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What is ‘crema’ on your coffee?

If you own an espresso machine, you’re used to seeing the creamy, golden foam on top of your espresso. Did you know it’s called crema? in Italy they call it Caffè Crema. So, what is the ‘crema’ on your coffee? Is all coffee supposed to have crema? Read on and find out more about this velvety golden layer.

What makes the crema on your coffee?

The pale golden micro-froth that forms on the surface of your coffee is created by your coffee machine’s brewing method. As part of the brewing process, micro air bubbles are produces and they create a silky smooth, thin layer of froth on the surface of your coffee known as crema. A broad selection of crema coffees for you to brew and savour at home are available from TASSIMO. Check out our assortment of black coffees including the popular Jacobs Caffè Crema and a variety of other wonderful espresso pods.

What’s the story behind Caffè Crema?

If you translate it literally from Italian Caffè Crema means ‘Cream Coffee’, but they’re not talking about the cream you might stir into your coffee. Back in the 1940s and 50s, ‘Caffè Crema’ was how they described the drink we now call ‘espresso’. In fact, people still enjoy a drink called ‘Caffè Crema’ in parts of Germany, Switzerland and Northern Italy. But, they’re referring to a long espresso, brewed with more water than a standard espresso. This is the kind of coffee you’ll be making when you use Jacobs Caffè Crema pods for TASSIMO, a delicious black coffee featuring a silky golden crema layer on top.

Should all coffee have a layer of crema?

Many delicious types of coffee aren’t meant to have crema. Crema is a result of the brewing method; so, filter coffee or caffè Americano have little or none. Drip or filter coffee involves allowing hot water to pass through a paper filter filled with a certain amount of ground coffee. A barista prepares an Americano by adding hot water to a normal espresso to make a long black coffee with no crema. TASSIMO offers an excellent selection of coffee pods for filter-style coffees with or without crema.

 

There are interesting differences between black coffees. Want to find out more? Read about the wide selection of coffees TASSIMO offers.

Making great coffee crema at home with TASSIMO

Making great caffè crema at home is so easy! Just browse our webshop to find your preferred coffee pods. The pictures indicate if a given type of coffee has a crema layer. With TASSIMO’s intelligent coffee machines, you just need to press the button to brew a variety of sizes and types of black coffee with or without crema. All you need to do is turn on your coffee pod machine, put in your favourite black coffee T DISC, and put a mug, glass, or espresso cup on the tray. Now just press the button and your perfectly-brewed black coffee is ready in no time! Do you love crema? Not to worry, you don’t have to do anything extra! Your TASSIMO machine ensures that the perfect, golden crema layer will form on top of your coffee. Relax and take a sip!


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