Coffee makes the world go round. Wherever you happen to be on this planet, you are sure to find somewhere to enjoy a cup of coffee that will probably be unique to the region you are visiting. If you’re a huge coffee fan, then you might want to take a look at something like Coffee Corner, a magazine dedicated to the magical substance that is coffee.
All these flavours and taste experiences can now be brought home and enjoyed in the comfort of your own surroundings, so all you need is a good coffee machine and to buy a supply of some of your favourite brews to travel the world by cup, or mug if you prefer, you could even try roasting your own coffee beans!
If you get yourself a decent coffee machine, one like John Lewis specialise in, and you can easily make any number of your favourite coffees, including the ever-popular espresso.
The literal translation of the word espresso, which is a black Italian style coffee, is to make something on the spot or instantaneously, in this instance a coffee, for someone standing at the bar and wanting immediate refreshment.
Espresso is characterised by its strength and it is usually served in a small demitasse cup, which is rather like the equivalent of a shot-glass, but this time used for a coffee and utilising a process that is specifically designed to extract as much flavour as possible out of the coffee being used.
Creating the perfect cup of espresso can be art that gets better with practice but you don’t have to be a fully-trained barista to produce a decent shot of espresso that will be ready in a matter of seconds and transport you immediately back to an authentic Italian coffee-house the moment you taste it.
If you like a strong coffee but struggle to enjoy it without the addition of cream or milk then a cappuccino is a great way of enjoying your coffee-fix just the way you want it.
A cappuccino is a strong coffee like espresso which then has a frothy cream or milk added to it and finished off with a pinch of powdered chocolate, which adds an inviting pale brown layer on the top of the coffee which is just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.
You would use a larger cup to serve a cappuccino in, rather like the same size as a tea cup, and use the steamer that should be incorporated into any good quality coffee machine to be able to produce that frothy layer which everyone seems to enjoy so much.
The mere mention of a cafetiere allows many people to immediately conjure up an image of sipping coffee on the pavements of Paris whilst watching the world go by.
To recreate that sophisticated ambience and to enjoy coffee like the French, all you have to do is follow a simple process in order to produce a welcome supply of freshly brewed coffee in the traditional French way.
For best results, allow at least two level teaspoons of coffee for each cup and put the ground coffee into the cafetiere, followed by freshly boiled water which should then be allowed to stand for about three or four minutes before using the plunger to separate the grounds from the liquid.
This simple but unique way of preparing coffee normally allows the flavour of the coffee beans to come though and is a quicker way of still enjoying a decent cup of coffee, if you don’t have the time to prepare your drink using a coffee machine.
There is little argument that the Turks have a passion for coffee that is often hard to emulate and they have certainly ritualised the art of enjoying a coffee and socialising.
You enjoy an authentic Turkish coffee by using very finely ground coffee combined with water and a spoonful of sugar which is then brought to the boil. At the moment that it reaches boiling point it is then taken off the heat and the put back again to reach boiling point before being removed again.
This process is normally repeated about three times and afterwards a few drops of water are then added to the pan, which allow the dregs to fall to the bottom. The coffee is served hot and frothy and the result is a coffee that is often considerably stronger than is usual for the western palate, but a unique experience that is well worth re-creating.
You can travel the world and enjoy a unique drinking experience wherever you happen to be, so why not rekindle those moments of enjoyment in your own kitchen, using your coffee machine and a bit of imagination.
Amelia Allen is a coffee lover who has enjoyed the brew all over the world. An avid writer, you can find her interesting articles on lifestyle, travel and home design blogs online.