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.

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.

 

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. 

 

 

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.

 

 
 

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.

 
 

 
 

Coffee Culture in Vienna

Coffee Culture in Vienna

Viennese CoffeeHouse Culture is today part of UNESCO 

as an intangible cultural heritage since 2011.

 

We wanted to start off our article

about the Viennese Coffee Culture

by stating this very important fact.

 

 

Although Vienna wasn’t the first city in Europe

to open a coffee shop, 

coffee drinking has become an art form 

and their coffeehouses are charming.

 

 

We’ve been meaning to ask you 

if you have ever wanted to order your cappuccino, 

sit at a coffee table for hours and just do nothing but

sip on your coffee and read newspapers for free?

 

 

Well, Viennese coffee houses are the perfect place to do just that.

That’s right.

In contrast to other cafe traditions, 

it is completely normal for a customer to 

linger for hours reading the newspaper.

 

The waiter will serve a glass of cold tap water along with the coffee 

and during a long stay, will bring additional water without being asked, 

with the idea of showing the guest exceptional attention.

 

 

Students do their studying, tutors their tutoring, 

writers their writing in coffeehouses. 

You can play chess, cards or billiards.

 

 

Austrian Coffee Legend

 

A legend goes around in this city about how coffee came to be.

In 1683, the Polish-Habsburg army drove Turkish invaders from this town.

They left behind sacks of the small brown bean. 

 

 

Initially, the army intended to burn the bags 

because they were mistaken for camel feed.

However, Polish King Jan III Sobieski

passed those beans on to a police officer 

named Jerzy Franciszek Kulczycki. 

 

 

Kulczycki began experimenting with the pellets, 

adding milk and sugar, 

and gave birth to the country’s premier beverage. 

Soon after, he opened Vienna’s first coffee house.

This is a very nice legend, isn’t it?

 

When was the first coffeehouse actually opened?

 

 

Johann Diodato was granted the privilege 

of serving coffee in Vienna in 1685.

Johannes opened the very first coffee shop in Vienna, 

and coffee drinking soon became a habit throughout Europe.

 

Cafe Landtmann in Vienna Austria

 We’ve done our research on best coffee shops in Vienna and 

we’ve discovered that if you want to feel like a true king,

a coffeehouse called Landtmann can give you that experience.

 

It’s just like sitting in your living room.

This is what they said about the coffeehouse – 

“We simply love the charm of our unique heritage-protected 

Viennese coffee house, which dates all the way back to 1873. 

However, we also make sure to keep pace 

with the times and are always open to new things”.

 

Cafe Central in Vienna

 

Another kaffeehaus (coffee house) in Vienna

 worth visiting is Cafe Central.

 
Their tagline caught our eye.
 
There are coffeehouses
and there’s Café Central.
 

The psychoanalyst Freud, used to sip on his coffee in Cafe Central, 

even Adolf Hitler.

Just one quick tip. 

You’ll need to armor youself with patience,

because the lines are crazy, but so worthwhile.

 

So, right after taking a tour around The Hofburg Palace, 

go experience Cafe Central’s daily excellent selection of cakes and coffee.
 

The third cafe we’d like to mention is called Cafe Fraunhuber.

 

Cafe Frauenhuber (Oldest Cafe in Vienna)

 

In case you’d like to visit the place where

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven

played their divine music this is the cafe for you.

 

What kind of coffee do people in Vienna drink?

 

 

For us, kleiner schwarzer please. 

Sorry, do you speak German?

We don’t either but we know it means a single espresso.

 

We almost decided to finish the article 

without first mentioning Melange.

 

This type of coffee is an espresso with steamed milk,

topped with a little foam,

 

which sounds a lot like a cappuccino.

 

Melange is the most popular coffee beverage in Vienna, Austria.

If you really want to relax, 

all you need is a melange in a Viennese café 

and your reading glasses.

 

 

Coffee Culture in Sweden: Fika

Swedish Coffee Culture

Coffee History in Sweden

Let’s dive into the Swedish Coffee History.

Swedish Coffee History

 

Coffee first entered Sweden in 1674 and it wasn’t widely used until the 18th century

when the wealthy started drinking it.

An edict against coffee and tea was issued in 1746

because of the misuse and excesses of tea and coffee drinking.

 

The ban did not stop its consumption, however.

Gustav III (Swedish King) therefore decided to do an experiment to prove the negative coffee effects.

 

Coffee experiment in Sweden – “The first Swedish clinical trial”

Coffee Experiment in Sweden

 

The Swedish King Gustav chose two identical twins and did a study.

Each of the twins was tried for the crimes they committed and condemned to death. 

 

Both the brothers’ sentences were commuted to life imprisonment on condition 

that one would drink  three pots of coffee daily, 

and the other would drink tea daily for the rest of their lives.

