Coffee fads: ways to serve an espresso

It seems like just drinking your espresso plain and black isn’t good enough any more. Here are three coffee trends involving adding extra bits and pieces to your caffeine fix – we think we’ll just stick with a dash of semi-skimmed, thanks.

Fizzy coffee: Apparently big in Italy, this is a soft of caffeinated soft drink. Just make some fresh espresso, let it cool, chill it in the fridge and add an equal amount of cold sparkling water or tonic water. Add sugar to taste. While this may make sense in a country as hot and sunny as Italy, we’re not sure it’s going to sound as appealing here, where we tend to prefer our coffee hot.

Next up is the Espresso Romano, which confusingly doesn’t seem to be drunk at all in Rome. It’s basically a standard black espresso, garnished with a little lemon juice. This could work well with certain types of coffee bean, especially those that have fruity, citrussy notes. To try it, make a cup of espresso then cut a thick slice of lemon and rub it around the rim of the cup. Squeeze a few drops from the lemon into the cup itself before discarding.

Finally, there’s the ‘Paleo coffee’ – black coffee with added butter and oil, supposed to support weightloss. However, there’s no scientific evidence that suggests that adding butter and oil to your coffee has any effect other than making your coffee greasy. If you’re trying to keep an eye on your weight, then drinking your coffee black is probably the way to go.

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