Coffee is an integral part of the start of the day for the majority of the population.
Northern Europeans drink coffee in large quantities. The Finns, for example, have the highest consumption per capita, preferring bright coffee blends. In Central Europe (eg. Germany, Austria and the Netherlands), medium roasted blends are daily order until dark roasted are the choice of the French, Spaniards and Italians, even though they drink less coffee than in Scandinavia.
Italy is the home of the coffee, a country where espresso is sacred. Order a coffee in Italy and get an espresso that can be drunk at any time of the day. In fact, the real espresso should be drunk at two or three sips. The milk in the cappuccino is considered as a part of the food, so it avoided the rest of the day. Italians prefer espresso in the afternoon, on dinner or in the late night. Besides popular varieties of coffee such as cappuccino, latte macchiato Italians love to serve the espresso and with lemon. Before you drop a slice of lemon in the coffee, brush the edge of the cup with it – lemon further accentuates the taste of the coffee. Each year to satisfy their need for caffeine, Italians consume an average of about 5.6 kg per capita.
Germans also have a close relationship with the coffee. They drink coffee at any time of the day: weak or strong, with or without milk, with or without sugar, made by coffee machine, etc. Per year, Germans drink an average of 160 liters or about four cups a day. After the first home coffeemaker with capsules, coffee won the German market. Capsule or ordinary coffee machines that make fresh coffee for all tastes can be found in many German homes and offices.
France is known worldwide for Savoir Vivre – the art of life and a passion for coffee that are important part of the national culture. Coffee drink mostly at home, which is made using a machine or French press, invented in France in the early 20th century. Despite the preference for domestic consumption, cafes are still very popular because they keep the old traditions. French café au lait is made with half very hot strong coffee filtering or a double espresso and half with milk. The perfect café au lait is served in a thick cup and milk and coffee are poured simultaneously. During the day, the French can delight your palate with “petit noir” (espresso) or “café noir” (black coffee), sometimes diluted with water – this is called “long coffee”. After dinner cognac can be served with black coffee or alternative Cafè Granit, sweet but intense coffee liqueur.
Americans also love very much coffee. A nod of the head is all you need to do to complete the free cup of coffee. Cafes thrive in big American cities like nowhere else on earth. They offer a variety of recipes: cappuccino, coffee with milk, cold coffee, coffee with vanilla and a whole host of other flavors. However, annual consumption per capita is less than the average for European countries. This can be explained by the fact that Americans are no longer big fans of the cafeteria and prefer high quality coffee over quantity. A growing number of cafes attract customers with excellent coffee blends. Another reason could be home consumption of coffee capsules and the huge increase in buying Coffee machines in recent years.
Why choose between coffee and tea when you can have both together? The popular coffee drink in Hong Kong mixed aroma of coffee with traditional milk tea, and a few ice cubes make it a perfect way to cool off in subtropical Hong Kong or anywhere in the world.