Exploring Coffee Culture Around the World

October 01, 2023 5 min read

Exploring Coffee Culture Around the World

Behind every cup of coffee, there's a rich culture, tradition, and history. Coffee is not just a beverage; it's a global phenomenon that connects people from different corners of the world. Join us on an exciting journey as we explore coffee cultures from various countries.

Italy: The Home of Espresso 

Italy is renowned for its espresso, a super-concentrated coffee that's a daily ritual for many Italians. The morning espresso kick-starts the day, and it's equally acceptable after any meal. 

However, there are some unwritten coffee etiquette rules to keep in mind when in Italy. For instance, ordering a cappuccino after lunch is a big no-no. Italians firmly believe that cappuccinos should only be enjoyed before 11 a.m. If you ask for one later, you might be met with raised eyebrows.

Another Italian favourite is the caffè doppio, which means "double coffee." It's not a watered-down version but rather a powerful caffeine punch. The barista brews two espressos and serves them in the same cup, creating an intense coffee experience.

Turkey: The Birthplace of Turkish Coffee

Turkey holds a special place in coffee history as the birthplace of Turkish coffee, a traditional method that dates back centuries. Turkish coffee is known for its strong, unfiltered brew and is typically served in small cups.

In Turkey coffee isn't just about the drink; it's about the conversation. Coffeehouses, known as "kahvehane," are places where people come together to discuss politics, culture, and life.That’s why In Turkey people say “ a cup of coffee has 40 years of memory. Fortune-telling with coffee grounds is also a cherished tradition in Turkish coffee culture.

“There are three different ways that you can enjoy your Turkish coffee: with sugar, medium sugar, or without sugar. My philosophy when it comes to Turkish coffee is simple: the stronger, the better. That's why I believe the best brewing method should leave some sediment at the bottom of the cup and gently foam on the top.” - Neslihan

Ethiopia: The Birthplace of Coffee

Ethiopia is the legendary birthplace of coffee, and its coffee culture is deeply rooted in tradition. Here, coffee isn't just a drink it's also a centuries-old ceremony, a social bond, and a source of pride.

In Ethiopia, coffee is prepared in a unique way. Coffee is grown on trees and green coffee beans are roasted over an open flame, filling the air with an enchanting aroma. The freshly roasted beans are then ground and brewed to perfection. Coffee ceremonies are a symbol of hospitality, where friends and family gather to share stories, laughter, and, of course, coffee. It's an experience that transcends time and connects Ethiopians across generations. This is the essence of Moyee’s Double and Single blends as well that you can enjoy in your own home too!

America: A Coffee Nation

In the United States, coffee is more than just a morning pick-me-up; it's a way of life. The American coffee culture is diverse, with a wide range of coffee styles and preparations. From the classic drip coffee to specialty espresso-based drinks like lattes and cappuccinos, there's something for every coffee lover. Coffee shops serve as community hubs where people gather to work, study, or simply enjoy a cup of their favourite brew. It's a culture that thrives on convenience and choice. 

Our very own Meaghan says: “My favourite part about coffee in The States is going to a diner for breakfast and having people walking around with their filter coffee pots to give everyone their free refills. This is something that makes me feel at home!”

Brazil: Coffee Giant

Brazil is the world's largest coffee producer, and coffee is deeply embedded in its culture and economy. Brazilian coffee is known for its rich and full-bodied flavor.

In Brazil, coffee is a part of daily life, from breakfast to late-night conversations. The country's coffee culture is marked by its hospitality and a tradition known as "cafezinho," where small, strong cups of coffee are offered to guests as a sign of welcome.

Japan: Precision and Purity

In Japan, precision and artistry merge to create a unique coffee culture. Japanese coffee is known for its meticulous preparation, whether it's pour-over coffee or siphon brewing.

Japanese coffee culture emphasizes the pursuit of perfection. Baristas dedicate themselves to the craft of coffee-making, and coffee shops often have minimalist aesthetics that reflect simplicity and purity. It's a culture where every detail matters, resulting in a cup of coffee that's both elegant and delicious.

According to Yohei In Japan; “You can get a cup of coffee 24/7 everywhere. What makes this possible is because of the Japanese “Vending Machine” culture as well as the “Convenience Store” culture. You can enjoy filter coffee, canned coffee, or even collaborative special coffee anywhere, everywhere at any time you like. That's what makes Japanese coffee culture special to me!”

Kenya: Bold and Bright Flavors

Kenya's coffee is celebrated for its rich and bold flavors. The Kenyan coffee culture is marked by its distinctive brewing methods, with the "kamjuru" or drip brewing being a favourite.

Kenyan coffee is not just a beverage; it's a reflection of the country's vibrant culture and landscape. The coffee beans are grown in high-altitude regions, resulting in a complex flavor profile that includes intense notes. Kenyans take their coffee seriously, and you'll often find locals engaging in lively conversations over a cup of freshly brewed coffee. You can do just the same with Moyee’s Triple Blend and Dark Roast which brings you a coffee that is full-bodied, chocolaty, full, dark, nicely balanced, perfect for deep conversations and to start your morning on the right foot. 

India: Spices and Chai

In India, coffee shares the stage with another beloved beverage: chai. While tea (chai) is very popular, coffee has its own devoted following, particularly in the southern regions.

South Indian filter coffee is famous for its unique preparation method, using a metal filter and chicory. Coffee Houses known as "kaapi kadai" serve as community hubs where people gather for conversations and to enjoy a cup of coffee.The coffee is served in something called “dabarah”, traditionally they are made with brass. 

Jeevith is here to tell a little more about how he likes his coffee the most:  “When I think of filter coffee my mind immediately goes to the smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning with hot foamy milk and a couple spoons of sugar. This on the side of a typical South Indian breakfast is the definition of my perfect morning.”

Ireland: Where Coffee Meets Coziness

Ireland is a place where coffee culture meets coziness, creating a unique and inviting atmosphere. Coffee shops across the country are more than just places to grab a cup of joe; they're community hubs where conversations flow as freely as the coffee.

In Ireland, there is a warm embrace of coffee, often served alongside a slice of homemade cake or a scone. The Irish love their "cuppa" and appreciate a good brew that warms the soul. It's not uncommon to find live music sessions in Irish coffee shops, adding to the welcoming ambiance.

And let's not forget Irish Coffee, the iconic blend of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and topped with cream. It's not just a drink; it's a delightful experience that embodies the Irish spirit of conviviality.


In the world of coffee, each country has brewed its own unique blend of tradition and innovation, turning coffee consumption into a cherished cultural experience.  As the global coffee community continues to grow, fueled by the love for a great cup and the desire for connection, this month we celebrate not only the beverage but the stories, rituals, and friendships it creates. Coffee isn't just a drink; it's a passport to explore the world's diverse cultures, one delightful sip at a time. 

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