5 things of the moment: To Celebrate the arrival of 2010

The Bubbly

1- Champagne (of course): Cuvee Louis by Champagne Tarlant

Champagne is not just bubbly, and before the Young Gentlemen succumbs to the marketing exploits of large champagne houses and their erstwhile commercial bubbly we at TGG encourage him to seek out a wine of true integrity:

…Cuvee Louis draws you into its profoundly truthful universe. Being cask fermented, it has a complex structure and its unique bouquet allies power and richness, balance and generosity.

From Tarlant’s Website

Harvest: 1998 + 1997-1996

Grapes: 50% Chardonnay 50% Pinot Noir

Terroirs: Vineyard “Les Crayons” in Oeuilly (Marne valley). Chalk. 60-yrs old vines.

Vinification: Vinification in 4-wine oak barrels. No malolactic fermentation. Barrel fermentation with the lees regularly stirred back into the wine. Remains in barrels until May.

Bottling: May 1999

Disgorging: See date on rear label. Manual.

Dosage: 3 g/L – Extra-Brut

To the eye, golden yellow robe, deeper hints, finely crystalline mousse.

Nose: Generous and powerful, with woody, appetising hints (of dried fruit, vanilla, grilled).

Mouth: Superb, full, round and complex. Palate sweetly honeyed. A broad, mature and vinous wine, with good cellaring potential.

Food & Wine: An exceptional champagne for rare and special moments, for Haute Cuisine. The Cuvee Louis is the champagne par excellence to accompany your moments of contemplation.

2- Caviar from Caviarteria

The Goods

We have always maintained the life’s pleasures are simple (not necessarily cheap) and nothing celebrates the New Year with more flair than fabulous Caviar. What to serve it with is up to you (hint: the Champagne above); but latkes, small blinis, or boiled potatoes are traditional. If anything, just get yourself a spoon and enjoy.

3- Velvet Slippers from Berk Cashmere London

The Slip

There is something contrarian and endlessly indulgent as an silk-lined pair of velvet slippers; worn outside of the home or in the absence of a tuxedo, velvet slippers do say you don’t take yourself too serious but do mind the details, moreover the decadent ones (if the soiree the Gentleman will be attending is rowdy, messy or outdoors, do forgo the slippers…)

4- A Good Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 120 IS

The Shot

Sure TGG likes the Leica Hermes Edition (see here) but to quote our founder’s words “It’s not always about the most expensive…” at times substance is just that: functionality with a bit of form. The Powershot SX120 delivers just that; with 100 megapixels and a powerful zoom, it takes fabulous pictures, no matter where and when. Moreover it is sleek and small-ish. The Young Gentlmen does not want to carry around a behemoth of a cameral he is not Annie Lebowitz and he is smart enough to recognize that. He also does not want to pullout a monstrosity that shouts to the rest of the room that he spent several thousands on camera equipment (that is unbecoming). Instead he is understated and practical; trust us—this camera is good. (Click here for specs).

5- A Resolution

This one is free as the Gentleman may imagine but no less important. A New Year’s resolution is as much of a tradition as Champagne and caviar. Should the Gentleman want to loose weight, be a better person or take up Cigars now is the time to make that decisions and strive for it.

Happy New Year from the Young Gentlemen’s Guide

Bespoke Life: Champagne for New Year’s Celebrations

WE at the Young Gentlemen’s Guide fully endorse champagne, in its myriad guises and endless incarnations; but not all champagne is made equal. Some are factory made product churned out with the soulless quality of a cola; other’s are fretted over and handcrafted by artisans whose livelihood depends on every drop of bubbly nectar. Our list of amazing champagnes would fill up volumes but for now we shall cut the chase; with New Year’s Celebrations around the corner Bespoke Life brings you a “special” list of three great, one-of-a-kind champagnes to bring in the New Year:

“Cuvee Creation” by Vilmart & Cie, Rilly   1999

Our esteemed Editor-in-Chief’s tasting notes: “Another grower champagne that makes me question the meaning of life– “Can anything truly be this good?” Decant, white wine glasses, forget all the willy-nilly champagne fluff… this is wine with bubbles, make no mistake–unforgettable. “

