Whether you’ve traveled extensively or not, you know the world is vast and different. People worship different Gods, have their own unique cuisine and diets, and either enjoy warm weather or crazy snow storms. However, if there’s one thing that’s common to all cultures, it is the love for a hot beverage.
They can be enjoyed at any time of the day, for pretty much any occasion. It can also be appreciated alone reading a book, or with a friend at a coffee shop. You can have it with your family at home or enjoy it in an intricate foreign ritual. The point is that each country and culture have their peculiarities and I’m here to tell you all about it!
1. Yerba Mate – Argentina
When you travel around the south of South America (mainly Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay) and see a group of people passing around and drinking from a weird looking vessel, you can bet they’re probably having some yerba mate – or chimarrão, in Portuguese.
The vessel is usually a calabash gourd and people use a metal straw to drink from it. The straw also works as a sieve since the dried tea leaves are loose inside the container. Each country has a different set of rules for their drinking ritual, so it’s important to learn them before taking part.
2. Coffee – Brazil
Coffee is enjoyed all over the world, but Brazil is the largest exporter. In the ‘90s, Brazil actually supplied 70% of the world’s coffee! Having said that, many people believe Brazilians “destroy” their coffee by making it too strong and too sweet.
Nowadays, you can find vastly different types of international coffee beans and even more interesting ways of drinking it. You can grind the beans yourself and use a French press, a classic Italian moka, an automatic coffeemaker (drip coffee), or even a single sock in an emergency!
3. English Breakfast Tea – United Kingdom
I should start by saying this lovely type of tea is drunk throughout the day, not only during breakfast! When I was a kid, I believed everybody in England stopped what they were doing for their 5 o’clock tea. That’s not the case, but the British do have afternoon tea, which is a charming tradition, with a selection of teas, cakes, and sandwiches.
If you’re ever making teas for a group of people, make sure you know what you’re doing! Each person takes it differently, be it strong, light, with a splash of milk, or sometimes even black with a slice of lemon. Rumor has it that bad tea ends friendships!