Rise of Coffee Culture in Pakistan
Coffee is cherry-like fruit, which is of red color. The coffee bean is found at the center of this red fruit. This bean is then roasted in order to make a coffee drink. This modern version of roasted coffee has an Arabic origin.
In Pakistan, Coffee trend is growing rapidly. Youngsters find it a good place for chatting, reading, and writing while taking the sips of dark and enticing drink. In several working firms, a coffee break is a usual get-together.
The coffee culture found its way from the Muslim community to the Western world. In the late 20th century, an unconcerned awareness about the use of coffee had been started growing. People loved to have this dark and delicious drink.
The word coffee has several names in different languages. In Yemen, it was called qahwah and kehweh in the Turkish language. It obtained the name “koffie” in Dutch, and finally, English has given the name “Coffee” to it.
Rise of Coffee Culture in Pakistan
Pakistan is a developing country, and a lot of changes have been brought in the country, especially during the previous 10 to 12 years. New trends like shopping malls, plaza, and facilitation of internet service have been introduced in Pakistan Café, and coffee culture is also part of these latest trends.
Pakistan is traditionally a tea-loving country. But, now the tea is being replaced by coffee, eminently by youngsters. The strong aroma, audacious color, and the rich taste are the influencing factors determining coffee’s preference.
For many years, coffee is being consumed as a beverage by the upper class and expatriates. In recent years, it has been transformed from a beverage taken by the elite to a drink that is very popular among the youth.
The coffee culture appeared in Pakistan in 2004 when Espresso was launched in Karachi. The trend spread faster after the entrance of Gloria Jean’s when the youth took well-bred coffee houses. Nowadays, a person can find a good number of cafeterias all across Pakistan, particularly in major cities of the country like Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi, and Multan.
The increasing number of coffee houses and affirmation of friends are some of the reasons behind the growing orientation of coffee culture. As we know, this is an era where social media is playing a leading role in human life.
So, the social media obsession is also a cause why youth prefers cafes over other haunts. It is not surprising to note that numerous cafes could be found at some walking distance from one another.
Café means a small restaurant equipped with a table, and more recently, it is considered a firm in which coffee and other snacks are being sold. It is a casual eating and drinking place.
A coffee house or café is an inauguration that exclusively serves coffee as well as other beverages like Espresso and tea drinks. Many cafes serve sandwiches, muffins, desserts, pastries, soups, and other light refreshments.
Some cafes provide wireless internet access services for their customers.LAN café is a type of such cafes as they permit their customers to use computers in which computer games are already installed. These types of services are provided to grab the attention of children as kids love to play games.
In modern-day lifestyles, Cafes are playing an important role in bringing people close as these cafeterias provide a place for social gatherings. People use to come to cafes for business meetings.
Local and branded coffee shops subsist all across the rustic. Usually, the foreigners who visit Pakistan prefer their black coffee with no added sugar, sweeter, or cream. But, the local residents like to adore milky, sweeter, and creamy coffee.
There are so many types of beverages that you may not be able to taste all of them in one lifetime. When you visit a coffee shop, you may come to know; there are numerous kinds of coffee the café has been offering. You could not count them all, although you tried.
The most commonly served coffee types in Pakistani cafes are Cappuccino, Mocha or Latte as most of people like milky and sweeter coffee. A regular cup of coffee is being sold for Rs125 to Rs500, depending on the type of coffee. Some Pakistanis also prefer black coffee.
Black coffee is ordinarily a composition of water and coffee, excluding milk. It is served in its pure form without any added sugar, honey, or cream. The addition of these ingredients can change the strong aroma and the rich dark color of the coffee by turning it lighter-brown or white.
There are many different ways to serve coffee, and each way is acceptable because of an eclectic and delightful taste.
Espresso is a conspicuous form of coffee. It is made up of passing steam at high pressure through grounded coffee beans, and then it is poured into a petite mug. The resultant brew is a thick coffee with creamy froth on the top. It is used as a base for further coffee drinks such as Americano.
Americano is made by pouring a large amount of hot water over espresso. Put it differently, a small shot of espresso is turned into a cup of coffee by adding hot water in it, and this cup of coffee is called Americano.
Ristretto is a concentrated shot of espresso with a slightly different taste. It is made with a similar method used for the production of Espresso. But here, half the amount of water is used. Similarly, Drip coffee long black, and Doppio are few coffee types in which espresso is used as a base.
Instant Coffee, Famous Coffee in Pakistan
Instant coffee is one of the most widely used because of its quick method. You just need to put hot water and coffee powder or crystals in a mug, stir it well and grab your delicious coffee. Nescafe instant coffee is its example.
