10 myths about coffee

AGI – Coffee? That’s all for Italians. We are good consumers (4.5 kg per capita per year), beaten by the Finns with 12 and attentive admirers. About its brands and also about the ways to do it. With or without sugar, hot or lukewarm, long or thin, with cognac or sambuca. With suede or “Neapolitan”, or with waffles. You can even argue over coffee.

In fact, as Gambero Rosso points out, there are also a certain number of counterfeits of coffee, but rather of “false myths”, which the magazine has cataloged and delineated into ten major categories and dismantled one by one: ” espresso is bitter “,” suede should not be washed “,” coffee is bad for the stomach “,” if the sugar flows, the coffee is good “,” it must cost 1 euro “,” it can be drunk even after its expiration date “,” it should be stored in the fridge “,” a glass of water after coffee “,” it’s always the same “,” on a diet it’s better to avoid it “. But every statement has its direct opposite.

Equated with “black gold”, the bitter must “not be the dominant flavor in the espresso”, otherwise we would be faced with “roast defects”. Shouldn’t suede be washed? “Oils and fats generated during the preparation of coffee cannot remain in contact with the walls for too long,” otherwise “they will change the taste of the drink,” writes Gambero. Just as it is not true that coffee is bad for the stomach: of course, “excessive consumption is always not recommended” but for example “Arabica coffee contains up to three times less caffeine than blends with a high percentage of Robusta”.

As for the sugar that floats, “the coveted cream in the espresso is not such an important quality index: during the tasting phase it is evaluated, but it is not the thickness or the duration that indicates the level of goodness of a coffee” . Fifth: does the espresso have to cost 1 euro? According to the newspaper, “at this historical moment, the cost of raw materials is constantly increasing” so it is “even more important that consumers fully understand the value of the product” and during “bar owners find themselves choosing a low-level product”.

Then there are five other false myths: coffee should not only be drunk after the expiration date, but should be consumed as soon as possible, stored in a vacuum container, away from air, moisture, heat and light (not in the refrigerator), otherwise it will lose its aroma. Expiry date: “Avoid exceeding three months from the roasting date”. As for the glass of water, it should be consumed before tasting to cleanse and prepare the palate for the taste. Finally, there are many types and varieties of coffee, starting from roasting and final extraction.

And “without sugar, a cup of espresso provides a maximum of 2 calories”, “absolutely compatible with a diet designed to lose weight”, specifies Gambero Rosso. That’s why coffee “is the balm of the heart and spirit” as Giuseppe Garibaldi, the king of the two worlds, said. Coffee included.

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