Classical Composers & Coffee

Who is a classical composer that you admire? I pick Beethoven. For a number of reasons…I pick this composer. I’m pretty sure that he defined ‘pop’ music back in his day. After all, pop music can be defined by the importance of the original performer, composer, etc. I’m almost sure that seeing Beethoven perform his own music was just as important as enjoying his work performed by a number of other individuals.

This week, something amazing happened to me–I decided to reveal that I named one of my favorite coffee drinks after one of my favorite classical composers. I call the drink, The Beethoven Latte. It premiered on Twitter and on Instagram over the weekend. You can check out my latest video post Just feel free to mosey on over to my IGTV channel.

You know, since the pandemic I’ve returned to my work as a barista. I started my barista journey almost about two decades ago now. It’s been amazing to learn how well music making and coffee go together. I used to talk about it all the time on The CMajor Radio Show and CMajor Before The Show. Prior to this I had noticed on a trip to Europe once, that the music playing in the coffee shop was a mixture of Pavarotti and Michael Bolton. Things that make you go, Hmmmmm! And, now I’d like to share with you the ingredients for my recently named latte. It’s basically a mocha (latte) with a cappuccino topping. But, just like Beethoven’s harmonies, the texture is ‘thick’ and the taste is ‘bold’.

  • Start with your milk of choice. If you’d like, use an alternative plant-based milk, i.e. oat, or almond, etc.
  • Pour milk into your cup.
  • Pour espresso shots into the milk.
  • Add ice.
  • Pour mocha sauce on top. Pump hazelnut syrup on top of the mocha sauce.
  • Top with hot foam. (Note: It’s prepared like an iced cappuccino with hot foam, not cold foam.)*
  • Place about six or seven teaspoon scoops of foam on top.
  • Alternative topping: sprinkle some cocoa powder, powered sugar and cinnamon on top.

I can’t say enough about this drink. I’ve been working on getting the ingredients just right. Oh, and one more tip…I recommend using non-fat milk for the foam*. Hot foam is light-weighted and a wonderful contrast to the other ‘milk’ ingredients. I hope you enjoy it. And, if you want further details, please feel free to contact me on social media.

Photo by Ketut Subiyanto on

Have a good rest of your weekend!

Love, -C.

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