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Coffees from around the world - flavours, stories and interesting facts

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Coffee is an extremely popular stimulant around the world and its global consumption continues to grow. It is worth learning about the history as well as different types of coffeeto see for yourself the excellence of this drink. 

History of coffee

Of the best the art of coffee making Italy is famous, probably because of its preference for good drinks and food. Coffee was brought to Venice from the Arabian Peninsula and then quickly spread to other European countries. However, it is important to remember that coffee habits differ from those in the north of the continent. Italians drink coffee all day long, espresso most often in the evening and afternoon. By 11 a.m., and sometimes even instead of breakfast, coffee with milk is drunk. As a rule, it is the tourists who choose the porcelain coffee cups filled with milk foam in restaurants. People who are interested in coffee should know the differences between arabica and robusta. Arabica coffee, according to popular opinion, is more refined and has a milder and fuller flavour. Robusta coffee is definitely more bitter and has more caffeine and is darker. It is particularly noteworthy that robusta is sometimes used in the production of instant coffees. Some people may find arabica slightly acidic in taste, but this should not be a problem. If the fruity note of a particular coffee is not to your liking, you can always test another, more chocolatey one. Keep in mind that the Dutch are largely responsible for the modern popularity of coffee around the world. Overseas merchants loved coffee for its ability to aid concentration and, on top of that, stimulate. Virtually every wealthy home had coffee pots and coffee shops began to open. It should also be mentioned that the seedlings and beans were transported to the colonies in what is now Indonesia. The Dutch gave Louis XIV a coffee tree as a gift, and with the help of the royal gardener, coffee made its way to the further and overseas territories of France. In Poland, this aromatic and dark beverage also gained popularity. Colonial shops sold manual coffee grinders and beans. They were also brought back from travels as gifts for loved ones. Not everyone knows that the custom of serving coffee with breakfast was immortalised in "Pan Tadeusz". According to the description, a maid who only made coffee was in every decent old Polish home. Her job was to supply the court with the best beans, so she must have known all the secrets of this stimulant. True coffee connoisseurs agree that it should be hot as hell and black as night. 

Coffee preparation methods 

Nowadays, alternative methods of making coffee are increasingly being used. These include, in particular, modern coffee brewers such as chemex and aeropress. Cold brew coffee is also highly recommended and can be prepared very quickly. You simply pour cold, not hot, water over the ground beans and leave everything in the fridge overnight. Ideally, you should use a glass, tightly sealed container for this. Such coffee releases its aroma and flavour very slowly, making it more delicate than traditional coffee. A cold coffee drink, or cold brew, can be served with ice and the addition of lemon. Available different coffee flavoursTherefore, everyone should be able to find something to suit their preferences without too much trouble. These days, it is rather hard to imagine the world without coffee. According to studies, the average European drinks up to 150 litres of this beverage a year. The Finns are the absolute leaders on the Old Continent, as they are able to drink almost 14 kg of coffee per head per year. By comparison, the average Pole drinks barely 3.4 kg of coffee a year. 

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Properties of coffee 

The current popularity of the drink may give the false impression that coffee has always been appreciated by people from Europe. The truth, however, is somewhat different, so it is worth knowing. Historically, Europeans were reluctant to try coffee. In 1600, some monks demanded that Pope Clement VIII ban the consumption of this 'Muslim' brew. Fortunately, the Pope stated that the incredible qualities of coffee were a gift from God and it would be wrong to block the consumption of this stimulant. Life is probably too short to sample coffee from around the world, but one can always try. To sum up the discussion so far, it can be said that coffee can be served in many different ways. Among the main benefits of coffee are the good effect on short-term memory, the stimulation of the body guaranteed by natural caffeine, and the reduction of histamine secretion. In addition, coffee contains vitamins B2, B5, manganese, magnesium and potassium. It should also be added that it has a positive effect on the bronchi, which is why doctors recommend consuming coffee when suffering from shortness of breath. It is better to avoid the instant versions available in supermarkets if you want a great taste and aroma. It is better to put some money down and buy selected coffee beans. In the online shop, you can order coffees from all over the world and taste flavours you have not experienced before. 

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