There are many different ways today when it comes to how to make coffee and many coffee recipes.
It is popular around the world with many different countries and cultures putting their own delicious twist and spin in it. No one is really sure where or when coffee first originated from, but that doesn’t stop countries and cultures laying their claim for creating it.
Ethiopia and the Arabian Peninsula are some of the places that claim to create the drink we all can’t seem to go without most mornings. Here are some of the most popular versions of coffee today.
Ethiopian Coffee Recipes
What better place to start then what many consider the birthplace of coffee to be, Ethiopia. In Ethiopia, they are known for performing what is called an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. This ceremony can take up to two hours and is a long-standing tradition of the Ethiopian people.
If you’re wondering how to make coffee this is where it all began. Firstly, it starts with a woman washing and roasting the beans. After she has done that, she focuses on roasting the beans to a medium brew.
This ceremony is historical and a big part of Ethiopians cultural identity and is largely a social event focused on spending time with friends and relatives and of course, drinking coffee.
Ethiopian Coffee Recipe
- 2 cups water
- 2/3 cups coffee Ethiopian unroasted beans
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp sugar
- Clean coffee grinder, ceni, and the roasting pan. Any leftover flavor from different foods can modification the taste of the coffee.
- Wash the unroasted coffee beans three times with water.
- Turn on the stove top and set it to medium. Open windows/door. You don’t want to trigger the smoke detector.
- Place the washed unroasted coffee beans on the coffee pan and begin. Coffee will roast for about 10 minutes.
- Stir constantly the coffee, otherwise, it will burn and become bitter. When all of the coffee beans have turned dark golden brown, take them off the stovetop.
- Place the pan with the roasted coffee beans in a place where it can cool at room temperature (takes about 5 minutes).
- Grind the roast coffee beans using the coffee mill.
- Pour 2 cups of water into the jebena.
- Add the gringed coffee into the jebena. Set the stovetop to medium heat. Stand the jebena on the stovetop for 10 minutes.
- Turn off the gas as the coffee rises above the top of the jebena.
- Place the jebena slanted, so the grounded coffee can settle down into the bottom layer.
- Be careful not to move the jebena once placed. Moving can cause the bottom layer of grounded coffee to be mixed with the top layer of your coffee.
Irish coffee recipes are simple. It is a cocktail that is actually made up of more than just coffee. This drink consists of Irish Whiskey, sugar, and coffee, topped off with cream.
There are several different people to have claimed to have created it, dating back almost over 100 years ago.
Today’s version is attributed to a man named Joe Sheridan, the head chef at Foynes Airbase, located in Ireland. It is said he started to add whiskey to some of the passenger’s coffee which later on came to be the drink we know today.
To make this drink it is as simple as pouring a whiskey and one teaspoon of sugar into coffee, stirring it, then topping it off with cream.
Next up on our coffee journey takes us to Turkey. Turkey has a long and rich history when it comes to making coffee, sharing similar brewing practices to those such as middle eastern countries. Here is how to make coffee just like the Turkish people have down for hundreds of years
You start by grinding the coffee beans to a very fine powder and then adding them to a traditional Turkish pot called a cezve and then sugar is added to the degree of sweetness one desires.
Back in the days of the Ottoman Empire, this strong coffee was actually banned as it was considered a drug. Eventually however due to how popular the drink was the ban was lifted.
Have you ever wondered how to make coffee like the Greeks? They are next on our coffee journey around the world. Greek coffee wasn’t always named this, up until the 1970’s they referred to their coffee as Turkish coffee.
After political relations were soured by turkey invading Cyprus, the Greek people permanently changed the name Turkish coffee to Greek coffee, as the ‘politically correct’ term. Greek coffee is similarly made to Turkish with a fine powder required to produce the desired flavor.
A fun fact about Greek coffee is after it has been drunk, and then all that’s left in the cup are the grounds, “coffee readers” will interpret the image left by the grounds to tell one’s fortune.