A Coffee Lover’s Guide to the World

On the daily, most of us get to enjoy our coffee from a takeaway cup or enjoy it plain black or with a dollop of cream and sugar. When you travel, however, you get the amazing opportunity to enjoy coffee in ways you probably never thought possible!

Foreign coffee recipes such as Italy’s macchiato and cappuccino, or the Grecian frappe have made their way into mainstream coffee shops, but there are many more unique ways of enjoying coffee, with some surprising methods and additions.

If you have neither the time or resources to go on a coffee tour, we’ve got a solution for you.

Try these easy, different recipes to have a taste of the world, right in your own home:

Many countries in Asia enjoy their coffee iced as a cure to their long hot summers and humid weather. Adding sweet, condensed milk is also a popular way to enjoy it, as is adding spices for a soothing effect.

Country How Coffee is Enjoyed
Vietnam

Ca Phe Da

Use strong coffee, mix with sweetened condensed milk and boiling water, and pour over a glass of ice
Japan

Aisu Kohi

Brew your coffee hot, into a pile of ice
Malaysia

Susu Coffee

Mix equal parts of hot brewed coffee with sweetened condensed milk
Hong Kong

Yuan Yang

Mix equal parts condensed milk, black tea and brewed coffee
Indonesia

Kopi Jahe

Bring coffee, ginger, and palm sugar to a boil in a saucepan with 6 cups water. Stir until sugar is dissolved and serve hot.

Try: Strong coffees, like our Sumatra Fresh and Old Brown Java.

Australians love their coffee. As a nation, they have developed an obsession for quality espresso coffee, and has one of the most developed coffee cultures in the world.

Country How Coffee is Enjoyed
Australia / New Zealand

Flat White

Heat milk in a saucer and mix until frothy. Pour equal part espresso over milk. Sprinkle with ground chocolate.

Try: Our balanced coffees that are great with fresh milk, like Espresso Milano.

Although Latin America was late in getting into coffee producing, South American countries now produce most of the coffee consumed worldwide, led by Brazil. The USA on the other hand, has one of the most diverse coffee cultures in the world, responsible for both mainstream coffee chains like Starbucks but also for some successful independent coffee roasters.

Country How Coffee is Enjoyed
USA

Red Eye

Mix 2 parts regular drip coffee, 1 shot of espresso
Mexico

Café de Olla

Mix ½ cup of water with ½ cup of brewed coffee and pilloncilo, then add a cinnamon stick.
Cuba

Café Cubano

Fill a coffee cup to the rim with espresso. Add a teaspoon of sugar.
Colombia

Cortado

Mix 1 part whole milk with 1 part espresso.

Try: Some of our best Single Origin coffees from the Americas – Columbian Fresh, Peru Fresh, Cuban Fresh and Costa Rican Fresh.

In many countries across Europe, the café culture is an important part of peoples’ everyday lives. It is actually a great way to learn about the locals and their traditions, as they differ so much from each other.

Country How Coffee is Enjoyed
Italy
Espresso Romano
Rub a slice of lemon against the inside of your cup. Fill with espresso.
Spain

Café Con Miel

Fill the bottom of your cup with 1 teaspoon of honey. Then pour equal parts espresso and steamed milk. Top with cinnamon.
Portugal

Mazargan

Mix equal parts iced water, espresso and lemon juice in a glass.
Germany

Pharisaer

Mix 1 quarter cup of coffee, 2 shots of rum, 1 cube of sugar and top with whipped cream
Austria

Wiener Melange

Mix 1 shot of espresso, 1 egg yolk and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Topped with whipped cream.

Try: Our balanced coffees that are great with sweetened milk, like Coffee Supreme or Wake Up Blend.

Throughout Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa, coffee has played a major role in nearly every aspect of the region’s culture. In some parts of the Middle East, mutual interests, agreements, marriages, contracts and even blood feuds were settled over a cup of coffee.

Country How Coffee is Enjoyed
Turkey
Turkish Coffee
Mix 1 tablespoon ground coffee with 1 cup of boiling water. Top with 1 cardamom pod.

Try: Medium-dark, Arabica beans work best for Turkish Coffee. Try our Espresso Extra or Toad Blend.

Africa is actually where the cultivation of coffee originated, but until recently, there was no coffee culture to speak of. Not so long ago, if you ordered a cup of coffee in South Africa you needed to specify “filter” to avoid getting instant, but it is now changing with the emergence of local coffee shops.

Country How Coffee is Enjoyed
Senegal
Café Touba
Fill the cup with African brewed coffee. Mix in sugar to taste, and top with a sprinkle of African black pepper.

Try: Our Single Origin coffees from Africa, such as our Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Kenya Peaberry, Kenya AA and Harrar Longberry.

Can you share other unique ways of enjoying coffee around the world? Let us know in the comments section or join us on Facebook

Information Sources:
Foodbeast
Go South America
CNN Travel

Image Sources:
Main Image – Quality Express Coffee
Asia – Hoi An Food Tour
Europe – Dunyakahveleri
Americas – Gibraltar Coffee
Middle East – Omnivore’s Cookbook
Africa – DK.com
Australia – Coffeehead

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