Coffee Talk: How to Order Coffee Around the World - My Morning Cup

Coffee Talk: How to Order Coffee Around the World - My Morning Cup
From The Kitchn - November 15, 2017

Wherever in the world you are traveling, cafsold, majestic ones that illuminate nostalgic interiors and minimalist Fair Trade shrines where baristas explain the differences between their Kenyan and Rwandan roastsare the backbone of a great trip. Prime people-watching is always a draw, but so is the chance to delve deeper into a country's culture by savoring the coffee specialties (and irresistible desserts) beloved by locals.

Here's what a coffee break looks like in 17 different countries around the world.

Australia and New Zealand

What to order: Flat white

This Down Under phenomenon has become so intertwined with caf culture since its circa-1970s or '80s origins that it now even graces the menu of Starbucks. But what exactly is this not-quite-a-cappuccino, not-quite-a-latte beverage?

A clear-cut description invites abundant quibbling (as does the question of whether it was invented in Australia or New Zealand), although many would agree that a flat white entails the following: steamed milk folded into a double shot of espresso (caffeine junkies, rejoice) and capped off with a thin, velvety, barely-can-tell-it's-a-layer of micro-foam.

Less creamy than its more familiar cousins, it's the ideal companion to that other a.m. Aussie sensation: avocado toast.


What to order: Einspnner

If you find yourself sitting in a gilded Viennese caf, there are numerous coffee concoctions to wash down that slice of must-do Sacher torte. One of the most popular, no matter the time of day, is the Wiener Melange. Served in a large cup, it pairs a shot of espressoJulius Meinl is one of the country's most well-known brandswith steamed milk and a light blanket of foam.

But might I suggest something slightly more decadent? If you are too full for yet another slab of apfelstrudel, the hot-and-cold Einspnner is a fitting liquid alternative to dessert. Named for the one-horse carriage that glided through the streets of 19th-century Vienna, this double espresso is stretched with water, topped with whipped cream, and elegantly sipped from a glass with a handle.


What to order: Cafezinho

Brazil's single-origin beans are known for eliciting big flavor: Think full-bodied brews with sweet, chocolate notes. In other words, a little goes a long waywhich is why you will notice locals holding tiny cups filled with an intense but sweet shot of coffee.

This is the cafezinho which translates to "little coffee"and it's common practice for friends and colleagues to gather in a caf for a late-afternoon chat over a round of them. Try one with a brigadeiro, Brazil's famous chocolate truffle-like confection.


What to order: Cafe Cubano

In addition to rum and cigars, coffee is a vital part of life in this corner of the Caribbean (just as it is in the boisterous hangouts of Miami's Little Havana). The Caf Cubano, a sweet riff on the classic espresso, and a direct effect of the country importing Italian machines, is a dark roast spiked with sugar as it brews. When this potent espumita-topped shot flaunts sugar, it's a cafecito; with milk, a cortadito.

The best place to relish one is at the lively counter of a no-frills cafe where springing for the socially inspired colada, a big Styrofoam vessel of espresso shots accompanied by plastic cups, encourages making new friends.

Read more: A Guide to Ordering & Drinking Cuban Coffee


What to order: Caf crme

Ordering an oversized bowl of caf au lait and plunking your croissant into that smooth union of filtered coffee and milk is a dead giveaway that you are an American living out your French fantasies in Paris. So what to order if you do not want your coffee order to scream touriste? The caf crme. This go-to espresso-based drink has a large proportion of steamed milk that will also sate fans of the cappuccino, which is rarely ordered in Paris.

P.S.: Purists who revel in black coffee should go for the Caf Allong. Reminiscent of drip coffee, it's in limbo between espresso and Americano territory.


What to order: Frapp

The frosty frapp is a staple of Greece's vibrant caf scene, particularly in the summer when it appears on countless alfresco tables. A refreshing but powerful mix of instant coffeea Nescaf rep created it by accident in 1957 at the Thessaloniki International Fairwater, up to four teaspoons of sugar, and often, but not always, clouds of evaporated milk, it should be sucked up through a straw slowly to avoid otherwise inevitable jitters.





Sweden and Finland

Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Vietnam and Malaysia


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