Aroma

Aroma, Subst., n, auch Aromastoffe. Synonym für Geschmack. Kaffee ist mit über 800 Aromen eines der komplexesten Naturprodukte (Wein hat nur 400 Aromen). Sie reichen von dunkler Schokolade, gebrannten Erdnüssen bis zu fruchtigen Waldbeeren – und zwar ohne künstliche Zusätze. Beeinflussende Faktoren:

Kaffeesorte (s. Arabica, s. Robusta), Anbauland, Anbaugebiet mit Terroir/Bodenbeschaffenheit und Klima, Anbauweise, bio oder konventionell, Ernteverfahren, Verarbeitung, Zubereitungsart mit Mahlgrad und Wasserhärte.

Barista

Barista, noun: Italian for bartender, often used in English to refer to an “artist” with an espresso machine that can prepare espresso perfectly and decorate it with delight. In “Brew Bars” very good (pure) filter coffee is experiencing a major revival.

Brew Bar

Brew Bar, noun: New trend for cafés: Very good (pure) filter coffee is prepared with a lot of effort regarding the selection of beans, the roasting and the filter method. In principle, it’s the opposite of the fast ‘caffè lattes to go’. (see also: barista)

Café

Café, noun: According to tradition, cafés originated in Mecca at the beginning of the 16th century. Even back then it was the go-to place for discussions and gossip. The first German café was opened in Bremen in 1673. It became a meeting place for male society, merchants, politicians, literary figures, etc. Europe’s oldest café still in existence is located in Leipzig: “Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum”. But the true café culture can be found more easily in Vienna and Paris these days than in Germany. Here, Brew Bars are the trend.

Coffee consumption

Coffee consumption, noun: Statistically every person in Germany drinks 150 liters of coffee per year (versus 130 liters of mineral water and 110 liters of beer). This corresponds roughly to 6-7 kilograms of coffee beans. How healthy or unhealthy drinking coffee actually is is constantly being debated by the experts. What is certain is that coffee does not dehydrate you and doesn’t cause morbidly high blood pressure. At least not if you don’t exceed the average amount Germans drink: 0.6 liters per day.

Flavor

Flavor, noun (also flavoring): Synonym for taste. Coffee is one of the most complex natural products with over 800 flavors (wine has only 400 flavors). They extend from dark chocolate, roasted peanuts to fruity wild berries – and all without any artificial additives. Influencing factors:

Coffee variant (see Arabica, Robusta), coffee-producing countries, cultivation area including the terroir/soil conditions and climate, type of cultivation (organic or conventional), harvesting procedure, processing, method of preparation including grinding level and water hardness.

Milk

Milk, noun: Additive to coffee. For café au lait, cappuccino, latte macchiato, etc. milk foam is better; preferably with very fresh milk with a higher fat content. There are numerous methods of preparing it. From steam lances to espresso machines to tiny battery-operated agitators to small immersion heater-like machines to plunger pots (French press), through which hot milk can be “pressed”. It’s almost a science in itself. However, you should always drink “your” coffee pure at first since milk drastically changes the taste of the coffee.

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