Besides many trips to what I consider to be some of the world's best and most beautiful coffee bars in the world here in Rome, Italy, I have been studying coffee with some of the world's coffee experts/tasters here. Here are some of the terms used to describe coffee when coffee tasting:
* Fragrance: sweet/floral or sweet/spicy
* Aroma: fruity or herbal
* Olfactory: caramel, nutty, malty
* After taste: chocolate, carbon, chemical, spicy
So instead of gulping the next cup down quickly, as most of us do, sip and attempt to discern all the wonderful (or maybe not so wonderful) different tastes in your cup. But isn't, that how life is? We never stop to smell the roses or sip the coffee - and never realize all the wonderful things that are right there in front of us to savor.
Here is one of my favorite coffee drinks,especially in the winter.
Caffe Principessa (Princess Coffee)
1/2 cup hot espresso
1 tbsp rum
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp brown sugar
Pinch of powdered sugar
1 dried orange peel
Pinch of powdered cinnamon
In a small saucepan, pour in water,orange peel, brown sugar, and rum. Heat and stir. Remove from heat, filter or pour through cheesecloth into a tempered glass. Add in coffee and powdered sugar, stir. Top with whipped cream and a pinch of powdered sugar on top.