Coffee Culture in Brazil

This is a blog about Brazil’s Coffee Culture but we would first like to present Brazil

as a country in general. 

It’s a top tourist destination in South America, a vibrant country, 

and home to many iconic landmarks. 

First and foremost, a statue that took 4 years to build, ship from France to Brazil 

and that was in 2007 elected as one of the Seven Wonders of the World 

is Christ the Redeemer.

 

 

Another world-famous thing located in Rio de Janeiro is Copacabana Beach

An interesting fact about it is that this beach was an unhealthy sandy area 

in the 19th century and today is the world’s most famous coastline.

It has a cute nickname:

Little Princess of the Sea (“Princesinha do Mar”).

 

If we start listing all of the landmarks, museums, beaches, and cities, 

this blog is going to lose its purpose 

and that is the coffee culture in Brazil and will turn into a travel blog. 

Nevertheless, it won’t hurt to mention one more amazing thing 

and that is the neighborhood Pelourinho in the Historic Center of Salvador, Bahia 

which is the most colorful place in Brazil. 

 

So, if you get bored of your city and you need colors in your surroundings, 

book a ticket and go enjoy baroque houses, open-air bars, shops, and a lot of music.

 

 

Brazilian Coffee Culture

It took Brazil 60 years of their first coffee bush planted in Pará, in 1727 

to become the largest coffee producer by the 1840s. 

The first people working on coffee plantations in Brazil were European immigrants 

and slaves until the slave trade was abolished in 1888.

 

Brazilians drink around 6-7 cups of coffee per day 

and why wouldn’t they since they are the biggest coffee exporter in the world.

The state of Minas Gerais is the largest coffee producer in Brazil, 

and has some of the highest mountains in the country, 

providing a good altitude for producing specialty coffee. 

 

There is a region in Brazil called Alta Mogiana

which has been associated with coffee for 100 years now. 

It produces the finest Arabica and bean coffees.

Coffee from this region is characterized by its velvety, creamy body. 

 

There is a strong fruity aroma with a hint of chocolate 

and nuts, a medium and balanced acidity. 

A rich and full-bodied coffee, which is ideal for preparing an excellent espresso.

Brazilian cup of coffee is pure black, simple and never too complicated.

 

A cup of coffee is a way to relax, celebrate, do business, meet friends, and means “welcome.”

You will certainly be asked: “would you like a cafezinho?”

It will be hard to say no.

 

Why does coffee succeed in Brazil?

 

Coffee plants thrive in Brazil due to its rich soil and warm humid climate.

Brazil’s low altitude fields help produce both arabica and robusta beans,

but the crop is primarily arabica about 80%, mainly dry-processed.

Robusta is grown in the northern part of Brazil, 

where the terrain is flat and the climate is hotter, 

shaded from the more direct rays of the sun.

Throughout Brazil, coffee is produced in 14 different regions, 

with each region producing a unique blend of coffee.

How to Make a Perfect Latte – Coffee Recipe

How to make a perfect latte - coffee recipe

Thursday, a day for Coffee Recipes!

In our previous blog, we explained how to make a perfect espresso cup.

Today, we are making un caffe latte! 🇮🇹 

 

With the Reliant Coffee guide, 

Our plan is to show you how to make your

favorite caffeinated beverage step by step,

while letting your imagination run wild!

 

And what’s the best thing of all you ask?

You won’t be needing any additional equipment!

You can flavor up your beverage however you like, 

add some chocolate, vanilla, or any kind of topping of your preference!

 

Also, the ones who are dairy intolerant, don’t worry!

We can use dairy-free products as well, and still, get the desirable taste!

In this process, we are going to use ingredients that are meant for 

Original Coffee Latte.

 

However, we don’t want to limit your taste,

Therefore you can experiment with diverse flavors as well.

Let’s start!

 

INGREDIENTS

 

Ingredients for making coffee latte

 

Freshly Brewed Coffee: it is essential to use espresso if we want to reach that

desirable aroma, but any strongly brewed coffee will do the job. 

 

Any Type of Milk: we recommend steamed milk, for following the original recipe.

If not, then you can use dairy-free, fat-free, whole, or skim milk.

It is totally up to you and your preferences.

To flavor it up a bit, you can add some sweetened creamer for your convenience.

 

TOOLS

 

The only thing you need to make your homemade coffee latte

is a kitchen whisk perfectly suited to your favorite coffee mug. 

