There is one thing we all know to be true: no matter where you go, you're going to need a cup of coffee in the morning. And while every coffee is a universal language (essentially) the preparation is a little different everywhere you go. Let’s take a look at some of the traditional ways coffee is consumed around the world.
If you’re considering ordering a coffee to go at an Italian cafe, think again, for espresso is the Italians’ version of to-go coffee. And don’t even think about ordering a cappuccino late in the day, either. The only acceptable time to enjoy that particular drink is in the morning.
Coffee is such a vital part of the Danish culture, perhaps due to the dark, cold Scandinavian winters. Good luck on stepping into a café that you won’t be getting pushed out of due to maximum capacity, as consumption in Denmark has always been some of the highest in the world.
France: Café au Lait
Coffee with hot milk, served in mugs that are wide enough to allow the popular dunking of delicious baguettes and croissants. They’re doing it right.
Saudi Arabia: Kahwa
In some Arab cultures, coffee ceremonies follow many rules of etiquette, including always serving elders first. Most commonly, this coffee is consumed with cardamom-spice and dried dates to counteract the coffee’s bitterness.
Ireland: Irish Coffee
Coffee meets cocktail with this after-dinner drink. Irish coffee includes hot coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar and the whipped cream topping, which the crowd usually goes wild for. Fun fact: This popular drink was created in Ireland in the 1940’s to warm up American tourists on a cold winter’s night.
Mexico: Café de Olla
Brewed with cinnamon sticks in earthenware pots, this Spiced Café de Olla is the perfect holiday coffee.
In Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee, traditional ceremonies from brewing to serving can last up to two hours. This coffee, known as buna, is typically served with salt or butter instead of sugar.
The Greek frappe is a frothy iced drink made with Nescafe instant coffee, cold water, sugar and evaporated milk. What better treat to have while relaxing at an outdoor café?
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