'Black as hell, strong as death, sweet as love.' - A Turkish proverb. There is nothing more from the past that has helped people enjoy the leisure of life and chatting than coffee. Coffee has become a must-have item for modern people, to the point that it is not at all unusual to say that 'a cup of coffee is a necessity'. Caffeine intake has become an alternative to survival, not simply to enjoy leisure. Let's find out where coffee started on its journey. Let's also try home-made coffee, which can be easily enjoyed, and by expanding your selection of coffee through the various types that will be introduced later.
The Long Journey of Coffee
The hometown of coffee is Ethiopia in Africa. Kalda, a shepherd boy living in Ethiopia's Abyssinian plateau, found sheep being excited after eating red berries. This red berry is the origin of the coffee we know today. At first, they were mainly used in prayer or made into alcohol or medicine. The red fruit quickly spread to other Muslim cities, even at one point being banned due to nerve-stimulating ingredients. Over time, Istanbul also created the world's first cafe called 'GanusKafbe.' Mocha coffee, which people enjoy drinking today, comes from Yemen's export port of Mocha. Yemen is said to have developed what was simply a fruit people ate into the present coffee form. However since then, it has been Europe that has led to the emergence of coffee in a variety of ways, including espresso, cappuccino, and cafe ore. This has led to the gradual creation of the types of cafes we know today. One of the most representative cafes is the Florian Cafe in Italy. The cafe first opened in 1720 and is still open today, boasting Italy's longest history. Since the Boston Tea Party, the U.S. has also gradually begun drinking coffee instead of tea, making it the No. 1 coffee consumption country worldwide. The first coffee lover in Korea was King Gojong. The coffee first encountered when stayed at the Russian legation in 1896 captivated the taste buds of the emperor. Japan is famous for making the world's first canned coffee in 1969. As such, coffee has survived for a long time and has spread around the world.
Only Americano? No~ There Are Various Kinds of Coffee
When we visit a cafe for coffee, a very diverse menu often greet us. However, most of the time, there is no picture or explanation on it, only writing. Some may order their regular americano or espresso for fear of trying new flavors. From now on, I would like to introduce you to the world of coffee that those who have been drinking only americano and espresso may not even know exists.
Einshufenner (bienna coffee)
This is a coffee with a lot of white whipping cream on top of the standard Americano. Originating from Vienna, Austria, it is also called 'bienna coffee'. The cold whipped cream blends with the bitter taste of Americano, making it sweet and savory.
This coffee is made by mixing espresso with fine steamed milk. The form of a milk froth was "not loose" like cappuccino, so the word "flat" for flatness and "White" for milk were added. Compared to the cafe latte and cappuccino that we commonly encounter, the taste is softer and the coffee scent is stronger.
This is a coffee made with thick espresso on top of ice cream. Usually vanilla ice cream is used.Like the aforementioned variety of coffee, the meeting of sweet ice cream and bitter espresso offers a sweet, bitter taste. If you're always tired of bitter espresso, you might as well try the sweetness of the apocato.
Cold brew (Dutch coffee) & long black
The coffee, also called "Dutch coffee" for its long-term brew of ground beans with room temperature or cold water, is loved by many for being uniquely bitter and boasting a clean and soft taste. It is similar to the long black, both of which are similar to Americano and are easily confused. However, Long Black is made of coffee made with two espresso shots in hot water, making the crema layer richer and more flavorful.
Let’s Make Homemade Coffee by Myself! My Own Homemade Coffee (ft. Dalgona Coffee)
Recently, a broadcasting company introduced the cafe's 'Dalgona Coffee' in Macao, making it popular. The ingredients and recipe is also simple and easy for anyone to follow, allowing anyone to give it a try. There must be some people who expect a sweet taste from the name of this coffee. However, dalgona coffee is not named because it tastes like dalgona, but because the appearance of coffee is similar to that of dalgona. If you're tired of regular coffee sold at cafes, why don't you try making your own dalgona coffee at home?
Ingredients: 2 spoons black coffee powder / 2 teaspoons sugar / water / milk / cup (or any type of bowl is okay) / whisk (optional)
How to make?
Step 1: Put coffee powder, sugar, and hot water in any bowl in a ratio of 1:1.
Step 2: Then stir (at least 400 times) using a spoon until the color and texture of the dalgona are thick. (At this time, if you have a whisk, stir it using it!)
Step 3: Pour the just-mixed dalgona into the cup filled with milk.
Mix the finished dalgona coffee with the milk and enjoy! In addition, various ingredients such as green tea latte powder and chocolate powder can be used instead of coffee powder, so it is recommended to make and enjoy this according to your taste and preference. However, this recipe is deceptively difficult, so don’t give up if it’s not right the first time.
Coffee! A necessity for people living in modern society. As it became popular, many varieties have been introduced, including manys home-made coffee, which can be easily made at home. It would be better if you could enjoy a cup of coffee, not just to get rid of sleep, or intake caffeine. Besides the varieties of coffee introduced today and the challenge of dalgona coffee, there are many ways to enjoy coffee such as beautiful latte art, so I hope readers who read this can also find their own way to enjoy it.
The light-colored, orangish head (foam) on a cup of espresso
Korean traditional snack
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