3 Wonderful Ways to Absolutely Appreciate Your Coffee

Coffee, one of the world’s most beloved drinks, is uniquely enjoyed by many different cultures. Each culture brings their own recipes & traditions to the age old ritual of coffee drinking. Read on for a brief overview of coffee traditions in Ethiopia, Turkey, and Italy.

Ethiopia

There is a common expression in Ethiopia “coffee is our bread.” Ethiopia, considered the birthplace of coffee, is home to some of the best coffee in the world. Even the word “coffee” comes from the Kaffa region in Ethiopia. In Ethiopia, coffee is rarely drunk alone. Some may add sugar, honey, salt, or even a dollop of butter, but no milk.

Locals can drink 3+ cups in a sitting and popcorn is almost always served on the side.

On this episode of Cooking in America, host Pelin Keskin visits Bunna Cafe, an Ethiopian coffee house and restaurant in Bushwick, Brooklyn named after the traditional coffee ceremony practiced inside.

Turkey

The Turkish developed a unique brewing method in 1600 AD that uses fine coffee powder. In contrast to other brewing methods, Turkish coffee is actually simmered on a heat source. It results in a thick, rich foam and leaves some coffee grounds on the bottom of the cup—yes, you drink it with the grounds.

Turkish people prefer their coffee dark, strong, and sweet.

Türk Kahvesi:

  1. Mix very finely ground coffee with cold water (2 teaspoons for each cup) and sugar/spices (both optional & depending on taste), in a Turkish Pot.

  2. Place the pot on low heat & stir the ingredients.

  3. Let it cook for a while.

  4. Just before the coffee boils , remove the pot from the heat source.

  5. Allow a few seconds for the froth to settle.

  6. Repeat this rising procedure 2-3 times.

  7. Divide foam among cups using a small spoon.

  8. Pour the coffee liquid carefully in the cups, so that you don’t ruin the foam.  

  9. Serve with a glass of cold water and a Turkish delight.

Italy

In Italy, espressos and macchiatos are enjoyed throughout the day, but milk-based drinks like cappuccinos or caffé lattes should only be ordered in the morning. Like many other places, coffee in Italy is frequently served with a glass of cold water. Common Italian coffee styles include:

  • Caffè  or  Espresso: These terms are used interchangeably and signify one single, 3 oz shot of espresso in a demitasse porcelain cup.

  • Doppio: ‘Double’, or two shots of espresso.

  • Americano or Lungo: A ‘long’ espresso that has twice as much water, creating a thinner brew.

  • Ristretto: A ‘reduced’ espresso that uses half the amount of water.

  • Macchiato: Espresso that is ‘marked’ with a splash of milk or milk foam. The bartender may ask if you want hot or cold milk.

  • Cappuccino: Espresso with equal parts steamed milk and topped with foamed milk. Usually ordered at breakfast and never ordered after lunch.

  • Caffè Latte: A large cup of  latte, or milk, marked with a shot of espresso.

  • Caffè Corretto: Espresso that is ‘corrected’ with a liquor such as Grappa or Cognac.

  • Caffè Shakerato: Espresso shaken with ice cubes with simple syrup, often served in a cocktail glass.

Source: Culture Trip

How do you typically drink your coffee—black, milk & sugar, honey, butter, or some other way? It’s easy to get caught up in the same coffee routine, so we encourage you to take some time to experiment with different styles of coffee. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite! Thanks for reading.