 

No machines, no additional equipment, no expensive tools!

 

MAKING PROCESS

 

making process for homemade coffee latte

 

You will need around 2 ounces of dark-roasted beans

for the brewing process. 

Again, if you have any other beans that you prefer, 

Pick the ones of your choice and make an espresso shot.

 

Let the coffee brew itself while you heat the milk for 30 to 45 seconds. 

After the milk has been heated, take your whisk and 

start whisking back and front until you reach the frothy texture of the milk. 

 

That takes up to around 30 seconds or less.

When the espresso shot is over, sip it into your mug.

At this point, the ratio is 1/3 of coffee and 2/3 milk. 

 

You can make the coffee latte however you want. 

Just follow the given ratio. 

When it comes to ounces,

some standards that most cafe places are using is a double shot of espresso

with approximately 5-6 ounces of milk.

This will give you around 10 to 12 ounces of coffee latte.

 

After you dispense your coffee into your mug, 

slowly pour the frothed milk over it. 

A traditional latte will look pretty much the same

after the foam rises to the surface of your cup.

 

Desired Flavors

 

Chocolate Caffee Latte – According to your preferences add 1 or 2  tablespoons

of chocolate syrup before the step of heating your preferred milk. 

 

Vanilla Coffee Latte – When the milk is heated, add ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract,

and then pour your brewed coffee over it.

 

Other toppings –  cinnamon, cardamom, maple syrup, ginger, cocoa powder, and raw honey. 

 

Sip it, drink it, and enjoy your own homemade Cafe Latte!

Coffee Culture in Finland

Interesting Facts about Finland

 

When we say the word “Finland”, what do you first think of?

We’d love to see what kind of associations you make with

 “the land of the thousand lakes” in the comment section down below.

 

Let’s start off this article by stating a very basic yet important information, which is:  

Finland is a Nordic country in Northern Europe.

It is known for many things such as nature’s most spectacular light show, 

the Aurora Borealis, their saunas, 

or for many of us, our first cell phones were made by Finland’s master company, Nokia.

 

Another interesting and helpful thing to know is, if you want to breathe in fresh air, 

Finland is definitely the country to go to since the World Health Organization confirmed

that Finland’s impeccable air quality is due to having fewer cars and no large polluting industries close by.

 

For all the sleep lovers around the world, we have great news.

Finland celebrates National Sleepy Head Day on July 27th.

They let themselves sleep in. 

Be careful though because there is a catch you need to be aware of. 

You can most certainly sleep in, but don’t rise last otherwise 

you’ll be thrown into the nearest lake by someone from your family.

Perhaps you will put more faith in the picture below if you do not believe us.

 

The world’s biggest coffee drinkers

Yes, it’s definitely Finnish people.

You might be wondering why coffee is so popular in Finland 

but it is completely normal for them to drink one morning coffee,

two at a coffee break and one in the afternoon after work.

 

No wonder then that the average amount of coffee consumption 

per Finn is 2,64 cups a day. That makes altogether 9,6 kg of coffee beans per year. 

Also, isn’t it amazing that it’s mandatory by law, 

to have two 10-15 minute coffee breaks at work, every day? 

Please note: Mandatory!! 

 

We’d love to move to Finland. What about you, guys?

 By the way, it is considered impolite to say no to a cup of coffee 

when in a Finnish household. 

Simply, this is about showing respect on both sides.

 

What kind of coffee do the Finnish people prefer?

In Finland, coffee is roasted lighter 

than it is elsewhere in Southern and Central Europe, 

and is regarded as the lightest roast in the world.

 

A wide variety of (increasingly popular) dark- to medium-roasted coffees,

both from Finnish and foreign brands, 

can be found in supermarkets and grocery stores in Finland.

According to a survey, done in 2020, the most trusted coffee brand in Finland is Juhla Mokha.

The growing importance of the speciality coffee culture in Finland is 

also illustrated by large coffee events such as the Helsinki Coffee Festival.

This was organised for the first time in April 2016. 

The festival focused on topics such as the quality of coffee, coffee and health, ‘Cold Brew’, and the coffee culture in Finland.

 

As you can see, coffee is without exaggeration a very important part of the Finnish Culture.

So, you can definitely expect to be served coffee when you over somebody’s place in Finland. 

Please, accept it as a sign of great hospitality and appreciation, otherwise if you refuse it, you will most definitely insult the host.

