Coffee Culture Around the World

What would you call a morning that doesn’t involve coffee? That’s definitely not a good day! Coffee has been an essential part of our start to the day. Not only that, coffee is a drink that remains popular at all times and among all age groups. Nowadays, different coffee shops and even online tea shops are increasing the coffee and tea culture. Tea, coffee and other blooming drinks have become a part of our lives and no one meets them for the first time. Coffee shops are no longer just for coffee. Different cafes and bistros around the block are meeting points and a place to share the latest gossip with your friends.

Cafe culture is basically a media term that is most popularly used for a social place that is surrounded by a coffee and tea environment around it. Due to the popularity all over the world, there are different forms and different rituals about coffee everywhere.

In Asia, people generally like to have a lighter and sweeter coffee compared to other western countries. Cafes are usually meeting places and social gatherings. The most preferred is Cappuccino. In Northern Europe, coffee is served at parties with homemade cakes, pastries and cookies. Coffee in Türkiye becomes slightly different. The beans are fine and the water is boiled about three times and then placed in a long-handled brass pot. Sometimes cardamom or sugar is also added. The French usually drink coffee at the beginning of the day, and for the Germans it is a drink for social gatherings.

There are also religious limits associated with coffee and tea. Different religions have different things to say about coffee. In Islam, tea and coffee are prohibited only at the time of fasting. The fast lasts from dawn to dusk and all eatables, including water, are prohibited at that time.

Coffee is prohibited for Mormons. Also known as Latter-day Saints, followers of this religion ban coffee because they believe it blocks their spiritual connections. According to the Words of Wisdom, it is said, “Hot drinks are not for the body or belly” (D&C 89:9). It is interpreted that Joseph Smith actually referred to tea and coffee because they were the only hot beverages available at the time.

According to Seventh-day Adventists, opinions on coffee are somewhat mixed. Previously, they banned it because they heavily emphasize a healthy diet. Therefore, they were banned as it contains caffeine. However, this view is somewhat deprecated now and is no longer implemented. Still, it’s supposed to be avoided.

In Judaism, there are actually no problems with coffee. There are issues with kosher. Kosher issues arise from both tea and coffee. Flavored coffee may use different flavorings, flavored beans, and syrups that do not meet all kosher issues. The same goes for decaffeinated coffee as it contains ethyl acetate.

Rastafarians are quite similar to Seventh-day Adventists and generally emphasize a healthy diet. This genre prohibits the use of tobacco, alcohol, salt, coffee, meat and other processed foods. Their diet depends mainly on cereals, fruits and vegetables.