“Brut Entre Ciel et Terre” by Françoise-Bedel et Fils, Marne

“This is the champagne that opened my eyes to the wonders of everything non-commercial grower/ artisan champagne could be. Madame Françoise Bedel is a stout quiet woman, who shies away and smiles a tight smirk every time I tell her how much I love her wine… “It’s because of my son, you see…” she tells me in her heavy Champenoise French. Her son was a sickly child and when Françoise took him to a doctor in Paris she was told that part of his asthma was the pesticides and fertilizers in the vineyards where they lived; “He told me we had to move out of our house and I refused… I knew there had to be another way.” So she made a few calls and found out about the still little known practice of biodynamic and organic viticulture, she tried it out, and it worked. Better yet, her son’s health dramatically improved… and so did the wine! Madame Bedel was convinced. Her son, who I am sure has heard the simply several thousand times, simply stands by proudly as the muse of an incredible champagne, “We do it all naturally,” he assures “most importantly we do it all ourselves.” To me this is one of the best, if anything for its shear value; it is not about power but about ethereal grace a round crispness and minerality mixed in with a mother’s love and tenacity.” (Buy it here)

« Cuvée Œnothèque » by Dom Pérignon 1966

(all right, we give, not from a small producer but rare and amazing…)

“Haunting, it could have been the fact that I was tasting these in the caves that Dom Perignon himself made his first champagne or the crisp cool air of fall in the tiny tucked-away town of Hautviller? Mostly I return to this champagne, whose sparse bubbles hold together a canvas of candied blood orange peel, ginger, brioche, and creme brulée in with nuances of pear, white tea. I can still remember the taste of that bit of a dream which has not wasted nor faded away in half-century since the grapes were picked– no champagne glasses here!” (buy it here)

A Note from Alejandro: Why on bubbly Earth decant Champagne?

I have had many people look at me with that pitying face as they ask themselves “… what is that boy doing?” Yes there have been many people mystified and some outright horrified by my custom of decanting certain choice champagnes. I discovered the art of decanting champagnes in Champagne! Yes Virginia, they decant champagne in Champagne. A fact not well known in Paris perhaps, but the decanting of champagne has existed since bubbly wine came into existence. Before the discovery of riddling, whereby the sediment of the second fermentation in the bottle is removed, champagne was decanted to separate it from the harmless but unsightly gooey mass of yeast which would stick and sink to the bottom of the bottle.

Champagne back then was much different that what it is now and most people would not recognize it by tasting it. Before the onslaught of stainless steel fermenters and oceans of over-priced generic big-brand champagne, the wines for champagne were aged in oak and heavy with Pinot Noir, yielding wines of great intensity which like any other white wine (like Grand Cru Burgundy, California Chardonnay and some white Riojas) needed to breathe a little and shake-off some of that bottle fatigue before it blossomed into the beautiful wine you paid for. The same with some, I stress, some, champagnes. They are wines first and sparkling wines second… the base-wine of these special champagnes (namely grower champagnes and cuvées de préstige) are absolutely incredible. One only looses about 5% of the bubbles in the process as champagne is not carbonated but has had the carbon dioxide, which the yeast gives off; naturally dissolve back into the liquid. By decanting it one slightly heightens the intensity of the acidity and lets the mature wine, which has been cramped in a bottle like a butterfly in its cocoon, spread its wings and show off its magic. Cheers!- AO

Index of Superfluous Necessities: The Smoking Jacket

THERE is no other item of men’s clothing that is as misunderstood as the Smoking Jacket. It is often seen as affected, foppish, and silly. Nothing could be more far from the truth.

Originating in the late 17th century as the “robe de chambre” and is thought to mimic the silk robes found on Maharajas in India.

As Turkish and Caribbean tobacco became fashionable in the mid 1800’s it was customary for men to retire for a cigar and brandy; while the women enjoyed tea and petit-fours.

It was considered rude and ungentlemanly to expose a woman to “foul” odors and so began rule-of-thumb for a man to don a comfortable, velvet, jacket exclusively to smoke in so as to never expose his lady friend to off-scents.

Although seldom used today, the smoking jacket/house coat although was used by some of history’s greatest Gentlemen like Cary Grand, Frank Sinatra and even Fred Astaire (who was buried in it) wore it in style.

How the Young Gentleman Wears a Smoking Jacket:

Worn with dark trousers the Modern Gentleman can wear his smoking jacket to any event that would require “formal ware” whether it’s the opera, a dark cocktail party or a posh restaurant the smoking jacket adds a touch of flair and personality to the wearer.

Buy Here from Dolce & Gabbana

The Young Gentlemen’s Guide Gift Roundup 2009

WE at the Young Gentlemen’s guide recognize the importance of a good gift; one that is well-thought out, refined and appreciated. A good gift is one that is not inevitably necessary but superfluously essential: one that you would not buy yourself but would happily receive.