 

4 Simple Steps on How to Make the Perfect Espresso – Coffee Recipe 

4 Simple Steps on How to Make the Perfect Espresso – Coffee Recipe

Making a perfect espresso is not as difficult as you think. 

Instead of constantly spending money on your favorite caffeinated beverage

at expensive cafe places, why wouldn’t you make one?

 

Yeah, we know, it’s easier to go and get everything served on the plate…

But how can you know that you actually got freshly brewed coffee? 

Well, if you are a wise thinker you can have a

True Barista Experience at Your Place.

 

If you decide to go with Bean to Cup Machine

your desired drink will be just a click away.

With a mixture of 40% of Arabica and 60% of Robusta beans,

you will have freshly brewed coffee made right there in front of you.

 

And the best thing of all, 

you don’t even have to get your hands dirty!

However, if you want to experiment a little bit and

try to make a perfect espresso shot on your own,

Reliant Coffee is at your service as always.

 

Choose the coffee maker you have, prefer, or it suits your skills the best. 

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Using aeropress for making espresso coffeeUsing Moka Pot machine for making espresso coffee

Using French Press for making espresso shot coffee

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making espresso with these coffee makers is not that complicated,

but if you want to reach that perfect shot,

the best thing to use is the espresso machine.

 

Since we want all that’s best for our readers,

we have provided a perfect Espresso Recipe

that you can make with an Espresso Machine.

 

Follow the given steps:

Prepare Your Coffee Beans

 

Picture of dark coffee beans

 

To make a quality espresso shot,

take dark roasted beans and a grinder.

If you aim to make an average single espresso shot

you should take 0.21 to 0.28 oz of coffee grounds.

 

This is not strict and you can adapt it up and down.

However, if you want to make a double espresso shot,

you will need around 0.52 oz.

 

In order to ensure you measured it precisely,

you can use a kitchen scale but

don’t forget to remove the portafilter first before measurement.

 

To reach the fine and powdery texture of the grounds,

use the very fine settings you have on your grinder.  

Placing and Tamping Down

 

After you get the perfect measure in the portafilter,

spread the grounds evenly with your fingers.

 

Then on the countertop or any other flat area,

set the portafilter and push the tamper to tamp down the grounds.

This will result in the perfectly tamped grounds

for a quality espresso shot.

 

Pull the Coffee Shot

 

We are almost here peeps!

At this point, you should take your machine,

lock the portafilter in it,

place your chosen vessel underneath,

and begin with the shot procedure.

 

Your delicious cup of coffee will be ready in less than 30 seconds,

though you will need practice

until you achieve your perfect, tasty shot. 

 

The flavor should not be too bitter or acidic,

while the look should not be too dark or light,

with a light coating of caramel-colored topping.

 

Use Milk if Wanted

 

Making espresso coffee with milk

 

The steps above are the ones that should be followed

in case you want to make an original espresso coffee. 

 

On the other hand, if you want to expand your sense of taste,

you can add some ingredients such as milk and syrups.

Once you do this, you are on your way to make a good coffee latte.

 

But more on that later in our next blog post!

Until then, we are absolutely sure you will enjoy your handmade caffeinated beverage while making you feel like a true barista!

Mesmerizing Turkish Coffee Culture

While doing research about Turkish Coffee Culture,

we found interesting facts that really differ from other coffee cultures around the world.

In terms of how the Turks make their coffee to what it represents to them. 

Nevertheless, we’d like to represent the Turkish Culture 

and traditions in general, including its coffee culture,

because it is rich with its traditions, customs, tea and coffee drinking rituals. Let’s dive in!

 

Interesting Facts about Turkish Coffee Culture

 

Istanbul is on two continents

 

  Ankara is actually the capital of Turkey,    not Istanbul

Ankara is the capital of Turkey

 The Turks love their tea

In spite of the country’s long history of coffee consumption,

tea is the most commonly consumed hot drink in Turkey.

In fact, it is a symbol of Turkish hospitality to offer guests a cup of tea.

Turkish people prefer to drink tea all day long, so there is never a bad time.

 

The “Evil Eye” is

the best-selling souvenir

 Throughout the ages, the evil eye has always been considered

a powerful protective symbol to conquer

and defy evil forces and negative energy.

 

Turkey is home to the Kebab

 

Santa Claus was born in Turkey

Are you surprised?

 It is believed that he was born in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey.

Social Importance of the Turkish Coffee

 Hopefully, you got to know Turkish Culture a little bit better

with these awesome fun facts.

