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
- 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
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.
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.