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European Coffee Shops

European Coffee Shops

European Coffee Shops

Many people consider the coffee culture to be a very American concept and the TV show Friends has promoted this idea further. However that is not to say that there are not European coffee shops and that this is an idea that has very much migrated onto the continent. At the same time it’s also the case that many European countries have had their own coffee culture and their own European coffee shops that came before it was ever big in the US.

England is well known for drinking tea and it’s true that if you ask the majority of Brits they’ll say that they prefer a cup of tea over a coffee. However there are still many European coffee shops in England and many of these are the same franchises found in the US. These include such European coffee shops as Costa, Starbucks, Café Nero and Coffee Culture. These serve tea as well as all of the usual coffee varieties such as espressos, lattés and cappuccinos, and are particularly popular among students who meat their to socialise during the day to work, and also among the self employed. Many busy professionals will also use European coffee shops in England for a boost during their work break.

Many of these same brand names also exist on the continent in Germany, France and Italy but at the same time these also have many of their own smaller cafes which normally have outdoors seating and are very popular thanks to the laid back lifestyle that many of these continental countries enjoy. In Paris particularly their cafes (they are generally known as cafes rather than as European coffee shops) are very popular and walking down any street you are likely to find lots of forward facing seats with locals drinking coffee and tea and watching the world go by.

In Eastern Europe the coffee culture is not quite the same and European coffee shops are rarer to find. In many Eastern European countries such as Poland, the hot drink of choice is tea with lemon rather than milk and you will find there are fewer dedicated European coffee shops as a result of this and the colder climate in many of these countries.

22 Comments so far

  1. Mike   November 10, 2010 3:58 am

    It’s great that we have some European coffee shops like Starbucks. I don’t usually drink coffee, though, but when I do, I know where to go. Even if I’m almost a non drinker, I love the unique smell of fresh coffee, it’s very nice and relaxing. My friends like Starbucks too, they have the best lattes I’ve ever tasted.
    I’ll be sure to remember to try out some other european coffee-shops in the future. You made me very curious :)

  2. Bob   November 19, 2010 1:29 pm

    European coffee shops are on the same level with the US ones. At least, that’s my opinion. I’ve seen both continents and I can say that european coffee shops are just as many as you can find in US.
    As a big coffee-fan, I prefer Starbucks. Not only do they have the best coffee, but their cappuccinos and lattes are mindblowing. :D

  3. Ral   December 16, 2010 4:01 pm

    European coffee can’t compare to the one you can find in US, Bob. Or maybe we consumed different types of europe coffee. Americans are heavy consumers and thanks to that, they strive to offer good coffee.

    Not saying bad things about european coffee, just a thought.

  4. Miamira   December 22, 2010 1:13 am

    European coffee shops are more pleasant. It’s a general opinion. Europe seems to have nicer and better european coffee shops than US, for instance. The coffee made here is also good.
    Brb, going to drink my coffee in one of my favorite european coffee shops :D

  5. Barney   January 5, 2011 2:10 pm

    One of the best European Coffee Shops I was in was Coffee Culture. There I tasted the best coffee ever. Starbucks is an american company. It is not one of the european coffee shops. And in my opinion, it is not that great as it’s said to be.

  6. Fender   January 6, 2011 3:59 am

    I’ve never been to Europe. However, I have heard that waiters in european coffee shops are kind to their clients. Also, these european coffee shops are quite comfortable. Is it true?

  7. Piper   January 8, 2011 12:41 pm

    I love going to coffee shops. It does not matter if they are European or not. Coffee shops with outdoor seating are the best. You can enjoy your coffee while checking out the scenery. And you will be able to relax all at the same time. Life if good in a coffee shop!

  8. Myra   January 22, 2011 8:27 am

    One of my goals while backpacking in Europe this summer is to visit a European coffee shop. I want to be able to sit outside in cafe and enjoy the laid back lifestyle. I think that this is one of the perks of living in Europe is that you can truly enjoy your coffee because the lifestyle is so laid back.

  9. emmy   February 15, 2011 10:30 am

    Last summer I worked at 2 European coffee shops. I went to Germany to find something to work because I needed money. I could say that Germans give really big tips. :D
    These 2 European coffee shops I worked to were very popular. Every morning they were full of business people who came there to start the day with a good and refreshing coup of coffee.

  10. marimar   February 16, 2011 11:45 am

    I like old fashioned European coffee shops.
    I like the ones that the sweet aroma of the coffee beans with that beautiful smell creates an ambiance quite special.
    European coffee shops near the lake, where a soft breeze can carry that smell all around the café.The ones that are symbols of class and casual comfort.

