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Topic: Cocoa Cortado (2 msgs / 93 lines)
1) From: kevin creason
I've been experimenting with summertime ways to down that double espresso.
Something cooler, yet still very strong espresso flavor.
I'm liking this a lot, you may want to give it a try and I would definitely
be interested in refinements.
First, cortado is a new term for me. I don't think I have heard it used on
the list. It means "cut", because it is espresso cut with a dash of warmed
milk, usually about 1:1 or 1:2 according to wikipedia.
First I put in a tablespoon or slightly less of cocoa syrup-- the better,
darker and purer quality. Hershey's Dark Chocolate syrup does work if you
are on a budget so you can get some Geshas.  But the Dark is best, not the
regular.
The espresso goes on top of the chocolate and is stirred briefly, and then
the 1.5 ounce (or so) of milk, and another quick stir. I usually use cold
milk because it so very hot in this part of the country.
Sometime I garnish with a little crushed ice, especially if I've just come
in from standing over the RK/grill setup and am over heated through and
through. Come October I'll probably be back to using steamed milk.
I'm sure I have offended the espresso and cappuccino purists, but this is
something I thoroughly enjoy.
I just had one with a slightly over-roasted (Vienna) Columbia Huila Finca
Buenavista (4star) and it was exquisite though it did need a bit more milk
because of the over-roasting.
Did any Behmor experts see my question about Timing? I need some help and am
disappointed in the lack of response.
-- 
-Kevin
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2) From: miKe mcKoffee
Nothing wrong with an iced Mocha Cortado for a "dessert beverage" with
espresso in it. (Cortado (common in Spain) is actually on my menu board at
the Kafe ~cappuccino strength, also known Down Under as a Flat White,
steamed milk no foam.) Serve all kinds of iced beverages with espresson in
them at the Kafe.
But as far as "how to enjoy" espresso, hot or cold weather doesn't matter,
well I'm still tasting the lushish linger of a quite delectable
unadulterated double shot from over an hour ago... 
On another note got three "extreme" compliments today. One was for an Ohana
straight shot, comment "beats the heck out Portland and Stumptown
Hairbender" (they then bought a bag-o-Ohana whole bean ToGo), then later a
regular who usually gets a macchiato I asked if she'd like to try an SO IMV
Macch', afterwards she thanked me for the suggestion commenting it was the
best mach' of her life, tasted like coffee candy. Then a first time customer
ordered a cap'. Again commented best cap' he'd ever had. (late middle aged
and not a newbie to 'spro). Pay day was today (actually officially
tomorrow). Paid my three employees not "on time" but a day early, but not
enough $$$ to pay the owner squat' this time, that would be me. But that's
ok, the first part of the paragraph was my payment. I just love it when
"traditional" espresso beverages are ordered (straight shots, macch' or
cap').
Somewhat surprisingly the "American Coffee House" espresso beverages (aka
foo-foo) don't out pace the traditional by that much, do a lot of cap's ToGo
for weekday work folk. Though we do a heck of a lot of "African Lattes",
both hot and iced. (Lattes with Muscavado sugar in the milk). Have one
customer "hooked" on 8oz Mountain Thunder Kona African Latte, super smooth,
and deeply richly lightly sweetened. ($1 uplift for Kona double shot:-)
Anyway I ramble and have work to do...
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