Milk-based coffees are very popular among Pakistani people. When milk is added to coffee, it accommodates a certain type of aroma. By adding milk, the intensification of caffeine and acidity is reduced. Milk-based coffee is best brew during the evening hours. It also contains various types of coffees.
Cappuccino encloses both espresso and milk. A cup of cappuccino contains one shot of espresso, steamed milk and foamed milk on the top of steamed milk. It is offered hot, iced, with cream instead of milk or by sprinkling chocolate over the foamed milk and in many other ways.
A latte is an espresso-based blend with foamed and steamed milk. It is much sweeter than espresso due to the large amount of milk added in it. Its taste is also different from cappuccino because it contains a lot of milk as compared to cappuccino.
Flat milk includes espresso with a small quantity of milk. Espresso aroma remains dominant, while milk has also changed the taste to some extent. It is a popular milk-based drink.
Mocha is an American finding and is a variant of Latte. It contains a double espresso shot, steamed milk, and additional flavors. Customarily, hot chocolate is added to it. Cinnamon, whipped cream, and other toppings can also be added to have different flavors of taste.
Piccolo Latte, caffe Breve, Macchiato, Latte Macchiato Cortado and Gibraltar are also frequently served milk based coffees.
Iced and Cold Coffee
Iced coffee is an excellent combination of potable refreshments and satisfactory coffee aroma. It is made in two distinct ways. One is to make it hot and then put ice into the cup. Other, is to blend it cold; the interesting thing is that the coffee made using these two peculiar methods has a different taste.
Cold-brew is different from iced coffee. It is a simple mixture of ground coffee and cold water. This mixture is then placed in the refrigerator overnight and served after straining.
Nitro coffee is an exclusive cold-served coffee. It was invented by a food scientist Nate Armbrust. He performed an experiment in which he pumped nitrogen gas through the brew and obtained a new form of coffee that was creamier and richer in its taste than the old cold brew coffee. For the first time, nitro coffee was introduced in Pakistan by Café FLOC located in Karachi during the year 2017.
During summer, Cappuccino gets too hot to handle, so iced coffee is preferred over these hot coffees in this period of time.
Coffee Shops in Pakistan
There is a remarkable rise in the number of coffee shops and café during the first decade of the 21st century. In Pakistan, one can find a large number of coffee shops where people come with their friends and families. The lack of public places is the reason behind this enlarging number of cafes.
Kickstart café, located in Lahore, is not a regular café. It is a significant center where entrepreneurs come for meetups, work, and training. They conduct events and get together with an added advantage of a café service. The staff is very friendly. They try their best to fulfill the demands of customers.
The second cup is recognized as a leading exceptional global café brand. To provide a comforting, contemporary modern and relaxed environment to its customers come as a priority to the brand’s strategy. It is a Canadian brand and offers a variety of coffee. Along with coffee and tea, the café serves a large number of snacks and desserts.
Canadian coffee brand is the fastest-growing chain all across Pakistan. It has started its branches in smaller urban centers because of the increasing popularity of coffee.
Coffee Planet is a coffee house, and predominantly it sells coffees and teas. The café provides free internet and a relaxing sitting area. Also, a student can complete his assigned work while using the internet facility. You can find one of the best beverages that are being offered in Lahore, with an adorable price.
Gloria Jean’s has played a phenomenal role in rising coffee culture in Pakistan. It is an amazing place to hang out. The coffee offered is mediocre. Several Gloria Jean’s branches are equipped with large tables, and yes, you can put all your stuff out on the tables. You can do your work on your laptop while taking sips of elegant coffee.
Cinnabon is an American chain that is now introduced in Pakistan. Its branched could be found in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi. It has a good reputation because of serving fresh and aromatic cinnamon rolls.
Different types of methods are used to serve the coffee. Batch brew and pour-over coffee are the latest techniques. Special effort is made by the staff for the elegant designing on the top of coffee in order to quench the attention of customers.
Evidence indicates that taking 4 cups of coffee per day is an optimal amount. Coffee can increase energy level and makes you smarter. It helps to burn fat and is an antioxidant.
There is a popular story about the discovery of coffee. It is said that there was a man named Kaldi, who was a goat herder. He noticed that his goats become gleeful and energetic after eating coffee shrub. After having that, Kaldi found the fruit showed a simulative reaction for a human being. He became more didactic after eating that red fruit of coffee shrub.
It is assumed that the coffee culture has come from the western world, but the fact is that during the 14th century, it was a very popular drink in the Muslim community. It was used as an energy drink during long prayer sessions as it makes people alert and astir.
Coffee houses were built in major Muslim countries such as Makkah, Istanbul, Damascus, Cairo Baghdad, etc. during the 15th century from where this beverage
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