Coffee culture

In almost every country coffee is the beverage most popular. It has become part of nice morning breakfast or in the evening after dinner, coffee is present. Besides, the ways to make coffee are several and depend on the culture of each country and you can find a lot of variations in how coffee tastes.

According to Elena Sanz writer of the web page “Muy Interesante”, the word level average of coffee is around 2,86lb per person at year. The country that consumes more coffee in the world, it’s Finland. They consume 26,45lb of coffee per person a year. The second position is Norway. They consume 22,04lb of coffee per person a year. The third position is Switzerland and they consume 18,51lb of coffee per person a year. Dutch consumes 18,07lb of coffee per person a year. The penultimate position is Germany that consumes 14,11lb of coffee person a year.

In spite of Italy’s fame about coffee, this county is in the last position. Italians consume 13lb of coffee per person a year. However, Italians have been driving coffee culture around the world.


Finns are characterized by their quite odd people and their preference for light routed coffee. Most of the coffee is brewed with a drip filter coffee machine and espresso is still quite new thing for Finns. For example, Finn grandparents don’t know about espresso or cappuccino. Mostly, these kinds of coffee are consumed in restaurants and cafés by young people.

Like other countries, Finns drink “kahui” (coffee in Finnish) at home or at work. However, they drink at of cup at day. For this reason, they are in the top one of the countries that consume more coffee. It’s typical in the workplace corridors are stained by coffee spills, because everyone walks around with a cup of coffee in their hand. For Finns, it’s so important this habit. Even, Finland is the only country in the world where it’s stated in some collective labor agreement that they should be two 15 minutes of the coffee break.

On another hand, Finns have one popular rule to drink coffee, which is silent. It’s impressive that they can socialize with this kind of rule.  Imagine that you have a coffee break with your colleagues and friends but yet still totally silent. Also, when you are invited to Finn houses, it’s usually that they offer you a big cup or a lot of small cup of coffee and would be rude you refuse that. Especially it’s for older people.

Finns usually drink in a cup that it’s called “Moomin”, which are sold everywhere in the country.  These cups are very popular in Finland and you can find these in several formats and sizes, where you can enjoy an amazing cup of coffee. But remember be silent when you drink that.


Norway has strong culture of coffee due to its climate or because it’s cheaper than drink alcohol. Norway has strict alcohol laws and high taxes and for this reason coffee has become the most popular beverage in the country.

Scandinavian is known for its light roasts coffee and they usually drink black and filtered coffee. The typical coffee beverage is called “Kokekaffe” which is ground coffee steeped in just-boiled water for a few minutes. Also, they have “Dagen Kraffe” which means day coffee and it’s simple black filter coffee. Everyone loves to enjoy coffee in this country and they are very strict with its quality.  This quality is the most important factor for coffee demand in Norway.   

Norwegian’s day is divided by several coffee breaks. One cup to start their workday, another cup after lunch, them a coffee break with friends in the afternoon. And other cups after work in the evening. For their society coffee represent a beverage for socializing and this beverage is very deep in their culture.


Sophistication and elegance are the adjectives that describe the coffee culture of Swiss. Also for Swiss, the speak ways at the moment to drink coffee is very important and coffee breaks represent a tradition for Swiss culture. And they have the agreements on the work law.

Switzerland is a melting pot of different culture as German, French and Italian, and coffee habit represents this mix. The importance of coffee for Swiss is high compared to other countries, but the most important it’s its quality. They demand quality and elegance style to drink a cup of coffee.

The coffee scene is quite varied different for example: Kaffe-crème, which is cream in to the perfectly brewed espresso. It’s the most popular in this country. Another one is Schale that is a bowl of coffee with milk. Usually, it’s drinking for weak up in the morning. Luzerner Kaffe is thin coffee mix with very little wine and sugar.


Coffee in the Netherlands is strong coffee compared to the English blend but it tastes less strong than Italian. Dutch people like to drink coffee a lot and they usually consume it without milk.

Café and restaurant usually send their worker to barista class in Holland; they can improve their knowledge about coffee preparation. Therefore, Dutch’s restaurants or cafes can offer their customer a good quality coffee.

In Holland, the variety in types of coffee has expanded and it has become more extensive than only espresso, coffee, cappuccino and coffee with milk. This situation offers several opportunities to increase the opening of the coffee bars in the country.


Usually, people think that Italy should be in the top one on this list, it’s due to the Italy fame about the coffee around the world. Italian fame is owed to its quality of coffee and the diversity of coffee that exits in this country.

In Italy everyone has their own preferences about coffee and they demand a lot of coffee quality. Often Italian prefer to drink coffee in a bar the same to do Dutch. It’s because in Italy exists a great diversity of coffee types. And this diversity it’s very easy to present in a bar.

Example of sort of coffee: Caffè that is a creamy and tasty quite strong espresso. Caffè decaffeinato is a coffee deprived of caffeine. Caffè doppio is simply a double dose of espresso. Caffè ristretto is very concentrated espresso, therefore it is small. Caffè lungo is obtained by draining more water than usual and contains more caffeine than normal. Caffè macchiato caldo is a normal espresso with addition of a little warm milk. Caffè macchiato freddo is also normal espresso in which you add cold milk with small. Macchiatone is a cross between a macchiato and cappuccino. Caffè shakerato is an espresso with ice. And other coffees.

It is impressive the diversity of coffee that exists in Italy and their love for coffee has given Italy a position very important about the coffee culture refers. The European fanaticism about coffee is thanked Italy. They have been expressing the coffee culture around the world, especially Europe.

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