Coffee Around the World
Since coffee beans were discovered in Kaffa, Ethiopia, to its popularization in Yemen, where it got its start as a brewed beverage, coffee has become the most celebrated social drink in the world.
Whether you prefer a cup of strong black, a diary-infused local specialty, or a spicy creation, coffee drinkers all over the world have their favorite way of enjoying in this time honored beverage either hot or cold.
On your next trip abroad you might like to drink what the locals do, and so below is how to order your coffee in some of the coffee centers around the world, as follows;
Ethiopia – Bunna
If you are sitting at a café in Addis Ababa, you may be asked to participate in a centuries-old ritual — the Ethiopian coffee ceremony that nearly every village practices. Bunna is an Amharic word for coffee and the ritual to honor this celebrated beverage takes on an almost religious aura. It involves roasting coffee beans and preparing boiled coffee in a vessel called a jebena and sharing it with a group of friends. Your host will feel honored to prepare you a cup of traditional Ethiopian coffee, but caution they add lots of sugar.
Italy – Espresso
Even though espresso is the drink of choice for many Italians, the time of day defines the type of coffee that many Italians choose. If out for breakfast in Milan, order a cappuccino. If you need a pick-me-up after a day of shopping in Rome, relax with a caffè macchiato. After dinner in Venice, you end your day with an espresso. And never ask for a to-go cup or order a cappuccino after 11:00a in the morning. Coffee in Italy is a regional thing. Do some research or discretely listen to locals as they order their coffee at the café, order like the locals and fit right in.
France – Café au lait
French bistros serve up some of the world’s best coffee. So, make sure you know what to order when in a café in Paris. Their beverage of choice is a mellow offering known as café au lait—equal parts steamed milk and strong hot coffee. Like the Italians, the French link their coffee choices to the time of day. They will take a café au lait at breakfast, but not after lunch or dinner. Those times are reserved for un café like an espresso. If you’re in a hurry, order your café au lait at the bar with the locals. If you want a leisurely stay at a café, you will pay more, as prices are much higher for table service but may be worth it if you want to take in the sights and sounds of the street-life of France.
Mexico – Cafe de Olla
Café de Olla is the traditional coffee drink of Mexico. The distinct flavor of this coffee comes from brewing café de olla in a traditional earthen clay pot. In Mexico, this special drink is made with ground coffee, cinnamon, and piloncillo. Sometimes, clove and orange peel are included, based on where you are drinking your coffee.
Cuba – Caf Cubano
Visiting Havana, make sure to order caf Cubano after dinner. Do not get too comfortable and think you are going to savor the coffee, because, Cubans drink caf Cubano like they drink their tequila, by the shot. This local version is extremely strong and is not meant to be sipped. So, after you have enjoyed your meal and lit your Cuban cigar, enjoy a couple of shots of caf Cubano, served in a tacita.
Turkey – Kahvesi
There is a Turkish proverb that says coffee should be “Black as Hell, Strong as Death, and Sweet as Love.” Turkish coffee is very finely ground and brewed in little pots called cezves. The aroma is super because Turkish coffee is spiced with cardamom, chicory or coriander. Do not ask for milk or you will be spotted as a tourist. A little extra sugar is OK, but you may not need it, Turkish coffee is brewed sweetened.
And always drink Organic coffee at home or On the Road!
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