Affogato ($1.99) by Daniel Bramhall is a pocket guide to everything related to coffee.
I love coffee, and I know there are plenty of other people that do too. But even though I love coffee, there’s still some stuff in the world of coffee that I am not aware of (it’s also never too late to learn new things). This is where Affogato comes in.
When you open up Affogato, the first thing you will see is a list of Coffees. Along the bottom, there is a menubar with five options: Coffees, Lingo, Create, Brewing, and About.
Coffees will be the default view, and is just a list of different coffee drinks. If you have gone to coffee shops frequently in your area, then you may already be aware of a lot of the drinks featured in the list. However, there are still some that may surprise you (especially if all you’ve ever had is just Starbucks or other mainstream chain coffee shops). When you find a drink you would like to know more about, just tap it – you get a brief summary of the drink (as well as an icon to represent it). In particular, I was rather fascinated with learning about Kopi Luwak coffee, which is apparently “the most expensive coffee in the world.”
I think the most fun can be found in the Lingo section. Do you know what “Thunder Thighs” are? If not, you’ll find out here. The Lingo section contains a variety of various slang words that are commonly used in the coffee world. In the list, you see the name and syllable breakdown (always make sure you pronounce these words correctly). Tap on them to view a definition of the term, and make sure to incorporate it in your next coffee talk amongst friends or family.
In Create, you will find the recipes on how to create six different types of coffee drinks. Currently, you get the recipe for: Affogato, Americano, Caffè Latte, Espresso, Flat White, and Iced Coffee. Tapping on any of these will give you step-by-step directions to preparing the drink on your own (given that you own the necessary equipment, of course).
Brewing gives insight on the various brewing methods available. Currently, there are six: Vacuum Brewers, Percolators, Electric Drips, Pourover Makers, French Press, and Moka Pot. Tapping on a brewing method will give you some background information on the process, adding to your ever-growing knowledge of coffee.
The last option in the menubar is About. If you want to know more about the development studio, here’s the place. You can also reach them via email, Twitter, or website.
Coffee fans will definitely appreciate having Affogato on their phones. I found it fast and efficient, and the interface is not too bad either. The developers will be updating Affogato with new coffees, words, brewing methods, and instructions in the future.
If you love coffee, then I’d recommend checking this one out.