Is French Coffee Better Than Italian Coffee?

The difference between French Roast and Italian Roast coffee seems pretty straightforward – the beans were grown or roasted in the respective countries, right? Not necessarily. Of course, the beans could have been grown or roasted in either one of the two countries, but that wouldn’t have brought about such a difference in their tastes. The difference is due to their methods of preparation i.e. the comparative roast level.

coffee beansThey’re known as either French Roast or Italian Roast because the people of that country developed an acquired taste for that type of coffee. For me, the stronger is the coffee, the better it is. So, I’m leaning more towards Italian Roast coffee. However, French Roast coffee is admittedly more common. Let’s see some of the differences between barista coffee and espresso style.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to your taste in coffee.

Basic Differences:

The principal difference between the two, other than taste, is that Italian roast is darker and oilier than French roast coffee. This is because coffee beans are subjected to higher temperatures for a longer period during the making of an Italian than a French roast. The extended period of roasting causes the Italian roast to have a more bitter or burnt taste and lesser caffeine quantity.

French Roast:

French RoastA characteristic feature of French roasting is the cracking sound produced by the coffee beans as they are subjected to high temperatures. The first crack heard is a sign that your coffee is just about ready and the second crack indicates that it’s finally ready. Following the second crack, there is a change in the appearance of the coffee beans.

The beans become dark brown, and the oils in the coffee create a lustrous appearance. With a French Roast, the temperature of the roast is already high enough that these oils are brought to the surface and impart a roasted flavor to the produced coffee or espresso. While the color may be darker than traditional coffee, it isn’t the darkest. This coffee is mostly preferred by people who want a cup of coffee that gives a taste somewhere between bitter and sweet.

Italian Roast:

Italian RoastItalian roast is darker and oilier than French roast coffee. The darker roast attributes to the more bitter or burnt taste of the coffee. Simultaneously, the caffeine content decreases more during Italian roast than it would have during French roast.

Strength:

The strength of the coffee can depend on either its caffeine content or the color of the coffee. The methods of roasting the coffee beans in French roast and Italian roast differ due to the changes in temperature. An Italian roast produces roasted coffee at higher temperatures than French roasted coffee. This results in a more pronounced flavor of the roast as opposed to the flavor of the bean. The color also darkens; hence an Italian roast produces darker coffee than a French roast coffee.

Alternatively, the caffeine content can also tell us about the strength of the coffee. Higher temperatures tend to decrease the caffeine content. Thus, French roast produces coffee that has higher caffeine content than Italian roasted coffee.

Conclusion:

To claim that one type is better than the other would be unjust without actually having an international survey and every person in the world voting on the two types of coffee. Practically, that is impossible. So, I’ll just leave it on the person who is trying it and let them pick the coffee that suits his t

What Italians watch and we’re not talking about Italian made TV

While daytime US TV shows are not quite as popular as they were before, Italians still seem to enjoy a diverse selection of American made shows, ranging from soaps to investigations to superheroes, among others.

TV shows

The Bold and the Beautiful

Set against the backdrop of modern day Los Angeles, this drama revolves around the exploits of the influential Forrester family, and their company was known as Forrester Creations, as they are pitted against rival families and businesses in a classic soap opera setting.

The characters are a fine examination of the duplicity of human nature, and the situations they find themselves in are illogical at times. But that’s soap opera for you, and in this particular case, it makes for a pretty alluring mix.

NCIS

Led by Naval Criminal Investigative Service Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a quirky blend of individuals solves crimes ranging from terrorism to spying to murder that is somehow tied to the Marine Corp or the Navy.

The team, which consists of wisecracking detective Anthony DiNozzo, odd forensics expert Abby Sciuto, gifted yet insecure Timothy McGee and experienced Dr. Donald ‘Ducky’ Mallard, deals with situations going from real to humorous to suspenseful, which never cease to hook one up.

The casting seems to have been made for the show, and the writing complements their talents perfectly. No wonder the show has maintained its ratings even after a recently concluded 13th season!

The Flash

Chronicling the adventures of DC Comics hero Barry Allen aka The Flash, the show tells the story of a man who lost his parents to a cruel turn of fate at the age of 11. He has since become a crime scene investigator who is fueled by a desire to uncover the truth behind his mother’s demise (for which his father was wrongly convicted).

In his quest for the truth, he has become obsessed with both urban legend and scientific developments. After getting struck by lightning due to a failed consequence of his most recent obsession going wrong (a revolutionary particle accelerator), Barry wakes up from a nine-month comma to discover he has super-speed.

Calling himself The Flash, Barry devotes his life to the protection of the innocent who have become vulnerable to others who gained superpowers but are using them for evil ends. In spite of this, he continues to attempt to solve the mystery from his childhood.

In spite of its classic comic book premise, The Flash manages to engage its viewers (not just hardcore comic book fans) through its fleshed out characters and compelling storyline. In fact, it does a much better job of keeping its audience engaged than the movies DC has been recently shipping out.