Java. Joe. Bean juice. Go juice. Black Gold. Coffee goes by many names. With 54% of the population partaking in coffee on a daily basis, it has become an essential part of many people’s lives. Although September 29 was “National Coffee Day,” every day is a good day to celebrate coffee. Let’s take a look at the history of this marvelous beverage and the different types of coffee that are enjoyed by millions every day.
How much coffee is consumed? Americans consume nearly 400 million coffee cups per day, making it the biggest coffee drinking country! The United States imports most of its coffee, and only Hawaii and Puerto Rico actually grow coffee.
Coffee was likely first discovered as far back as the thirteenth century in Ethiopia. As you can imagine, it caught on quickly from there, spreading to Egypt and Yemen in the 15th century. A century later, coffee use moved to Turkey, North Africa, and eventually to Italy and throughout Europe. Coffee beans are grown in many warm weather countries, with Brazil and Vietnam being the two biggest exporters.
So what makes a mocha a mocha and a cappuccino a cappuccino?
- A cappuccino is an Italian coffee drink first made in the early 1900s. It is typically divided into thirds, with the bottom portion being espresso, then hot milk, then frothed milk on top.
- Espresso is simply a concentrated coffee made by forcing hot pressurized water through finely ground coffee.
- Mocha is actually named after the Yemeni port city of the same name. It is a coffee drink made from Arabica beans that give the drink an acidic and slightly chocolate flavor.
Chai is often confused with coffee, but it’s actually an Indian tea drink that is often mixed with spices and herbs. Many Chai drinks also include milk or various sweeteners.
Belgian Waffle Works has a special section of the menu known as the “Coffee Chalet,” which offers an array of coffee drinks including seasonal favorites. Coffee is available “to go,” so diners can take their gourmet beverage to work or on a stroll through the Lake Arrowhead Village.
The Belgian Waffle Works serves fresh-brewed “French Roast” coffee all day long. Without a doubt the most coffee brewed in the Village on a daily basis. Stop in for a fresh cup with free refills and enjoy the lake view or grab a cup to go. Did you know that BWW has been serving Farmer Brothers Coffees for over 25 years which includes Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee, light, dark and flavored roasts! All Farmer Brothers coffees are Kosher Certified.
The Belgian Waffle Works Coffee Chalet also serves Cappuccino’s, Latte, Mocha Cappuccino, Espresso, Chai Latte and our new Pumpkin Spice Latte. You can add a flavor shot of carmel, vanilla, hazelnut, almond, peppermint or others to choose from including sugar free flavors.
If you are not in the mood for a Coffee drink try a cup of our delicious Hot Chocolate with Lite Whipped Cream or a cup of Apple Cider.
Want a cold coffee drink? Try our Polar Cap: The most delicious Iced Cappuccino Drink you’ll ever taste. Fresh brewed mocha cappuccino, milk, chocolate syrup and lite whipped cream. WOW!
- Kalana Coffee (Kalana Coffee Liqueur w/Coffee and Whipped Cream)
- Irish Dream (O’Maras Irish Cream & Coffee topped with Whipped Cream)
- Belgian Coffee (Kalana Liqueur w/O’Maras Irish Cream , Coffee w/ Whipped Cream)
- Hot Noggin (Coral Reef Rum with Eggnog topped w/ Whipped Cream)
- Hot Apple Spider (Coral Reef Rum with Hot Cider)
- Hot Spiced Wine (Merlot served with Mullen Spice)
The Belgian Waffle Works also sells fresh roasted ground and whole bean coffee from Pine Cone Coffee Company for you to brew at home or give as a gift. Stop on by to pick up a bag.
The Belgian Waffle Works is a full-service family restaurant featuring 17 original specialty Belgian-style waffles, homemade soups, fresh market salads, gourmet sandwiches, juicy burgers, homemade breads, Espresso, Cappuccino, premium desserts, wine, beer, specialty drinks and more. Belgian Waffle Works’ waffles are made from an exclusive mix, which is available for sale on-site and online. Come join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You’ll be glad you did!