The above picture was taken on my last visit to Tenerife, in a small coffee place after lunch. I thought that it would be worth sharing this, rather than me attempting to get such a beautifully designed coffee!
There are some common coffees in Spain, such as café con leche, café solo, manchado, cortado… but drinking coffee is such a big thing in Spain that there are also regional differences. The Canarian Barraquito is a piece of art, as you can appreciate on the picture. A mixture of condensed milk, milk, coffee and usually some cinnamon, lemon peel and even liquor. In order to appreciate its colours, it should be served in a glass! Here is how to make a standard recipe, although recipes vary from place to place:
A fancy coffee from the Canaries
- 1/4 condensed milk
- A splash of licor 43 (or a liquor you fancy)
- 1/2 expresso coffee
- A small piece of lemon peel
- 1/4 milk with foam
- Ground cinnamon
Pour condensed milk in the bottom of the glass and then add the liquor if wanted. For the next layer, pour in the freshly made coffee and add the lemon peel.
Heat the milk and add with foam. Top with a tiny bit of ground cinnamon and serve immediately. To drink, you will have to destroy this piece of art by mixing all ingredients with a spoon.