Christmas & Coffee – Around the World

Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh, over the hills we go, laughing all the way…

Christmas is almost here, and we absolutely cannot stay calm!
One of the most colourful (and wonderful) times of the year, Christmas is celebrated all over the world and whether you’re a sucker for traditions or not, some of these Christmas ones are just too delicious to let go of.

Different communities and cultures have different traditions associated with Christmas. From singing Christmas carols to midnight mass, the traditional rum-soaked plum cake to elaborate Christmas dinners, Christmas is all about getting together with family & friends and being merry.

Over the years, coffee has become intertwined with everything in our lives, so obviously it made it’s way to Christmas and Christmas traditions. So, get your cup of coffee brewing and read more about some of these coffeelicious Christmas traditions from around the world.

Gifting Coffee in Russia and Eastern Europe

You were planning to gift coffee to your friend this Christmas, weren’t you? (Shameless link share to our coffee gifts) Well, you’d be surprised to know that gifting coffee has been quite a tradition in Russia, Eastern Europe and even in the Scandinavian region.

The tradition dates back to the 19th century. Coffee was regarded as ‘Black Gold’ in the region and is considered very valuable & special. Gifting coffee to loved ones is considered auspicious and highly regarded. People get together for Christmas dinner, and coffee is an essential part of
this dinner too.

So, when you are gift-wrapping the coffee this year, remember, in a way
you’re following a long-held Russian tradition. Something to write in the card on the gift, eh?

Kaffemik in Greenland

Kaffemik is a Danish word for guests getting together and enjoying their time while having coffee together. Kaffemik is held for holidays, birthdays, festivals, especially Christmas.

It is becoming increasingly popular in Greenland as an alternative to the elaborate traditional Christmas dinner. Ideally, a kaffemik lasts for about 3 to 4 hours, and a guest is expected to stay only for as much time as it would take them to have two cups of coffee. Then the guests leave and make room for new guests. However, this is no hard rule, and the aim is to enjoy the occasion.

Organizing a kaffemik at home could be a great idea this Christmas, isn’t it? (Ps: We’ll wait for our invite)

Traditional Coffee Bread in Sweden

Swedish coffee bread is a Christmas tradition in Sweden, along with Swedish meatballs and other goodies. It is typically braided and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. If that doesn’t make your mouth water, we aren’t sure what will!

Cardamom is an essential ingredient in this coffee bread, giving it a warm festive feel along with cinnamon and while it doesn’t have any coffee “in” it, it’s enjoyed with coffee, hence the name 🙂

You’ll find a lot of recipes for this, so let’s get baking! Enjoy this delicious bread with some freshly brewed hot coffee and send us a piece of it too.

Christmas Morning Cake in the USA

If there is one coffee cake that has stood the test of time, it is the Christmas Morning Cake. It is also called an overnight cake, because you need to blend in the ingredients together, refrigerate them overnight, and then bake it fresh in the morning as you open the presents with your family and friends.

Of course, we all know what goes best with cake. Yup, Coffee! Now that’s a perfect Christmas morning.

Do you know of any such interesting coffee traditions? Or have some of your own? Tell us and we’ll share them ahead!

And if you’re still looking for Christmas gifts for friends and family, check out our coffee collection today!

Images from Toa Heftiba, Kira, Jennifer Pallian for Unsplash and PvProductions and Kamran Aydinov for Freepik.

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