Bringing people together
I remember as a child I didn’t like coffee. For me it was a drink with a nasty taste that only adults drank.
But today, when I see my little boy archly sipping my cup of coffee, I can read from his face that he already likes it and I must acknowledge that maybe times have changed…
When I take a look at the history of coffee, I learn that originally it comes from Ethiopia, where the coffee plants grow on the green hills. The plants grow there on a height of about 1500 meters. Thereby the beans have a high quality and a mild flavor. Previously there was no ready coffee. The beans had to be grinded; it took a lot of time and patience.
Today there exist many different kinds of coffee drinks: the espresso, the Italian cappuccino, the iced coffee, the filter coffee and so on. With all these different types it is hard to choose. But one thing is certain: coffee is nowadays the most popular drink over the world. For some of us it is become indispensable to start the day with a nice steaming cup.
Is it healthy? Of course it is. At least if you drink in moderation, as with many other things.
It means that – as an adult – you can drink 4 to 5 cups a day without suffering disadvantages. With only 2 little cups a day I’m living very healthy. 🙂 But I must confess that I like to drink it with milk and sugar, or sometimes even with whipped cream. And those ingredients add more calories to the coffee and make the drank a bit less healthy. Nevertheless the caffeine gives me at mornings new energy and it makes my day!
How about Sweden? In Sweden people do not only drink a lot of coffee, it is a real culture! They even have a name for it: ‘fika’ which simply means ‘having a coffee break’. It is often accompanied with pastries or sandwiches. During the fika people take time to talk with friends and family, or colleagues at work while enjoying their drink. It means more than a walk to the coffee machine. It seems that people perform even better by inserting a pause during their worktime.
I most like the espresso. The first espresso machine – as we know it today – was created by Milanese Luigi Bezzera in 1901. The etymology of the word espresso is questioned, but most likely it comes from ‘under pressure’ because water and steam are printed under the ground coffee.
Nowadays coffee is also part of the Italian culture. In Italy the espresso is drunk standing and the cappuccino on the other hand will only be ordered in the morning because the Italian believe you absolutely can’t drink coffee with milk with a full stomach. So as a tourist in Italy you better not order it in a bar in the afternoon.
On 1st October of this year we celebrated world coffee day or the International Coffee day. That day actions were organized all over the world to promote drinking fair trade coffee and the position of the coffee farmers was brought to the attention again. But for me, and I believe for many others, drinking coffee is already a daily activity. And even though you drink a cup of coffee on your own, a steaming mug fragrant coffee will always bring people together. 🙂