Coffee is a beverage that is enjoyed by many people all over the world. While many in the US drink coffee black or with cream and sugar, or consume espresso drinks, people in other countries enjoy coffee in a variety of ways. Continue reading to learn more about coffee culture around the world.
Coffee Around the World
Austria - In Austria, they drink coffee with sugar, an egg yolk, and cognac. This drink is also known as a kaisermelange. People will sometimes mix milk and sugar with the egg yolk.
Finland - In Kainuu, Finland, a cheese called juustoleipa is cut into small pieces and placed at the bottom of a cup. The coffee is then poured on top and after it is consumed the cheese is eaten with a spoon.
Morocco - In Morocco, coffee beans are mixed with a blend of spices often including nutmeg, black pepper, and sesame seeds, among other ingredients. The beans and spices are then ground to create a strong brewed coffee.
Turkey - Turkish coffee is prepared unfiltered. The beans are roasted and then finely ground, and simmered in a pot. The coffee is then served in a cup in which the grounds are allowed to settle. Turkish coffee is consumed in the Middle East, Indonesia, North Africa, Eastern Europe, and other areas.
Mexico - Traditional Mexican coffee is prepared in a clay pot and is brewed with piloncillo and cinnamon.
Spain - In Spain an espresso drink with sweetened condensed milk is popular. You can order the drink with varying amounts of sweetened condensed milk and can have normal milk mixed in.
Italy - Espresso Romano is a popular coffee drink served in Italy. Espresso Romano is simply a shot of espresso served with a lemon slice inside the cup. The lemon is also rubbed on the cup's rim to enhance the coffee's flavor.
Greece - In Greece, frappes are popular. Images of drinks blended with ice may come to mind but in Greece, frappes consist of instant coffee, cold water, and evaporated milk.
Vietnam - Ca phe da is a popular coffee beverage in Vietnam. It is basically iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk instead of cream.
Germany - The Germans often mix black coffee with rum and sugar which is then topped with loads of whipped cream.
Australia and New Zealand - The flat white is a common drink in both Australia and New Zealand. A flat white consists of a double shot of espresso and just enough steamed milk to be in between a cappuccino and a latte. The flat white is becoming increasingly popular in the United States.
Growing Coffee Trees Around the World
Coffee trees need certain conditions to thrive which can be found around the world all along the equatorial belt. This is actually referred to as the bean belt and is located between 30 degrees south and 25 degrees north. There are many things that can impact the flavor and quality of coffee from the type of plant to the weather and the chemistry of the soil. The altitude at which coffee trees are grown can also affect the taste and quality. These variables in addition to the way coffee cherries are processed after being picked helps to distinguish coffee that comes from different countries and growing regions. The factors for growing coffee trees are so complex that even within one plantation, the taste and quality of the beans can differ. Coffee is grown in over 50 countries around the world including Brazil, Mexico, the United States, particularly Hawaii, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Puerto Rico among others.
While in the United States, we are used to drinking lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos, and similar types of coffee, there are many different ways to consume people's favorite caffeinated beverage. Learn more about coffee culture by visiting the pages listed below.
- All About Coffee Around the World
- Coffee Culture: Local Experiences, Global Connections
- Issue Overview: Coffee Culture
- Coffee House Culture
- The History of Coffee Culture in America
- Coffee in Colombia: Waking Up To An Opportunity
- World Map of Coffee Growing Regions
- How Coffee Works: The Bean Belt
- What is Turkish Coffee?