It’s time to introduce you to Turkish Coffee

 

Turkish Coffee is also a symbol of hospitality and friendship

It’s an invitation for intimate talk and the sharing of daily concerns.

It’s very important and profound in Turkish Culture 

making it one of UNESCO’s Items of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

 

How can you make your

Turkish Coffee – kahve?

 

To do it right, the process demands careful attention.

 First, grind the beans ultra-fine.

Take your cezve

– a metal jug with a long handle, add a cup of cold water

and a teaspoon of coffee grounds for each person you’ll be sharing with. 

To give the coffee a rounded sweet taste,

you may want to add sugar at this point,

without stirring in order for the sugar to settle

and caramelize at the bottom.

Once you warm the jug slightly, whisk the ingredients together gently

with a teaspoon to combine them.

The cezve will begin to form a thick foam;

when you see this,

remove the jug from the heat

and skim the foam into a cup (traditionally a fincan 

before returning the coffee to the stove.

Your Turkish Coffee is now ready.

The coffee culture in Turkey is definitely different

than all of the other coffee cultures in the world.It’s pretty unique and you won’t find it anywhere else.

You can always try and make your own Turkish coffee

at home. 

 

 

5 Most Drinkable Coffee Types Worldwide

5 most drinkable coffee types worldwide
 
  • ESPRESSO 

📍 Italy 🇮🇹

Little cup of espresso coffee served on a table

Many people are confused,

is the espresso coffee type or brewing method? 

It’s both.

And this world-famous coffee originates from Italy.


Today, espresso is prepared with the espresso machine

that was invented in 1884 in Turin by Angelo Moriondo.

Its method is very simple.


Under high pressure, stream hot water on finely-ground coffee beans.

Espresso coffee is a blend of multiple roasts and

its concentrated flavor is the product of pressurized brewing.


This type of brewing method gives this beverage a thick and

syrupy-like texture, which is very tempting to the eyes. 

As being one of the most popular coffee worldwide,

it is also popular for its caffeine content.

Espresso has more caffeine than other beverages,

than other coffee beverages, 

which is why it is traditionally served as a shot.


  • CAPPUCCINO

📍 Italy 🇮🇹

Cappuccino coffee beverage served on a table with spoon

Cappuccino is also another Italian coffee.

No wonder LavAzza is so popular, right?

This beverage is very similar to espresso and

many people don’t know the difference.


Well, cappuccino is made with espresso and steam-foamed milk.

The drink evolved from kapuziner – an Austrian coffee beverage

that was popular back in the 18th century.


But, the first time cappuccino coffee was mentioned,

was in the 1930s in Italy. 


Its first appearance was a bit different from what we know now.

Firstly it was covered with whipped cream and then a bit later,

with the invention of the espresso machine,

it developed its modern and current form.


  • CORTADO

📍 Spain 🇪🇸

Cortado coffee drink in the glass cup

Unlike the previous two beverages, Cortado is a Spanish coffee.

The name originates from the Spanish word cortat – or cut,

which is referring to the process of preparing.


However, Cortado is also made with espresso but

it has the same amount of steamed milk over it

to counteract its bitter taste.


It is served in small glass cups.

Due to the proportion of espresso to milk,

Cortado coffee produces a unique taste.


It is a perfect combination of robustness and

its velvety finish thanks to steamed milk. 

What is so popular about this coffee is

that it’s always drunk inside the cafe shops and bars,

and not intended as a “coffee to go”.


  • CAFÉ AU LAIT 

📍 France 🇫🇷

Cafe au lait in the glass cup on the table

Café au lait is a beverage that is very often compared to

espresso-based Italian caffè latte.

However, the ratio of ingredients is different.


To make this French coffee,

you will need a French press so you can mix

coffee beans and warmed milk.


These ingredients are mixed within

an equal amount of both,

and there is no foam on the top of it whatsoever. 


Additionally, café au lait

may sometimes be prepared with espresso. 

The confusion might arise because

both of these terms are widely used

in some European countries

without defining them clearly.


  • RISTTRETO  

📍 Italy 🇮🇹

Risttreto coffee beverage in glass cup on the table

Ristretto is a beverage that comes from Italy.

The name comes from the Italian word which means restricted.

This coffee represents one-half of a single espresso shot.


Ristretto coffee has a smaller amount of water content

and its flavor is milder compared to espresso. 

