If you travel a lot, you’ll meet people of every race, culture and creed. But despite our differences, there’s one thing that binds us all together: we pretty much all love coffee. We drink coffee at home, we drink coffee in restaurants and cafés, we take a coffee for the ride to work. But that doesn’t mean we drink it the same way: there are many ways to drink your coffee around the world.
In fact, there are more ways to order coffee and coffee drinks than there are countries — lots more. Here in North America, we chug down super-sized cups of skinny latte and Macchiato from Starbucks, and double-doubles from Tim Hortons if we’re Canadian. But order coffee in Argentina and you’ll get a cup of strong, European-style brew with some frothy crema on top. And they make a great little presentation of it, with a glass of water, some orange juice and a couple of cookies (couldn’t resist taking a bite — sorry).
In Turkey, another little set-piece, only this time the coffee is thick and strong, straight from a little iron pot with no filter, so sip with care — there’s grounds in there. But don’t worry, you get some water and some Turkish delight to cut the bitterness, and even a tiny evil eye protector for good luck.
But that just scratches the surface. For a real look at how they drink their coffee around the world, from Italy to Hong Kong, the U.K.’s cheapflights travel agency created this little chart, filled with strange and wonderful coffee drinks. I particularly liked the café con miel from Spain, with a bit of honey on the bottom, and the pharisaer from Germany, with a couple of shots of rum. But I’m still thinking about the Wiener melange in Austria, with an egg yolk (!!) in the middle.
Here’s the chart. See which country you’d like to fly off to the next time you want a really good cup of coffee.