[Homeroast] Coffee and Milk

Sandy Andina sandraandina at mac.com
Sat Oct 9 14:51:05 CDT 2010

I knew it was a different world as far back as 1992, when I attended my law school reunion in Tacoma, WA (I'd lived in Seattle for 7 years, B.C.: "before cappuccino"). At dinner in my hotel, it was time for coffee.  The waiter asked if I'd like a latte, and which flavor. I replied, "double espresso."  He said, "not even a cappuccino?"  I reiterated I wanted a double espresso, nothing in it.   "Macchiato?" he asked.  "Nope, nothing on it either," I replied.

He paused for a moment and then sighed, "you're not from around here, are you?"

Consumer Reports, in its whole-bean coffee tests a few months ago, found that when drunk black, the lighter roasts from Green Mountain and Millstone fared best; but with milk, the darkest roasts came out on top.  Lighter roasts have more nuance and acidity, which disappear in milk; the darker roasts, by contrast, have their more objectionable carbon notes tempered by milk, allowing other varietal characteristics (such as survive dark roasting) to remain intact.
On Oct 9, 2010, at 2:07 PM, John M. Howison wrote:

> Maybe I should have made the subject "coffee and milk" instead of
> "milk and coffee."  Fortunately, my heresy provoked no invitations to
> duel.
> I've learned from the responses to my view. Am particularly intrigued
> by the prospect of one of Mike's decadent desserts.  Am impressed that
> most respondents cling to the idea that if there's any coffee in it,
> it's coffee, and any additive is an adulterant, maybe interesting,
> probably hostile.  For me coffee is one thing and cafe-au-lait is
> another;  my query was about different versions of the latter.  Didja
> ever, ever hear a Frenchman/woman ask for straight coffee with his/her
> croissant, or ask for a demi-tasse blanche?  Didja ever hear a Greek,
> Turk or A-rab ask for milk or yoghurt with his breeky?  Ever hear
> anybody call a glass of cordial a pousse-cafe-au-lait?
> I'm grateful that not even the purists got huffy, as I do when at one
> of the coffee bars that have only recently found my area I'm offered a
> shot of fruit syrup in my coffee --and for just $.25.
> -- 
> Contra muros, mater rubicolla
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Peace & song, 

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