All over the world, coffee lovers satisfy their cravings via various routines, whether by brewing at home or by visiting a favorite coffeehouse. However, making a coffee beverage at home shouldn’t be as boring as waiting for the pot to brew, especially when you have guests over.
Whether you prefer hot or iced varieties, share a “coffee buzz” with friends over these delicious international java blends from Turkey, Greece and Germany.
Famous for the way it is made, Turkish coffee is prepared in an ibrik, or a small, heated coffeepot. The coffee is usually served hot in demitasse cups with matching saucers. The demitasse cups hold approximately half a cup, and some are decorated with beautiful, ornate patterns painted on either ceramic, pottery or porcelain. In some regions in Turkey, you can get your fortune told by the placement of the coffee remains left in the cup after drinking!
To make the Turkish coffee, you will need to purchase a bag of finely-ground coffee with a powder-like consistency. It is important to use cold water for brewing. The cardamom adds a very fragrant aroma to this brew that is meant to be sipped slowly with or without foam or sugar, depending on your preferences.
1 cup water
1 tablespoon of extra finely-ground coffee (powder consistency)
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom, or 1 cardamom pod
- Bring water and sugar to a boil in ibrik. (If you do not have an ibrik, a small saucepan will work.)
- Remove from heat and add coffee and cardamom.
- Return saucepan to heat and allow to come to a boil.
- Remove from heat when coffee foams.
- Again, return to heat, allowing to foam and remove from heat.
- Pour into cup, and allow to sit for a few minutes for the grounds to settle to the bottom of the cup.
The cardamom pod can be served in a cup for added flavor.
Locals in Santorini, Mykonos and elsewhere in Greece fondly refer to the Greek Frappé as their “National Drink.” Whether sipping on this creamy, iced blend by the pool or at the beach, this cold concoction can be enjoyed anytime during the day, especially through colorful straws while catching up with friends.
Although making the perfect Frappé is considered an art because it is served everywhere in Greece, it is relatively simple to make, depending on your preferences for sweetness, coldness and thickness.
3 -4 teaspoons instant coffee
2 -4 teaspoons sugar (optional)
2 -6 ounces water
2 -6 ounces milk (optional)
- An immersion blender performs most efficiently.
- Combine coffee, sugar and three tablespoons water in blender carafe.
- Whip contents to stiff froth and maximum volume.
- Pour froth into tumbler 2/3 full of ice.
- Add water and/or milk as desired to fill.
Sip with straw occasionally while stirring to combine froth with liquid. You may continue to sweeten to your liking, as well.
German-Style Eiskaffee (Iced Coffee Drink)
Outside many restaurants in Germany are charming patio areas called “biergartens,” adorned with plants and outdoor furniture. This garden-like setting is where many locals will meet for a few hours to catch up over beer or coffee.
During the spring and summer months, Eiskaffee is a popular choice for German coffee beverages or desserts. Aside from the sweet, creamy texture of this delightful treat, an Eiskaffee is also popular for its beautiful presentation, including being served in a clear goblet or drinking glass with a cookie, a long spoon and/or a tall toothpick with streamers.
1 scoop vanilla ice cream, good quality
1 cup strong brewed German coffee, chilled
1⁄2 cup whipped cream, sweetened to taste
Approximately 1 teaspoon grated sweet chocolate, to garnish
1 fancy wafer cookies
- Place ice cream scoop into a decorative wine goblet or tall clear drinking glass.
- Add coffee to fill glass 1/2 – 3/4 full (amount will vary based on size of glass).
- Completely cover with a mountain of sweetened whipped cream (use the canned kind or a decorating bag to make decorative swirls). The whipped cream should be plentiful and just start to peak over the top of the glass rim.
- Sprinkle with freshly-grated, quality chocolate.
- Stick a wafer cookie into the whipped cream off to the side.
Serve with some sugar on the side for those who want to add more sweetness, although the additions of ice cream and whipped cream might be enough. Add a long spoon and a straw, and enjoy.
Turkish Coffee via Food.com
Greek Frappé via Food.com
Eiskaffee via Food.com