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Feb 12, 2014 07:01 AM

Coffee in America

I find it very strange that brewed coffee is the norm in America.
In Australia, we would balk at the idea that anything other than an espresso machine would be used.
We, certainly, have a migrant culture down here, so likewise Italian and Asian food are expected to be traditional.
However, brew coffee is never served in caf├ęs and almost never served even at home these days.

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  1. Espresso is a late 19th century invention.
    Brewed coffee is more traditional than espresso.
    Arab and Turkish brewing styles are even more traditional.
    I think Australians probably drink espresso because they'll have tea when they want a longer sipping hot drink. For historical political reasons, Americans prefer coffee to tea.

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    1. re: caganer

      What did the swagman have in his tucker, tea or coffee? He only had a billy to boil water.

      1. re: paulj

        Coffee is a late import into Australia, really. We mostly came from English convicts, so tea was the go to drink back then.
        I watched a fascinating television program about espresso coffee which claimed the first espresso machine arrived here sometime in the 1940's, although there is dispute about where and when.

        1. re: cronker

          Where as 150 years ago, Americans were roasting and grinding their own coffee.

          A bolt on coffee grinder was an essential part of chuck wagon (ranch cook's wagon) equipment.

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      1. Interesting. What about to-go coffee? Like from a convenience store or take out restaurant? Also espresso?

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        1. re: tcamp

          Yes, absolutely! Even in petrol stations. No brew coffee ever! Weird, huh?

          1. re: cronker

            Yes! The big, fancy gas stations here--such as Sheetz and Wawa--have multiple types of brewed coffee for sale but also usually a self serve machine with "espresso" drinks, e.g. cappuccino.

            Is the petrol station espresso made by an actual person or from a self serve machine?

            1. re: tcamp

              Our petrol stations in Australia normally have a coffee shop attached. So you buy your petrol and walk over to the coffee place and buy your latte or whatever.

              1. re: tcamp

                BTW, the self serve "espresso" is nothing more than a machine that mixes instant powder with hot water. It's not real coffee.

                1. re: tcamp

                  Wawa has lattes and cappuccinos you can order now. They make them in espresso machines. I get one once in awhile, and they are good. I just wish they had more flavors besides mocha and caramel.

              2. re: tcamp

                Driving through Europe, pretty much all the gas stations that I've encountered have pretty great espresso-based beverages.

              3. In my American house we do not have a drip coffee maker. We have an espresso machine and use it to make Americana style coffee. We used to have a French press but I seem to have misplaced it.

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                1. re: jpc8015

                  Yes, common in Australia too, however we have very inexpensive espresso home machines which can be quite good.
                  They are almost a staple of most homes now, and you would be hard pressed to go to a dinner where espresso style coffee is not served.
                  I'm not bagging over top brewed coffee, god knows I have survived on it when working it hospitality, I'm just sayin

                  1. re: jpc8015

                    What is Americana coffee?

                    Over here, I believe it is a long black with cold milk on the side?

                    1. re: cronker

                      "Americano" is espresso diluted with hot water.

                        1. re: cronker

                          yes, though I've heard that at least theoretically, a long black has a higher espresso to water ratio than Americano. Also, long black is espresso added to hot water, and an Americano is hot water added to espresso (supposedly affects the crema).

                          I'm more into American-style brewed coffee than espresso drinks, so apologies if I get any of this wrong.

                          1. re: cowboyardee

                            No, you are correct. A long black involves two shots of espresso added to a cup with two thirds boiling water. It does give a nice crema.

                    2. re: jpc8015

                      Espresso diluted with hot Water does not taste anything like Filter or Drip Coffee

                        1. re: jpc8015

                          You said you make American style coffee with your Espresso Machine.

                          1. re: chefj

                            An Americano is espresso topped with hot water.

                            1. re: jpc8015

                              You said Americana. I thought you just added a stray "a"

                    3. Espresso isn't a "brew"?

                      Americans drink a lot of coffee. Drip brewing is a much faster and less labor-intensive way to produce coffee in large quantities than making espresso one or two shots at a time. We are nothing if not efficient.

                      On the other hand, espresso has become so popular in the US in the past thirty years or so that it can be found almost everywhere. You pay your money and you take your choice.