When I was a teenager, coffee shops in my small town really didn’t exist. My only concept of what “drinking coffee” meant was what I learned from my mom and grandma. My grandma and I would sit at our kitchen breakfast bar while my mom brewed a pot of coffee in her BUN, waiting – her coffee cup in hand.
“No honey you can’t have any, it will stunt your growth – besides you wouldn’t like it anyway.”
My mom tell me that every time I asked for a drink. The people I knew drank black coffee. Just black. Big cups of thin American coffee. For an hour they would sit drinking the rest of the pot and talking. Most of the time, having not succeeded in getting any coffee myself, I’d give up and wander away.
Fast forward to three weeks ago when I stopped at Starbucks to grab an espresso after a long afternoon of school shopping with my 12 year-old. He asked me for a coffee too and so I got him a frappuccino and have now created a monster. Outside of the US, big cups of black coffee aren’t the norm. I have grown accustomed to, and love the taste of espresso. Thanks to my new Nespresso machine and Gourmesso pods I don’t have to shell out several dollars for a little cup of espresso – I can just make them at home! It’s also great because we often have people stop by and the “good hostess” thing to do is offer them a cup of tea or coffee. No more do I need to brew a huge pot.
I love trying special local coffee drinks whenever I’m somewhere new so I thought I would ask some blogging friends to suggest their globally inspired coffees. My favorite five are here. So kick back, brew a cup, and grab a book before you head around the world!
Salted Caramel Affogattos – Chocolate Moosey
Bicerin (Italian Coffee) – Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
Turkish Coffee – Foolproof Living
Traditional Irish Coffee – Nutmeg Nanny
Moroccan Nous Nous – MarocMama
What’s your favorite coffee? Plain black like my mom or something a little fancier?
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