Gentleman’s hint: these gifts work well for the other Gentlemen in a Young Gentlemen’s life…

For Him

House slippers
Through the thousands of years of history, civilization has given the human animal minor ways to distinguish himself from his fellow critters on this world; part of that innovation is shoes. The usage of shoes should not be confined to spaces outside a Gentlemen’s home. Unless a Gentleman is walking on fine Turkish Carpets or pure cashmere floors shoes, a pair of ‘house shoes’ or sandals, ones lined with fleece, animal fur or cashmere can add an air of luxury and pleasure with every step. A Gentlemen would be wise to keep them by the bed in the evening or by the front door so he can slip them on as soon as he walks in from a hard-day’s work: immediately the Gentleman will be taken to a place of Zen… One’s feet deserve it.

The Slipper

“Him” Scent: Tabarome by Creed
One of the most iconic Gentlemen of the 20th century is the illustrious Winston Churchill. He was a consummate consumer of all the best the world had to offer: champagne, women, cognac and fine Cuban cigars. For him the iconic perfumery house of Creed created a scent that recalled is unending passion for an item that rarely left his lips; a fine cigar. Creed crafted a scent with notes of bergamot (the intoxicating citurs which lends its aroma to Earl Grey Tea), leather, and vintage Cuban tobacco. Winston-Churchill wore it until his death. No perfume, no cologne, no scent in the world evokes the spirit of what it means to be a Gentleman than Tabarome. It is a celebration of manhood and speaks volumes of a Gentlemen’s inimitable and timeless style.

From Creed:

The Scent

CREED TABAROME MILLESIME (buy here)

A fragrance for men who aspire to be leaders, Tabarome Millesime has the essence of success in every drop. Tabarome was commissioned by a legendary British statesman who loved fine brandy and highest quality cigars. The name “Tabarome” honors the pinch of finest tobacco aroma that gives this fragrance its English club luxury.

Classification: Dry Woods / Fresh

Characteristics: A rich, warm, sensual scent perfectly balanced by a citrus freshness that is appealing to both men and women. Original, sensual, sophisticated.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Tangerine

Middle Notes: Ginger

Base Notes: Sandalwood, Patchouli, ambergris Tobacco, leather

A Monogrammed Shirt

The tradition of the monogrammed shirt hearkens back to the gilded age of European and New England prep schools where one Young Gentlemen’s blue pinpoint stripe oxford had to be set apart from the next; hence the tradition of sewing a Gentlemen’s initials was a thing of necessity.

Today’s Young Man is not in prep school anymore but nonetheless a monogrammed shirt still can exude a certain air of class and sophistication. Monogramming can seem affected and contrived and must be done tastefully. There are two schools of thought, however, when it comes to the location of a Gentlemen’s initials: 1) initials should not be visible when the shirt is worn (tucked in); or 2) such initials should be where a properly dressed man (read: jacket or waistcoat) is not visible and or in a discreet place on one’s person. The Young Gentlemen’s Guide gives credence to both these maxims; Monogramming is an “under the radar” embellishment and the Young Gentlemen would be wise to place such a monogram in an unsuspicious space, traditionally, on the left waist (under the left chest pocket should his shirt have one). These small, subtle details set the Modern Gentlemen apart from his peers without any pretence of unnecessary preciousness.

The Shirt by Brooks Brothers "Create Your Own Program" (click here)

A Fountain Pen
Everything in life should deliver subtle amounts of pleasure; nothing is quite as blissful as writing with a fountain pen. In this day and age of computers, Blackberries and iPhones, the written word is worth a lot more than ever before, and a Gentleman pulling out an elegant (and unembellished) fountain pen makes a powerful statement of taste and refinement.

It would behoove the Young Gentlemen to keep the pen simple but graceful without any unecessary embellishments (save his own initials) and eschew any pretentious notions of showing the world that he bought a famous brand; he should instead aim for substance and test the pen’s feel and balance to suit his hands and needs.

The Pen

A Custom Tie from Alexander Olch

A tie is not a needless adornment on a Young Gentlemen’s wardrobe but a mark of taste and style. A nice tie can smarten up even a simple but elegant look like a white shirt and jeans. Not all ties are created equal and many a cheap and clunky tie exists. Alexander Olch  makes some of America’s most luxurious ties in a multitude of materials; from English wool to Italian cashmere (not to mention silk, seersucker and corduroy). For the price of a nice bottle of vintage Champagne the Young Gentleman can enjoy the enduring grace of a custom-made tie, from a fabric of his choosing and in the length and width that flatters him, complete with his initials in the back (buy here).

