Coffee From Around the World
Coffee, that bittersweet aroma that awakens the senses. This miracle beverage has had an interesting history of being attacked over the centuries across different countries due to various reasons: banned in Mecca for fear of facilitating a secular uprising; slandered in Europe by wine and beer makers due to their jealousy of its popularity; sought to be banned by the clergymen in Italy—before it was instead blessed by Pope Clement VIII after he had a taste of it—etc. It appears no one who has ever had a taste of coffee could resist its many charming qualities. Having spread throughout the world over the last few hundred years, each region has developed their own take on the popular beverage, and now if you go to any particular country, there is a high chance you will encounter a unique version of coffee. Here are the most interesting and unique coffees from around the world.
Iced Coffee—Australia, Chile, Germany, Slovenia
It may come as a surprise to some when they visit certain countries like Australia or Germany and order iced coffee only to find it is something not quite what they expected: instead of coffee with ice, they get coffee mixed with ice cream. Even certain shops in India and the Philippines would introduce vanilla ice cream to their iced coffee as well. It’s as refreshing as having a coffee milkshake, but if you’re avoiding dairy for some reason, you might want to be a bit more careful about ordering “iced coffee” when you’re overseas. In Italy, there is a similar thing called affogato, in which a scoop of vanilla gelato has a double-shot of espresso poured over it; this one’s a bit confusing, because no one knows if it should be considered a drink or a dessert.
While the addition of milk into coffee isn’t weird by any stretch of the mind, people generally have a harder time conceiving of the introduction of alternate forms of dairy into the bitter beverage. Butter is added to coffee to make so-called “bulletproof coffee”—a fad that came and went—and coffee beans are roasted in margarine to give them an “unorthodox” flavour for the making of Malaysian Ipoh white coffee. Most people might draw the line, however, at adding cheese to coffee, and not just any cheese either, but a particular type of cheese made from the colostrum, or “pre-milk” of cows or reindeer. The semi-hard cheese then softens as it is soaked in the boiling coffee, and imparts a mild flavour as it is eaten. And thus, Kaffeost (coffee cheese) is born.
Egg Coffee—Sweden, Norway, Vietnam
Coffee cheese isn’t the only special coffee you can find in Sweden: Scandinavian Egg Coffee is also found there, as well as in Norway. A whole egg is mixed with coffee grounds with some water, and this mixture is simmered with boiling water for a few minutes, after which some cold water is added and the mixture is allowed to settle for two minutes. This type of coffee is also made by Scandinavian immigrants in the American Midwest. Ca phe trung, or Vietnamese Egg Coffee, also includes egg as an ingredient, but it only uses the yolk, and it is whipped together with condensed milk before being added to strong, dark Vietnamese coffee.
Alcohol and coffee—Ireland, Germany
Alcohol and coffee are unlikely buddies; one loosens you up, while the other straightens you up. However, that’s not going to stop those who love both alcohol and coffee from mixing the two together to make an awesome drink! The Irish, famous for their love of whiskey, naturally came up with Irish Coffee: a cocktail of drip coffee and Irish whiskey, topped with cream. The Germans, famous for their love of beer, do not mix coffee and beer—that’s just bad. Instead, Germans came up with Pharisäer Kaffee, which is a coffee and Jamaican rum cocktail, topped with whipped cream. The coffee and rum mix is not to be stirred with the whipped cream, but sipped through.
By far, at least all ingredients that are being added to coffee have been edible. However, an Indonesian stall vendor named Mr. Man thought to put a burning hot piece of charcoal into a cup of sweetened black coffee for some reason, and it apparently helped get rid of his tummy ache. Charcoal has been used since ancient times to treat poisoning, so it may not be a coincidence that Mr. Man thought to add it to his coffee that day, but he accidentally discovered that it reduced the acidity of the brewed coffee, altering its flavour as well. Today, it is a popular drink around the city of Yogyakarta, and is being sold by many vendors apart from Mr. Man’s stall.
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