Let’s take a trip and discover the coffee culture around the world?
Caffeine is the number 1 stimulant globally; over 2 billion cups of coffee are consumed daily. As a result, coffee is present in many daily life situations — from breakfast to social gatherings.
In this article, we will explore how coffee is served, prepared, and enjoyed in countries where coffee is almost sacred.
In Italy, the most common form of drinking coffee is their staple ‘espresso.’ Even though you shouldn’t order an ‘espresso’ in Italy, just un caffé (which means a coffee). Italians usually drink their coffee shots on the go as a quick jolt of energy.
Did you know that Japan is one of the largest coffee consumers in the world? That’s right, the Japanese love this beverage as much as many Western countries. Coffee was introduced to the Japanese people in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Portuguese and Dutch.
The most common way to prepare coffee in Japan is using a drip coffee filter — the most iconic being the Hario V60, a cone shape dripper.
Coffee was first ever consumed in Turkey in the 15th century in Yemen’s Sufi monasteries. At that time, the beverage was seen as evil. Today, serving coffee is a ceremonial act, prepared in front of the guests and following strict rules.
Arab and Turkish coffee is prepared in similar ways — the coffee ground is mixed with cold water and heated in one pot.
Coffee is known in Turkey as the “milk of chess players and thinkers”. The beverage was first brought to Turkey in 1555 by Syrian merchants. The Turkish uses the cezve (coffee pot) and the fincan (coffee cup) to serve. Similar to Arab coffee, Turkish coffee adds coffee and sugar to boil in the cezve and is served in small porcelain cups.
Coffee is a source of pride in Brazil and it is present in nearly all residencies across the country. In addition, the country is the top coffee exporter to both Europe and America.
But besides having the best coffee beans in the world, Brazilians enjoy a simple cup of filtered coffee, served at boiling temperatures — called cafézinho.