 

Initially, two physicians were assigned to supervise the experiment 

and report the results to the king. 

 

What were the results of the coffee experiment in Sweden?

 

Both doctors died before the experiment was over, probably from natural causes.

Gustav III also died before seeing the results.

The tea drinker died first, at age 83 and the coffee drinker’s death date is unknown.

 

Later on, they tried to ban the coffee once again.

Since 1820 when the ban was lifted coffee became a dominant beverage in Sweden.

It’s now a country with one of the highest per capita coffee consumption rates.

 

Let’s go and Fika!

Fika is a coffee ritual in Sweden.

 

We all deserve a coffee break, but Swedish people are actually taking them.

Many Swedish firms have mandatory fika breaks

and employees are given free hot drinks. 

We believe this should be done everywhere around the world.

 

What does Fika mean?

 

Fika is often roughly translated to “a coffee and cake break” 

but it’s much more than that. 

Of course, we can’t help but wonder if these regular coffee chats actually help 

with productivity.

 

Sweden’s likely realized that working long hours without meaningful breaks 

isn’t healthy and it doesn’t lead to more productivity. 

They see this time as a chance to chat and relax with their colleagues. 

 

Plus, we all know that beautiful ideas can be born over a cup of coffee.

Fika is a ritual. It’s a way of life and time to pause.

It’s more about socializing than drinking the actual kaffi ( Swedish word for coffee).

 

What coffee do Swedes drink?

 

A very common method of coffee preparation in Sweden is called kokkaffe 

which is boiled coffee.

It’s very simple to make. 

Put a heaped teaspoon of coffee per person in the pan,

add cold water per person and bring the mixture to a boil.

 

Once it’s boiled, remove it from the heat and strain through a filter into a cup.

Another coffee type they prefer is regular drip coffee. 

You can’t go wrong with this one.

What amazed us though while exploring Swedish Coffee Culture was the egg coffee.

 

Take a look at the egg coffee recipe:

  • 1 fresh egg
  • 1 to 1 ½ tbs of your preferred coffee, coarsely ground (similar to what you would use for a french press)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of ice-cold water (yes, that’s a total of 2 cups of water)
  • Sugar and milk to taste
  • Saucepan

We all love a breakfast with eggs and coffee 

but what about coffee and an egg in one?

 

This is one of the smoothest coffee you’ll ever drink

because it helps removes the tannins from it 

which makes it a lot less bitter. 

We’d love to know if you’d try it. 

 

Fika as a way of life

 

Unlike Americans who love to take their go to coffee or drink coffee and work,

Swedish people see coffee break 

as an opportunity to wind down and connect.

 

Let’s remember that we are human beings and not human doings from time to time.

Make a cup of coffee.

Invite your friend to a park.

 And go fika.

 
 

 
 

German Coffee Culture

Kaffeeklatsch is a social tradition in Germany

Apart from the beer, believe it or not, this is not everything Germans drink.

They’ve been loving their cup of joe since forever.

We can’t speak about Germany and its coffee culture 

without mentioning the word Kaffeeklatsch first.

 

It translates to coffee chatter. “Klatch” means gossip.

So when you combine the two it becomes

gossiping or chit-chatting over a cup of coffee.

 

The history behind this word is interesting.

Women were prohibited from sitting inside the coffee houses 

in most countries, except in Germany. 

 

German women visited coffee houses regularly

and started their own coffee clubs in order

to satisfy their social and coffee needs.

 

From time to time men would protest because

they didn’t really appreciate women gathering and gossiping over a cup of joe.

                         

Nevertheless, the term kaffeeklatsch was born.

 

Kaffee und Kuchen

 

KaffeeundKuchen 

To further explain the German Coffee Culture we need to mention Kaffee und Kuchen
  • Coffee and Cake.

It’s a social ritual in Germany. 

 

A chance to reunite with old friends,

grab a cup of coffee with colleagues, and a possibility for new friends to get acquainted.

It has been a ritual that gathers family and friends 

over a leisurely mid-afternoon pause from the everyday grind ever since.

Germans surely do enjoy their cup of coffee and they love to take their time drinking it

just like the French prefer it.

 

Here’s something you may like to know that we also found very interesting.

In 1908, Melitta filters and drip coffee were founded by a housewife in Minden, Germany.

She was in search of a better way to make a cleaner cup of coffee. 

 

So she punched holes in a brass pot and used a piece of paper

to create a two-part filtration system.

She put the pot on a cup, filled it with ground coffee and poured in hot water. 

The coffee filter and drip coffee were born.

 

Another mind blowing fact is that Germany is the second largest importer

of coffee in the world, after the U.S.A 

and they are also the largest coffee consumers.

Even the Italians are in 3rd place.

