Monday, January 25, 2010

A Drop of Syrup For Your Coffee

Have you ever wondered why some coffee tastes just remarkably delicious? Would you like to fill your home with the aroma of your own blend of morning espresso?

Flavored syrups, yes syrups. While food has some natural taste, flavorings can enhance flavour in food. Like that of coffee, the infusion of flavored syrups mixed into a blend would make you a magnificent espresso. 

The versatility of flavored syrups in adding flavour and texture to coffee alone has created hundreds of syrup flavours from the classic chocolate and vanilla to roasted nuts, marshmallow, gingerbread to tropical and exotic flavours like kiwi-strawberry and cranberry-mango.

Coffee lovers would spend time making wonderful cups of latte or cappuccino, and discover their own masterpieces. Those with bariska skills are fortunate to move on homemade flavoured coffee; some even make their own coffee flavour syrups. It's amazing how it seems easy for them to create chocolate, caramel and vanilla syrups in so short a time.

History and Production of Syrups

Syrup is a concentrated solution of sugar and water creating a thick sticky liquid that originated in Italy. It had been produced in Europe for years and primarily used as additions to sodas and desserts. Syrups also had been believed to have played a major role in the world of beverages particularly coffee.

The start of flavored syrups like hazelnut and vanilla incorporated to coffee born the trend of specialty coffees that is favored by most young coffee drinkers around the world today. The use of syrups became very popular on beverages that call for sweetening, making it the best alternative to sugar.

Storing Syrups

Ready-to-use syrups and concentrates usually have from 6 up to 9 months shelf life. It may be stored at room temperature away from direct sunlight or heat to get its maximum shelf life or in a refrigerator to extend by a few months.