Around the World in a Cup of Coffee

By Finances, Special for USDR.

The “A Roundup of Global Coffee Fascination In One Quick Serve” infographic published recently by rounds up practical, informative and entertaining things about coffee aimed at making coffee-drinking a more enthralling experience for all readers. It is divided into engaging sections that dwell on interesting aspects about coffee. It begins appropriately with two easy ways to make the basic black brew and from there, it leads readers to more fun things one can do with basic coffee – making popular coffee blends, jazzing up one’s cup with add-ons or coffee art and the many inspired ways to drink one’s beverage. Overall, the infographic replicates one’s pleasant journey to coffee discovery and appreciation.

With positive trends in coffee drinking, its popularity the world over is assured for many years to come, especially in the U.S. The 2013 National Coffee Drinking Report, which says that overall coffee consumption in the US has increased by 5 percent within the past year, with 83% of the adult population drinking coffee. With this, the infographic makes for a timely and entertaining material intended for all readers, be it coffee connoisseurs or simple coffee lovers.

The allure of coffee-drinking lies not only in the benefits and comfort one imbibes from a delicious cup, it also comes from the many fascinating things surrounding this ubiquitous yet intriguing drink. These include the following:

  • Coffee add-ons are a treasure trove of curiosities even for certified coffee drinkers. Moroccans add peppercorns to their coffee while Ethiopians prefer a pinch of salt. There are more coffee curios to learn from How the Rest of the World Drink their Coffee section of the infographic.
  • Coffee drinking as a lifestyle can be expensive if one only depends on designer coffee and glam coffee shops for their daily fix. The section How to Enjoy Great Savings In a Cup shares tips to save on a good cup of coffee plus smart uses of coffee “remnants” for the home, the garden and even on one’s face.
  • Drinking coffee from porcelain or chinaware is not just for sophistication, there are more important health and environmental reasons behind it. Readers can find out from How to Serve the Perfect Cup of Coffee section why plastic and paper cups and even clay mugs should not be used.
  • What is it between the stars and their coffee? The infographic explains how important this beverage is to some of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood today and shows what’s in the favorite coffee venti of Jennifer Lawrence, and what simple coffee craving Chris Hemsworth share with most coffee drinkers.

The infographic also features free-spirited ways that coffee lovers today enjoy their cup – not so much rules, just a matter of personal taste, preference and style. It gives the message that one doesn’t have to be inhibited by strict coffee drinking rules to enjoy the cup of life.

More revealing details about coffee and coffee-drinking can be found in “A Roundup of Global Coffee Fascination In One Quick Serve” infographic on popular coffee recipes and trivialities by

  • Ella

    Lots of interesting coffee information here. If I may have the liberty to add on coffee drinking around the world – some people actually drink their coffee from the saucer – yes, that small plate that holds the coffee cup, the same saucer also used for the coffee side treats like biscuits, rolls and tarts. This custom is traced in Sweden, where the coffee-drinking tradition calls for pouring the coffee from the cup into the saucer and the coffee is sipped “noisily.” Dricka på fat (drink from a plate can be combined with dricka på bit (drink with a lump, like sugar. The lump of sugar is taken between the teeth and the coffee is sipped, from the saucer, through the sugar. Drinking from a saucepan is also traced in English and French custom. Old English paintings depict aristocratic women drinking tea (and probably coffee and chocolate beverages) from wide bowls without handles while some French today still take their latte from nice bowls. No thanks to me, I got all these infos when I was doing research for a marketing paper on vending machines, and it led me to so many fascinating information on coffee I still remember to this day. Here’s a great link I saved:

  • Adam Bradshaw

    I simply love coffee, and have also gathered coffee information along the way, which I hope to organize into something like this infographic. Great material! So true that you have to serve coffee in the right cup – some cultures are actually strict about that. For instance, the kind of coffee cup is important when drinking Turkish coffee. The cup should be made of thin porcelain (emphasis on “thin” and “porcelain”) which adds exquisite touch and pleasure to coffee-drinking. The use of well-crafted fincan cups (not demitasse) is an important tradition in drinking Turkish coffee. Also, once you add milk to the coffee, thereby increasing its volume, you need a bigger cup = breakfast mug to the rescue. Milk-based coffees with rich and frothy effects on top need a taller cup to keep that froth in shape for much longer. The secret is never fill to the brim, but leave about an inch or two for the froth.