Imbibe Magazine serves up “liquid culture” and is often found around the Bellissimo Coffee Advisors office, as well as the American Barista & Coffee School, and is a favorite of many of our employees. Every issue they offer an “Ask Imbibe” questions from their readership, and this month our Vice President, Matt Milletto was the resource they leaned on. He answers a common question asked at the barista counter regarding the serving of sparkling water with espresso. Thanks Imbibe!
Q: I’ve noticed a few of my favorite coffee shops have started serving their espresso with a side of seltzer—why?
A: These days, you’ll find more and more coffee bars serving an espresso or macchiato with a small glass of sparkling water, which is simply meant to cleanse the palate. Sparkling water contains millions of small bubbles that help wake up your senses before drinking coffee, while the dissolved minerals of the water tend to add a new dimension to the espresso.
Matt Milletto, vice president of The American Barista & Coffee School
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