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A great way to experience coffee culture in other countries is through travelling. Why not explore the world and see how other cultures approach coffee?
Try these amazing coffees from around Europe.
Also known as “espresso macchiato,” this is just what it sounds like; a cappuccino made with regular brewed espresso instead of espresso shots.
It was created in France and is now very popular there. Starbucks has done a lot for spreading the word about this cup of joe.
The best espresso with a dash of milk, which is served by baristas in Italy. Cappuccinos are usually quite strong. I’ve had some delicious ones at Cafe Allegria in Venice.
Café Americano/Café Latte (Sweden/France)
A latte is like an iced cappuccino or espresso with steamed milk. You can get them with or without foam – it’s your choice!
This is my favorite drink after dinner when I want something sweet and indulgent.
Cioccolata e Amaro (Sicily)
Cioccolatta is chocolate covered in a sticky caramel sauce. But what makes this drink unique is that amaretto is added to the milk for sweetness. Yum!!
Espresso con Panna (Italy)
The combination of espresso, cream, and eggs in Italian cooking is nothing new. It’s been around since the Middle Ages.
Some people say that this is a breakfast drink while others say it’s dessert. Either way, it tastes incredible.
Frappe de Nouvelle Cuisine (New Orleans)
New Orleans is famous for its beignets, but did you know they make an awesome frappe here too? This one is made with vanilla ice cream and has rum mixed in.
An espresso shot topped off with foamy hot milk.
This is most definitely my all-time favorite because it reminds me of childhood summers on my grandmother’s farm where we would sit on the porch drinking milk straight outta the cow.
Caffè Mocha (Italy)
Similar to a cappuccino, mochas only have half the amount of milk (or no milk at all!). Again, they also come with a bit more sugar than a cappuccino does.
My friend Simone said she prefers her caffè mojito over a cappuccino any day!
Coffee beans from Suriname are blended with coconut milk and then spiced up with cardamom pods and cinnamon sticks.
If you order this in a Dutch coffee shop, do ask for it sprinkled with sugar.
Leche E Nuez (Puerto Rico)
This Puerto Rican coffee is light like a milkshake. It consists of cold brew coffee blended with condensed milk and egg yolks.
Macchiato Verde (Argentina)
Green tea is a common addition to macchiatos, but in Argentina they use chai. Chai is a blend of black tea, ginger, cloves, cardamom, fennel seeds and other spices.
Moka Pot (Mozambique)
Moka pots were originally designed to make Indian chai. And then is considered to be the world’s first espresso machine. It looks similar to the Big Ben clock tower, only smaller.
Here, a stove top heats water which pours into a glass container called a ‘mokaroma’.
The heat concentrates the coffee grounds into a small ball, hence the name ‘Moka pot.’ To serve, simply add some milk and a dusting of powdered sugar.
Café au Lait (France)
Café Au Lait translates to coffee with milk. In France, it’s just plain old coffee. Moreover, no fancy recipe is required. Hence, you can even get this at Dunkin Donuts in the US.
A strong cup of hot chocolate made extra creamy with steamed milk. When ordering this in Italy make sure you specify what kind of foam you want your cappuccino with alto (high), medium (medium), and basso (low).
Latte Macchiato (USA)
There’s a reason why this drink became so popular in America. It combines two delicious drinks into one—a latte and a macchiato.
Moreover, Starbucks came up with this variation using its proprietary blend of coffee and milk. But if you don’t mind the slightly watered-down taste, you can find a great latte here in Brazil.
In conclusion, coffee has become such a part of the daily lives we often take it for granted. Whether it’s at home or work, we always seem to have a cup nearby.