Coffee styles around the world

Coffee is universal, but different countries and cultures do tend to have different ways of drinking and appreciating it.


One good example of this is espresso coffee in Italy. Espresso is seen in Italy as the kind of coffee you drink when you don’t have a lot of time, and is usually sipped standing up in cafes. It is also a bad idea to order a cappuccino later on in the day when in Italy, as that particular kind of coffee is only appropriate to indulge in during the morning. A popular drink in Italy is the Espresso Romano, which consists of standard espresso and a slice of lemon.


Coffee is drunk daily by as many as a hundred and seven million Americans. Examples of unusual America-specific coffee drinking habits include the Café Breve, which consists of one part espresso, a half-part milk foam, and one part steamed and half and half (mixed milk and cream). Another interesting example is the Red Eye, which consists of one part regular drip coffee and one part espresso shot.


Coffee is usually drunk at breakfast time in Spain, which is the smallest meal of the day in this culture. Popular coffee styles here include the Café Bombon, which consists of 50% espresso and 50% condensed milk, and the Café Con Miel, which consists of cinnamon, honey, steamed milk and an espresso.


In the 18th century Portugal initiated coffee plantings in Brazil, making the country partly responsible for coffee’s universal appeal. One example of a popular coffee style in Portugal is the Galao, which consists of one part coffee and three parts foamed milk.

How do you take yours?