As you can see, I am quite the world traveler! I have been all over the world, and one of my favorite things to do, is to drink coffee and espresso, wherever I can. I am amazed at the many varieties that I have found. There’s nothing better than exploring the world, bright-eyed and alert, so a nice little “pick-me-up” shot of espresso, does no harm!
Cuba: also known as “café cubano” is a prominent cultural and social activity in Cuba, Miami, Palm Beach and even the Keys. This is a special kind that is made by adding demerara sugar tothe container, where the espresso will drip. Apparently, this kind is compared to Vietnamese regular coffee. Because of this special sugar, it results in a creamy, light brown paste. Generally, café cubano is much sweeter than most espresso.
America: As we all know, the United States of America is the worlds mecca of cultures. One thing I have noticed during travels, is the large amounts of different kinds of espresso based drinks. We all know and love Starbucks around the world, but the USA has modernized some of the coolest drinks. Such as, adding fancy chocolates including white, milk, and dark chocolates, but also adding caramel, hazelnut syrups to each cup. Another thing I thought was pretty awesome while visiting a friend in the states, was her homeespresso maker. This product came in many different flavors, even from different little cups from Columbia, India, and Brazil. This machine was the real American experience!
Paris: The city of Paris in France had some of the best espresso I’ve ever had. One of the cool things about this, was learning the differentwords and language of the beautiful French. I got to speak with a silly French accent, but really learn the coffee based culture of the city. I also thought that it was so cute when I was asked for sugar, I got two little cubes on my dish. Most of the time, I assume they add some sweetener, but this was pure, real sugar cubes. One of the dreamiest espresso’s I’ve ever had!
Italy: Last, but certainly not least… the real thing. The truest art form of the Italians, their espresso, the ones that started it all- the cultural phenomenon that spread across the world and launched an $80 billion dollar industry. I had ordered the natural “press” espresso. Which means the coffee extract was pressed out of their machines. I can honestly say, it’s so authentic and true to the Italian roots.
Of course, I’ve had espresso in many different countries- I just thought these were the best. I recommend tasting the cultures of the world, whether it be coffee, the food, or the adult beverages to get the proper experience while you travel.