You are not alone in your enjoyment of coffee. Throughout the world, coffee has become a common beverage that holds many people enthralled. Scandinavian countries, such as Norway, Finland, and Iceland, consume the most coffee per capita, but many other places are working hard to catch 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 caramel macchiato and the butterscotch latte. True aficionados who eschew the flavors and sugars but don’t like the coffee too strong enjoy the “Americano,” made from just espresso and hot water. Americans have a wide variety of taste preferences, from plain black coffee to complex flavor combinations. No matter what seasons it is, you can find iced coffee drinks, frozen coffee drinkss, or hot coffee drinks just about anywhere.
Brazil is responsible for producing about 40% of all of the world’s coffee, so that means they love their brew. The café com leite – a double strength brew with lots of hot milk – is probably the most popular drink in Brazil in the morning. Coffee is also served to children as young as five years old. The cafezinho is a strong dark coffee that is offered with lots of sugar, and on 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 coffee consumption outside of Europe. Eighty-eight percent of Canadians claim to drink more than one cup of coffee per day. The Tim Hortons’ “Double Double,” a breakfast coffee made with two sugars and two creams, is considered by many to be their national coffee beverage.
In Vietnamese cuisine, there is a strong French influence. The small drip filters used by the Vietnamese fills the cup slowly with a rich brew. Traditionally the beverage is served with condensed milk, sweetened and decadent. This makes the coffee of Vietnam seem more like a dessert than a beverage.
The official caffeinated drink of Mexico is the café de olla. It is a dark roasted drink served from a clay pot, and the name translates to “pot coffee.” It is strained through cheesecloth and served with piloncillo or unrefined whole brown sugar that produces a smoky, caramelized flavor. Many people like to include a cinnamon stick for added flavor.
The Japanese, preferring 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 options with or without milk and sugar already added. If you find yourself choosing from one of these machines, make your choice carefully!
You might think that in Cuba, that morning brew is almost sacred. For new visitors, that morning ritual 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 strong, sugared espresso. A café con leche is the same espresso topped with steamed milk. A café Cubano is typically enjoyed in the home of family or friends. However, many cafés will be happy to supply this classical favorite 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. Ordering a popular drink, such as the Wiener Melange – fresh coffee with steamed milk, topped with foam – will help you see the beauty and charm of this country. Wiener Melange is German for “Viennese Blend.”
The Turks have been enjoying their strong, dark, sweet coffee since the 1500’s, before most other nations had discovered this beverage. The most popular Turkish coffee preparation has grounds that settle on the bottom of the cup. After you have enjoyed a cup with the locals, they may use the grounds to tell your fortune, so don’t be too fast in throwing the grounds away.
The drink to order in France is the café au lait. It is a cup of espresso with steamed milk mixed in or on the side. This can be enjoyed, of course, on a sidewalk café. If you take part in this experience, you may feel like a true European. The only issue for Americans may be serving size. Remember that everything in France is served in moderation. American visitors may be accustomed to larger serving sizes back home in the states.
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 New Zealand coffee culture is being refined over the last few decades, making this country a go-to place for this drink. The locals order a “flat white,” which is their signature brew. It is made of one-third espresso, two-thirds steamed milk, and a bit of froth or foam. If you prefer your coffee without any milk, order a “long black,” which is close to an Americano. A “short black” refers to a shot of espresso by itself.
Most of the aficionados around the world like their coffee dark and strong, but the country of Norway has a different approach. 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 experienced by simply ordering something at a café. It is an adventure. It is a ceremony. It is almost a spiritual practice from the roasting of the beans to the serving process, and this can take hours. You actually won’t mind the wait. Unique flavors, like cinnamon, cloves, butter, or honey give you not only a rich flavor, but a great taste of coffee from the original coffee country.