The Tie: Its Raw Ingredients

FOR the Young Gentlemen with Ladies in his life it is important that such gifts reflect the same class and attention to detail he wishes to embellish on himself. Ultimately a gift is personal and not all women like champagne and truffles; some may just prefer a vintage cigar with a good bottle of brandy. Nevertheless The Young Gentlemen’s Guide has rounded up a variety of basics sure to please most Ladies.

Chocolates:
The Young Gentleman would be wise to skip the plethora of cheap, commercial chocolates and gift the lady or ladies in his life with fine, handcrafted chocolates. A selection of truffles or migniardise would please even the most ardent of chocolate aficionados.

The Personalized Chocolate: by Recchiuti

Cuvee Elizabeth by Billecart-Salmon
There is nothing as sensual as a rosé champagne, and of those, none is more ethereal than the Cuveé Elizabeth from Billecart-Salmon. Made in honor of the founding family’s matron.

Created in 1988 it is a seamless balance of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; hand crafted in the maison by the current generation of the Billecart Family, the champagne exudes notes of exotic woods, figs, and christmas spices… fabulous.

The Champagne

The Silk Hermes Scarf

Whether around a lady’s wrist, around her neck or on her head to keep her hair from waiving about; nothing is as immediately elegant, regal and yet subtle than a beautiful silk scarf. From playful prints to simple and classic styles. No one makes more beautiful and classic scarves than the house of Hermès ; originally a saddle-maker, an Hermès scarf is beautiful and timeless.

The Hermes Scarf

Her Scent: by Serge Lutens


A woman’s scent lingers far after she leaves a room; her aroma, her ghost lingers to record itself into the memory of every man, and through it, she reaches immortality. A woman’s beauty, aura, and mystique should be echoed by the perfume she wears.

Skip the plastic scents and perfumes made by celebreties and brush right through the factory made essences from designer houses to discover the magic of master perfumer Serge Lutens.

Born in Lille in 1942 Lutens’s many acheviements include films, photography as well being the creator of Christian Dior’s makeup line in 1967 and most recently Shiseido.

Serge Lutens creates immortal scents that takes its weaerer and those around them, through by gone eras and other worlds.

Here are a few picks from TGG:

{Buy them all at Aedes de Venusta}

Arabie

925 Serge Lutens Eau de Parfum

Serge Lutens hommage to the Arabian dream. A solar, rich and mysterious woody fragrance where cedar and sandalwood resin are enriched by candied mandarin peel, dried figs and dates spiced with nutmeg, cumin and clove. Bayleaf, balsamic resins and Siamese benzoin make the fragrance soft and silky, almost even medicinal. Once applied to the skin, the fragrance reveals its sensuality and many rich facets.


Five O’Clock Au Gingembre

985 Serge Lutens Eau de Parfum

Follow Serge Lutens on a magical voyage through England. Afternoon tea is served as we dip into his world of refined nostalgia. Time for tea at an English manor, all black Wedgwood china and gleaming silver. Then one discovers this peppery sweetness, which is unusual and smoky in flavor… Ginger in the right setting!

Ginger root gives this delicious Eau de Parfum its sensual character. Top notes of sparkling bergamot give way to the warmth of spices and honey.


Un Bois Vanille

932 Serge Lutens Eau de Parfum

Serge Luten’s opulent vanilla scent is composed with black liquorice, sandalwood and a hint of coconut milk. Inspired by a Mexican beverage recipe back from 1519.


A La Nuit

928 Serge Lutens Eau de Parfum

This exhilarating fragrance is composed of Moroccan, Indian and Egyptian jasmine, irresistibly oriental white honey, benzoin and musk. The perfume breathes and expresses freshness, sensuality and splendour.

The Young Gentlemen’s Guide wishes everyone a Happy Holiday Season!

5 Things of the Moment: For December 2009

The Scent

Home Fragrance: “Nazareth” by Cire Trudon (limited edition candle):
A Gentlemen’s room must be welcoming, cozy but masculine. His room, his couch, his choice of pictures and must speak of his sophistication. A Young Gentlemen’s domicile that has a slight odor reeks of sophomore unsophistication and little couth. It is therefore important that a Gentleman’s chambers always exude the very same elegance he does when he walks into a room.