This beverage can be made with

an espresso machine as well.


It uses the finely-ground coffee beans

that are extracted with less amount of water.

This produces a more concentrated coffee different

from the standard espresso

because of a distinct mix of compounds.

Chinese Coffee Culture: Is Coffee Popular in China?

Coffee Culture in China

In China, is it tea or coffee 

that is thriving?

 

As we all know, or just now finding out,

tea has been a big and important part of Chinese Culture.

In China, tea became an integral segment of Buddhist practice,

so much so that it is said that Zen and tea share the same flavor.

The act of drinking tea developed into a ceremony and spiritual practice.

There’s a story that describes how the Chinese discovered tea.

Emperor Shen Nung (the mythical Chinese inventor of agriculture,)

was sitting under a tree

 while his servant boiled drinking water 

when some leaves from the tree blew into it.

 

The Emperor thought he would try the accidentally created infusion. 

The tree was Camellia sinensis, 

and the result was the tea we know today.

The story is beautiful and it’s hard to know if it’s true, 

but it’s nice to think about it.

Nevertheless, during the Tang Dynasty (618–907 CE) 

tea was established as the national drink of China.

How did coffee step

 onto the scene in China?

 

According to the BBC article,  coffee is elbowing its way into tea culture in China.

That’s right. They are not giving up on their tea tradition

 but instead welcoming a new one – coffee consumption. 

 

It has skyrocketed in recent years. So, yes. 

People drink coffee in China. Nevertheless, China’s population drinks much less coffee 

per person than the West.

 

Surprisingly though, Shanghai has the most coffee shops in the world.

Known as the city that introduced coffee to China in the 1800s, 

Shanghai now has nearly 6,000 coffeehouses.

 

There is even a coffee festival in Shanghai worth attending. 

Shanghai Coffee Festival is “a heaven for foodies, a great place to discover new cafés.” 

Don’t be surprised by the fact that millennials and gen Z in China, love their cup of joe

in an aesthetically pleasing cafe and in good company, too.

 

Young people are adopting Western fashion, watching American movies,

taking their coffees at Starbucks, driving German cars, and so on.

More and more Chinese people learn to drink coffee thanks to Starbucks.

 

How did Starbucks succeed in China?

Coffee Culture in China










Starbucks has been present in China since 1999.

When Starbucks entered the market, they understood that it wasn’t about the coffee at first. 

There was a revival of the “tea house culture” that had existed for thousands of years.

 

In other words, Starbucks embraced the concept of being a “third place” 

between home and work and brought that approach to China —

but with a modernized, upscale, Western approach.


Western brands have an advantage over local Chinese brands 

because there is a common reputation that western brands have better 

and high quality products and services.

Therefore knowing that Starbucks has opened 5,100 stores in 200 cities 

in mainland China shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Urban Chinese coffee consumers love to experiment with new products 

especially from the West.

 

Having this in mind, Starbucks already has plans 

to enter 100 new Chinese cities by 2022.

 

China is definitely on track to become a coffee-drinking nation.

 

 
 

The Process of Growing and Producing Coffee – From Bean to Cup

The Process of Growing and Producing Coffee – From Bean to Cup

With its rich, robust flavor and caffeine content 

that is comparable to more naturally occurring beverages 

like tea or cocoa, 

coffee has been a mainstay of the beverage industry for centuries. 


In this article, we’ll look at how your morning cup comes together 

from bean to steaming hot vessel thanks to its amazing procedure!


Picking out just the right plants 

can take up most farmers’ time

throughout any given growing season – 

but thankfully there are some new innovations 

making harvesting easier than ever before. 


Coffee Planting Process


Even though we call them coffee beans they are actually seeds

Planting unprocessed coffee seeds 

can result in the production of coffee plants.


The first step of harvesting coffee is 

to pick the ripe red cherries from the trees. 

These are then collected and spread onto a large surface, 

usually nylon clothes under direct sunlight 

for two weeks until they dry up. 


In this stage of drying, 

coffee beans lose about 70% of their moisture content 

before its process continues to remove the pulp 

or flesh surrounding the seeds by using water.


The remaining muscle covering can be removed

through mechanical de-pulping machines. 

If not mechanically eliminated, 

it will be dried along with the beans 

at which point fermentation begins.


Therefore, rainy season planting is 

best to ensure that the root system 

gets established while the soil keeps moist.

