The Frothy Cup’s Espresso Blend is our most important coffee. It is the coffee blend that we use in all of our latte’s, cappuccino’s, and of course, our highly regarded Espresso! Our Espresso Blend is designed to create a lot of crema. Crema is an emulsified layer of tiny bubble that form on the top of an espresso shot when it is pulled. This layer of crema serves many purposes, but most importantly it traps the aromatic flavors of the coffee so that they do not escape into the air, and can therefore be enjoyed “in the cup”. Crema also coats the tongue with its many bubbles, which burst over a period of time. This allows the drinker to actually enjoy the flavor of their espresso long after they have finished drinking their “shot”.
In order to make our Espresso Blend we start with a good South American bean. This bean is low in acidity and has a smooth and mild flavor that adds body and flavor to the blend. This bean is the dominant bean in the blend and it also has a lot of oil that is necessary for the development of crema. Next we add another excellent South American bean that is grown on the slopes of the highest coastal mountain range in the world. This bean is a bit higher in acidity and adds more flavor, body and “brightness” to the blend. As the final component in the blend we add a Robusto bean (the other two beans are the more flavorful Arabica beans). As the name implies, the Robusto bean is a more “robust” bean than the Arabica bean and has a higher caffeine content. This bean is a primary component in the famous Italian Espresso’s. The Robusto bean interacts with the other two beans to enhance the crema and give it a longer staying power. Crema tends to be reabsorbed back into the espresso shot after it is pulled, and as the crema becomes reabsorbed, the flavor escapes the shot and the long lasting coating of bubbles on the tongue are not present. While most of the flavor of our Espresso Blend comes from the two Arabica beans, the Robusto bean is arguably the most important bean in the blend.
While our Espresso Blend creates a superb espresso, all of the work to create this flavorful coffee can also be enjoyed as a regular cup of coffee. Our Espresso Blend is roasted to a medium roast, and is not a dark roast as so many people believe. In a dark roast the roast begins to dominate the flavor of the coffee, and the flavor of the beans become more secondary. Since our Espresso Blend contains some of the best beans in the world, the medium roast allows you to enjoy the true flavors of the beans. Our Espresso Blend is sweet, smooth, and is an extremely flavorful coffee with creamy notes of chocolate, caramel and butter cookie.