Whether it’s the French press or the drip, coffee is brewed in many ways. Each method is unique and contributes to the overall look, aroma and taste of the coffee. However, preparing coffee is more than just a step closer to drinking one.
For other countries around the world, preparing coffee is an esteemed ceremony similar to that of the Japanese tea making ceremony. One would also find that preparing the famous bitter concoction is done with less complicated ways.
Catch a glimpse of how the rest of our coffee drinking brethren around the world prepare their typical cup of coffee.
Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
Famously known as the birthplace of coffee, coffee was first discovered by a goat herder who noticed his herd’s strange behavior after consuming the beans of the coffea plant. Coffee making is an elaborate ceremony and is mostly prepared by women.
Incense, preferably frankincense, is burned while the coffee is roasted over a brazier. Once done, the beans are grinded using a mortar and pestle. Soon after, water is added with the beans and boiled in a round bottomed, long necked clay pot called a jebena.
The coffee is then filtered through a makeshift filter made of horsehair into the neck of a jug before being poured into cups. Sugar, sometimes salt and butter can be added. Traditionally, coffee is drunk in three cups.
The Turkish have a different brewing method that makes coffee thick, strong and chewy. The method is quick and is done repeatedly. Water, finely ground coffee and sugar are mixed together inside a cevze.
The mixture is brought to a boil in medium heat. Once the mixture starts to boil or froth, remove and let it cool for 30 seconds. Repeat the said process before serving the coffee in tiny cups. The coffee should have a foamy, creamy layer on top.
In Brazil, they do not have coffee. Instead they have the cafezinho, a strong and extremely sweet coffee creation. This blend is surprisingly done with the use of a pan. Here, a mixture of half a cup of water and sugar are added into the pan.
Occasional stirring is done while bringing the mixture to a boil. Once done, one tablespoon of finely ground coffee is added and stirred. The blend is then filtered and served in a cup.
Here is another simple way to brew coffee, the Indonesian way. Known as the kopi tubruk, the coffee is made by first setting a pan of water to boil. A tablespoon of finely ground coffee and sugar are mixed together and later added.
Once the water boils, the mixture is poured into a glass and stirred. It is advised to let the mixture sit for five minutes before it is served.
Scandinavian Egg Coffee
An example of a strange yet famous coffee blend is the egg coffee. The egg is an additional ingredient that counteracts the acidity of the coffee and neutralizes its bitterness. This Scandinavian version of the egg coffee is done by initially boiling water in a pan.
A thorough mixture of egg and coffee grounds are added to the boiling water and stirred. The coffee is then simmered for five minutes and removed from the pan. A cup of cold water is added before it is served.
Coffee drinkers know the value of a good cup of coffee. Whatever method is used to create the perfect brew, nothing says the best cup of coffee than that made in Coffee Galleria.