Harvesting Process

The man is picking the cherries from Coffee tree and begins harvesting process

It takes up to 4 years approximately for a coffee tree to bear fruit. 

That fruit, known better as cherries, when an unripe 

has green color but after some time it goes to a darker or brighter red. 


They can be hand-picked although 

it’s very hard and time-consuming. 

A farm is cleared after three pickings, 

as cherries mature at different rates. 


Of course, hand-picking is not the only option. 

In Brazil where a big amount of coffee is made, 

cherries are machine harvested.

Cherry Processing

Cherry processing method

The final product is the coffee beans themselves, 

carefully protected by fruity pulp 

(pulp is not removed completely during pre-processing). 


It can be easily seen that they are not ready to be eaten 

or used in any other way. 

They need further processing to achieve 

their final form and color (light brown, almost white).

The processing of coffee cherries consists of 4 stages: 

de-pulping, fermentation, drying, and milling


In order to reduce environmental impact as much as possible, 

some producers do a combination of the wet and dry processes 

which reduces transportation costs.


Processing Coffee Using Dry Method 

Usually, in areas where there’s a lack of water, 

this process is very representative. 

This is one of the ancient methods of processing 

coffee beans or so-called cherries. 


A different name for it is an unwashed 

or natural method of processing. 

It is very typical for people who have small farms 

and produce coffee this way.


On a large surface, beans are spread out and 

exposed to the sun to dry out for 15 to 20 days. 

They should be placed in a way that 

the air can circulate from all sides of each berry. 


From time to time they should be turned 

and raked so fermentation is avoided. 

It usually takes a few weeks until the process is over, 

but that mostly depends on the weather. 

In this phase, the surface of cherries is dried out 

and has become black. 

This is making outer skin removal much easier.


Processing Coffee Using Wet Method 

This method is called wet because 

We use water throughout the process. 

Compared to the dry method, this one is pretty new. 

It involves the same process of cleaning and 

picking the cherries as in the previous one. 


Then, the beans or cherries are put in the pulping machine 

that removes the skin from cherries 

without damaging it. 

They are hand-picked, 

and these beans usually produce a lower quality coffee.


The process lasts roughly 24 hours. 

After desolvation, 

it is repeatedly washed 

so that no sticky residue remains. 

The beans are now put out in the sun

to dry out for a day or two. 

The Tasting Process

The tasting process sounds like a lot of fun. And it is. 

It helps us to tell which form is the coffee. 

All you have to do is take the coffee back to the mouth

And identify the flavor. 

Sounds like vine tasting, right?

Roasting Process

Coffee beans in the machine, going through roasting process

The coffee roasting process,

Is the process of where the green beans

Become browni-ish, smelly ones. 


In order to prevent coffee beans from burning,

the green beans must be continuously turned.

When the first crack on the bean appears, 

It doubles its size while the color is turning into a light brown. 


The aroma and the taste of coffee we get

is thanks to this process, better known as pyrolysis.

The coffee can be light or medium roasted,

or it can continue with the process and obtain dark roasting coffee.

Coffee Grinding Process


When all the above steps are over,

It’s time for the grinding process.

This process mainly depends

on the type of coffee brewer. 


It will determine how fine or coarse the coffee should be ground.

So, in order for the coffee to release its flavors,

it must be ground to a certain degree.

After using your favorite coffee machine,

Your cup of happiness is ready to be drunk.

What is Spanish Coffee Culture like?

Spanish Coffee Culture:Torrefacto

What is “torrefacto”? 

Mezcla, torrefacto …

how do we even pronounce these words?

 

Since we wanted to decode these two,

we’ve decided to dig into the Spanish coffee culture

and see what it is all about.

Buckle up, because we are going to Spain.

 

 

When we say Spain, 

what are the things that come to your mind?

La Siesta? 

Flamenco?

Antoni Gaudí?

Ibiza Parties? 

Sangria?

 

Sangria - Spain Coffee Culture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’d need the whole day to write about Spain 

and all of the things you can eat,

visit and experience in this Mediterranean country

and we will take that day

because Spain deserves more people talking about its beauty.

 

 

We are here for something else called Spanish Coffee Culture.

Maybe it’s nothing compared to the Italian Coffee Culture 

but don’ underestimate the Spanish one.

 

Spaniards love their cup of coffee anytime of the day.

 

If you’d like only coffee for breakfast then move to Spain.

Coffee breakfast sounds fun.

First, let’s learn what mezcla and torrefacto are. 

