Coffee habits and traditions are ingrained in every country’s identity. Blends, rituals for
drinking and methods of serving, all range dramatically depending on where you are in the
world. We’ve delved a little deeper into coffee culture from 10 different countries
worldwide. Here’s our first instalment which ranges from Austria and Mexico, to Ethopia,
Japan and of course Italy.
Cafes with an elaborate and elegant twist are a huge part of Austria’s cultural heritage and some of the plush coffee houses in Vienna are sure to make you feel like royalty.
Locals order a ‘wiener mélange’, which is a fresh coffee served with steamed milk and topped with frothy milk foam. As coffee houses stay open late here, they make a perfect spot to unwind with friends.
Ethiopia is historically where coffee was first discovered, and it still forms an important part of their culture today. Drinking coffee in Ethiopia is a sort of spiritual ceremony which involves everything from roasting the beans to the eventual serving of the drink and it
can take up to several hours! Often brewed with an array of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves or honey, which gives it a rich and unique flavour, making it worth the wait.
Considering Italy is the birthplace of espresso, it's almost a sin to visit Italy without having the signature caffeinated beverage - one of the most popular drinks here. If this isn’t your style, treat yourself and your taste buds to a café con panna - which is an espresso topped with fresh sweet whipped cream.
The fast-paced culture of Japan demands convenience when it comes to coffee and that’s why they are often found in vending machines. For a few Yen you can enjoy a canned coffee (served hot or cold) in true Japanese style - available from most street corners.
‘Café de olla’ is the official caffeinated drink of Mexico. Traditionally served from a clay pot, this dark roasted coffee is filtered with a fine strainer or cheesecloth, then served with piloncillo, an unrefined brown sugar that's got a smoky and caramelly flavour. It's also common to enjoy your ‘café de olla' with a cinnamon stick for added flavour.
Source: Huffington Post: http://huff.to/1Bi3l0w