Europe prides itself on its coffee culture, which has been the breeding ground for new philosophies, policies and free thinkers. Given the importance of coffee on this continent, it is not surprising that there are a multitude of coffee concoctions, varieties and drinks. Read on for 7 ways to drink coffee in Europe.
Espresso: the base coffee drink
Espresso is made by forcing hot water under pressure through ultra-fine ground coffee beans, usually using a specialized espresso machine.
How to drink it: Espresso is served in shots, but must be sipped. It is usually served in double shots, consisting of two ounces of espresso, known as “doppios.” Italians will drink espresso throughout the day, but especially after dinner.
To make a cappuccino, have a shot of Italian espresso with equal parts frothy and steamed milk. The word cappuccino comes from the Capuchin monks because the color of the drink is said to resemble the color of the monks’ robes.
How to drink it: In Italy, cappuccinos are generally drunk in the morning with a cornetto for breakfast.
Coffee crema is espresso with a small portion of cream or frothy milk added, similar to a cappuccino, but without the combination of frothy and steamed milk. (Note that Parisians will never order latte from a coffee shop because latte, or a steamed latte, is usually served for breakfast in a bowl at home.)
How to drink it: As in Italy, in relation to cappuccinos, the French would never ask for a coffee creamer after breakfast. The milky coffees are reserved for the morning.
Cortado is an injection of espresso “cut” (in Spanish, cut) with a small amount of steamed milk to reduce acidity. The cut usually has a ratio of one part milk to one part espresso.
How to drink it: drink it anytime. Cortado is one of Spain’s favorite drinks and is served in many Spanish-speaking countries.
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Mix cold coffee with evaporated milk and sugar and top the mixture with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.
How to drink it: at Germans love to drink eiskaffee in summer in ice cream parlors.
Almost anywhere in Athens this very popular drink is served. Shake the instant coffee, cold water, and ice together until the mixture is frothy, then pour it over ice cubes or cold milk.
How to drink it: Greeks drink frappes at all times of the day and in any weather, but especially in hot Mediterranean summers.
The Portuguese coffee drink is made by adding three parts of steamed milk to one part of coffee.
How to drink it: Galao should be served with some kind of sweet, and the best by-product for a Galao is pastel de nata (cream pie).