Three ‘Foreign’ Ways to Drink your Morning Coffee
Friday, April 19, 2013 at 8:45 AM
By Glen McLean
Having been fortunate to travel to a variety of International locations, I have witnessed an incredible array of coffee drinking traditions. Needless to say, the Canadian tradition of slowly making your way out of bed and brewing your perfect JavaMoose coffee is always top of mind, but here are three different ways to enjoy the brew:
1-in Hobart Australia, to celebrate the New Year, I literally enjoyed a 'Flat White' from the back of a truck as racing skiffs appeared over the horizon from Sydney during their annual yacht race. The great thing about this coffee was the velvety potency and taste. It certainly wasn't a drip coffee. It was one part pure espresso with two parts hot milk. Great stuff!
2-in Mexico, after travelling down a tarantula infested highway, at a small rural general store, I was treated to freshly roasted coffee and fresh hot goats milk in a big latte bowl. We watched the vendor pan roast the beans and then finely crush them. The goats milk was warmed and then poured into the drip coffee for an amazing cafe au lait. Amazing!
Red awnings to the right had great espresso & beer in Tallinn, Estonia.
3-the most memorable occasion was in Tallinn Estonia. It was 7:30am, yes, in the morning. We had just arrived and were looking for a coffeehaus. It had been a late evening, so coffee was critical. We had had a few beverages the evening before...To our surprise, as we entered the main square at that time of the day, seated at tables were a wide variety of people. Tourists, business people, children and locals sat drinking their early morning coffee. But wait, many of the locals had mugs of beer beside their espresso. The beer was probably a pilsner but the coffee was distinctly espresso. A number of the gentlemen slowly poured the espresso into the beer. So...“When in
Rome! Estonia!” It was pretty good. Certainly made a lifelong impression.
If you're up for adventure, try something new. Take a lesson from the cultures, trends and traditions from around the World. We certainly did. I am sure there are a Hundred Ways to Drink your Morning Coffee. Try something new & different tomorrow.
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