Coffee Talk: how people drink coffee in different countries
Most of us can’t imagine our morning without a cup of coffee. The drink’s benefits are obvious: it helps you wake up finally, it invigorates you and improves your brain function. Every country has its own unique coffee culture: somewhere we like it with lemon, somewhere without sugar and milk, others add liqueurs and even tea. Heroine decided to tell us how people in different countries prefer to drink coffee. We are sure that you will want to make yourself one of these drinks next morning.
Mexico: cafe de olla
Cafe de olla, or literally “coffee in a pot,” is Mexico’s traditional hot drink. It is made by hand: ground coffee, cinnamon, anise, cloves, and a special kind of cane sugar (piloncillo) are mixed and brewed in a special clay pot (olla). The taste of the coffee is strong but sweet, and its aroma fills the air with a savory spiciness.
Australia: Flat White
You can thank the Australians for adding “white espresso” to the Starbucks menu. From a distance, it resembles a latte, but its flavor is richer and the froth is not as lush. The classic Flat White has 110 ml of milk and 60 ml of espresso. Coffee blends of Arabica and Robusta are used and the milk is churned with a cappuccinator.
Not to be confused with frappuccino, it’s a completely different drink, and more specifically a thick milkshake with ice cream. The classic refreshing frappe is made with instant coffee, water, sugar and milk. All of this is shaken quite vigorously to create a light, beautiful foam, and then ice is added and served. There are other variations of the drink. In American coffee houses, they add Kahlua liqueur and garnish it with an ice cream scoop, in Danish coffee houses, they replace the water with cold milk, and in Bulgarian coffee houses, with Coca-Cola.
Turkey: turk kahvesi
The sweet Turkish coffee, called turk kahvesi, is loved by all locals. It’s really quite simple: they put a teaspoon of ground to powder coffee in a turk, add sugar to taste (the classic recipe doesn’t) and pour it in with iced water. The coffee is brewed over low heat, stirring gently with a spoon. The most important thing: Turk kahwesi must not be brought to the boil, otherwise it will taste bitter-burned.
The way we are used to making coffee in China is quite different from what we are used to. Yuanyang, or “coffee tea,” is a mixture of evaporated milk, black tea, and freshly brewed coffee. This unusual combination of ingredients gives the drink a pleasant creamy taste. Translated from Chinese, “yuanyang” means a pair of mandarin ducks, which once again confirms the idea that tea and coffee in the same cup perfectly harmonize.
Fans of unusual breakfast desserts will certainly appreciate pharisee, the signature drink of the island of Nordstrand in North Frisia. Sugar and rum are added to a cup heated under a stream of hot water and then lit. Only then is hot coffee added, and the drink is garnished with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Remember: the pharisee is not stirred and sipped slowly through the cream.
Vietnam: cà phê trứng
Cà Phê Trứng is often called Vietnamese egg coffee because of the way it is made: egg yolks and condensed milk are beaten with a mixer until they form a thick foam and then added to the coffee. It sounds strange, but the Vietnamese swear it is delicious.
Austria: Vienna Melange
Austria’s traditional coffee drink is called Viennese Melange, the recipe for which is attributed to the merchant, diplomat and intelligence officer Jurij Franz Kulcicki. It is based on an espresso, to which is added slightly whipped warmed milk or thick cream. Another popular variant of the famous Viennese drink is Kaisermelange, where in addition to whipped milk they add egg yolk, sugar and cognac.
Ireland: Irish coffee
Yes, Irish coffee is indeed Irish. It was created in 1943 and has been popular ever since. No wonder, because Irish coffee is a blend of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, brown sugar and whipped cream. What better way to cheer up after a sleepless night?
Baraquito coffee is more typical of the Canary Islands and is more of a coffee cocktail. It’s made by alternating layers: condensed milk, Mexican Kahlua coffee liqueur or Spanish Licor 43 with citrus, vanilla, herbs and spices, hot double espresso and whipped milk. The drink is topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon and lemon zest.
Mazagrão, or coffee with ice, originated in Algeria, but it was the Portuguese who started adding lemon syrup to it. This is the first of all iced coffee variants that are familiar to us. In the classic version of the drink in the cooled espresso add sugar, a couple of drops of cognac, cold water and crushed ice, and then pour into glasses with the same name and serve with a straw.
Morocco: spicy coffee
Drinking Moroccan coffee with spices is a pleasure. It is usually made with a French press: you pour hot water over freshly ground coffee, steep it for 10 minutes and then mix it with cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, black pepper and nutmeg. To soften the taste of the spicy drink, you can add a little cream and sugar.
