Fantastic coffees and where to find them

Fantastic coffees and where to find them

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Everyone does it. Some people do it alone, in the privacy of their own home. Others do it with friends. Some people even add whipped cream to make it more fun. Coffee. We’re talking about drinking coffee.

Which got us thinking…how do people around the world take their coffee? Is a half-cap, mocha-latte with two pumps of caramel syrup just in the US? Here’s the answer:

 

Italy: Cappuccino

 Espresso, steamed milk, foam (in that order)

Espresso, steamed milk, foam (in that order)

Arguably the fanciest of all coffee drinks, the cappuccino was invented in Italy in the early 1900s. The name comes from the Capuchin friars—their “cappuccios” (hoods) matched the brown color of the cappuccino.

 

Australia/New Zealand: Flat White

 Espresso, steamed milk, a touch of foam

Espresso, steamed milk, a touch of foam

Was it invented by the Aussies or Kiwis? As they continue to duke it out until the end of time, we’re left to sit back and enjoy this caffeinated beauty that lies somewhere between a cappuccino and a latte.

 

Panama: Geisha coffee

 The most expensive coffee in the world

The most expensive coffee in the world

The cherries are harvested in the tallest mountain in Panama, Volcán Barú. If you’re one of the lucky ones, you can taste what experts consider the best coffee in the world. Sure, it’ll cost you an arm and a leg—we’re talking about $80 for a standard sized bag of beans—but can you really put a price on a cup of pure heaven?

 

Turkey: Turkish coffee

 Coffee made by combining finely ground coffee, water, and sugar, and then boiling it.

Coffee made by combining finely ground coffee, water, and sugar, and then boiling it.

The Turks were basically the hipsters of coffee drinking. Back in the 15th century, these trailblazers were boiling coffee and water like nobody’s business.

 

France: Café au lait

 Half drip coffee, half steamed milk

Half drip coffee, half steamed milk

France took Turkish coffee and made it their own by experimenting with brewing processes, and then one day, one daring individual added hot milk, and voila! The café au lait was born.

 

Japan: Canned coffee

 Coffee...wait for it…in a can

Coffee...wait for it…in a can

Competition is fierce in the canned coffee market in Japan. And if you think cold coffee in a can sounds interesting, wait until you try hot coffee in a can. Yes, it’s a thing.

 

Vietnam: Vietnamese iced coffee

 Iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk

Iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk

It’s the 1850s and everyone is drinking coffee with milk. But what do you do when fresh milk isn’t available? Well if you’re in Vietnam, you use sweetened condensed milk. And boom, it’s delicious.

 

England: Tea

 Hot water with cured leaves

Hot water with cured leaves

Not coffee, but this is the England we’re talking about. A country doesn’t invent a time of day called “teatime” by drinking coffee.


Coffee is an essential part of nearly every culture around the the world. In other words, you never have to worry about getting your pick-me-up wherever you travel. And that's pretty awesome. Thanks for being you, coffee. Never change. 

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