 

Torrefacto is the way you ground your beans. 

 

A certain amount of sugar is added to the bean during roasting 

(no more than 15% of the total). 

 

During roasting, the coffee beans

reach temperatures as high as 200°C (392°F)

which enables the sugar in the beans

to caramelize and stick to the beans,

which give them their unique color.

 

In case you were wondering who brought torrefacto to Spain,

we made sure we had the answer for you.

His name is José Gómez Tejedor. 

 

Somewhere online, we can’t unfortunately find it where right now,

we read that he is the reason why coffee in Spain is bad.

This made us giggle. 

We are sure it can’t be that bad.

 

Remember, it’s not better or worse, just different.

 

Since the torrefacto has its distinctive flavor 

you may not like it at first,

that’s why they sell 50% natural. 50% torrefacto.

 

What is mezcla?

This is called the mixture or mezcla.

You can find both of these in bars in Spain,

depending on a city, a bar and their policy.

 

 

Usually, you do have a choice between

sugar and non sugar coated beans. 

What we recommend is to do a research on cafes that offer mezcla,

if you are not a fan of torrefacto.

 

 

Do you want to 

order coffee in Spanish?

Spanish Coffee Types

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, you want to visit Spain, 

you’ve been learning Español for too long now,

and it’s time to visit it, right?

 

 

You are excited, you go to a cafe somewhere in Madrid 

and want to use the phrase

you’ve learned un café por favor 

and the waiter (el camarero)

brought you a café con leche 

and you totaly had café americano in mind.

 

 

If you’d like to get the coffee you really want

in a Spanish cafe, please make sure you learn the names.

It’ll make your stay much easier, trust us.

Nothing bad will happen but why not prepare in advance.

 

For example café con leche is prepared with 

equal parts espresso and milk. 

It can be served with both cold and warm milk, your choice.

 

If you’re in a bit of a hurry 

and can’t wait for the steamed milk to cool,

you can ask for leche fría o leche templada (cold or lukewarm milk).

 

 

If you’d like a quick espresso, order your café solo and enjoy.

 

Feeling hot during the sunny days in Spain 

and you are craving coffee?

This sounds like a good tagline for the spanish coffee type 

called café con hielo.

Let’s translate it as iced coffee.

 

 

What if we forgot about coffee 

and milk for a second and told you that Spaniards
 
have coffee they mix with rum, whisky or brandy?
 
It reminds us of caffee corretto but this one’s called Carajillo.
 
 
 
Anyhow, visiting Spain can be one of the best decision you can ever make.
 
You can find restaurants, cafes, bars on every corner
 
and enjoy any coffee type you’d like with your friends.
 
It’s all about taking your time with it, enjoying every sip and connecting.

 
 

 
 

The Latest Coffee Trends in The Year of 2021

Healthy Coffee and some traditional sweets as Coffee Trends in 2021

Living in a time of pandemics

surely made crowded coffee shop scenes quite different. 

It’s almost impossible to see people casually having a small talk

over a cup of coffee in their favorite cafe or

just some students hanging around during break time. 

 

But, one thing for sure didn’t change. 

It’s our love for coffee that might even grow bigger in the time of Covid-19.

Our habits have changed, and so does the coffee world. 

 

The market is constantly renewing brewing appliances, 

combining different flavors while trying to satisfy the preferences of consumers.

 

So, what can we expect to be changed

with our favorite caffeinated drink in the world today?

Well, bucket your seat belt,

grab your favorite cup of coffee, 

and let’s dive into the latest coffee trend in the year 2021.

 

Healthy Coffee Drinks

 

Different types of healthy coffee drinks

 

Being healthy never runs out of style. 

Right now it’s very well-known

that coffee has a lot of health benefits.

 

If you don’t trust us, 

the study that was recently conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health can back us up. 

Some people think that despite the benefits, 

like reducing the risk of developing type two diabetes,

coffee can be unhealthy. 

 

And that can also be true. 

Okay, now you are probably confused,

but let us explain. 

 

If we add sugar, cream, milk, different flavors, 

and ingredients to each cup of coffee that we drink on a daily basis, 

how many health benefits can we get? 

 

All of these additives have a high percentage of fat, 

sugar, and cholesterol, 

each of which can be detrimental to health

when consumed excessively.

 

But life during the pandemic has collectively “forced” us all

to take care of our health.

Thus, healthy coffee drinks are the main trend in 2021.

