Coffee traditions vary from one country to the next. Coffee is enjoyed in many different ways throughout the world – we might think that some of the coffee traditions are a little unusual or strange, but for coffee drinkers the different parts of the world consider these to be the norm.
Coffee in the Gulf States
One of the aspects of Arabic life that impresses one the most is their warm and sincere hospitality, and the one single food that stands out the most (that is, if one could consider this a food) with which this could be expressed the most is coffee.
The coffee pot is forever present in Arab homes, and in today’s modern world coffee in Arabic households is usually prepared early in the day and kept hot in a flask ready and waiting for family and friends to partake in this delectable brew whenever they happen to pass by.
Drinking coffee in Turkey
Turkish coffee is prepared in small, long-handled pots that taper at the top which are called jezve. The purist (all Turkish coffee makers claim to be) will first grind the beans finely prior to brewing. Turkish brass mills are sold throughout this part of the world. Guests are asked whether they would like their coffee sade which means unsweetened, orta (moderately sweet) or sekerli (very sweet). Turkish coffee is made one cup at a time or three at the most.
Drinking coffee in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan
Coffee drinking is taken seriously in this part of the world. Every household has its own rawki which is a long-handled pot and a tabrini which is a brass coffee grinder. The best way to make a great impression on your coffee host is knowing the right “coffee talk”. Sugarless coffee is called murrah, mazboutah is semi-sweet coffee and hilweh is very sweet coffee.
Coffee in this region is traditionally served in cups that resemble bowls without handles. The rakwi is often made from brass materials with intricate decorations and the older versions have lids on the pots to keep the brew warm. The coffee grounds must not be left to settle as this is the secret of a good result.
It is a tradition to serve a tiny silver urn of rose water or orange blossom water with the coffee for individual palates.
Drinking coffee in Senegal
In Senegal Café Touba is traditional coffee that is enjoyed by most and made like drip coffee; it is flavoured with Guinea pepper and at times, cloves. Café Touba gets its interesting name from the holy city of Touba and was believed to have medicinal properties. Touba stands can be found on almost every street corner in Dakar and are fast gaining popularity in other African countries.
Drinking coffee in Vietnam
Vietnamese egg coffee is almost like drinking a dessert. In this version of coffee egg yolks and condensed milk are whisked together with sugar which results in an almost custard-like coating that makes this a delicious favourite amongst locals and visitors alike.
Robusta coffee beans are most often used to make delicious Cà Phê Trứng, which is traditionally strained through a stainless-steel Vietnamese coffee filter, then savoured either hot or cold.
Hot or cold, salty or sweet, black or white – the way you take your coffee is a personal choice – leave the borders and travel abroad to find new ways, every time, to drink coffee like a local.