Coffee Drinking Traditions Around the World

Despite the fact that the coffee plant was first discovered in Ethiopia many centuries ago when people weren’t nearly as mobile as today, the famous drink known as coffee spread quickly throughout the Arabian Peninsula, and then to the Balkans, Europe and rest of the world. This “magical beverage”, as the Turkish ambassador described it to the French in the 17th century, gained popularity and became a vital part of the social culture. Soon coffee houses were opening all around the world where people could come and read a book, discuss literature, chat and enjoy the drink’s lovely aroma.

Over time, many countries intertwined this world-known beverage with their cultures, but every one of them developed its own coffee etiquette for brewing and consumption. You would be surprised by how many different methods of coffee consumption exist all around the world. The same drink, yet totally different experience. When you are in Turkey, you should order black Turkish coffee after the meal. You will even get a small dessert, since their coffee is served with a Turkish candy. Italians also drink coffee after meals, but be careful and do not order espresso for to go, because it is considered to be rude in many places. French on the other hand like drinking their morning coffee while eating croissant for breakfast.

This infographic on coffee etiquette around the world will give you an insight into the coffee drinking culture of several countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and America. It is a guide for all coffee aficionados who want to enjoy this savory drink just as the locals do and experience all the transformations that coffee went through.

Coffee Etiquette Around the World
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