Considered the birthplace of espresso, Italians are very passionate about coffee and they have a strict set of rules on how coffee should be made and drank…so strict that some Italians will only drink their coffee from a specific bar as well as a specific barista!
Very characteristic in Italy is the Moka pot, used to brew coffee at home on the stove, and a cup of ‘caffé corretto’, an espresso with a small shot of liquor. Nowadays coffee capsule and pods systems are becoming very popular in Italy and Europe, especially famous brands such as Nespresso® and Lavazza®.
Remember…in Italy is considered almost a sin to drinking a cappuccino or latte during the day, it is allowed only in the morning for breakfast!
As the legend says, Ethiopia is where coffee was first discovered and, still today, traditional coffee ceremonies are an important part of the Ethiopian culture. The brewing and serving process can last several hours, from the roasting of the beans to the serving of the drinks. Coffee, called Buna in Ethiopia, is often brewed with an array of spices and flavors, like cardamom or cinnamon. In some rural areas, coffee is still server today with honey, salt, or butter rather than sugar.
USAYou can find a coffee shop everywhere in America and, unsurprisingly, Americans prefer their
coffees large and sweet. Very popular in the US is the Americano coffee, consisting of espresso and hot water, originally from the battlefield of World War II when American GIs in Europe diluted strong coffee with boiling water to adapt it to their taste.
Canadians love coffee, and a strong one! Next time you go there, try the famous Tim Horton's Double Double, consisting of two creams and two sugars!
As the famous proverb (and movie) says, coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love. Turkish coffee is very famous all over the world, with its extensive and vital culture dated as far back as 1500. Sometimes also spicy-flavored depending on individual taste, the very finely ground beans settles at the bottom of the cup…so that when you have finished your coffee, a story teller can tell your fortune!
Egyptian coffee, called Ahwa, has typically a strong and sour taste for foreigners. So depending on your courage, you can have it Sada – black (without sugar), Ariha - little sugar, Mazboot – moderately sweet or Ziyada - very sweet.
Austria has a strong coffee culture: there are many coffee variations and ordering simply "coffee" will leave an Austrian waiter very confused! The most famous one is the Melange: the king of coffee – espresso and steamed milk and topped with froth milk foam and dusted with cinnamon, coco powder or coffee powder, similar to an Italian cappuccino. Other variations include Schwarzer or Mokka: strong, black coffee, similar to espresso but extracted more slowly, and consumed with a lot of sugar or Kleiner Brauner: small coffee with cream.
As the world’s top coffee producer, Brazilians love their brews. In fact, drinking coffee is so popular in Brazil, that kids start drinking it at an early age during their school breaks. Vary famous is the ‘café com leite’, double strength coffee served with plenty of hot milk, and ‘cafezhino’, a strong, dark and very sweet coffee.
The Nordic countries are the top consumers of coffee (per capita) in the world, and, as opposed to the rest of the world, it is preferred with a light roasts with a unique and tangy flavor, sometimes a bit too watery for an Italian taste!
Cubans like their coffee strong, with many tasty local brews, throughout the day. It is best enjoyed in a relaxed environment while socializing. Very characteristic is the ‘Caficito’ or Café Cubano, an espresso brewed with sugar or the ‘Coradito’, an espresso with steamed milk
Café de olla is the official caffeinated drink of Mexico - a spiced coffee with a cinnamon stick for spicy flavor served with piloncillo, an unrefined brown sugar with a characteristic smoky, caramely and earthy flavor.
Japan is one of the largest coffee consumers in the world: the fast-pace Tokyo lifestyle perfectly combines with an energetic drink such as coffee. Hot and cold coffee can be found everywhere in Tokyo, not only from bars but primarily from vending machine in cans or bottles.