13 Oct The Dutch coffee, and what “koffie verkeerd” actually means
The Dutch have enjoyed drinking coffee for quite some time. But, which is the best Dutch coffee? How much coffee the Dutch actually drink? We’ll try to answer these questions below.
The Dutch coffee and their habits
Coffee houses, also known as koffiehuizen, have become a big part of the Netherland’s city landscapes from the early 17th century. In tradition, only the men would visit these coffee houses to read their morning paper, smoke their tobacco pipes, and talk about politics and discuss business over cups of steaming hot coffee. Women rarely enter these coffee houses and prefer drinking it at home.
Slowly, coffee turned into an important daily beverage as people serve at breakfast and lunch, and even dinner at 6 and 8pm. The Netherlands turned into a nation that loves coffee and remains that way until now. The Atlantic says that the country is the currently topped in the world’s biggest coffee-drinking nation, averaging 2.4 cups of coffee per day per person. That actually means a lot of Dutch coffee is being served daily in the country.
However, 2.4 cups of coffee doesn’t sound like it’s a lot. On average, some people drink 4 or 5 cups of coffee a day (one at breakfast, one in the morning at work, one at lunch, another cup at work with a cookie, another one for dinner, and a last cup at 8 in the evening). With the given average, it feels like people have either stopped drinking coffee or somebody isn’t pulling their coffee-drinking weight.
How to drink a Dutch coffee
Some people say that the Dutch only give one cookie with your coffee because they are stingy. This is not true. 9/10 Dutch will insist that cookies are integral part of a coffee-drinking experience. This would explain why you usually get a piece of chocolate or cookie when you order coffee. And since the Dutch always drink several cups of coffee, they will also get several cookies as well.
Koffie verkeerd, which literally translates to “wrong coffee”, refers to the typically Dutch coffee (or more to their way of drinking coffee): 1/2 of automatic drip coffee with 1/2 warm milk. It is labeled “wrong” because coffee traditionally has a small cloud of milk or “wolkje” only.
Here’s a recipe for Koffie Verkeerd:
- 4 oz of drip coffee
- 4 oz of milk
Warm the 4 oz of milk until it boils then add hot coffee into the mix. Stir. Serve. Drink it with cookies.
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