10 Unique Ways People Enjoy Coffee Around the World
Every coffee lover knows that this beverage is an integral part of life. Naturally, we have our own hacks for making coffee even more delicious, but to expand our options even more we can look to other countries. Here are 10 international coffees to try on your travels — or if you want to bring the flavors from around the world to your daily caffeine routine.
Turkish Coffee: Real Turkish coffee involves a traditional ritual. A strong pot of finely ground coffee; cool, filtered water; and sugar (optional) are boiled on the stovetop in a cezve, a long-necked pot (made of copper or brass) with a slender handle. The mixture bubbles and brews until the powder settles to the bottom of the pot. Then, the foamy coffee is portioned out in small cups for guests to enjoy alongside sweets and good conversation. (via Foolproof Living)
Barraquito Coffee: In the Canary Islands off the western coast of Spain, the particular combination of strong and sweet coffee is called barraquito. Layered with a shot of coffee, hot milk, condensed milk, cinnamon, lemon zest, and 43 or Tía María liquor, this drink is a bit complicated. If it seems like too much, café leche leche — coffee with hot and condensed milk — is also a popular choice. (via My Spanish Taste)
Milchkaffee: What the French call a café au lait is what the Germans call milchkaffee. The popular beverage contains 50 percent hot coffee and 50 percent frothed milk, and you'll find it served at cafés and bars alike. (via Eat This)
Bicerin: In Northern Italy (Turin), try a bicerin, which is basically a layered mocha. This drink is made with European-style hot chocolate, dark espresso, and steamed whole milk (or sometimes cream). (via Salt & Wind)
Flat White: Originally from Down Under (whether it's from Australia or New Zealand is still hotly contested), this '70s era creation has become such a phenomenon that it's even made it onto the Starbucks menu. Not quite a cappuccino and not quite a latte, a flat white is built from a base of steamed milk (with micro-foam) that's folded into a double shot of espresso. (via YuppieChef)
Cuban Colada: On the island of Cuba, coffee is as vital to life as rum and cigars. The classic choice is a cafécito or an espresso shot that's sweetened with sugar while it’s being brewed. A colada is basically the same thing, but it’s brewed in bigger batches so you can share. (via Eat With Your Eyes Closed)
Irish Coffee: Reportedly, this spiked beverage was concocted during the 1940s by some enterprising bartender who splashed some whiskey in a coffee at Shannon Airport as a way of appeasing stranded passengers. Today, there's a bit more elegance to this elixir which involves a melding of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, brown sugar, and heavy whipped cream. Just because it sounds fancy doesn't mean that you can't enjoy it at almost any establishment in Ireland. From bars to bistros, a good Irish coffee is almost guaranteed to be on the menu. (via Nutmeg Nanny)
Viennese Einspänner: In German einspännen means "to relax," and who wouldn't want to order a drink with that in the name? Okay, maybe the drink was actually named for the one-horse carriages of 19th-century Vienna. Either way, it tastes decadently good. This double espresso drink is stretched with water, topped with whipped cream, and elegantly sipped from a glass with a handle. Full disclosure: You might not feel terribly mellow after enjoying this, but it’s always a good alternative to have in mind when you can’t stomach the idea of another apfelstrudel. (via Frances.Menu)
Kaapi: In India, it’s not just all about the chai. Although masala chai is wildly popular, coffee lovers are catered to just as sweetly as their tea-loving peers. Kaapi is the name of the game if you need some coffee in your life and find yourself on the sub-continent. It’s a strong blend of frothed milk, finely ground coffee powder, and sugar. Kaapi is brewed ritualistically by passing it repeatedly through a metal filter in a stainless-steel tumbler, much like a French press. (via Kurryleaves)
Espresso: When traveling in France, don't be mistaken in thinking that a café au lait is the only choice du jour. Instead, try a simple espresso. Acceptable at any time of day, it's a quick pick-me-up that you'll find the French savoring after nearly every meal. If straight espresso is too much, try an allongé. It's right on the cusp of being an Americano without quite reaching the portion size that our beloved American cups hold. (via Juls' Kitchen)
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