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Indiano Nespresso Compatible Coffee Capsules

Steamed Coffees? What are they and how do they affect my beautiful espresso?

Put simply steamed coffee is green coffee beans which are treated or washed with saturated steam under pressure (1 > 3 bar) and withan increased humidity level of 6 > 12 % over the course of approximately 1 hour

Most commonly it is the Lendrich system used here in Europe, which was originally patented in 1933

Steamed coffees are more easily digestible those with sensitive stomachs… and so such products are often marketed as ‘stomach friendly’ in the Continental European market- being particularly popular in Germany

Steaming supposedly removes irritants (other than the caffeine you’ll be pleased to hear!) which may cause, or exacerbate stomach ache,heart burn and acid indigestion

Various reports – such as Albanese 1964 and Rahn 1979 – have concluded that there is a genuine change in the chemistry of steamed coffee with reductions in:

Tannin (24%)

Chlorogenic Acid (3%)

Mercaptomethane (11%)

Mannans (6%)

Pyrocatechol (25%)

As well as Pyridine and Furfurol (12 > 82 mg / kilo Mohr and Wichman 1987)

Incidentally- it is not only arabica which are steamed…more commonly – steaming is used in the soluble or instant coffee industry to improve Robusta coffees… that means that as a consumer you get a cheaper product which tastes ok!

Never knew coffee was such a chemistry lesson did you?

But that’s what makes it so very special and what makes the art of the roaster so very important….

Get it wrong at the roasting stage and this can lead to, in effect, a chemical imbalance in the roast which adversely affects the flavour and aroma of your beautiful cup of espresso or coffee– leave the technical stuff to us and rest assured you are getting the finest  ESE espresso pods available anywhere! 🙂

We are trying to decide/find names for our easy serving espresso coffee. We thought that this was going to be easier than this, but so far we have struggled to come up with something that reflects what we are about and what our espresso coffee pods taste like. SO I am writing in the coffee blog to see if I can get some inspiration. We have on the table: bounce, bang, breeze, burst, seven, and we also are considering: Jude Law, Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Johnny Depp! also Monkey bang, monkey butt, monkey brains…nope..!

We also like something like: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.. but that,s not it either. How about pop stars based? Brandon Flowers? We also have this little monkey: aromo, who needs to be represented somewhere, or he will get upset. We don’t want to be too serious, although our espresso coffee pods are seriously great coffee, we like the lighter touch. Perhaps we should call it espresso1, espresso 2 espresso 3 an so on! and grade it with stars. or how about “you’re fired” what would Lord Sugar say! This could be a great challenge for The Apprentice…design and produce a new coffee brand, take it to market and get it on Waitrose shelves within 1 week.

I like BLOG, POKE ME and PING but I don’t think my partners do. It’s current anyway, and I know that all you bloggers drink loads of great espresso coffee. Rocket? Glory? or how about after Space Shuttles: Atlantis, Columbia, Discovery, Challenger and Endeavour…mmm I like those. Coffee that’s out of this world..No espresso coffee thats out of this world. I’m liking. Coffee Monster?, your thoughts? Would people think we have mis-spelled colombia?

This picture shows my new milk frothing jug I bought in Rome this summer. Previously I had made do with a pottery jug but there has to be a reason why the pros use stainless steel ones and I’m told it is so that you can detect more easily when the milk is hot. So I now place a finger on the outside of the jug when making capacinnos and when it gets too hot to touch I know it is ready. I’m using aromo coffee pods to avoid mess too.

What are your thoughts? Pundits suggest it has to be kept in the freezer once the pack has been opened to keep it tasting great for every serving.

Once upon a time they said the fridge was OK, but apparently that isn’t good enough now. Thankfully easy serving espresso coffee pods are individually wrapped and can be stored anywhere.