I think it’s high time we add some fun into espresso, shall we?
Bubbly and cool, probably they are not the first few words you would use to describe an espresso. I was intrigued by the concept of sparkling espresso while flipping through a coffee table book while waiting for my coffee at my favourite cafe in Orange. As the book is not available for loan (obviously!), I was trying hard to remember the recipe and instructions which are on the Campos coffee feature page. After all photographic memory, I don’t have (channelling my inner Yoda ha!). And, I, before morning coffee is as good as a walking zombie.
Anyway, I have gone back to re-read the recipe for the third time now and I think I have pretty much included the information as per the book. One thing though, usually the grade-A baristas are quite technical and super precise with their instructions i.e. 6ml/ 0.2 fluid ounces of crema (foam) and the temperature of sparkling mineral should be at 1 degree C/33.8 degrees F. So what I am trying to say is I’m not really precise about this stuff and try to adapt the recipe according to my convenience and what I already have at home.
The result was a refreshing glass of espresso and in my opinion better than a straight black ice coffee which I sometimes buy from chained coffee shops. My beloved thought it tasted unusual and somewhat reminded him of Cola. I was quite happy with the result and I cannot wait to make this my staple summer drink.
What you need:-
- A 220ml/7.4 fluid ounces latte cup (or a good quality glass cup which can withstand extreme temperature change)
- Sparkling mineral water (try to get one with plastic bottle)
- An espresso machine or coffee machine like Nespresso or Expressi
- Freshly ground coffee (if using an espresso machine); or a coffee pot if using a coffee machine
Let’s get started:-
(1) Chill the glass in a freezer until frosted. Also chill the sparkling mineral water in the fridge the night before. Just before making the sparkling espresso, place the sparkling mineral water in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes. According to the book, the temperature of the sparkling mineral water should be 1 dregree Celsius /33.8 degrees Fahrenheit. (2) To make the drink, pour sparkling mineral water into the frosted glass up to halfway. Then run your espresso machine or in my case, I used an Expressi coffee machine (settings: the smaller cup) to fill up the glass. Add more sparkling mineral water to fill the cup all the way if needed.
How to drink: According to the book, it is best to drink all at once.
PS: Check out Corridor Kitchen for a video instructions. You may notice Lau (the writer behind Corridor Kitchen) filled the glass with espresso then the sparkling mineral water. I was worried about cracking the glass even though a heavy duty latte glass is used so I did it back to front.