I bought this mug when we went to Yosemite National Park last month on our road trip. I just love drinking my morning coffee, thinking about future adventures….
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Well folks, this is the 5th and final day of my coffee adventures around the world… just in time for the weekend! To read the whole article from MSNBC Itineraries, click here.
United States – Frappuccino
It’s funny to see what people (in this case MSNBC Itineraries) thinks is the quintessential all-American coffee drink. Starbucks, yes. But a frap? Weird. For anyone who doesn’t know (or any non-coffee drinkers out there), a frappuccino is a coffee-meets-milkshake concoction. Usually high in calories and not as much caffeine as your classic black cup of Joe, a frappuccino can be especially tasty on hot days in the summer.
Netherlands: Bakkie Troost
This my type of morning brew: black coffee served with a cookie!
Very sweet and very strong. Did you know that Brazil produces 1/3 of the world’s coffee beans?! Awesome!
Poland: Kawa Parzona
Ground coffee beans and water mixed right in your cup. No filter. I feel like this would be like drinking sandy water. Hmmm.
Japan: Kan Kohi
Two words: canned coffee. Usually from one of the 6 million vending machines in the country that will dispense a cold brew in the summer and hot brew in the winter.
Here’s to day 3 of my coffee guide around the world! Read MSNBC Itineraries’ article here.
Spain: Café Bombon
Espresso & condensed milk – usually in layers. Sounds pretty to look at but not my cup of tea…or coffee, rather.
Morocco: Café des Épices
Coffee mixed with a variety of Moroccan spices! Everything from cardamom to black pepper is mixed into the coffee, depending on the occasion (or mood of the brewer.)
France: Café au Lait
Coffee with LOTS of warm milk – usually for dunking baguettes. (I’d be more interested in the baguettes and breakfast pastries than the French coffee, but that’s just me.)
Pieces of reindeer- or cow-milk cheese in a cup of black coffee. Who would have thought that coffee and reindeer cheese go well together?
Ireland: Irish Coffee
Yes, just like we know it here in the states: hot coffee, sugar, Irish whiskey and whipped cream – the morning pick-me-up for college students!
Day 3 of my coffee guide around the world! Read MSNBC Itineraries’ article here.
Raw sugar + espresso-like shot = a good way to spend 75¢.
Indonesia: Kopi Luwak
*Disclaimer: This one is gross.* Civets (mammals native to Asia that looks like a cross between a cat, a weasel and a cheetah) eat coffee berries and then poop the coffee beans. Farmers sift through the crap to get the beans and then make your brew. Like it bold? Intestinal enzymes help make the beans smoother and give a richer taste. I think I’ll pass on coffee when we get to Indonesia.
Malaysia: Pak Kopi/Kopi Putih/Bai Ka-fe
This coffee is either roasted in palm oil margarine – a lighter roast- or traditional Malaysian coffee is roasted with sugar AND margarine – giving it a darker roast. (I think Paula Dean would approve).
It’s simple and no thrills: An espresso shot with a splash of milk.
Australia/New Zealand: Flat White
Coffee and steamed milk mixed together. But no frothy, bubbly foam, so it’s not a latté. (Even though it is made with “micro-foam” from the bottom of the steaming carafe.). Sounds like a latté to me, kiwis!
Day 2 of the caffeine guide! Read MSNBC Itineraries’ article here.
Turkey: Türk Kahvesi
Thick and dark, this will look more like mud than actual coffee. Yummy.
Hong Kong: Yuangyang
I’ve actually never had this drink any of the times I was in HK. It’s a combo of coffee and black tea with milk – talk about BUZZ!
This is just like those cheap frozen drinks you’ll see on a breakfast-chain menu in the states. Frozen, ultra sweet, high in calories and made with instant coffee. But if you choose this sweet concoction, do like the locals and get it like James Bond – shaken, not stirred.
Similar to New Orleans, this coffee is brewed with chicory (giving a rich depth to the taste) but is aerated before it’s served. Sounds delicious!
Vietnam: Ca Phe Sua Da
Hot water poured over a filter with coffee into a cup of sweetened condensed milk. Blah.
This week, I’m posting a series of “guides” each day to various coffee drinks and caffeinated beverages around the world. If you’re addicted to that morning jolt (I totally am) and to travel, this series will feature a handful of countries each day and a profile on their signature red-eye concoctions.
My favorite refreshments are water, beer and coffee. When traveling, clean water can usually be found (or made) one way or another and beer is always an enjoyable thirst-quencher – a great way to understand local culture. But coffee, good coffee, is not always easy to come by. Each country has a different interpretation of caffeine but below is a great article from MSNBC.com’s Itineraries called A Caffeine Addict’s Guide to the World. Here’s the skinny for today:
It should have a thick crema layer on top and you should drink it like a shot of vodka – one gulp… while standing, of course. You have to get the full experience.
Just like a cappuccino (espresso, milk, foam and whipped cream) and served with water so you cleanse your palette in between sips.
This is where coffee was “invented” and true to its roots, it’s served with salt and butter instead of sugar and milk.
Mexico: Café de Olla
This is a pre-sweetened beverage brewed with spices – cinnamon sticks and dark brown sugar.
Saudi Arabia: Kahwa
In traditional coffee shops (where women aren’t allowed – don’t get me started), you’ll find this bitter brew, infused with cardamom and served with sweet snacks. Ladies, if you want to enjoy this jolt, you’ll likely have to go to an upscale hotel in the capital.