From Brazil’s cafezinho to Hong Kong’s yuanyang, Musement takes a look at 18 interesting coffee drinks from around the world.
Many of us start our day with a cup (or two) of joe. We may even treat ourselves to a subsequent serving for a late morning or afternoon pick me up. Coffee has been enjoyed since as far back as the 15th century, and since then, it’s taken on many different iterations. Here’s a look at 18 coffee drinks from 18 different countries.
1. Franziskaner, Austria
Vienna is famous for its coffee houses, and you can take your pick from several coffee concoctions, one of which is the Franziskaner. Translating to “Franciscan monk,” this is an espresso topped with warm milk and then a layer of whipped cream, and is so-called because the color of the drinks matches the shade of brown worn by the religious order.
2. Kaffeost, Scandinavia
Especially popular in Sweden and Finland, Kaffeeost means “coffee cheese” and is indeed comprised of just that. Leipäjuust cheese is usually placed in the coffee, though some coffee joints serve the cheese on the side for dunking purposes. Bread-like in texture, the cheese doesn’t quite melt but rather absorbs the coffee.
3. Marocchino, Italy
While terms such as the espresso, cappuccino, and macchiato have carried over to the global coffee parlance, the marocchino is a lesser-known Italian coffee drink. Made from chocolate syrup, espresso, frothy milk, and cocoa powder, it’s named as for Moroccan leather that’s the same shade. In fact, it makes a great afternoon alternative to the cappuccino, which is considered taboo after lunch.
4. Café Touba, Senegal
Named for the Senegalese city, café Touba can be found all around the country. This spicy coffee consists of coffee beans ground with Guinea pepper and, at times, cloves. It’s filtered then poured back and forth between two containers before its served.
5. Nitro Cold Brew, USA
Nitro cold brews took off a few years ago and they’re still going strong. This nitrogen-infused coffee has a rich, creamy head, similar to nitro-infused beers like Guinness. It’s available on tap and canned.
6. Cafezinho, Brazil
Brazil is another country with a coffee culture that runs deep, and one of the must-drink javas is the cafezinho, or “little coffee.” A symbol of Brazilian hospitality, the heavily concentrated cafezinho is thicker than espresso and brewed with sugar—therefore there’s no need to add any.
7. Cafe de Olla, Mexico
Typical of Mexico, Cafe de Olla is prepared in an earthenware clay pot which infuses a particular flavor into the brew. Cinnamon and piloncillo, a raw dark sugar, complete the equation.
8. Türk kahvesi, Turkey
Turkish coffee is a delightful ritual, one that must be undertaken during a visit. Roasted beans are grounded to a fine powder and when complete, the end result is an intensely flavored, frothy brew. You’ll always find muddy sentiment at the bottom of the cup, which a fortune teller can read for you if on hand.
9. Kaapi, India
While India might be synonymous with masala chai tea, the country certainly doesn’t lack a signature coffee. Finely ground coffee, nearly powder-like in texture, is prepared in a metallic device and seeps through stainless steel filter. The coffee grounds are often blended with roasted chicory, and boiling milk and sugar are added to make for a delightfully frothy cuppa. Though it’s typical of the south, it’s possible to enjoy this brew all around India..
10. Café Crème, France
Literally meaning “cream coffee,” the café crème is an espresso-based drink that, per its name, should be topped with frothed cream, though some establishments prepare it with milk..
11. Frappé, Greece
While unfiltered Greek coffee is often likened to the aforementioned Turkish coffee, we’re going to give a shout out to the frappé. This frothy, made-to-order iced beverage is comprised of instant coffee, sugar, and milk.
12. Dalgona Coffee, Korea
You might have noticed this whipped coffee concoction in your Instagram feed as it went viral during COVID-19 quarantine. This starts with a combo of instant coffee, sugar, and hot water that’s mixed until creamy then poured into a glass of milk that’s filled with ice. If you want to partake in the social media fun, give this New York Times recipe a try.
13. Cà Phê Sữa Đá, Vietnam
Made from a metal Vietnamese coffee filter device, cà phê sữa đá also contains a few tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk at the bottom of the glass.
14. Kopi Joss, Indonesia
This sweetened black coffee is finished with a piece of blazing hot charcoal, which neutralizes the acidity. It’s quite a sight to behold: the charcoal drops and the coffee sizzles. At times, it may even bubble over.
15. Yuanyang, Hong Kong
Served hot or cold, the yuanyang couples filtered black coffee with sweetened milk tea and is one of the city’s most popular drinks. It’s also found in Malaysia where it’s called kopi cham.
16. Flat White, Australia or New Zealand
Believed to have originated in Sydney, Australia, it’s not uncommon to see the Flat White on offer at coffee shops around the world. Similar to a latte, the espresso-based drink contains significantly less milk. It’s topped with a micro-foam that’s much thinner than the crown of a typical latte.
17. Café Lagrimá, Argentina
Lagrima, the Spanish word for “tear,” is a fitting descriptor for just how much espresso is in the cup: the drink is ultimately a glass of frothy milk with a drop of espresso.
18. Mazagran, Portugal
This iced coffee originated in Algeria and is sweetened and may even be served with lemon. It’s often accomampined by water that you can pour in to dilute the coffee, should it be too strong.
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