    I’m pretty sad that there aren’t remaining too much European coffee shops like this =(

  11. laura   February 20, 2011 5:50 am

    Marimar, European coffee shops from Italy still keep that magic touch that you like so much. Today many Italian cafes try to be according to the traditional Italian ones.
    European coffee shops from Italy are very romantic.
    Italians are very romantic natures…

    And like you, I like European coffee shops that try to build up a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere and also that beautiful smell of coffee beans.

  12. Columbeanu   March 6, 2011 7:17 am

    I haven’t visited any European coffee shops because I don’t like coffee hahahaha. It has a bitter taste.
    I prefer to visit a pub and drink some beer. It is more delicious.
    European coffee shops are for rich people who don’t know how to have fun.

  13. Ari'el   March 13, 2011 1:53 pm

    European coffee shops are my favorite places to visit when I go in a foreign country. All the time I buy another type of coffee. I’ve tried so many different types so far.
    I’ve visited European coffee shops in England, France and Italy. Every country has its own style of serving the coffee.

  14. Fine   March 15, 2011 8:06 am

    The best European coffee shops are found in Italy. Maybe this is because Italy was the place where coffee was introduced to the world. Like I said before in a previous article, Italy was ‘the mother’ of coffee in Europe.
    European coffee shops from Italy, indeed, keep that traditional style. They are just like in those old movies.

  15. Alan Hickey   March 17, 2011 5:37 am

    To all of you who pretend to be or claim to be big coffee fans yet also claim to be big fans of Starbucks, you really need to get your palate checked by a doctor. As a chef and having worked in the industrie for seventeen years all around the world, I have developed quite a keen palate for fine food, wine and coffee. It is with this that I can say; The importance of first, a well roasted bean which has been properly freshly ground and a well maintained coffe machine are all vital to making a good espresso. However in addition to all the above requirements to make a good espresso, if you were to make a coffee which also includes milk such as a caffe latte or the brilliant Australian flat white, you need a barrista who can also steam milk well, all of which, in any Starbucks I have visited, is lacking. I would therefor conclude that Starbucks infact makes crap coffee. Also in addition, if you claim to be a coffee lover yet add a flavour, such as hazelnut or even sugar to your coffee, you are infact not a certified coffee lover. I agree that many coffee shops in Europe are wonderful looking, yet most times the only option to having a decent coffee is to order an espresso as usually the beans are of good quality and the coffee machine sufficient, however most times the barrista lacks the skill of steaming milk (most times it is boiled and frothy). If you want a well served coffee with milk, do yourself a favour and visit Australia.

  16. Marty   March 17, 2011 3:05 pm

    I sit here now and am drinking a fine cup of hot tea. It is the best thing to do to relax so I understand why the Europeans love their coffee and tea. It is a nice way to relax and recover at the end of the day.I find enjoyment in it everyday!

  17. Petra   March 19, 2011 11:36 am

    European coffee shops are the best. Let me tell you Americans that your Starbucks over there have nothing on a European one. The coffee is just fantastic. And the shop itself is quite relaxing and quaint.

  18. Julia R.   April 28, 2011 10:48 am

    Sincerely, I haven’t visited many European coffee shops. Every time I visit a new country I have already planned what to visit. I don’t have enough time to spend it in European coffee shops. I prefer to quickly buy a coffee and drink it while I’m walking to the next point. This way I have enough time to see everything I’ve planned.

  19. Barzel   April 29, 2011 1:27 am

    Indeed, in England there are many European coffee shops even if the British prefer the tea instead of coffee. It’s important that they serve tea as well as the coffee. I’ve visited some European coffee shops in England and I’ve loved how they interact with the costumers. Also the atmosphere there was very nice.
    In these places you can drink a good and refreshing coffee and also you can have a good time.

  20. Bella   August 25, 2011 11:03 am

    I can imagine myself at a European coffee shop. It sounds delightful to me. I would love to plan a vacation and just be able to lounge around at one some morning. Enjoying my coffee and all the sites.

  21. Jesa   September 10, 2011 11:46 am

    I have been to a few European coffee shops. I am not much for coffee though. But I figured I might as well get some of the culture when I was there. The coffee I had was pretty tasty.

  22. Terranova   October 30, 2011 3:23 pm

    I haven’t visited many European coffee shops so far. But these places are perfect for many occasions. For a meeting, for a date or for simply buying a coffee. For me European coffee shops are the perfect places where I can buy I good coffee. Even if it is a cappuccino or an espresso they are all good if they are served at a European coffee shop.

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