Last Updated on 18/09/2022 by Miki
As coffee lovers, we know that coffee is more than just a morning pick-me-up. It’s an experience. A chance to slow down and enjoy the moment. Melbourne is home to one of the best coffees in the world. And, lucky for us, there are plenty of places to enjoy it. There’s a coffee spot for everyone from cosy cafes to hipster hangouts. So, if you’re looking for something new, check out a magic coffee in Melbourne.
What Is A Magic Coffee?
There’s something special about Melbourne’s coffee culture. The coffee shops in Melbourne are very unique. Each coffee shop has its own personality and style, and there is a coffee shop to suit every taste. If you are there, it’s most likely that you hear people ordering “magic.” So, what is a magic coffee?
A magic coffee is originated in Melbourne, Australia and made with a double ristretto and 130ml of frothed milk poured and typically served in a 5oz cup. It’s like a piccolo latte with a double ristretto. If you’re lucky enough to try Melbourne’s magic coffee, you’ll understand why it’s such a special part of the city.
What Is In A Magic Coffee?
Now that you’ve got an idea of what a magic coffee is, you may be wondering what exactly is in a magic coffee.
A Double Ristretto
A ristretto is a short/restricted shot of espresso that requires the same amount of ground coffee but half the quantity of hot water as well as the time of extraction.
A double ristretto is made by pulling one shot of the ristretto twice, which is different from a double espresso that is made by using double the amount of ground coffee with a larger portafilter basket.
The milk used for a magic coffee is frothed with less microfoam than a cappuccino. It should be more like the milk for a flat white. It’s smooth and silky, but not foamy. In addition, it shouldn’t be as hot as other milk-based coffee as a magic coffee is supposed to be a quick pick-me-up to drink.
Magic Coffee Comparison
Magic Coffee vs Cappuccino
A cappuccino is made with a shot of espresso and silky-frothed milk with a thick layer of microfoam. It’s also topped with a sprinkle of chocolate powder and served in a ceramic cup.
Magic Coffee vs Flat White
A flat white is made with a shot of espresso and silky frothed milk with a thin layer of microfoam. It’s served in a ceramic cup, usually a smaller cup than a cappuccino.
Magic Coffee vs Piccolo
A piccolo is made with a shot of ristretto and silky frothed milk with a thin layer of microfoam. It’s typically served in a glass cup.
Magic Coffee vs Latte
A latte is made with a shot of espresso and silky frothed milk with a thinner layer of microfoam than a cappuccino but thicker than a flat white. It’s served in a glass and milkier than a flat white.
Magic Coffee vs Cortado
A cortado is made with a double shot of espresso and an equal amount of steamed milk with little to no layer of microfoam. It’s typically served in a smaller glass cup than a latte.
What Does A Magic Coffee Taste Like?
There’s nothing quite like a good cup of coffee, and a magic coffee is no exception. It has a unique flavour that is unlike any other coffee out there. Due to the shorter extraction time of a ristretto, there’s no bitterness in a magic coffee. You’ll find it sweeter than an espresso-based coffee. Having said that, a magic coffee is stronger than a latte or flat white due to the ratio of coffee and milk.
So, if you like your coffee stronger without bitterness but with some milk, then it’s highly likely that you’ll enjoy a magic coffee.
Tips for Making A Magic Coffee at Home
If you’re looking to make a magic coffee at home, here are some tips to help you get the perfect cup:
- Start with quality beans – Melbourne is home to some of the best coffee roasters in Australia, so you’ll want to start with beans from one of these roasters.
- Grind beans with a high-quality grinder – I highly recommend using a burr grinder for optimal flavour.
- Use filtered water to make your coffee
- Use an espresso machine to brew your coffee – Although you can probably use a French press or Moka pot, an espresso machine will deliver the best result.
How To Make A Magic Coffee
Here’s a simple method of making a magic coffee:
- Grind your coffee beans to a fine grind with a burr grinder.
- Fill the portafilter with 7 gm of ground coffee and tamp it evenly.
- Pull a ristretto shot of 15 ml by extracting for 15 seconds into a 5 oz cup.
- Empty the portafilter and repeat the process for a double ristretto.
- Froth your milk until it gets smooth and silky without too much microfoam. The temperature shouldn’t be too hot and 60 degrees Celcius would be perfect for magic.
- Pour the milk over the coffee until it fills up to 3/4 of the cup.
To sum up, Melbourne’s coffee scene is renowned for its quality and variety. There is something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a quick caffeine fix or a leisurely cup of coffee to enjoy with friends. With so many different options available, it’s easy to find the perfect cup of coffee to suit your taste. So next time you’re in Melbourne, be sure to check out some of the city’s top coffee spots and try magic!