Almost Every Americans love coffee – and for good reason. It reportedly has a host of health benefits. In some ways, it changed the course of civilization, and if that’s not enough, it has the nearly magical ability to power you through your most dreary work day.
But when it comes to coffee-drinking traditions, we don’t have much beyond grabbing a venti pumpkin spice latte on the way to work or sitting at a coffee shop for hours, soaking up the free internet.
In some countries, coffee is a ritual that stretches well beyond liquid fuel. Here are 10 of the best, most creative and most unique ways to drink coffee around the world.
Tasty & Unique Coffee Drinks From All Over The World 2020
- Cà phê (sữa) đá ( Vietnamese iced coffee )
- Kopi luwak
- Cafe de olla
- Chicory coffee
- Turkish coffee
- Arabic coffee
Vietnamese iced coffee (Cà phê sữa đá) | Vietnam
Vietnam is one of the largest coffee-producing countries on earth. But the beans that come out of this Southeast Asian nation aren’t the arabica sought out in Western countries for their complex flavors, but rather the more intense, bitter robusta beans. These most famously make their way into instant coffees and bottom-shelf grocery store cans.
Vietnamese iced coffee, also known as cà phê đá or cafe da is a traditional Vietnamese coffee recipe. At its simplest, cà phê đá is made using medium to coarse ground dark roast Vietnamese-grown coffee with a small metal Vietnamese drip filter.
It’s served everywhere from fancy cafes to coolers attached to bicycles on the street.
- Main ingredient: Water, Ice, Condensed milk, Dark roast coffee
- Serving temperature: Cold
- Alternative names: Vietnamese iced coffee, cafe da
- Place of origin: Vietnam
Yuenyeung | Hong Kong
Yuenyeung coffee with tea, also commonly known as Kopi Cham in Malaysia ( from the Hokkien cham, “mix”)[ is a popular beverage in Hong Kong. Made of a mixture of three parts of coffee and seven parts of Hong Kong-style milk tea, it can be served hot or cold.
It was originally served at dai pai dongs (open air food vendors) and cha chaan tengs (café), but is now available in various types of restaurants.
Tea mixed with coffee is also consumed in Ethiopia, where it is known as spreeze.
Course Drink Place of origin Hong Kong Serving temperature Hot or iced Main ingredients Brewed coffee, Hong Kong-style milk tea (black tea, evaporated or condensed milk), sugar Variations Malaysian Kopi Cham
- Main ingredient: Coffee, Hong Kong-style milk tea
- Place of origin: Hong Kong
- Serving temperature: Cold, Hot
- Variation: Children Yuenyeung
- Uniqueness: Made of a mixture of three parts of coffee and seven parts of Hong Kong style milk tea
- Place of origin: Hong Kong
Kaffeost | Sweden
A northern Scandinavian tradition, kaffeost is a drink/meal in which cubes of cheese are released into a cup of coffee. They absorb it “like rich, moist cheese sponges,” per Atlas Obscura, and ideally it’s all served in a beautiful mug carved out of a birch burl (a knobby tree growth)
- Place of origin: Sweden
- Main ingredient: Milk & Heavy Cream
Kopi luwak | Indonesia
Kopi luwak is a coffee that consists of partially digested coffee cherries, which have been eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet. It is therefore also called civet coffee. The cherries are fermented as they pass through a civet’s intestines, and after being defecated with other fecal matter, they are collected. Asian palm civets are increasingly caught in the wild and traded for this purpose.
- Place of origin: Indonesia
- Main ingredient: Arabica coffee
Cafe de olla | Mexico
café de olla, it is essential to use a traditional earthen clay pot, as this gives a special flavor to the coffee. This type of coffee is principally consumed in cold climates and in rural areas.
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In Mexico, café de olla is basically made with ground coffee, cinnamon, and piloncillo. Optional ingredients are orange peel, anise, and clove.
- Main ingredient: Panela, Cinnamon, Ground coffee
- Place of origin: Mexico
Espresso | Italy
Espresso is a coffee-making method of Italian origin, in which a small amount of nearly boiling water is forced under pressure through finely-ground coffee beans. Espresso coffee can be made with a wide variety of coffee beans and roasts.
- Main ingredient: Ground coffee beans, Nearly boiling water
- Place of origin: Italy
- Serving temperature: Cold, Hot
Kaisermelange | Austria
Although it is nowadays rarely found in Viennese coffee houses, Kaisermelange is often listed as a unique Viennese specialty. It consists of a pulled espresso that is mixed with a raw egg yolk. The beverage is usually sweetened with honey and fortified with Cognac, other types of brandy, or rum.
The name Kaisermelange translates as Emperor’s mélange—presumably because of the luscious texture and rich flavor of the coffee, which makes it worthy of being served to an emperor.
Chicory coffee | New Orleans
Chicory coffee is a beverage made using chicory root that has been roasted, ground and brewed into coffee. It is believed to have first been used during a coffee shortage in France in the 1800s, but it remains popular around the world today.
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One raw chicory root (60 grams) contains the following nutrients
- Energy: 22.94 Calories (per 100 g)
- Vitamin k: 297.6 mcg (per 100 g)
- Scientific name: Cichorium intybus
- Family: Asteraceae
- Order: Asterales
- Kingdom: Plantae
Turkish coffee | Turkey
Turkish coffee ( Türk kahvesi) is coffee prepared using very finely ground coffee beans, unfiltered. In Turkey, coffee is as much about the ritual as the drink itself. Robust Turkish coffee is ground into super-fine powder, then cooked (along with any desired sugar) directly inside a small metal pot called a cezve. Served in tiny, ornate cups alongside Turkish delight candy, coffee is enjoyed slowly and usually served with a dose of lengthy conversation.
- Main ingredient: Ground coffee beans
- Optional ingredient: Sugar
- Place of origin: Turkey
- Uniqueness: Unique method of preparing unfiltered coffee
- Color: Dark brown
Arabic coffee | Middle East
Arabic coffee refers to a version of the brewed coffee of Coffea arabica beans. Arabic coffee is typically grown at a height of 1000 to 2000 meters, and represents about 60-70% of the coffee industry in the world. Most Arab countries throughout the Middle East have developed unique methods for brewing and preparing coffee. Cardamom is an often-added spice, but it can alternatively be served plain .
- Invented: 15th century
- Alternative names: Qahwah arabiyya
- Place of origin: Yemen
- Serving temperature: Hot
- Associated national cuisine: Arab cuisine