How does ordering an ‘extra hot’ coffee change its flavour?

Coffee is a highly personal morning ritual, and there are numerous ways to customize your order today.

Whether it’s almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk, we all want the perfect cup of coffee in the morning.

But there are certain requests that strain the barista-customer relationship.

If you order your latte “extra hot,” you may have received a frosty glare or an eye roll from a few baristas.

Because ordering coffee “extra hot” alters its flavor.

June Dahee Yoo, proprietor and barista of a cafe in Perth, identifies temperature as one of the most significant factors influencing the overall flavor of coffee.

When poured into a hot cup, espresso tastes different than when poured into a cold cup. “I always ensure that my baristas heat the cup prior to preparing a cup of coffee,” she says.

“I have 12 years of experience as a barista, so I understand why baristas prefer to brew coffee between 65 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit, but we must remember that we are in the hospitality industry, so I’m more than willing to accommodate their preference.”

Michael D’Alessandro, a barista and café owner with 26 years of experience in the coffee industry, says that 65 degrees Celsius is the ideal temperature for perfect, creamy milk.

Michael D’Alessandro heats milk “to a certain point” without allowing it to boil and lose its flavor. “When heated to that temperature, the sweetness of the milk is brought out,” he says.

“If you go too far beyond that, the milk will burn, and the flavor profile will change dramatically.

The overheating of milk alters its texture from microfoam to large bubbles.

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