October 1st is International Coffee Day – a day when people come together to celebrate the many wonders of coffee and recognise the millions of people from around the world who work hard to create and serve us our favourite drink. With an estimated 3 billion cups of coffee consumed daily, it’s a vital part of culture in many countries and of course, here at FreshGround, coffee is at the heart of our business.
We’re taking a look at how coffee is enjoyed differently around the world from smooth and rich espressos in Italy to the more bizarre cheese coffee drink, the Swedish kaffeost. So why not mix things up today on International Coffee Day and try something a little different to celebrate?
This drink gets a lot of interest due to its unusual take on what we consider to be a typical cup of coffee. Kaffeost literally translates to “coffee cheese”, which is exactly what it is – hot coffee poured over Leipäjuusto or ‘bread’ cheese. The cheese cubes absorb the coffee like a sponge so they soften but they don’t melt and take on the smooth flavour of the coffee. In turn, the coffee takes on the flavour of the cheese and makes for an almost buttery and nutty flavour. You can find out how to make the perfect kaffeost here.
Flat whites in Australia and New Zealand
A popular choice here in the UK, the flat white is fairly easy to make and enjoyed by many people in homes, cafes and offices every day. The flat white is simply espresso coffee mixed with a small amount of steamed milk and a thin layer of microfoam. It’s similar to a latte but is a little stronger and has a glossy, velvety consistency. If you don’t have an office coffee machine that can serve up a flat white at the touch of a button, you can also make your own here.
Best enjoyed on bright sunny days, the frappe is a super popular iced coffee drink invented through experimentation by Dimitris Vakondios, a Nescafe employee in 1957 in Thessaloniki, Greece. It’s easy to make at home or in the office using coffee, water, sugar and milk. Then all you need to do is simply shake it up using a standard cocktail shaker or with an electric milk frother to create a foamy consistency on top and pour over ice. Need a hand? Here’s a simple recipe to follow.
The classic Italian espresso
Espresso is a coffee that originates from Italy and started gaining popularity back in the 80’s. Italy is famous for its cafe culture and on average it’s reported that Italians drink four cups of coffee every day. Espresso is brewed in coffee machines and its unique process of forcing a lower volume of steaming water through ground beans at high pressure gives it a strong, bold flavour and gives it that honey-coloured ‘crema’ that sits at the top of every delicious cup.
If you love a strong, rich brew, Turkish coffee may become one of your new favourites. Turkish coffee is very finely ground coffee, which is then left in the coffee when served. It originates from Middle Eastern and European countries, including Turkey, Iran and Greece and is prepared using a special brewing method that results in a robust flavour. Brewed in a special pot called a cezve and served in small cups similar to espresso cups, it’s often sweetened with sugar and cardamom.
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Coffee has the unique ability to bring people together and today, more than ever with the impact COVID is having on office life, this is really important. So today on International Coffee Day, take a moment to share a coffee in person or virtually online with a friend or coworker. And if you need any advice on coffee-making or information on any of our office coffee machines, please get in touch with us. Our friendly and expert team is on hand to help and we wish you a happy International Coffee Day!