So my question is why? Why is the ratio suddenly destroyed when I upsize to a large? How do I adjust my order to rectify this? And how much more I would be paying for the extra coffee? And could it ever be the same ratio as the small option?
To get to the bottom of this, I got stuck into some research. And where is a better place to research coffee than a cafe? I got in touch with Sanjay Ponnapa from Fuel espresso Fuel has a very special place in my heart. When I worked in town before my days as a stay at home mum, I would regularly escape the office for a caffeine hit. The Fuel staff were always friendly and talkative, and they always served a reliably good beverage. And when consumed along side one of their AMAZING chocolate brownies, all the ills of office life seemed to dissolve. When I finally left work on maternity leave, it wasn't work I missed, but my delicious liaisons with Fuel. Even more so when my son was born and the faint memory of fleeing the office on my own with just a wallet in hand seemed incomprehensible.
According to Sanjay of Fuel Espresso, my issue is a very real one. Yay! I love it when I find out I'm not making stuff up! Here is what Sanjay had to say:
"We stopped serving tall cups of coffee a while back in our Hong Kong Espresso Bars. Our Shanghai Espresso Bar will open in a couple of weeks with small takeaway cups only and we are hoping to stop serving tall cups in Wellington in the not too distant future. The reason? Tall cups do not do justice to flavour and balance. In HK and Shanghai we offer an even smaller sized (150ml) takeaway cup which is the perfect balance of espresso and coffee (we'll be using them in Wellington soon also).
Why don't you move away from trim milk? There is a fair amount of new research which advises that full fat milk has significant health benefits. In addition there's a fair amount of research criticising the process required to produce low fat milk. Why don't you try a smaller takeaway coffee with full milk? The taste is infinitely better and I'm sure the calories are the same/similar as a large trim caffe' latte. "
So there you have it. The real answer is to switch to the small option and savour each sip. It's best to have a little bit of perfect coffee than a lot of not so perfect coffee isn't it?
But what if you are having one of those days and you REALLY need the large? What can you do? It can get very complicated by the sounds as all cafes use slightly different sized cups. To get a stronger brew you could ask the barrista to add slightly less milk to your large coffee, (but that does kind of defeat the purpose of ordering a large doesn't it?) or you could go for the triple shot option. This means adding about 1 third more espresso to the mix. It may not equate perfectly to the same ratios in the small coffee, but it should help to boost the coffee levels in your large cup of milk. An extra shot of coffee will probably cost you an extra 50 cents.
Personally I am going to try the small cup option with whole milk. Unless of course I want to drink it with a tasty chocolate brownie, in that case triple shot in the large!