The joys of coffee started with humble beginnings in the Ethiopian highlands, when a goat herder noticed that his goats became particularly energetic after eating a certain berry. Through colonization, trade, and religious missions, coffee beans have since been transported around the world and in doing so, many different cultures have found inspiration in the humble bean to develop their own unique beverages.
The Affogato suffers from a bit of an identity crisis, not knowing whether it should be a dessert or a drink! Here’s how to make it:
Ca phe trung is also known as Vietnamese egg coffee and it tastes much better than it sounds. Some tasters have described it as a “Cadbury Creme Egg with a hint of mocha” YUM.
Qahwa is simply the arabic word for “coffee”, but it is served in a unique fashion in this country. Green coffee beans are used to make a very weak brew and along with cardamom, a few other seasonings are regularly added including saffron, rose water, cinnamon and cloves. It is almost always served with dates or another sweet.
Cafe de Olla is a comforting beverage most often found in rural areas with cold climates. It is traditionally brewed in a clay pot. The distinct flavor of the drink comes from cinnamon and piloncillo, a traditional Mexican sugar. This can easily be replaced with brown sugar.
The story goes that the Pharisäer kaffee was invented because when a local pastor was very strict about the consumption of alcohol, parishioners spiked their coffee with rum and topped it with whipped cream to keep the rum aroma from wafting through the air to the pastor. This coffee is not meant to be stirred, but rather sipped through the whipped cream.
Next week we shall travel the world a little more to discover more wonderful ways to enjoy your favourite brew!