Europe is proud of its coffee culture, which has been the breeding ground for new philosophies, politics, and free thinkers. Given coffee's importance on this continent, it's no surprise that there are multitudes of coffee concoctions, varieties, and beverages. Read on for 7 ways to drink coffee in Europe.
Espresso: The Base Coffee Drink
Espresso is made by forcing pressurized, hot water through ultrafine ground coffee beans, typically using a specialized espresso machine.
How to drink it: Espresso is served in shots but is meant to be drunk in sips. It is typically served in double shots, consisting of two ounces of espresso, known as "doppios." Italians will drink espresso throughout the day but especially after dinner.
To make a cappuccino, top one shot of Italian espresso with equal parts frothed and steamed milk. The word cappuccino comes from the Capuchin monks because the color of the drink is said to resemble the color of the monks' robes.
How to drink it: In Italy, cappuccinos are usually drunk in the morning with a cornetto for breakfast.
Cafe creme is espresso with a small portion of frothed cream or milk added, similar to a cappuccino, but without the combination of the frothed and steamed milk. (Note that Parisians will never order cafe au lait at a coffee shop because cafe au lait, or an espresso topped with steamed milk, is usually served for breakfast in a bowl at home.)
How to drink it: As in Italy, in relation to cappuccinos, the French would never order a cafe creme after breakfast. Milky coffees are reserved to the morning.
The cortado is a shot of espresso "cut" (in Spanish, cortar) with a small amount of steamed milk to reduce the acidity. The cortado normally has a ratio of one part milk to one part espresso.
How to drink it: Drink it anytime. The cortado is one of Spain's favorite drinks and served throughout many Spanish speaking countries.
Mix cold coffee with evaporated milk and sugar and top the concoction with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.
How to drink it: Germans love drinking eiskaffee in the summertime at ice cream parlors.
Almost anywhere in Athens serves this very popular drink. Shake instant coffee, cold water, and ice together until the mixture is frothy and then pour it on top of ice cubes or chilled milk.
How to drink it: Greeks drink frappes at all times of the day and in all weather, but especially in the hot Mediterranean summers.
Portugal's signature coffee drink is made by adding three parts steamed milk to one part coffee.
How to drink it: The galao must be served with some type of sweet, and the best side item for a galao is the pastel de nata (custard tart).