It should be said, right here and now, that an aerosol can of fragrance is NOT the answer. There is nothing remotely elegant about a Gentleman spraying down his room down as though it was a Wal-Mart bathroom. For this there are scented candles. Alas, not all scented candles are created equal. While there may be nothing wrong with an inexpensive scented candle (the type that comes in ‘vanilla’ or ‘spring’ scents) a bit more effort can yield much more pleasurable results. Most commercial scents are a combination of chemicals, additives a Gentleman and his guests will breathe in—theses chemicals can be quite harsh and are not good for ones health. YGG recommends that the Gentlemen seek out scented candles which eschew the use of such artificial additives and rely on natural ingredients; these can be found in a variety of places, from upscale department stores to specialty retailers such as Crate & Barrel as well as your favorite perfumer (www.aedes.com).

From Aedas de Venusta on the Nazareth Candle:

Under the guiding star, a fire dances in the silent night with the scent of clove, cinnamon and orange. Travelling from afar, a pinch of olibanum from the Orient is offered to the bronzed ashes of the incense burners.

In Asia, look for similar products in Takashimaya and Tang’s.


    The Boots by Gordon Rush

    Boots:
    A Gentleman’s circumstances change and at times so does the terrain and he may find himself in a place or situation where a nice loafer just won’t do. Should it be the urban jungle, or the real one (Safari in Rajasthan) the boots may differ, but nevertheless they should compliment the man’s sense of style.

    For the Rajasthan safari

    The City Boot by Paul Stuart

    For a city walk on a winter day

    The Tudor Boot by E. Vogel
    The Flask

    A Flask:
    Many a winter walk through town, or simply to tend to some winter vegetables, can be made more tolerable with ones gums moistened with a rare malt or premium brandy. TGG DOES NOT condone a Gentleman drinks while he is driving (that would not be Gentleman-ly, after all) but should he not be behind the wheel a small sip of Cognac may take off the chill of a cold winter. While you are at it, fill it with…

      The Drink

      Glenfiddich 21 year old aged in Rum Casks
      To the Modern Gentlemen a blend just won’t do and a neophyte Scotch such as a 10 year old will not deliver the heft necessary for the chill of a cold day. For Glenfiddich’s nuanced sweetness the Rum casks only add more layers of subtle magic.

        The Modern Tweed Jacket

        A Tweed Jacket
        In winter few items of a Gentleman’s wardrobe can comfort as much as a wonderful tweed jacket. All tweeds are not equal, and many a harsh, grainy and itchy tweed have turned people off this wonderful fabric, thus a soft silky tweed (there is such a thing) is highly recommended. It is worth paying a little extra for good tweed, as it will easily mold to the Gentleman’s body as well as adds a soothing softness whenever he should touch it. Some guidelines exist:

        • Type of Tweed: the weight of a tweed entirely depends on where a Gentleman will use his tweed: in the country with little to no heating; heavy, Harris Tweed, is the best. However, if he will be using it purely for sartorial splendor, and modest warmth while in a Modern urban environment, then a light tweed is better suited.
          The Tweed Suit


          • Cut: For the Modern/Young Gentleman, the cut of a particular jacket, slacks, or shirt is of the utmost importance. A “sack” cut, with no defined waist is not very complimentary should the Gentleman in question be slim. Whatever the cases do remember that the middle button must have some slight resistance, if it is loose then the jacket is too big. Ditto for the shoulders, the seam of the arms should lay on the edge of one’s shoulders, never beyond.  Moreover, tweed may seem a bit “old fashioned” a nice, Modern and slim cut will ensure the Modern Gentleman looks Modern and relevant. TGG TIP: The best tweeds come from old-fashioned haberdasheries which stock a sack or English cut suit (Huntsman,UK; J.Press, NYC) and so a Gentleman needs to be creative; he should invest in a size smaller than what he is and have it slightly taken in and tapered by his tailor.
          The Olive J.Press Tweed Sack Suit
          The Classic J.Press Tweed Sack Suit (bow-tie not compulsory)


          • Color: tweed can range from blue to black and everything in between. For the Gentleman who is about to invest in a new tweed jacket TGG recommends browns; as it is tweed’s most popular color. Moreover it is the perfect day jackets in cold weather and looks just as good with jeans as it does with slacks.  Grey tweed, whether in a slim-cut jacket or as a top-coat is luxurious and wonderful, but definitely an addition to the first, brown or olive colored piece—ditto  for renditions in blue herringbone or other such exotic colors and patterns.
          Tweed Technicolor