 

All these caffeinated drinks contain healthy additives

and are made from unadulterated organic coffee. 

 

They are usually made from ingredients like

rice, oat, or almond milk, 

ground cacao beans, cocoa, and matcha powder,

vitamin C, and cinnamon. 

 

The most amazing thing is that some 

even add collagen to your little cup of happiness. 

Yes, your coffee can contain a protein 

that is recommended for the health of your skin, bones, nails, and hair. 

 

Therefore your morning beverage of joy 

will not only wake you up and fill you with energy but 

improve your looks and keep your body healthy! 

 

Different Coffee Flavours

 

Coffee recipes are always welcomed, 

in particular those that feature international flavors. 

 

During the time of the pandemic, 

many of them have traveled all around the world 

and launched a new trend. 

 

The Dalgona Coffee Trend

 

Dalgona Coffee on a coaster

 

The popularity of this Korean beverage 

is all thanks to the popular social media platform, Tik Tok.

 

In March last year, it spread worldwide for less than eight months. 

Dalgona coffee is very simple

 yet very rich in flavor.

It contains only four ingredients which are: 

instant coffee, milk, water, and sugar. 

 

What makes this coffee so popular is its alluring appearance.

It looks very creamy because of the fluffy whipped ingredients 

that are floating on the iced milk. 

 

But this trend didn’t stop here. 

A lot of tiktokers tried different types of Dalgona 

by using different flavors. 

 

They used ingredients like 

pumpkin spice – perfect for the upcoming month October, right? 

But also liqueurs, gelato, and chai

 

Snapchilled Coffee or Flash Brew Coffee

 

The popularity of cold-brew and iced coffee has grown in recent years, 

perhaps as a result of our warming planet. 

 

One of the trends in the year 2021, 

was exactly the snap chilled coffee,

for all those cold brew coffee lovers. 

 

It’s freshly brewed, hence the name, 

and then chilled quickly. 

MIT alumnus David Dussault 

invented the process of snap chilling. 

 

The process he came up with reduced the temperature 

of drinkable coffee from a very hot state 

to an incredibly cold state within a few minutes.

 

Since hot water extracted the coffee, 

it is more aromatic than cold brew, 

and in comparison to iced coffee,

it does not require dilution with ice.

 

There is no doubt that snapchilled coffee is 

significantly better than cold brew. 

It extracts more flavor from the beans, 

resulting in a smoother and less acidic brew.

 

Turkish Coffee

 

Traditional Turkish coffee served in traditional coffee cups

 

Turkish coffee has been really popular 

in the last century all over the Balkan countries. 

 

The coffee is made from finely ground beans 

that are dissolved in water. 

It has a very rich flavor, and it’s served in a very special

and traditional Turkish way – in small 2-2.5 fl. oz. cups. 

 

In order to counteract the overly extracted flavor of Turkish coffee, 

one may consume some Turkish delight.

 

Vietnamese Coffee

 

Did you know that Vietnam 

is the second biggest coffee exporter in the world? 

That’s right, so no wonder why Vietnamese coffee

is on our trending list. 

 

Most of its coffee is made from robusta beans 

which are popular for their high content in caffeine, 

resulting in a thicker mouthfeel.

 

What’s most interesting about Vietnamese coffee is its preparation. 

The methods are called ca phe trung or egg coffee, 

and ca phe sua da – coffee milk iced. 

 

Ca phe trung is rich robusta coffee accompanied by 

a fluffy meringue made from sweetened condensed milk 

and whipped egg yolks.

 

Ca phe sua da or Vietnamese iced coffee is made simply by 

adding a thin layer of sweetened condensed milk to a cup, 

combine with roughly 2 oz. of robusta coffee beans and brew it.

 

Coffee Machines

 

Bean-to-cup coffee machine - coffee pouring

 

Coffee Machines have been popular for a while, 

but since the pandemic they’ve taken a longer-term hold. 

And why not?

 

They are convenient, easy to use, 

plus if we go for bean-to-cup machines, 

we are getting freshly brewed coffee

in the comfort of our own home or office. 

 

If you go with capsule machines,

There are different flavors available almost everywhere, 

 

While your favorite cup of coffee is just a click away. 

Pods come with the convenience of a prefilled pod and 

deliver a decent brew that consumers enjoy.

 

These compact machines are getting more and

more popular in the market, 

just because they can provide diverse and 

fresh beverage choices without the hassle of visiting a cafe.