A Quick Exciting Tour of the Coffee Culture and Ritual around the World

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Since the 1700s, coffee culture has been rapidly spreading all over Western Europe. The journey of this quintessential global beverage in different corners of the world has made substantial differences when it comes to the methods of preparation and consumption habits from one country to another. Let’s take a quick tour to learn more about the coffee culture of some countries.


The birthplace of your favorite espresso also paved way to the rise of coffee bars, with its roots traced back to the opening of the first of the Continent in Venice way back in 1645. Naples gets the credit of creating much of the modern character of coffee. Take a sip of espresso at a coffee bar in Italy and expect it to have the lightest hint of sugar, if there is any. Italy is also the home of a lot of major global coffee roasters and ranks 10th when it comes to world consumption.


Although espresso and other beverages based on espressos such as latte and cappuccino have become popular, brewed coffee remains as the king being enjoyed in large cups to match the Americans’ range in strength and taste preferences. The United States is very dramatic similar to the time of the day when coffee is best enjoyed: breakfast, dinner, and snack all will do. This is also the biggest coffee consuming nation of the world when it comes to absolute volume.


The Parisian cafes serve as the home for well-known intellectuals including Honore de Balzac and Voltaire during the 1600s and 1800s. Today, it is common to see Parisians who enjoy their brewed coffee with baguettes and croissants. The genuine coffee fans also love visiting roasteries. Long espressos are the norm in the North with more volume compared to the usual 30 ml standard.


Turkey is one of the very first stops by way of merchants from Syria who introduced coffee to Istanbul during the mid 1500s. From then on, coffee has been playing a key role in the society, religious life, hospitality, and politics of Turkey. Although there are no longer young ladies in harems judging the coffee preparation skills of an artisan, it is believed that enjoying coffee with another person in Turkey ensures friendship that can last for 40 years.


Japanese cities such as Tokyo are always in a big hurry. Here and all over Japan, coffee is considered as a form of energy drink, mainly consumed cold, bought in bottles or cans whether at coffee bars or from the ever present vending machines. However, the recent rise of European style restaurants and coffee bar chains is quickly bringing appreciation for the comfort, inspiration, invigoration, and joy of coffee served steaming hot.


Thanks to Turkey, coffee arrived in Vienna where most precious coffee bags were abandoned during the hasty retreat of the Turkish in 1683. The Viennese prepared coffee on their own, creating around 50 methods of coffee preparation usually accompanied by a newspaper and a cake slice.

The coffee culture is continuously growing and there are no signs that it will fade away anytime soon.