the founder of Vulcan Wire, Inc., an industrial baler wire company with $10 million of annual sales.
Have Working Capital And Credit
There were many pitfalls along the way to my eventual success. My daughters and I were subsisting from my unemployment checks, erratic alimony and child-support payments, and food stamps. I had no money stashed up to start up a business.
I paid for the first wire with a check for which I had no funds, an illegal act, but I thought it wouldn't matter as long as I made a deposit to cover the deficit before the bank received the check. My expectation was that I'd receive payment immediately upon delivery, for which I used a rented truck.
Little did I know that this Fortune 500 company's modus operandi was to pay all bills thirty or more days after receipts. My customer initially refused to pay on the spot. I told him I would consequently have to return the wire, so he reluctantly decided to call corporate headquarters for this unusual request.
My stomach was in knots the whole time he was gone, because he said it was iffy that corporate would come through. Fifty minutes later, however, he emerged with a check in hand, resentful of the time away from his busy schedule. Stressed, he told me to never again expect another C.O.D. and that any future sale must be on credit. Luckily, I made it to the bank with a few minutes to spare.
Know Your Product Thoroughly
I received a disheartening phone call shortly thereafter: my wire was breaking. This horrible news fueled the fire of my fears. Would I have to reimburse my customer? Would my vendor refuse to reimburse me?
My customer told me to come over and take samples of his good wire to see if I might duplicate it. I did that and educated myself on the necessary qualities.
My primary goal then was to find a career in which nobody had the power to fire me and that provided a comfortable living for my two little girls and myself.
Voila! I found another wire supplier that had the right specifications. By then, I was savvy enough to act as though they would naturally give me thirty-day terms. They did!
More good news: My customer merely threw away all the bad wire I'd sold him, and the new wire worked perfectly; he then gave me leads and a good endorsement. I rapidly gained more wire customers.
Anticipate The Dangers Of Exponential Growth
I had made a depressing discovery. My working capital was inadequate. After I purchased the wire, I had to wait ten to thirty days for a fabricator to get it reconfigured, which became a looming problem. It meant that to maintain a good credit standing, I had to pay for the wire ten to thirty days before my customers paid me.
I was successful on paper but was incredibly cash deprived. In other words, my exponentially growing business was about to implode due to too many sales. Eventually, my increasing sales grew at a slower rate, solving my cash flow problem.
Delegate From The Bottom Up
I learned how to delegate and eventually delegated myself out of the top jobs of CEO, President, CFO, and Vice President of Finance. Now, at seventy-eight years old, I've sold all but a third of Vulcan's stock and am semi-retired with my only job currently serving as Vice President of Stock and Consultant.
In the interim, I survived many obstacles and learned many other lessons, but hopefully these five will get you started and help prevent some of you from having the same struggles that I did. And in the end, I figured it all out, just like you will.