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How People Around The World Enjoy Coffee

The renowned coffee bean has been around since ancient Ethiopia, and it is now traded in countries all over the world becoming a unique part of bountiful cultures forever. The way people around the world take their coffee may inspire you to try it for yourself!

Ethiopia:

Coffee bean trees like the Arabica tree can be traced back to ancient Ethiopia and is an active coffee producer, being the top ten's largest exporter of the world. Traditionally, Ethiopians make coffee from raw beans, roast, and ground them, to brew in a Jebena to serve into handleless ceramic cups. Ethiopian culture acquired coffee ceremonies which include popcorn as a snack, incense, and if necessary, flavorings for coffee like salt, sugar, or milk.



Vietnam:

Vietnam invented egg coffee during World War 2, due to a milk shortage, by whipping egg yolk and sweetened condensed milk into coffee. The beverage did not go mainstream until the 80's because of the creamy consistency and strong taste of egg in the coffee. Giang Cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam is home to the egg coffee, where Nguyen Giang invented the recipe in 1946.


Turkey:

Traditional Turkish coffee consists of using a Cesve to brew ground coffee beans with water in a pan of sand, allowing you to adjust the heat by pressing the pot deeper into the sand until it foams to the top. The Turkish sand coffee method allows for complete control over the use of heat, although it is unfiltered making the coffee stronger and thicker in taste as originally invented in 19th century Gaziantep, Turkey.

Sweden:

Sweden is known for the infamous cheese coffee or Kaffeost, which consists of hot coffee poured over leipajuusto cheese curds also known as Finnish cheese. This form of enjoying coffee originated in Sami culture which compasses northern Sweden, Finland, Russia, and Ukraine. Traditionally, leipaujuusto is homemade, sliced into pieces, and soaked with black coffee until the cheese heats up, ready to eat.

Mexico:

Mexico's traditional coffee is called Cafe de Olla made from coffee grounds, natural sugar, cinnamon, and often times orange peels are added. Cafe de Olla has been a part of Mexican culture since the Mexican Revolution when this method of coffee was made by women soldiers to help the soldier men feel more energized to continue their fight. Today, Cafe de Olla is a beverage for all times of the day and is a custom for the country as a whole during traditional ceremonies or on a daily basis.

Ireland:

Ireland created the Irish coffee in 1946, made up of half an ounce of strong black coffee, one-half ounce of simple syrup, one-ounce pour of Irish whiskey, and lightly whipped whipping cream. When this cocktail is concocted correctly, the balance between the coffee and whiskey is piquant enough for evenings and nights. The original Irish coffee recipe has been changed various times but the essence of the drink continues to live everywhere around the world in bars and cafes.


Korea:

Dalgona coffee has taken over social media by becoming a challenge during the coronavirus quarantine, the goal is to showcase your process beginning to end! Dalgona coffee embodies 2 tablespoons of instant coffee, sugar, and hot water to whisk until the liquid turns to foam. Then, place the foam on top of cold milk and you have completed the dalgona coffee challenge. Most people are unaware that dalgona itself has a history far before it became mainstream, in fact, dalgona is a traditional Korean sweet invented in the late 1950s after the Korean War and is made completely different than what we see today. During the war, U.S. soldiers gave out candy to children but families could not afford it hence making their own by slowly melting sugar in a tin receptacle until the color became slightly yellow, adding baking soda. The mixture is liquid at first and then it hardens into a light, crunchy sweet. Dalgona translates into sweet in Korean and is seen everywhere in the streets of Korea as a delectable sweet treat.


As you have read, coffee is universal and culturally unique to everywhere around the world. Various places and people connect and mutually respect the beverage for what it is and what it can do. Cultures have inherited coffee, countries are producing it, and most importantly coffee has made a huge impact on human history. The way different places on earth make coffee is extremely inspiring to try for yourself at home! Chances are your coffee morning rituals can be switched for something a different every once in a while.


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Resources:

Mexican Cafe de Olla: https://youtu.be/pVh6yN36M0A

Swedish Cheese Coffee: https://youtu.be/pVh6yN36M0A

Vietnamese egg coffee: https://youtu.be/pVh6yN36M0A

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