Almost everyone I know loves his or her morning cup of Joe. Among them, a large number take their brewing method for granted. After they wake up they switch on their Mr. Coffee, fill up the water, put the grounds they bought in the filter then they enjoy the cup that came out. Easy as pie; which goes great with coffee by the way.
It’s easy to think that the entire world makes their coffee this way or through other ways we are used to. Espresso machines, coffee presses, freeze-dried instant coffee, these should about cover how the entire world drinks their coffee right? The answer to this is no, not at all.
In the same way cuisine is heavily influenced by a multitude of factors, the same goes for coffee brewing techniques. The availability of ingredients is usually a main driver for this. In some countries, coffee is endemic and native to them, in others it’s a totally new concept and in some coffee isn’t native to them but it has grown into a tradition that they partake in. The social structure, weather, culture, geography, these are all different factors to take into consideration in how they evolved their favored brew method. Here are some brew methods I will bet you never even knew about.
Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee and the people of this African nation take pride in that fact. Coffee has traditionally been viewed as something initially offending and so local monks tossed the fruit into the fire. The resulting aroma was so appetizing that they decided to try to drink its extract and so coffee was born. Thank you very much, monks!
When brewing coffee they like to do it as a ceremony to celebrate this great drink. Incense is normally burned and newly harvested green coffee beans are roasted and ground in the same ceremony. They then add the beans and water to clay pot called a jebena which they put over the fire. They filter the contents and serve it into small cups for everyone to enjoy. You can’t get any fresher than that, I am sure that coffee tastes really good!
Vietnam is the second largest exporter of coffee in the world. This coupled with the fact that they were under French colonial rule can only mean that they are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to coffee. Their method is also unique and can be seen as heavily inspired by the French.
It starts off with the beans they use, normally they use beans with chicory infused in them. Another unique thing is the coffee is sweetened and creamed at the same time by a single substance; condensed milk is placed at the bottom of the cup to counter the strong taste in the coffee. The most essential part is using a Vietnamese filter, which is like a small coffee pot. The ground coffee is placed in the filter, which goes directly on top of the cup then filled with hot water. The hot water then slowly drips into the cup. The method uses a mix of immersion and drip techniques to come out with a great cup of coffee.
Scandinavian Egg Coffee
The cold Scandinavian countries have given the world such things as Vikings, the Northern Lights, the mighty Thor and proof that high taxation can work somehow. The Nordic people also love to sip their coffee, oh wait, I meant guzzle their coffee. Based on the World Atlas, Finland and Norway were both number 1 and 2 in terms of coffee consumption per capita. The other countries will be discussed in a future post so stay tuned with content updates here on Caramel Toast.
Ok, cheap plug now set aside. Get ready to have your mind blown with their truly unique way of brewing coffee. Their coffee brewing method in true Viking tradition requires using 1 whole, raw egg…with eggshell. Yes that’s right the brewing method uses the weight of the egg to draw down the coffee grounds in the pot and it adds creaminess to the coffee flavor. To start off crack a raw egg in some ground coffee and mix it up, I wasn’t kidding about the eggshell; it should be in there. Once this paste is formed it is added to boiling water and made to simmer for a few more minutes then you pour it into a container. You can strain it if you want to in case you’re afraid of getting a crunchy cup. But, having tried this myself, the brew is nice, smooth and creamy. I highly recommend it.
So these are just 3 of the ways people make coffee in the world. If you like this post, I can travel the rest of the world with you and show you even more coffee brewing techniques in countries all over the world.