We are preparing our counter for delicious iced coffees!
It's the coffee of the Greek summer, our "national" coffee, the favorite habit as soon as the temperature exceeds 25 degrees Celsius! The reason, of course, is Freddo Espresso and his cousin, Freddo Cappuccino, who almost monopolize the interest of coffee makers during the summer months.
Although many argue that making Freddo Espresso at home is not an easy task, the truth is that with the necessary equipment and a little practice, we can prepare Freddo that the best barista would envy. Before we start hitting with the shaker, we gather on our counter what we need for an enjoyable Freddo Espresso or Freddo Cappuccino!
What do you need for a homemade Freddo Espresso?
A good espresso blend: As with any coffee, the one that ultimately counts best is the good blend. By choosing a quality, aromatic espresso blend, we have laid the foundations to enjoy an enjoyable, iced coffee.
Choosing the right blend is, of course, primarily a matter of personal taste, but we can't overlook the fact that a major problem with Freddo Espresso or Freddo Cappuccino is the feeling of "watering", which comes from melting ice. This can be avoided by choosing blends with a Robusta content of at least 30-40%, which will give our coffee a strong and robust body. Espresso blends such as Lavazza Tierra Brasile Intense, Lavazza Super Crema or Buondi Premium are very fragrant, however they keep their body in cold preparations very satisfactory.
However, if we love intense acidity and floral or fruity aromas, we can of course experiment with 100% Arabica blends, which will give lighter Freddo. Illy Classico's favorite blend, but also options like Hausbrandt Gourmet or Lavazza Tierra are ideal choices for those who want to experiment with 100% Arabica Freddo Espresso!
An espresso machine: Of course, in order to extract our espresso, it is necessary to have an espresso machine. In this part, there are no restrictions. Any machine, no matter how much coffee works, can give us good coffee, as long as it is functional and always thoroughly cleaned. We avoid hitting Lungo extracts, as the result will be quite diluted. It is better to use two single espresso, for a more concentrated and intense taste.
A good, reliable shaker: hitting the hot espresso with ice is crucial to Freddo's success. Every amateur or professional barista needs a shaker that is quality, ergonomic and suitable for hitting Freddo. We prefer metal shakers, as due to their construction material they transfer the temperature more evenly, freezing our coffee more efficiently and in less time. It is important that the shaker is made of good materials, such as stainless steel, does not break easily and has an internal strain er that will keep the pieces of ice from melting.
A Shaker like the Feggrini Shaker, designed to make Freddo, is an ideal solution for any beginner or advanced home barista, but also an ideal gift for any coffee lover.
A touch of ice: Freddo Espresso and Freddo Cappuccino are created when we hit the hot espresso with ice. The amount of ice should not be too much, but as much as needed to freeze our coffee, without "watering" too much. Pay attention to the quality of the ice: of course it must be of excellent quality water, ideally with the same water I use to extract the coffee. If the water in our living area is not good and we usually drink bottled water, then we should definitely prepare ice from bottled water, as tap water will affect the taste of our coffee.
A little bit of milk foam: Milk Foam is only necessary if we want to prepare Freddo Cappuccino. Although the most effective way to prepare frothed milk is with the relevant device, the mlik froather, there are ways to prepare our frothed milk at home and in other, easier ways. Foam milk requires technique and practice, but it is something that is relatively easy to master. Chopped chocolate or cinnamon is purely optional!
Tip: Foam milk is created infinitely easier if the milk we use is long lasting and not fresh, especially if it is whole fat and not light.
Glass and Straws: Serve your Freddo in the right glass and of course always with straw (ideally biodegradable, in order to reduce our environmental footprint). It's a fact that others prefer the tall glasses for their Freddo, while many prefer the short ones - it's purely a matter of taste, but also a matter of available tableware. In general, avoid plastic cups and prefer glass, transparent, special glasses for Freddo.
Freddo Espresso is always synonymous with summer and is always enjoyable: in a shady cafe, in hand waiting, on the lounger of a beach bar or even at home, made by our little hands! Have a happy summer!