How people like to drink coffee in 20 different countries around the world
Every morning, people all over the world follow the same pleasant ritual: wake up, stretch, and drink a cup of invigorating coffee. However, the way the most popular drink is made and the ingredients vary from country to country. Somewhere people add milk to coffee, but in the East they add cardamom, cloves, and saffron. Today we will find out how coffee is drunk in 20 different places around the world.
1. Kaffeost – Finland
Finnish Kaffeost coffee is served with juustoleipä – cheese cubes. It does not sound very appetizing, but Finns love this unusual flavor combination.
2. türk kahvesi – Turkey
To make aromatic Turkish coffee, the finely ground coffee beans are boiled over a low heat in a special coffee bucket, the cezve. The peculiarity of Turkish coffee is that it is served with unfiltered coffee grounds which remain at the bottom of the cup (and later serve as a peek into the secrets of destiny).
3. Yuanyang – Malaysia
This amazingly delicious and invigorating coffee drink, which can be drunk hot or cold, consists of 3 parts black coffee and 7 parts Hong Kong-style milk tea (a mixture of black tea and milk).
4. Flat White – Australia
The Australian Flat White drink is very similar to a latte. Its delicate flavor is created from a combination of well whipped hot milk and a shot of strong espresso.
5. Frappé – Greece
The world’s favorite drink, Frappé, was invented by Nescafé in 1957. Frappé won the hearts of Greeks and became the most popular drink of the summer season. It’s easy enough to brew: mix instant coffee, whipped milk and ice cubes.
6. Espresso Romano – Italy
A classic! An authentic Italian espresso is served with a slice of lemon, which should bring out the sweetness in the taste of coffee. Unexpected, but true.
7. Cà phê đá – Vietnam.
Vietnamese iced coffee is very sweet and strong. To make it, the coffee beans are dark roasted and coarsely ground and then brewed in a special Vietnamese coffee filter. The key element is a couple of spoonfuls of condensed milk at the bottom of the cup.
8. Café de Olla – Mexico
Brewed over low heat with a stick of fragrant cinnamon, traditional Mexican coffee is served with a piece of cane sugar (piloncillo) in a clay cup. Locals believe that the clay cup helps the flavor of the coffee beans open up better.
9. Café Touba – Senegal
Senegalese coffee has a spicy flavor of African pepper and cloves. The coffee beans are roasted along with the spices, then washed and brewed to make a truly unique drink.
10. Cafezinho – Brazil
Brazilian coffee is very similar to Italian espresso, strong and invigorating. An interesting difference is that in Brazil, while brewing the coffee, they immediately add sugar.
11. Cafe Bombon – Spain
Cafe Bombon will definitely have a sweet tooth. Equal parts condensed milk and good old black coffee are used in its preparation.
12. Irish Coffee – Ireland
Irish Coffee is a harmonious cocktail of hot black coffee and Irish whiskey with sugar and a cloud of milk foam.
13. Wiener Mélange – Austria
A close relative of the cappuccino, Austrian coffee is an espresso shot with hot milk and milk foam, often garnished with whipped cream and a pinch of cocoa powder.
14. Café au lai – France
The French like to start their mornings with freshly brewed black coffee with the same amount of steamed milk. The main secret is the big cup into which a fresh croissant is so handy to dip!
15. Spiced coffee – Morocco
Spiced Moroccan black coffee is brewed with different spices: cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
16. Café Cubano – Cuba
An authentic Cuban coffee is a small cup of strong espresso brewed with added sugar.
17. Pharisäer- Germany
The original German coffee drink Pharisäer is an interesting combination of black coffee, rum and sugar. It is traditionally decorated with whipped cream and chocolate chips.
18. Mazagran – Portugal
In this refreshing coffee drink, you’ll be surprised to feel the taste of lemon juice, which gives the usual espresso an explosive character. Sometimes instead of lemon juice, the Portuguese also use lemon-flavored soda.
19. Qahwa – Saudi Arabia
Coffee in Saudi Arabia and other Arabian countries is brewed with a kaleidoscope of spices: cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, saffron and ginger. To soften the coffee’s tart taste, it is often served with dried dates.
20. Yuenyeung – Hong Kong
Yuenyeung, a coffee drink with the fancy name Yuenyeung, is very popular in Hong Kong. It’s a combination of black coffee and tea with milk. Locals drink it cold or hot, depending on the weather.
Are you in the mood for a hot cup of coffee? Indulge yourself!
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