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New coffee culture for coffee lovers
Recently I read an article on the Guardian newspaper about how the coffee culture is shaping Britain. Being Italian I'm very much used to coffee bars where you would meet friends, have a chat and enjoy a capuccino, espresso or mocha.
This Coffee culture brings more and more people to specialized coffee bars rather than the more old fashions British cafes.
(photo from Gardian.co.uk)
According to several news report and news paper articles Britain coffee habits have changed drasticly over the last few years.
It seem the British public are ditching the good old instant coffee for more sophisticated and exotic way of enjoying this lovely beverage.
Coffee bars, including international chains such as Costa, Coffee Republic, Starbucks etc... are becoming more popular most probably due to the choice they offer but also for the lovely atmosphere.
When I first came to this country, over 20 years ago, all you could get in a cafe was black, white and if you were lucky a capuccino and a not so nice espresso. In the new coffee bars the choices are so abundant nowadays.
As well as coffee bars popularity, coffee at home seems to have become part of the culture. With a variety of machines and coffees available all you have to do is look in the cupboard and chose whatever coffee you feel like today!
I love good old fashion caffettiera - (known as espresso makers)
Everyone in Italy will own a few "caffettiera". It's part of our culture.
They are economical to buy, last ages and make, in my opinion, the best coffee you can have at home.
Of course the coffee you choose has to be of good quality no matter which coffee maker you have.
I use Lavazza.
The picture is of my two very old and very used coffee makers.
They look yukky but in order to brew a great coffee they must NEVER be washed with soap. Just give them a quick rinse after use of you will compromise the taste of the coffee!
What is your favorite coffee?
Programmable coffee makers
The great advantage of these coffee makers is they normally come with a timer so you can wake up with a freshly brewed coffee ready to drink. They also have a hot plate which will keep your coffee warm for normally a couple of hours.
The end for instant?
Seems that less and less people are drinking instant coffee. A recent poll carried out in England shows that, although sales of instant coffee have decrease over the last year, it is still the most popular coffee bought by the consumers.
I personally always have a jar of instant as a back up.
A new generation of coffee makers
Capsules, or pod coffee makers have become very popular over the last few years. I was quite surprised to see most of my friends and family have bought one over the last couple of years. Looks like the old caffettiera is only used as spare when running out of capsules.
I bought a Tassimo system and use it when I fancy a coffee with the difference.