Kaldi was a shepherd in the mountains of Ethiopia. One day he observed that when his goats were eating the seeds of a bush nearby they were becoming more vivid. He picked some of them and took them to a monk. The monk boiled them and drunk the beverage. He realized that it gave him much more energy. Gradually the news spread throughout the country and people started drinking this new beverage.
Somewhere in 12th century the seeds spread to the Arabic peninsula and Yemen was the first country that developed coffee, Qahwa as it was called in the local language.
In Greece, the history of coffee begins during Ottoman occupation. Greeks drink coffee way before Europeans. Only in Thessaloniki in 17th century there are more than 300 coffee shops in which Greeks and Turks enjoy their coffee. Having as a starting point Constantinople (Istanbul) coffee habit spreads throughout Greece.
Usually coffee shops not only did they serve coffee but they were actually making it from scratch. They were buying the little green seeds, roasting them in big pans and then grinding them in small, makeshift grinders. They used to have a specific employee who performed this job usually in front of the shop in order to attract customers.
The first specialty coffee shops appear somewhere at the end of 19th century, beginning of 20th. Between 1940-44, because of World War II, the shops that managed to survive did so by processing substitutes such as chickpea, barley etc. After the end of war there was a tremendous governmental intervention in the coffee price leading people to move from drinking Greek coffee to the instant one which was cheaper but less healthy because of its chemical process. Today coffee market has returned to normal and anyone can enjoy whichever type of coffee he wishes.
Greeks love coffee and there are innumerable coffee shops in which one can sit and enjoy several types of coffee. People go out and meet for coffee, the fact that this country has a mild winter as well promotes the social gathering and coffee drinking is the best excuse.
This recipe for mocha ice cream is so easy even a child can make it. Not cooking, no beating. Just whisking everything and pour them in the ice cream maker and tah dah the ice cream is ready.
- 230 gr. / 8 oz. cold whole milk
- 150 gr. / 5.3 oz. sugar
- 8 gr. / 0.28 oz. espresso powder
- 11 gr. / 0.38 oz. cocoa powder
- 455 gr. / 16 oz. cold heavy cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 113 gr. orange flavored cookies, broken into small pieces
- 50 gr. / 1.7 oz. chocolate chips
- Whisk together the milk, sugar, espresso powder, and cocoa until the sugar is dissolved.
- Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla.
- Pour in ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's directions.
- Stir cookie bits and chocolate chips into soft ice cream, and either serve immediately or place it in a container and freeze for at least two hours.
- Take it out about 15-20 minutes before serving to be able to scoop and serve.
- 230 γρ. γάλα κρύο
- 150 γρ. ζάχαρη
- 8 γρ. εσπρέσο σε σκόνη
- 11 γρ. κακάο σκόνη
- 455 κρέμα γάλακτος 35% λιπαρά
- 1 κ.γ. εκχύλισμα βανίλιας
- 113 γρ. Μπισκότα με γεύση πορτοκάλι, σπασμένα σε μικρά κομμάτια
- 50 γρ. Σταγόνες σοκολάτας
- Χτυπήστε ελαφρά μαζί το γάλα, τη ζάχαρη, τη σκόνη espresso και το κακάο μέχρι να διαλυθεί η ζάχαρη.
- Ανακατεύετε μέσα την κρέμα γάλακτος και τη βανίλια.
- Ρίξτε το μίγμα στην παγωτομηχανή και ακολουθήστε τις οδηγίες του κατασκευαστή.
- Ανακατέψτε τα κομμάτια του μπισκότου και τις σταγόνες σοκολάτας στο μαλακό παγωτό, και είτε σερβίρετε αμέσως ή τοποθετήστε το σε ένα δοχείο και παγώστε το για τουλάχιστον δύο ώρες.
- Περίπου 15-20 λεπτά πριν το σερβίρισμα βγάλτε το από την κατάψυξη για να μαλακώσει και να μπορέσετε να το σερβίρετε.