For many of us, coffee is more than just a “caffeinated beverage”, it is a way of life! It almost feels as if your day has not begun until your lips touch that first sip of sweet caffeine and only then do you feel like you can take on the world's problems.
It is safe to say that many people around the world feel the same way, so let’s look at popular coffees from other countries!
- Ethiopia: Ethiopia is known as the birthplace of coffee and the locals often host coffee “ceremonies” by roasting raw beans in a pan, grinding them and then brewing them in a jebena. Once the coffee is ready, it is then poured into small, handleless ceramic cups, ready to be enjoyed!
- Italy: Espresso is the backbone of many different types of coffee beverages, as well as the most consumed coffee type. The origins of this well-known and appreciated coffee beverage can be traced back to Italy. Italy introduced the first steam-pressure coffee machine, now known as the Espresso Machine. The classic Italian Espresso Romano is made by sliding a slice of lemon around the edge of the cup and serving a single or double shot of espresso with a peel of lemon zest on the side. Because espresso contains more caffeine than any other coffee beverage, it is usually served as a single shot.
- America: During World War II, American soldiers would add hot water to an espresso (in somewhat larger glasses), and thus the Americano was invented. Enjoy a robust or mild Americano by either adding water or milk to your Espresso.
- Greece: It is rumoured that one of the most popular cold coffee drinks was invented by accident when one Greek barista mistakenly mixed cold water and instant coffee in a shaker, and thus the Frappe was born. Our guess is that they must have really enjoyed this new take on coffee because today it is served in almost all cafes in Greece.
- Sweden & Finland: This one is a bit… out there, so just bear with us. The Finnish are known for their Kaffeost, or coffee cheese, which is created by pouring hot coffee over Finnish cheese curds. It is also served with a slice of bread cheese as a side. But in Northern Sweden they like to take it a step further by adding cheese cubes directly in their coffee!
Well folks, that’s all we have time for today but there are still so many other unique ways different countries like to enjoy their coffee, each special to their culture.
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