As the busy season returns again, we thought it was a good time to revisit Beerspresso from a different angle, with some thoughts and pictures.
How It Began
Beerspresso started while making a batch of stout. After throwing the hearty bag of grains in warm water, the grain mixture is meant to steep for about 30 minutes. However, after just a few moments, the aroma was too enticing. Adrian decided to take a quick taste of the rich steeping grain brew, “just to check,” of course. He immediately made another mixture of stout grains and made a quick batch with boiling water in a french press. “Wow, it really tastes like coffee,” he said, “but without the harshness. Sweet and rich as well!”
Something new and so eminently drinkable needed to be tested…err…shared with others! After a mild explanation, a few friends tried some and reported back highly positively. “It’s a great Saturday morning drink. Not too harsh or buzzy and it’s soo tasty,” one happy guinea-pig reported.
How It Tastes
The recipe is nearly unchanged from the original, the only difference being the removal of black roasted barley from the ingredient list. The deep black colour and sooty flavour weren’t really adding anything to the experience, so were phased out in favour of a more balanced and sweeter taste.
It has three ingredients; dark crystal malted barley, chocolate malt and dark roasted espresso.
Dark crystal malted barley: This is a delicious grain with candied barley sugar inside the seed coat. It’s sprouted, warmed and kilned to give a rich reddish colour to the grain and the sugars inside. This grain gives most of the body and texture of the drink. It also contains plenty of nutrition from the grains: B-vitamins, protein, and minerals.
Chocolate malt: This is the big mover in aroma and colour. It’s also sprouted like dark crystal malt, but before any sugars can be extracted it’s kilned to a much higher temperature. This creates the rich chocolate colour and a hearty roastiness that compliments the flavour of the espresso.
The result? A beverage more satisfying than coffee but without a huge buzz. The sugars and flavours from the roasted barley and crystal malts make a Beerspresso long black much more flavourful and rich than coffee alone. If you really want to amp up the flavour, add milk and a touch of sugar. Plus, it’s more nutritious than coffee!