Something people around the globe share, is a great love for coffee. The way we experience it however, is a different story. Coffee is much more than just a Cappuccino or an Americano at your local café. The preparation and even ingredients can differ massively; how about adding some cheese curds to your brew, or perhaps some pepper?
Would you try these?
Let’s take a pit stop trip around the world and see how some other culture’s take on coffee differs from ours here in the UK. Which would you like to try?
The Finnish are fans of what may sound like a bit of a strange combo. They start with some cheese curds (or juustoleipä), then pour over hot coffee. A cheese board with a coffee is pretty common practice, so why not combine them?
- Türk Kahvesi
Starting with a copper or brass pot (known in Turkey as a cezve), they use finely ground coffee beans and prepare the coffee unfiltered, letting the grounds settle at the bottom. A steady hand is required when drinking this, as it’s drunk with the grounds still in.
Served either hot or cold, this coffee is actually 7 parts Hong-Kong-style milk tea and 3 parts black coffee. The milk tea is a mixture of black tea and milk, and although it may look like a cup of tea, it is still a powerfully caffeinated drink.
I’m sure you’ve all heard of the frappe, most likely around summer time from fast food restaurants. Believe it or not, it was actually invented by a Nescafé representative in 1957. It’s made with iced instant coffee (yes instant!) and drowned in foamy milk. The frappé is one of the most popular summer beverages in Greece.
- Espresso Romano
Italians are known for their love of espresso, but did you know that in Italy it will traditionally come with a slice of lemon? The lemon is said to bring out the java's sweeter flavours.
- Cà phê đá
Vietnamese iced coffee is made with dark roast coffee, brewed straight over a cup of condensed milk with ice, using a French drip filter. This style of coffee is known to be both very sweet and very strong.
- Irish Coffee
One that’s well known in the UK as well. Consisting of hot coffee, Irish whiskey and sugar, then topped with a thick cream. Not recommended for your morning cuppa!
- Café de Olla
Traditional Mexican coffee uses unrefined cane sugar (or piloncillo) and simmered with a cinnamon stick. Locals believe serving in a clay mug brings out coffee's flavours.
- Café Touba
For this variation of coffee, spices are added to the beans and roasted together, then ground and filtered. Flavoured with Guinea pepper and occasionally cloves, it’s a coffee with a kick.
By far the most popular drink for locals, cafezinho (or little coffee) is similar to an espresso; a small, strong cup of java. The difference here is that it comes pre-sweetened, generally brewed straight with the sugar.
- Cafe Bombon
Thick and sugary, Spain's cafe bombon is sure to please those with a sweet tooth. An equal amount of condensed milk is stirred into black coffee.
- Spiced coffee
This is exactly what it says on the tin (or mug). A mix of warm spices like cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and black pepper are added to a dark coffee, pulling together the full body of flavours.
Any of these tickled your fancy? Have you tried some we haven’t listed here? Let us know in the comments below.