We’re all so used to learning about eating etiquette around the world but did you know that certain countries have certain rules in drinking coffee? Let’s see how the rest of the world drinks a cup of coffee.
Well, Austria makes a really great cup of coffee and one of my favorites is the kaisermelange. Though different cafes serve it differently, it does have three main ingredients: a shot of espresso, a mix of honey and egg yolk, and whipped cream. Yum!
A coffee lover’s dream is to actually drink coffee in Ethiopia. Ethiopians host coffee ceremonies where a guest of honor is invited. Here, the coffee beans will be roasted over the fire and manually ground
on a mortar and pestle. In a jebena (an earthen pottery where they cook coffee), they mix the ground coffee with water and heated on an open fire to a boil. The coffee is filtered using horsehair Yummy! Ethiopians would expect you to drink at least three cups but I can definitely stay for some more.
Everything that has to do with France just seems so chic, doesn’t it? I love cafe au lait but little did I know that when in France, the froth is served separately. It’s like having your brewed coffee served with sugar and creamer at the side, cafe au lait is actually supposed to be served separately from the frothy milk.
One popular way of drinking coffee in Germany is a mixture of strong dark coffee, dark rum, and whipped cream called Pharisaer. It’s a drink that’s not only interesting but also very amusing. Back in a time I-don’t-know-when, the people were trying to hide the popular local mix of rum and coffee from a clergyman by adding whipped cream on top. Well, the secret was out and off the clergyman shouts, ‘Oh! You Pharisees!’ and thus the Pharisaer was born.
Did you know that you shouldn’t order a cappuccino after 11 am? They believe that drinking cappuccino after 11 am can affect the digestive system negatively. And they drink a cup of cappuccino standing up quickly before the crema disappears. Espresso, however, can be served all day, you can even make it at home, if you have the equipment, and drink it as an evening digestive.
Ever tried something called piloncillo on your coffee before? It’s actually unrefined sugarcane that has a more natural earthy taste. Cafe de Olla is a real treat because it’s served to you in a clay mug mixed with piloncillo and cinnamon.
Senegal’s Cafe Touba is a real delight. It’s a coffee cup with a well balanced sweet and spicy taste that’s really hard to forget. Cafe Touba is made with Guinea powder and adds a kick to a nice warm cup of coffee.
I’m not a fan of the Spanish Roast because, you know, it just tastes like burned earth. But the reason why the Spaniards love dark roasts is that they love their coffee really sweet. That’s why Cafe Bombon is madenot with frothed milkbut with condensed milk, creating that nice layer of milk and coffee in a glass cup that’s social media worthy.
If England loves having their tea time, people in Sweden love having their fika. Fika is their coffee break during ordinary days that are usually set at around 9 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. The love having fika with sweet pastries. And you’ll love that you can do it at work too.
A lot of countries have a love for drinking coffee. And naturally, I can’t live without it. These are only some of my favorite foreign ways of drinking coffee. You see, coffee is in itself a beautiful culture
that’s worth to explore and I love every minute of it.