          • Finish: The choice is ample for tweed, whether glen-plain, herringbone, houndsooth or otherwise, there is a plethora of choices. Initially the Young Gentleman is encouraged to be conservative perhaps opt for a brown herringbone jacket that is a solid color. A slight plaid in the background, whether blue or otherwise, gives the jacket a nice accent, but ultimately a Gentleman needs to feel comfortable with the design. Checks and plaids, not to mention houndsooth, should be left for a later time when the Gentleman’s sense of style has evolved or for the Gentleman who is thoroughly comfortable in his sartorial rectitude.
          The Wide World of Tweed


          • Where to buy:
            • $$$- John Varvatos, Dolce & Gabbana, J. Press
            • $$- Banana Republic, J. Crew, Ralph Lauren
            • $- Gap, Zara, Uniqlo

          Bespoke Life: La Gloria Cubana Serie R

          BECAUSE the Young Gentleman recognizes that excellence and enjoyment come hand in hand and that moreover bespoke means handcrafted perfection intended for both form and function. A bespoke life is made for pleasure and the “very best” rarely come in the veneer of big brands.

          The Young Gentleman will smoke a cigar for the sheer pleasure of life; it is twenty to forty minutes of bliss where the gentleman can forget about the day’s tribulations. A great cigar is a seamless balance between power and grace; it is fragrant and perfectly constructed so that the gentlemen need not strain himself on the draw.

          The Place

          La Gloria Cubana is such a cigar. It is handcrafted at Miami’s El Credito factory in the heart of Little Havana. Its creator Ernesto Carillo, to ensure absolute perfection in every smoke, meticulously examines each cigar. Seasoned rollers, hailing from some of Cuba’s most infamous factories, meticulously roll each stogie. La Gloria comes in various shapes, from a hedonistic Churchill to small petit-robustos perfect for a fifteen-minute coffee break.

          The Series R is handcrafted for the aficionado and gentleman who enjoys a full-bodied and flavorful smoke. The Dominican fillers are fermented and aged for much longer than La Gloria’s ‘regular’ range, to produce aromas of pumpkin spice and espresso with every puff and delivered with a complexity that is hard to find in even the best Cubans.

          The Smoke

          Cigar Stats:

          • Strength: Medium to full
          • Wrapper: Colorado / medium brown
          • Wrapper: Ecuador Sumatran
          • Binder: Dominican Republic
          • Filler: Dominican Republic and Nicaragua

          The Cappuccino

          THE Cappuccino has become a ubiquitous part of our modern world. For the sake of efficiency, we will define the Cappuccino as:

          • 1/3rd Milk Foam
          • 1/3rd Steamed Milk
          • 1/3rd Espresso Shot

          (a latte being half and half with no foam)

           

          The Drink

           

           

          A proper cappuccino is served in a small porcelain cup thus allowing for better heat retention that elongates the pleasurable experience. Note in the above definition the absence of cocoa powder, cinnamon, or whipped cream. These abominable additives are no more part of a cappuccino than an autopsy is in a football game.

          The drink, so legend has it, was named after the Capuchin monks, whose brown ‘capuccio’ or hood, was often beset on their white hair.

          The cappuccino is one of the most difficult espresso-based beverages to execute properly, as care must be taken to ensure that the milk is steamed in such a way that a “microfoam” is created during the steaming process that lends a properly made cappuccino a velvety texture and sweetness (for more information as well as a step-by-step guide we at The Young Gentlemen’s Guide recommend: http://www.coffeegeek.com/guides/frothingguide/steamguide)

          Traditionally Cappuccinos are consumed over breakfast with the typical continental selection of viennoiseries (croissants etcetera) or toast should that be more to a Gentleman’s liking); a standard espresso is consumed after meals thereafter. Although it is now not considered uncouth to consume a cappuccino after lunch or in the afternoon and we recommend that The Young Gentleman can indulge in a cappuccino prior to 3PM. After that, before dinner, a Macchiato may be better suited to the setting sun and never order a cappuccino after dinner—this is rather a better time for an espresso and a grappa should Italian libation be the theme of the evening.

           

          For the perfect cappuccino at home The Young Gentlemen’s Guide endorses:

          The Nespresso: Citiz&milk C120 RE

          The Machine: This elegant machine produces an outstanding cappuccino with little to no effort.