May 25, 2016

Laos, Ethiopia, Nepal: 3 Insider VIDEOS of Street Vendor Coffee


Coffee’s a ritual, no matter where you go. And many origin countries have their very own coffee rituals that, though they may not be specialty, form part of the glue in the social fabric.

So how do people drink coffee at origin? We’ve found three street vendor videos that will shine a light on it.

In Luang Prabang, Laos, a café owner makes coffee with condensed milk and a sock filter before sharing old photos with the viewer. The videographer admits that Laotian coffee may look like tar but that drinking it has become a part of his daily routine.

From the photos to the chatter, if there’s one thing that this video leaves us with, it’s a feeling of community.

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In Sidamo, Ethiopia, coffee is roasted and brewed at the same stall – talk about fresh! Over time the beans darken as the same woman moves them round a thin, hot plate over charcoal. Can you imagine walking down the street and smelling all that roasting coffee?

SEE ALSO: 2 Beautiful Videos of the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

Our final stop is Kathmandu, Nepal, where the vendor spins while pouring coffee. No, we’re not joking. It’s one very hypnotic, and very fluid, display. While this quality of this video isn’t great, it’s well worth a watch.

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Think about that next time you work on your pouring technique!

Feature photo credit: Café d’Epoca

Please note: Perfect Daily Grind does not own the rights to these videos and cannot be held accountable for their content.