Coffee house or most commonly called coffee shops or cafes are establishments that serve coffee and other beverages. Its main products are coffee and tea. Coffee house is for people who want to have a good time with family, friends, colleagues and others. It has an ambiance that may be slightly similar to a restaurant or bar though different from a cafeteria.
Our most common idea about these shops is that they often sell coffee, teas and snacks but in some shops on other countries, they also serve meals, pastries and other dishes as well. Variations in the foods and drinks that they serve can be seen in different countries. Like in some shops, they also sell alcoholic drinks.
Coffee shops have been there for a long time. It’s a popular place for doing business deals and meetings. As most coffee shops have a nice ambiance, it’s also a perfect place to study. Studying while drinking coffee or other hot beverages teamed up with music that can brighten your mood is the best. People who want to be inspired also like to spend their time to coffee shops since it is a perfect place to write poems, music and exchange ideas.
History of Coffee house
Coffee has been an important product back then that it became one of the reasons why women can divorce their husbands if ever they can’t provide their wives with enough supply of coffee. The coffee in Turkey is usually strong and black. The first coffees ever served are usually plain and simple. The idea of adding sweeteners and cream came from Europe. It was meant to add flavors to the coffee. The Turkish army left bags of coffee behind after they invaded Vienna.
Franz Georg Kolschitzky opened a coffee shop. As he had experienced living in Turkey, it’s unfortunate that he is the only one who knows the value of beans. His idea of brewing it and adding sweeteners and milk made it a big hit. It became more popular when coffee houses started to serve pastries and desserts.
Its popularity flourished in England as well. Though it became a big hit in Europe, the main reason why it arrived in England was still because of Turkey. The Turk’s Head was born. The shop was the one that first used the word “tips” on their store. A jar was placed near the counter together with the sign that reads “To Insure Prompt Service" sat on the counter.” They serve faster to those who place coins on the jar.
The popularity of coffee house emerged in America when they were colonized. The main purpose of people to go there was because of business’s reasons. They have been serving coffees until then.
The emergence of Espresso
The first piston espresso machine available for commercial use was invented by Gaggia. The Gaggia coffee bar was the first to serve espresso aside from their regular coffee.
Internet cafes also emerged along with the coffee shops. Some people contact their business prospects online using the internet connection from the café. In return, they should buy any food or drink that the shop is selling.
Some of the drinks that the coffee house offers include:
A cappuccino is a kind of coffee that is usually made with hot milk or cream, espresso and milk foam. It is also usually topped with cinnamon. The espresso is usually placed at the very bottom then added with hot milk and the milk foam. It is often made with the use of an espresso machine. In the traditional cappuccino, the size is usually small and contains a thick layer of foam.
A latte contains more milk than cappuccino that a house offers. It’s an espresso topped with steamed milk. Other flavors can be added. Its name is a shortened version for milk coffee. In Italy, it is usually prepared for breakfast. The latte can be served in different containers. Some serve it in glass at the top of the saucer or in a bowl.
It is also known as Café Americano. It’s a combination of hot water and a shot of espresso (but the amount of espresso can depend on what the customer wants). The espresso is usually diluted in hot water. The Americano varies on the amount of water and espresso used in preparing it.
- Iced Coffee
The iced coffee is literally a cold version of coffee. The coffee is usually served with ice and can also be added with cream on top. There are two ways the coffee is brewed. One is brewing it cold while the other one is brewing it hot then letting it cool down for them to be able to add the ice. The sweeteners are often added if the coffee has been brewed hot for it can be easily diluted in hot water than the cold one. Almost every country has a different variation of this coffee.
A coffee made using hot water (under high pressure) along with ground coffee that slowly and moderately produces a strong flavor. Coffee house usually tops it with crema. It is thicker than other coffee for it has a higher concentration of dissolved solids. Espresso also creates other variations for some of the drinks.
The term macchiato means marked or stained. Coffee house often prepares it with a shot or two of espresso with a small amount of milk which is used to create the foam. The caramel macchiato is basically a vanilla latte with caramel syrup on top.
It is made with the infusion of coffee with cocoa or chocolate. It’s an espresso with hot milk and chocolate added. The chocolate taste may come in the form of cocoa powder, heated chocolate or chocolate syrup. Its basic form is hot chocolate with a shot of espresso and is mostly served with whipped cream and marshmallow on top.
- Hot chocolate
It is a heated beverage usually made-up of cocoa, milk and sugar.
These shops evolved and improved throughout ages. Who would have thought that it is possible to create a wide range of variations of coffee? Although it seemed impossible in the past, these shops played a big role for people to take interest on coffee beans and the products that can be made from them. Because of the emergence of coffee houses, we get to enjoy a delicious taste that our appetites are longing for.