 

Coffee Types in Germany

 

Pharisäer Coffee in Germany

 

If you ever wanted to drink coffee and alcohol in one cup, 

Germans have it and it’s called Pharisäer Kaffee.

It’s a traditional beverage from northwestern Germany,

made with coffee, a bit of rum and a generous dose of whipped cream on top.

 

Another one Germans enjoy is Eiskaffee.

Eiskaffee Coffee Type in Germany

This German-style ice coffee is a combination of chilled brewed coffee and ice cream.

It is usually made with an extended espresso and a scoop of vanilla ice cream,

and though it is not sweetened, it can incorporate a splash of rum.

It is usually served with a straw and a spoon in a tall glass.

 

 

The third option is called Caffè crema.

In Germany, it is used as a default type of black coffee,

known as “Café Crème” or simply “Kaffee”. 

 

Many people think that Caffé crema is made of different coffee beans,

when in fact, it is the brewing process that makes it different from other coffees.

The term “Caffè crema” was originally used to refer to espresso,

but since the 1980s it has been referred to as an espresso that is longer.

 

All in all, Germany is a beautiful country with a long history and a rich culture.

You can find very aesthetically pleasing coffee shops in Germany

where you can enjoy your Eiskaffe on a hot day and take a moment to pause.

 
 
 

 
 

 
 

Coffee Culture in Thailand: Kafae Boran

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Choosing Thailand as your next travel destination 

is going to be the best one you could ever make.

Thai cuisine is going to steal your heart, 

as well as its rich architectural history

and breathtaking beaches.

 

 

We are pretty sure though if you were asked to talk about Thailand,

the fact that this country is a specialty coffee producing country

wouldn’t even cross your mind.

 

 

The interesting fact is that the average age of coffee producers 

in Thailand are between the ages of 25 and 35.

Working in farming provides better prospects 

than attaining a PhD degree

and this is not something we usually see in the world today.

 

May I have a cup of Kafae Boran?

 

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Kafea boran is a traditional Thai coffee. 

It is a very strong coffee, most often made with only Robusta beans 

and served with sweetened, condensed milk.

It was developed during WW2 as an answer to the expensive coffee. 

 

At 20 baht ($0.60), it’s no wonder it has been the standard for decades.

 

Note though that the Thai cafe culture is blooming and

you can of course find a latte and an espresso on the menus now.

Locals still make Kafae boran 

but you can’t leave Thailand without trying it,

 especially if you like your coffee sweet.

 

The traditional iced coffee

 is called Oliang

 

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“O” means black and “liang” means cold.

It’s a mixture of several other ingredients next to the coffee of course.

While recipes vary, the most common additives are corn, soy beans, 

cardamom, sesame seeds and rice.

 

The good thing is you could totally make Oliang at home, 

without having to go to Thailand, although it would be well worth it.

 

Chiang Mai is known as

the Coffee Capital of Thailand

 

Chiang Mai is known as the Coffee Capital of Thailand

 

 We are going to write about coffee culture in this beautiful city

but we can’t resist and say a few other things about 

the largest city in Northern Thailand. 

 

There are beautiful temples 

that must be visited at least once in a lifetime. 

Also, one of the best things you can do 

is visit an elephant sanctuary.

These elephants were saved from the tourism industry

or purchased when they were in poor health.

 

You can spend a full or half of a day playing with them and feeding them.

While, during the night, 

you shouldn’t miss the shopping moment at the bazaars.

 

Chiang Mai Coffee

 

Did you know though, that Chiang Mai coffee

is among the best coffee in the world?

You can walk around this vibrant city literally not being able to find 

one single bad cafe serving bad coffee.

 

In case you are ever in Chiang Mai, make sure you visit 

one of the coffee plantations called Doi Chang. 

 

Doi Chang Coffee in Thailand

 

Doi Chang village is situated in the northern highlands

of Chiang Rai Province.

Over the past twenty years, 

the villagers have been cultivating excellent coffee.

 

Doi Chang was given coffee plants to start growing

on their land in place of opium, 

and due to the area’s higher elevations 

and cooler temperatures, coffee began to flourish. 

 

For years, the tribes around Doi Chang grew organic coffee, 

but they also were forced to

sell their high quality beans to third parties 

who didn’t do their coffee justice

by mixing it with lesser quality beans 

and selling it as generic coffee. 

 

 

After growing coffee for over 20 years,

the heads of Doi Chang decided to 

form their own alliance 

and sell their high quality coffee themselves, 

calling it Doi Chaang Coffee.

 

While doing the research, 

we came across this video where you can get a feeling

of what Thailand Coffee Culture 

represents and how much it means to their people.

 

From serving traditional coffee to being third in Asia 

for coffee producing Thailand has come a long way from

its very start until this age.

 

 

Known for its emphasis on organic and fair trade practices,

this region has produced some extraordinary coffee.

