Frozen cup

Beginner and pro baristas share tips and tricks.
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Postby LBIespresso » Nov 07, 2018, 7:55 pm

I got the idea of pulling a shot into a cold cup from a few different discussions here that brought up the temp of espresso and how people enjoy/find different flavors at different temps. This got me thinking, as someone who generally thinks that most coffee is served at too high a temp, maybe I should look into this.

My first experiment was to pull a shot into a cup straight out of the freezer. Very interesting! I am going to keep my findings to myself for now so I don't influence others if they want to try this (I encourage you to).
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Postby maccompatible » Nov 23, 2018, 1:29 am

I'd be paranoid the rapid change in temperature could damage the cup. In my experience, just pulling into a not-preheated cup is plenty of temperature difference to cool down the shot drastically.
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Postby MB » Nov 23, 2018, 1:56 am

Or, you can just pull it over Breyers Natural Vanilla. :lol:
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Postby thirdshifter » Nov 23, 2018, 6:44 am

I'll try this too. I also like my espresso cooled down a minute or two. To be (too) specific, I actually like it when I take a sip of espresso and almost can't feel the liquid entering my mouth (because it's the same temperature as my mouth) -- so I just get a sensation of flavors and texture but no perceptible temperature change. Anyway..... I'll try the frozen cup thing.


Postby Davidm » Nov 24, 2018, 3:20 pm

Literally just made my daughter... 27g of espresso poured over two scoops of vanilla ice cream and a little bit of chocolate syrup... good stuff if you have a sweet tooth.


Postby CwD » Nov 24, 2018, 3:45 pm

I use ice water in my cup for Turkish coffee, as the wat it's hottest at the end makes it take forever and a half to reach drinking temperature otherwise. Might have to try it for shots too now.

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Postby LBIespresso » Nov 25, 2018, 2:38 pm

I have been playing with this idea for a while now and have settled on putting my cup in the fridge for a bit before pulling a shot. This seems to work best for me. The shot is a comfortable drinking temp right away and the flavors seem easier to identify. I realize that I can't avoid bias or test this scientifically, but I am happy with the results.
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