If you’re into coffee, chances are one of your first actions of the day is to brew a big pot of it. While many profess to love coffee, in truth, most people are stuck in a rut of how to prepare it, and simply stick to the most convenient method, even if it produces mediocre results.
Thankfully, we’re here to tell you that you don’t have to be stuck drinking boring old drip coffee for the rest of your life. Here are a few ideas from around the world that will help you step up your coffee game.
Espresso – Italy
If you’ve never tried espresso, now is the time! Espresso is brewed by forcing almost-boiling water through finely ground and compressed coffee. Espresso is found all over the world, but many people argue the best in the world is found in Rome, Italy – a country that has perfected the art of drinking coffee.
There are two cafes in Rome renowned for their espresso – Café Tazza D’Oro, and Caffe Sant Eustachio, which are both located right downtown, steps from the historic Pantheon. Belly up to the counter and plunk down your euros for a shot of liquid gold. Then get out of the way, because these cafes are always packed.
Franziskaner – Austria
While coffee culture in other parts of the world is about speed and convenience, drinking coffee in Austria is considered a leisurely pastime. Austria has many coffee houses which are famous for both the quality of their coffee, and their relaxing atmosphere.
There are plenty of unique coffee beverages in Austria, but one of the most uniquely Austrian is the Franziskaner (Franciscan Monk). It’s a single espresso served with both warmed milk and whipped cream. To feel fully Austrian, drink it accompanied by a thick slice of sachertorte, while leisurely flicking through a newspaper.
Ca Phe Sua Da – Vietnam
Ca phe sua da is Vietnam’s answer to coffee drinking in the hot summer months, and it is so popular that it even comes with its own brewing contraption.
A tiny pot of ground coffee is prepared and brought to the customer, along with a carafe of hot water and a large cup with sweetened condensed milk (and ice, if it’s summer) at the bottom. The customer then places the pot on top of the cup, and pours the water over the grounds. The thick coffee drips into the sweetened condensed milk and makes an intensely sweet drink.