After reading the article, we hope that now when you think of Thailand,

you’ll also think of coffee.

 
 

 
 

 
 

Coffee Culture in Australia: Coffee and Art

Melbourne Coffee Culture

Australia’s obsession 

with coffee

 

Unlike the French Coffee Culture where it’s not at all

about the coffee quality itself,

Aussies care about the taste of their coffee. 

 

This is why Australian Coffee Culture is considered

one of the most advanced in the world.

By watching an interview with a coffee shop owner in Australia

we found out that she has never seen 

one single Australian who doesn’t drink coffee.

 

It is not just any coffee; it is high-quality coffee.

 

This is one of the reasons Starbucks didn’t make it in Australia.

In 2008, Starbucks closed more than 2/3 of its stores on this continent.

This Seattle’s Coffeehouse Chain simply didn’t adjust to the culture.

 

Australia’s coffee culture is deeply rooted in its people’s culture

and is something they take great pride in making.

No wonder why people in Melbourne

when stopped on the street and asked about

their experience with coffee said such nice things about it.

You can see what they said in the video below.

How did coffee arrive in Australia?

Thanks to the European immigrants coffee made its way into Australia.

The first commercial espresso machine

was installed in Café FlorentinoBourke Street Melbourne in 1928.

Not long after, coffee machines made their way over to Sydney

and the coffee movement slowly started to infiltrate society.

Italians’ steam-powered coffee machines were the real deal.

 

Italians and Greek immigrants are the ones responsible

for bringing espresso shots to Australia,

and more specifically to Melbourne.

Italian immigrants in Australia 

had a strong sense of “café culture” from their homeland. 

 

The custom of enjoying a cup of coffee 

while relaxing in a café originated here.

Another very famous café located in the Bourke Street in Melbourne 

is called Pellegrini Espresso Bar.

It’s described as “one of Melbourne’s most iconic destinations,

in a city that prides itself on coffee and fine food”.

Some people have been loyal customers for decades now.

Melbourne is known as a Capital of Coffe Culture

 
Melbourne Street Art

 

Melbourne has some of the world’s best street art 

and one of the popular laneways is Degraves Street. 

There are many coffee shops located here 

but the café we recommend is Cup of Truth

 

It’s literally a hole-in-the-wall but people love it. 

During the Coronavirus, the entire world was affected, 

and this small cafe was no exception.

Their coffee machine broke down in April 2020 

and the owners needed $30.000 to buy a new one.

A lot of people chipped in and Jon Freeman (the owner) said in tears

how he wasn’t aware of the immense love people have towards this cafe. 

 

There is a story about a guy from Australia ,

a girl from the U.S. and their different coffee experiences.

Ben’s traveled to the U.S. 

and he was complaining how he couldn’t find a proper cup of coffee

and he isn’t even a huge coffee lover.

 

Meaning, he wasn’t being picky,

simply looking for a nice cup of java.

His girlfriend didn’t quite understand his situation 

until she moved to Australia 

and took her first sip of coffee in Australia.

 

Now she gets him and she’s completely hooked on it.

Baristas are very professional and passionate about coffee in Australia. 

A lot of people who’ve visited this continent 

and tried the coffee can attest to it.

It’s time to introduce one of the most popular coffee types

that people enjoy drinking in Australia and it is flat white

 

aussie-flat-white-coffee

 

Some say it comes from Australia, others say it’s from New Zealand.

We wouldn’t like to get into that story in this blog,

but please learn what a famous flat white is.

 

How is flat white made?

 
This is a coffee drink made from espresso 

and milk with microfoam on top.
 
Steamed milk is gently infused with air to produce this microfoam. 

In this way, silky, bubble-filled milk is produced. 

In a perfectly made cup of coffee, 

air bubbles should be barely visible. 

Traditionally, it is only available in small sizes (5oz-6oz), 

much smaller than typical cappuccinos and lattes.

 

Latte in Australia has one shot for a small 

and 2 shots large but it’s normally

served in a transparent glass 

so that you can see the pretty milk foam and it has

about one centimeter of froth 

and having it more than one centimeter

will make it become a cappuccino and having it less than one 

will make it become a flat white.

 

Piccolo is espresso’s younger sister. 

It is made with one shot of espresso

topped off with steamed milk.

It’s like a small version of a latte as well, but they

have the same amount of coffee. 

It’s absolutely perfect coffee for those

who want to have a strong coffee

but doesnt want to drink too much milk.

 

Anyhow, any choice you make, you won’t regret them. 

Just don’t forget to enjoy your coffee.

Sure you can have your go-to cup of java

in case of a much needed hit of caffeine 

on your way to work because 

you snoozed your alarm clock 5 times this morning, yet-

– always try to make time to sit down,

 enjoy the world famous street art and a flat white.