How People Drink Coffee Around the World Compared to Portland Coffee Culture
Portlanders love their coffee hot, fresh, and as local as it comes. Portland coffee culture is rich with independent roasters and cafes offering fresh, locally roasted coffee for seasoned Portlanders, new-comers, travelers, and businesses alike.
In Portland, we love espresso, Americanos, and lattes brewed with beans from around the world and roasted in our own backyard. The Portland coffee culture is proud of locally roasted coffees and happy to support small business.
But how do people around the world enjoy their coffee compared to Portlanders? Here’s a taste of how five other continents enjoys their coffee in similar or different ways.
South America – Brazil
Coffee to Brazilians is like tea to the English. They enjoy coffee at every meal including breaks throughout the day. Though Brazilians may differ on how they like their coffee, many prefer black, scalding hot coffee, the stronger the better.
The locals prefer a drink called “cafezinho” which is plain coffee served in a small cup. “Media” is the Brazilian version of a latte and their cappuccino is similar to a typical cappuccino, but they add more flavors like chocolate, peanut flour, or orange peel.
Keep in mind, the sizes in Brazil differ greatly from sizes in the U.S. In fact, large coffees as we know them don’t exist. The largest coffee you can order is the size of our small coffee and the smallest coffee available is a 2-3 ounce cup which is basically a shot of espresso.
Europe – The Netherlands
According to this article, the Netherlands drink more coffee than any other country in the world at 2.4 cups a day. More than double the U.S. average!
If you visit The Netherlands, you’ll want to try their “bakkie troost” which literally translates to “cup of comfort”. You’ll quickly see why when you discover a bakkie troost is a black cup of coffee served with a delightful spice cookie. If lattes are more your flavor, order a “koffie verkeerd” which translates to “coffee wrong”. We hear you loud and clear Netherlands, you like your coffee black!
Africa – Ethiopia
Perhaps you’ve heard of Ethiopian coffee roasts, so it’s no surprise that Ethiopia knows their coffee. What may surprise you is how they drink it. Instead of serving coffee with milk and sugar, Ethiopians in the countryside serve their coffee with salt and butter.
Word to the wise, if you’re invited into someone’s home in Ethiopia for a coffee ceremony, come prepared to stay awhile. A coffee ceremony can last a few hours and involves roasting and grinding the beans, brewing, straining, and serving the coffee. Don’t think you can stay for just one cup. According to the ceremony ritual, you must stay and enjoy until you’ve had the third cup called “bereka” which is considered a blessing.
Australia and New Zealand
Originating in New Zealand and popular in Australia, our friends down under prefer what they refer to as a “flat white” coffee drink. A flat white is similar to a condensed latte with one or two shots of espresso, less steamed milk than a regular latte, and topped with foam. Next time you’re at a coffee shop, order a flat white and see if your barista is familiar with coffee from the land down under.
Asia – China
Coffee in Hong Kong is given its own twist. The Chinese prefer what they call a “yuanyang” which combines three parts coffee and seven parts tea milk. A proper yuanyang has a strong blend of black tea filtered through a fabric bag looking strikingly similar to pantyhose (giving it the nickname “silk stocking tea”). You’ll find this unique beverage served by vendors on the street and in many restaurants around Hong Kong.
What makes Portland coffee culture special to you? Let us know how you like your coffee by leaving a comment or stopping by either of our two locations. At World Cup Coffee, we love fueling Portlanders with fresh, locally roasted coffee beans from farms around the world.