Worldwide, coffee is the most consumed hot drink, with over 2 billion cups drunk every day. Initially it was born as ground coffee beans and consumed with hot water, but the phenomenon of coffee has grown over the years now the coffee variations are endless! In this article, we’ll take you on a journey across the world this summer, trying different coffee drinks, all from the comfort of your home!
Coffee and ice cream – the affogato al caffè italiano!
Let’s start with our beloved boot, Italy has been able to combine two of the most popular things to produce a truly tasty coffee affogato drink. Combine espresso and vanilla ice cream together and it has proved to be a favorite of many. The word itself says it, “affogato”, which is exactly what you have to do: drown the ice cream in the espresso and it’s really simple to prepare.
Just add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to a cold glass (this will help keep the ice cream frozen longer). Make a long espresso and pour it immediately over the ice cream. The combination of hot and cold is sure to tickle your taste buds!
The art of making coffee - the Turkish Kahve!
Turkish coffee is known all over the world especially for the way it is prepared. If you’ve ever wandered through the back streets of Turkey, you’ve surely come across many tea vendors displaying the art of making Turkish coffee. Normally Kahve is prepared in a traditional saucepan called ibrik, but if you don’t have one at home you can use a normal saucepan, it will be fine too.
For a perfect Kahve, you need to boil water and sugar together in a saucepan. Adding sugar at this stage is what makes Kahve different, it is never added at the end like regular hot drinks. Add freshly ground coffee and simmer gently over low heat until frothy. Pour the Kahve into your cup and if you want you can flavor it with a little cinnamon or cardamom powder, add the foam on top and then leave the drink for a few minutes to allow the coffee grounds to settle on the bottom.
Does coffee and charcoal seem strange to you? Indonesia doesn’t think so!
The Indonesian specialty called Kopi Joss involves adding charcoal to the coffee! The drink is said to have been discovered by a local Indonesian coffee vendor who decided to add the burning charcoal he used to boil the water to his drink, because he believed it would make him feel better and that’s where the famous drink! Small doses of charcoal are believed to help eliminate toxins from the body!
If you want to try it, heat a piece of charcoal on a barbecue or grill and let it burn. Make yourself some black coffee and then put the lump of coal in the coffee! Leave it in for a minute to let the charcoal cool down a bit. Then remove the charcoal with a spoon and then try the drink.
Coffee and cheese - don't discard this Swedish specialty until you've tried it!
This is a drink that we really struggled to understand, but it seems to be one of those things that you either love or hate. Kaffeost is a traditional Scandinavian drink in which cheese cubes are added to the coffee. The cheese then absorbs the liquid making them soft! It can be difficult to find this specific Finnish cheese in stores, so check out how it can be made at home.
Cow’s milk is curdled and hung in a cheesecloth for a few hours so that the water drains. The cheese is then placed on a baking sheet and placed in the oven to cook until golden brown. You cut the cheese into cubes and put a couple of them in a cup. Pour hot coffee over it and try this drink. It is a drink that must be tried!
Hopefully this has taken you on a global coffee journey and given you ideas on how to try new coffee drinks.
Hot drinks can really help you cool off in the heat. Maybe start with a cup of your usual coffee and then go on an adventure.