Kahlua: A Coffee Liqueur With a HeartWritten by David MasifonPosted on 02 26, 2018
A bottle of Kahlua Coffee Liqueur set on the table brings a unique spark to an evening or merry, cheer and drinking.
Birthed in Mexico, Kahlua is among the world’s premium liqueurs, with a continuously developed taste to satisfy drinkers with an extra-sweet palate.
It has gained so much global popularity that February 27 has a been set aside as Kahlua Day to celebrate the drink.
Brief History of Kahlua
Just like Kahlua is a beautiful blend sweet sugarcane and strong, hand-picked Arabica coffee, it’s history is linked to the teamwork of four gentlemen.
In 1936, Senior Blanco, Montalvo Lara and the Alvarez Brothers came together to bring to reality their bright idea. One of the four gave birth to the idea, two provided the coffee, the fourth was the chemist who created the perfect blend – and Kahlua was born.
The company was called “House of Acolhua people” in the Veracruz Nahuatl language spoken before the Spanish Conquest of Mexico.
The word Kahlua actually has ties to the ancient Arabic languages, and it is also said to be a slang word for coffee.
In 1994, the company merged with Allied Lyons to become Allied Domecq, and a decade and a year later, the largest spirits distributor in the world, Pernod Ricard took up ownership of the company.
How Kahlua is made
Kahlua is made from quality coffee beans that are being ground and brewed before the distillation starts. It takes up to six years to get the perfect coffee beans to make the liqueur.
After harvesting, the coffee is dried and rested for a six-month period in huge burlap bags. During this time, the rum is brewed from sugarcane. To distil, the juice from the sugarcane is extracted, boiled and mixed with water and fermented to become alcohol.
The coffee beans are roasted after a seven-year waiting period. It is then blended with the alcoholic spirit and allowed to rest for four weeks. The end result is a coffee liqueur with tastes of vanilla and fudge
The liqueur is then bottled and sold off to the 150 World markets where it has gained global popularity as the best coffee liqueur in the world.
The Nectar of Cocktails
Having gained popularity in the 1980’s when liqueur cocktails were trendy, Kahlua Coffee Liqueur became the darling of bartenders and mixologists.
It is still the nectar of so many liqueur based cocktails like White Russian, Mudslide and Espresso Martini.
The coffee and vanilla flavours of the liqueur fill the palate of cocktails, while also leaving space for the flavours of the other cocktail ingredients to breathe. With Kahlua, cocktails get even better.