Today I was thinking about traveling and the amazing coffee I had on my last trip way back in 2019. My sister and I traveled from the US to four cities in Europe. We landed in Wroclaw then headed to Budapest from Budapest to Vienna, and Vienna to Prague. It was a whirlwind 10ish days of travel for us and my first time leaving the US. We had a blast and enjoyed great food and coffee along the way. My sister is not a huge coffee person, but she knew between the jet lag and my coffee habit we would have to at least start each day with a coffee.
My standard order is cold brew or iced coffee, something about not needing to wait for it to cool down plus the tons of sugar added. That being said, the best coffee I ever had was probably a cappuccino in Vienna pictured here.
Do you have a favorite caffeinated beverage? Is it something local to where you live?
great choice of cities.
Yes, Vienna takes the coffee thing really serious. While in our parts you get coffee standard issue(Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato, etc.), they ask You if you want any special blend(Vienna Mélange, etc.). They seem to treat coffee similar to wine. That's real coffee dedication.
With Inflation going up, we had ourselves a coffee center for home office. Right now switching between Cappuccino and Coffee. It's a new take to find your favorite coffee beans. First we tried our local supermarkets. Next is Internet. Time to move on from Rookie to higher levels.
I'm a real coffee fanatic and we have a coffee / espresso machine at home. I love roasted coffee beans that are either rather sweet (for regular coffee and such) ór die-hard espresso-beans with a punch.
We tend to order from different brands online, but have settled more or less on a German(!) coffee brand that has a good sweetness to it at a fair price. For espresso, I tend to diverge a bit and try a lot of different brands and price-points.
I don't have my coffee in a coffeeshop but at home generally, and that gives me full control of what I'm drinking. So regular coffee and espresso (or rather : a "doppio" aka double espresso) for me, no milk, and a bit of sugar ... Those are my go-to's ...
Enjoy your coffee!
Sounds like a great trip @Former Member !!
I like coffee but I tend not to drink too much of it, because I have to add sugar. I find it bitter otherwise. Maybe I just didn't find the right one?! My choice of drink would be tea with milk or herbal teas (like peppermint & licorice).
In our local pub/restaurant - they serve a Baileys coffee - a very nice for a treat after your dinner! There's also the Irish Coffee with whiskey added instead of Baileys Irish Cream!
Yes, black tea with milk! There are lots of different brands, and it's quite common here in Ireland. Some people drink it just black with no milk.
I wish I had a photo to share of a Baileys coffee but I don't! Will keep it in mind!!
My favorite coffee is at home coffee. I recieved an espresso machine with a milk frother and now I make myself a cappuccino every morning practicing my latte art! 😊
I use a blend of dark roast usually ethiopian but I've been testing with different espresso blends.
So far it's my favortie part of the day! 😎
Thanks for sharing your Europe trip. Next time you are in Wroclaw (beautiful city!) you need to connect with @Vitaliy-R , @Former Member 😊
I am the tea person. Herbal tea in all variations, no black tea at all. I tend to put also milk and sugar into it from time to time.
I never drank and still don't drink regular coffee. A few years ago, I started with drinking espresso after lunch once in a while. Since my husband made me this lovely gift of an own espresso machine I cannot stand them anymore and need to drink at least one every day 😅 And then it is black and sweet ☕
I am somewhat of a coffee fan, and enjoy the ceremony of preparing it in the morning. I have a manual lever espresso machine from La Pavoni, and the appeal (beyond it making great espresso) is that it's hard to use, and you need to practise to see small improvements to your technique every day.
I get my beans from Heart & Graft, a local roastery just down the road from me, in Newton Heath, Manchester.
I have written a few coffee related posts on my blog, in case you want to know more: https://qmacro.org/tags/coffee/
I was a tea-person approx. 10 years ago. Drinking too much tea (with sugar). I managed to stop consuming sugar. Only tea! I was happy. Day by day, coffee (consumption) started to became more popular where I lived especially in business/busy area. One of my colleagues who I worked with in a CRM support project take me to coffee shops at lunch times. After these repeated activities, now I am a coffee-person. 😂
I drink americano, lungo, or just black coffee. ☕
Hi @Former Member here is the definition from wiki -> Lungo (Italian for "long") is a coffee beverage made by using an espresso machine to make an Italian-style coffee – short black (a single espresso shot) with more water (generally twice as much), resulting in a larger coffee, a lungo.
I am not expert on "barista", but I enjoy when I drink a great taste coffee. And of course, I should try other alternatives 🙂
My story is nothing special, and rather weird for real coffee aficionados. I haven't drunk much coffee until 2007. I did not like it, I did not need it, and often I did not feel well after it...
Then in May 2007, I relocated from Poland to California to join the BW consulting team at HP Services after working in outsourcing (meaning from the office) for years.
On the very first day in the office, my team lead told me "Let's go have a coffee". "I don't drink coffee" -- was my reply. He looked at me and said: "You are in consulting now. You won't survive without coffee".
We went to the nearby Starbucks at 11111 North Wolfe Rd at Cupertino, next to where our HP office used to be (now it is Apple's "Spaceship" location). It was my shock number two that day: I was not used to paying for a coffee outside if I have a coffee for free in the office. "I cannot drink office coffee," he said. Ok.
Since then Starbucks' "tall latte" became my drink. Ok, for 7 months it was "grande latte" after red-eye flights from San Francisco to Newark, where I was traveling every week for one of the projects. But I go to Starbucks only when I am in the US. Locals in California could not accept that, saying I should go to Peet's, but the coffee there was too strong for me.
Back in Poland, I don't go to Starbucks almost at all (btw, the first Starbucks in Poland opened in 2007, one month after I had left the country). I do not drink fancy coffee at home, usually, it is just Nescafe Crema Instant to irritate @qmacro on Monday morning with my red Nescafe cup.
Otherwise, you find me in some local multitap 🍻 more often than in a cafe.
I am also both. I drink more tea throughout the day (especially in the colder months of the year), but also enjoy a good coffee (kind of as a treat).
Similarly to @Vitaliy-R, I also got into the habit of drinking coffee through SAP, actually it all began on my very first day in the Walldorf office. The whole team always met after lunch in the coffee corner and enjoyed their coffee together, so I joined them, too. During the pandemic, I found myself going back to the roots, drinking more black tea with milk than coffee, and only occasionally had a "proper" coffee; in the rare moments when I met with friends for a coffee in a café or at their place.
A while ago, I still went to the café around the corner to get my Latte Macchiato with oat milk. My boyfriend didn't find it very efficient (time-wise and money-wise), hence he went ahead and bought me (as he doesn't drink coffee himself) a bialetti, milk frother, and fresh ground coffee (from the café I used to go to). Since, I get my Latte Macchiato at home, without even having to leave the house, and it's even better than the one from the café 😉
As mentioned above, I also love to drink black tea with milk a lot (preferably PG Tips or Yorkshire). I can only enjoy it with skimmed (cow) milk though, I guess because I am used to it that way. Anyone here that drinks their black tea with oat milk, almond milk, any other milk?
I don't drink black tea at all @lenastodal but on the weekend, I make myself a Chai Latte: it's cinnamon tea with sugar and frothy milk and of course with a cinnamon/sugar topping.😃
Of course, you also get it at Starbucks but I go there more rarely nowadays.