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Swiss Coffee

Fall is here and the temperatures are dropping. When the leaves turn golden and red it's time to start cuddling up inside and drinking hot beverages again. We'll drink tea and coffee not only to wake us up in the morning but the keep us warm also.

Switzerland is one of the countries with the highest coffee consumption per capita in the world. Thus, it is no surprise that the Swiss created a variety of ways to prepare and drink their coffee. Other than regular black coffee, espresso and cappuccino that are known all over the world the Swiss like to drink their coffee in the following varieties:
  • Café crème: coffee with cream
  • Café mélange: coffee with whipped cream; usually the whipped cream is served separately
  • Schale: literally this means "cup" or "bowl", coffee with milk
  • Luzerner Kafi or Kafi Luz: coffee with Schnaps (grog, hard liquor) and sugar; this is a popular drink for Après Ski (going for a drink after spending a day skiing)
For those people who don't like coffee there's always the option of drinking a sweet hot chocolate. After all, Switzerland is the country of chocolate... :)

How do you like to drink your coffee?

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  1. Hi there
    Didn't know that the Swiss drink so much Kafi!! I'm trying to cut down - have Nespresso capsule machine at home, but when out I love to order a Schale.....

  2. Swiss Germans use the following: Koffee mit Schlage Rahm literal translation Coffee with Slapped (Whipped) Cream.
    Koffee Fertig: Coffee with a liquior or Kirchwasser of FlumeWasser - Cherry Brandy or Plumb Brandy. Both of these Schnaps are clear 80 proof and strong to the pallet...With Koffee Rahm this is an excelent drink choice


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