You are not alone with your enjoyment of coffee. Throughout the world, coffee is a kind of common beverage that holds many people enthralled. Scandinavian countries, such as Norway, Finland and Iceland enjoy the most per capita , but many other places work at catching up.
It is not necessarily the amount that is the interesting fact about all of this, it is the way they enjoy it that is so telling:
The USA has coffee shops on just about every street corner. This is the birthplace of fancy coffee beverages like the Macchiato and, for aficionados, without all of the sugar, there is, of course, the Americano, made from just espresso and hot water. Americans like from very fancy with flavors and much to do about preparation and presentation through every formulation to ice cold and in every season, cold or not.
Brazil is responsible for producing about 40% of all of the world’s coffee, so that means they love their brew. The Cafe com leite – a double strength brew with lots of hot milk – is probably the most popular drink in the morning. Coffee is also served to school kids from the age of five. The cafezhino is a strong dark coffee that is offered with lots of sugar and is part of the list of most favored drinks in this country.
Canadians love their coffee just about as much as any other country. This country, as a matter of fact, holds the record for per capita consumption outside of Europe. Eighty-Eight percent of Canadians claim to drink more than one coffee per day. The Tim Horton’s Double Double, which made with two sugars and two creams is considered, by many, to be their national drink.
In Vietnam, there is a strong French influence. The small drip filters they use fills up their cup slowly and, traditionally, it is served with condensed milk, sweetened just right. This makes their coffee seem more like a dessert than a beverage.
The official caffeinated drink of Mexico is the cafe de olla. It is a dark roasted drink served from a clay pot – the name gives that away. It is strained through cheesecloth and served with piloncillo or unrefined brown sugar that produces a smoky, caramelly flavor. Many include a cinnamon stick for added flavor.
The Japanese, wanting convenience over just about anything else, like their coffee out of vending machines. Canned coffees, served hot or cold, are offered on every street corner at a low price. The machines include the milk and sugar, if desired, in the drink already, so make your choice carefully!
You might think that, in Cuba, that morning brew is a religion. That morning cup, for new visitors, is a time of leisure and is normally spent enjoying the brew and the friends around you. The Café Cubano (also called a caficito), is a sugared espresso and the Coadito, is the same espresso topped with steamed milk. A cuppa is mostly enjoyed in the home of family or friends, however, the many cafes will be happy to supply this favorite, classically for you.
Part of the cultural heritage of Vienna in Austria is the plush coffee houses in the city. These icons of Austrian hospitality stay open late and ordering a popular drink, such as the wiener melange – fresh coffee with steamed milk, topped with frothy milk foam – will help you see the beauty and charm of this country.
The Turks have been enjoying their strong, dark and sweet coffee since the 1500s. This is longer ago than North American has. The most popular coffee has grounds settling on the bottom of their cup. After you have enjoyed a cup with them, they use the grounds to tell your fortune, so don’t be too fast in throwing them away.
The drink to order in France is the cafe au lait. It is a cup of espresso with steamed milk inside or on the side. This can be enjoyed, of course, on a sidewalk cafe. Just do the thing to make you feel all European. The only issue, for Americans is that, since everything in France is served in moderation, you will probably not get that big coffee mug you like at home.
Considered the birthplace of Espresso, Italy makes you believe it is almost a sin not to order its signature drink. It is the most popular drink in the country.
The art of its coffee culture is being refined over the last few decades, making New Zealand the place for this drink. The locals order a flat white, which is their signature brew. It is including espresso around 1/3, steamed milk around 2/3 and a bit of froth. If you need your coffee without even any milk, order a long black which is close to an Americano or a short black, meaning a shot of espresso, by itself.
Most of the aficionados around the world like their coffee dark and strong, but Norway has a bit of a different take on this. They take lightly roasted beans and give it tangy flavors. It is an acquired taste, they admit, but it must work as they are the number two country for per capita coffee consumption in the world.
Ethiopia is the place that coffee was discovered originally , so it is still fairly important in the coffee culture of the world. Having said that, the coffee culture in Ethiopia is not just ordering something at a cafe or coffee shop. It is an experience. It is a ceremony. It is almost a spiritual practice from the roasting of the beans to the, eventually, serving and this can take hours. You actually won’t mind as the flavors, like cinnamon, cloves and butter or honey gives you, not only a rich flavor, but a great taste of coffee from the original coffee country.