Coffee Culture Around the World
From the simple Italian espresso shot to traditional Turkish coffee ceremonies, see how the world takes their cup of coffee.
Italy: EspressoYou’ll surely get an eye roll or two if you order a to-go cup at an Italian café, for espresso is the Italians’ version of to-go coffee. This strong brew served in tiny cups is commonly sipped while standing at cafes. And don’t order a cappuccino late in the day in Italy, either -- the only appropriate time to enjoy this drink is in the morning. 960 1280
Denmark: KaffeePerhaps due to the cold and dark Scandinavian winters, coffee consumption in Denmark has always been some of the highest in the world. Coffee is such a vital part of the Danish culture that packed cafes can be found on nearly every corner, especially in cities like Copenhagen. 960 1280
Saudi Arabia: KahwaIn Saudi Arabia and other Arabic cultures, coffee ceremonies follow many rules of etiquette, including always serving the elders first. It is also a common custom to serve this cardamom-spiced drink with dried dates to counter the coffee’s bitterness. 960 1280
Ireland: Irish CoffeeCoffee meets cocktail with this after-dinner drink. Irish coffee includes hot coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar and the crowd-pleasing whipped-cream topper. Irish coffee was actually created in Ireland in the 1940s to warm up American tourists on a cold winter’s night, and remains as popular as ever. 960 1280
Ethiopia: BunaIn Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee, traditional coffee ceremonies are a distinguished part of the culture, with the brewing and serving process lasting up to 2 hours. Historically buna, as coffee is called here, was served with salt or butter instead of sugar. 960 1280
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House Smoked Rueben from Katz's in New YorkDid You Know? The invention of sandwiches is named after John Montagu, the 4th earl of Sandwich, who in 1762, famously ordered a slab of meat between 2 pieces of bread so he could eat with 1 hand and play cards with the other.
Dish 1: House-Smoked Rueben
Where: Katz’s, 205 East Houston St, New York, NY 10002 960 1280
Stuffed Sandwich from Primati Brothers in PittsburghDid You Know? The first recorded sandwich was by the famous rabbi, Hillel the Elder, who lived during the 1st century B.C. He started the Passover custom of sandwiching a mixture of chopped nuts, apples, spices and wine between 2 matzohs to eat with bitter herbs.
Dish 2: The Original Stuffed Sandwich
Where: Primanti Brothers, 48 18 St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 960 1280
King Torta from Los Reyes de la Torta in PhoenixDid You Know? French influence in the 1800s made wheat bread popular in Mexican cities. From the unique Mexican bread called "telera", the Mexican sandwich, or "torta" was born.
Dish 3: King Torta
Where: Los Reyes de la Torta, 9230 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020 960 1280
Battleship Sandwiches at The Black Sheep in RichmondDid You Know? The sandwich became popular in the American diet when bakeries started selling pre-sliced bread, making it easier for them to be made.
Dish 4: Battleship Sandwiches
Where: The Black Sheep, 901 W Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23220 960 1280
The Kryptonite at Ike's in San FranciscoDid You Know? The word "butty" is often used in Northern areas of the United Kingdom as a synonym for sandwich.
Dish 5: The Kryptonite
Where: Ike's, 3506 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94114 960 1280