You can explore the world by simply tasting a unique coffee that folks in other countries use to get supercharged in the morning!
Today, let’s celebrate as many cultures as possible by tantalizing our taste buds with some of the most unique coffee drinks on the planet.
Here is a quick graphical breakdown of the unique coffee drinks we will discuss:
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Kahvesi (or Türk Kahvesi), also known as Turkish coffee, is a wonderfully dark, rich, sweet and unique coffee. You can vary the sweetness if you wish. The ‘Sade Kahve’ coffee does not have any sugar and is bitter. The ‘Az Şekerli’ coffee has about a half teaspoon of sugar. The ‘Orta şekerli’ coffee has about a teaspoon of sugar and is less bitter. The ‘Çok şekerli’ coffee has about two teaspoons of sugar and as you may expect is very sweet.
Brew the coffee grinds directly in water in a copper pot with a thin handle (called a cezve) and let them settle to the bottom of the cup before serving. You don’t use filters to prepare this coffee, so you will probably drink some of the fine coffee grinds (yum?).
It is traditional to serve Kahvesi with a thick layer of dark foam on top and with sweet treats such as Lokum (Turkish Delight) or chocolate.
Don’t confuse this unique coffee with bonbons, because it is a 50/50 blend of espresso and condensed milk popular in Spain
The dense condensed milk sits in the bottom of the cup with the less dense espresso on top. Give it a quick stir before enjoying this sweet, sweet coffee. Perhaps you’ll never look at espresso-based beverages the same way again?
3. The Greek Frappe
You probably won’t find this unique coffee on the menu at McDonald’s.
Blend this up with some ice, and you have a drink that companies in America have been using a variation of for years, but with fewer ingredients or additives.
Kaffeost literally means coffee cheese and is a favorite Swedish drink. The addition of cheese gives a rich and creamy flavor to the coffee. Is this the best of two great tastes?
Pour espresso over leipäjuusto cheese, to offset the bitterness of the coffee, and you have your kaffeost.
Use a petite fork to hold the cheese in the espresso for a little longer to soften it up, and enjoy a unique coffee dessert that rivals the flavor profile of tiramisu.
Italy is one of the biggest coffee cultures on the planet.
I mean, why else would the entire world decide to adapt cappuccinos and latte? Because they made it, and damn they made it good.
Put gelato in the bottom of a glass cup, pour over hot espresso, and you have a unique coffee affogato. Top it off with your choice of whipped cream or fruit spread.
It’s decadent, but it just goes to show how versatile coffee is and what you can include it in.
6. Cafe de Olla
Mexico’s take on a unique coffee is to add a little spice.
Brew the coffee in a clay pot because this is what gives the coffee part of its flavor profile.
Toss in your dark brown sugar and spices, and you’ve got a health-boost coffee that can have cream or sugar added to sweeten things up.
You can find different varieties depending on the recipe used or the coffee shop you visit.
7. Ca Phe Trung
Let’s take a flavor trip to Vietnam and explore their unique coffee. Here they take something you would usually never pair with coffee and mix it right in: egg yolks.
Separate the egg yolks from the egg white and add the yolks to the strong robusta coffee with condensed milk and sugar. Yep, sweet as, but robusta has a powerful flavor compared with arabica coffee.
You’re basically creating a thin custard-like additive, and it really packs a punch.
If you were to make this at home and add it to arabica coffee, it’s going to be strong and sweet.
Brazil is home to the largest coffee farms in the world, and it’s where we, as Americans, get most of our coffee from.
This unique coffee drink is basically small shot-like cups of strong coffee, similar to espresso.
The Brazilians roast the beans practically right out of their backyards. Consequently, there’s less processed flavor, and you get earthy, nutty elements straight in the shot.
Mix in a few teaspoons of milk or cream to cut some of the bitterness, and get a glorious color.
If you ever visit Hong Kong, this is your unique caffeinated safe haven whilst on your trip.
This blends a small amount of coffee with a large amount of milk tea, giving it a slightly sweet taste, as well as a variety of flavors to choose from.
You can get fancy with additives, though you’ll most commonly see honey, sugar, and cardamom.
You can serve hot or cold, to match your preference, but a cold Yuenyueng may be a good idea in a humid Hong Kong.
The spiced coffee of Saudi Arabia—it’s made by boiling the ground beans in water for ten minutes and then adding in loosely crushed cardamom and cloves.
In America, we try not to let coffee reach within ten degrees of boiling, so this is a hardcore unique coffee that your tastebuds are certainly going to feel.
Strain the coffee, serve, and boost your health with the added spices. Exotic!
Germans love their coffee, and they’ve made this beverage with a slightly alcoholic twist.
Blend rum, coffee, and whipped cream then top it off with another small dollop of whipped cream and there you have your pharisaer.
You have less than a single shot of rum in your unique coffee, so this is something you can have in the early afternoon without feeling tipsy afterward. If anything, it’ll just relax you.
12. The Flat White
A ‘Flat White’ is a popular coffee in Australia.
Add steamed milk to one or two shots of espresso, with a little foam, and you have your flat white coffee.
Folks who like a flat white either don’t like too much froth or want a milky thirst-quenching coffee. If you are a fan of froth you can always have a cappuccino!
Australia has some of the finest ‘good coffee places’ in the world which serve a variety of coffees. Hop down under to Australia and experience some of these places yourself!
13. Kopi Joss
The Kopi Joss is a hardcore unique coffee drink, not so much for the coffee but for its preparation.
Make coffee any way you want, but be sure to add some sugar.
Pour it into your sturdy cup, give it a little stir, oh yeah, and then add a sizzling hot piece of charcoal into your coffee.
Let the coal sit for one or two minutes until the coffee basically caramelizes before your very eyes, remove the charcoal, and drink.
Just a heads up, it is supposedly directly imbuing carcinogens into your coffee but it’s got to be one of the most insane coffees we’ve ever heard of and it comes straight out of Indonesia.
Fan of iced coffee?
Portugal is about to make your head spin with what some call the ‘original’ iced coffee.
Mix espresso, sugar, water, rum, and lemon juice (or mint) and you have your Mazagran!
Pop a lemon wedge on the edge of the glass and a mint leaf in, and you’ve got your new summertime favorite coffee drink.
There’s only a one-ounce shot of rum in here, so you’ll feel a little zing, but it won’t slow you down.
15. Cafe au Lait
The French have a unique coffee to start the day, by making coffee a staple in their early morning breakfast.
Mix coffee and milk in a cup, or mug, that’s wide enough to dip pastries or bread.
Savor the pastry and drink the coffee to supercharge your day.
Ethiopia is one of the original birthplaces of coffee and they grow some of the best robusta coffee beans on the planet.
A typical coffee in Ethiopia is Buna. Just pop in some butter or sugar and then serve!
Brewing the coffee can take up to two hours but this ensures an ultra-smooth and strong flavor.
Why It’s Hard to Recreate All of These at Home
You can do your best to recreate these unique coffees in the comfort of your own kitchen, and experience another culture. However, you may have difficulty with some of the coffees.
Most of the countries featured in this article source their own coffee beans, making them closer to nature, less processed, and fresher.
It’s also culturally different.
You couldn’t expect to pick up on a coffee-making technique from halfway across the world, where they’ve practiced it for centuries, and just nail it on the first go.
There’s something about actually experiencing coffee in another country and the way that they brew it that’s truly magnificent.
If you’re planning on traveling, then sharing in the local morning coffee community is like dropping yourself into the day-to-day of your destination country.
By all means, mix it up in the kitchen and attempt some of these delicious coffee variants. However, if you get the chance head to the country of origin to experience it firsthand!