In Spain, the Easter holiday is an occasion for festivities and celebrations. Costumed members of religious groups parade through the streets, followed by floats representing Bible stories. Other Spanish regions that have huge parades are those in Andalusia. These parades include music and dancing.
People in Spain like to spend time with their families during Easter. They have big lunches or dinners on Easter Sunday and enjoy seafood, which is prominent in Spanish cuisine, and a garlic soup called Sopa de Ajo (similar to French onion soup) with an egg baked into the center of it.
Coffee in Spain has a history that goes back over 400 years. It was the first country outside of the Arabian peninsula where coffee was presented. The first coffeehouses were opened in 1554 in Valencia by a Christian preacher named Juan de Castillo. These were the first places where people could go and enjoy a cup of coffee. Its popularity grew fast and in the 19th century, there were already over 4,000 coffee shops in Barcelona alone.
People who loved drinking coffee in these cafes were students and scholars since at the time it was thought that this drink stimulated brain activity. At first, it wasn't very popular because of its high price compared with other drinks such as wine or beer. This is why most of the customers were students who were young, but also poor and not able to afford other luxuries like wine or beer.
Ground Coffee is probably the most commonly used type. It is made from roasted coffee beans that have been ground up into powder form, also known as "papel maché". it is produced with a food mill or a metal grinder and then sieved to get rid of any lumps. It can be mixed with a variety of different ingredients such as sugar, cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla to create delicious tasting coffees like café Con Leche (with milk) or chocolate mocha.
Moka is also a popular type of coffee in Spain, and it's made with an old-fashioned kind of coffee pot that has two chambers. In the first chamber, you put water and ground coffee beans, then you put the pot on the fire and after a while, you open the second chamber and you get a delicious cup of Moka.
Café Solo is coffee without milk or sugar which was specially created for the Spanish taste, who doesn't like milk in their coffee.
Café Con Leche is another very popular way to drink your coffee in Spain. It's 1/3 espresso and 2/3 milk. You can also have your café con leche with sugar or honey (azúcar moreno).
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