The humble cup of coffee - it's what gets most of us up and going in the morning and has a rich and varied history. You can experience a big part of the world through a strongly brewed cuppa that tells a story of its origins. So, make yourself a cup of coffee, enjoy this article and travel around the world with a coffee bean.
Austria: Wiener Melange
Similar to the humble cappuccino, it’s served as a double espresso topped with steaming milk and foam. Some versions even included an egg yolk with sugar and whipped cream.
Australia/New Zealand: Flat White
One of the most famous cups of coffee in the world hails from the land down under. It is prepared by pouring microfoam over a single or double shot of espresso.
The origin of this coffee is quite funny and hails back to a christening ceremony in the 19th century! Coffee, rum and whipped cream are layered and sipped – no mixing allowed!
Hong Kong: Yuanyang
Everyone has probably wondered what coffee and tea will taste like together? Well in Hong Kong it’s a popular beverage where coffee is mixed with milk tea. You can find it in most restaurants.
Ireland: Irish coffee
Who isn’t familiar with this kicker? Essentially it’s a cocktail consisting of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, stirred, and topped with thick cream. The coffee is drunk through the cream.
Italy: Espresso Romano
You don’t go on a coffee trip around the world without a stop in Rome. Here espressos are serious business and are sometimes serve with a slice of lemon served either on the side or on the rim of the glass.
Turkey: Turkish Coffee
Hardcore and strong comes to mind with this mix. Roasted and then finely ground coffee beans are boiled in a pot called a cezve, usually with sugar, and served in a cup where the grounds are allowed to settle.
Quick Coffee Facts:
First Use of Coffee: coffee was initially used for its medicinal purposes as early as the year 900. Read the history of coffee.
The Best Cuppa in the world: According to The Telegraph, it can be found right here on home soil. Truth Coffee Roasting in Cape Town has received this prestigious mention in 2015.
The Most Expensive Coffee in the World: Kopi Luwak can cost around R4000 for a kilogram. The beans used for this coffee must first pass through the digestive track of the Civet wildcat. However, "production" of this coffee bean has received harsh critique due to how coffee farmers are treating the animals.