Ready for a sweet, chocolatey espresso experience unlike any other?
Put down that regular espresso shot and step up your game with the newest twist to hit the scene: Espresso Melya.
It combines rich chocolatey cocoa, a drizzle of honey, and freshly ground high-quality espresso beans swirled together into one luxurious sip.
As easy as it is to make Melya, your favorite coffee shop probably will not serve it. That’s good news for you, though! You can make espresso Melya at home and surprise your guests with a coffee type they’ve never had.
What is Melya?
Melya is an espresso-based drink that combines a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder and honey for additional flavor. This combination adds fruity notes to the coffee, which can be enjoyed on its own or served with steamed milk.
The origin of Melya has yet to be discovered. Some say it has a French origin, others say it is Spanish. “Miel” means “honey” in both French and Spanish, and since Melya got its name from “miel,” this argument is founded.
What Kind of Cup Should Melya Be Served In?
The best coffee cup for serving Melya is the demitasse. Demitasse, also known as half-cup, is a regular coffee cup serving espressos and Turkish coffee. It is smaller, retains heat efficiently, and can hold about 2-3 ounces (60-90 ml) of liquid.
However, if you do not have a demitasse, consider purchasing one (check out my list of the best demitasse cups in 2023) or you can serve your Melya in a regular coffee mug. Using a coffee mug will not affect the taste of your Melya, but it will cool down much quicker, and the lower quantity will not fill up the mug. I would suggest your pre-heat your mug if you go this route.
Tips for a Refreshing Melya Cup
- Brew your espresso from coffee grounds of high-quality beans.
- Stir the Melya properly before adding steamed milk.
- Whipped cream works if you don’t have steamed milk.
- Tweak the honey content if you want a sweeter cup.
- Let your honey mix with the cocoa before pouring the espresso.
Frequently Asked Questions
Melya will probably be a new concept to you, so here are a few answers to questions you may have. Please let me know if you have any other ones.
If you ever feel like having sweet espresso, give my espresso Melya recipe a try, and let me know how you liked it in a comment below!