If there is one ingredient appreciated beyond borders, it is coffee. With eclectic ingredients and distinctive preparation methods, there are loads of unique ways to get your caffeine fix beyond the usual cappuccino and americano. We travel the world through these delicious coffee recipes.
Most people start their day with the familiar ritual of sipping on a cup of something caffeine. While some head to the nearest cafe for their morning Joe, others carefully craft their concoctions with ingredients that are familiar faces at their local grocery store. And if you have an experimental palate, there is a world of delicious and fun coffees to discover. Some have meticulous preparation steps, others contain ingredients like eggs and attorney. Each elevates the usual formula of coffee, sugar, and milk (or water) and offers insight into how different cultures can influence the approach to java. Add these unique coffee recipes to your repertoire.
Add Global Flavor To Your Cup Of Coffee With These 12 Unique Recipes
Ca Phe Trung, Vietnam
Vietnamese iced coffee might be all the rage in cafes right now, but cà phê trúng (egg coffee) is just as popular in this South Asian country. This recipe involves beating an egg yolk with sweetened condensed milk until it becomes fluffy and creamy. It is then poured over a hot espresso or iced coffee. It is believed to have happened in 1946 in Hanoi when a bartender at the Metropole Hotel experimented with eggs and sugar for coffee due to a shortage of milk in the country. The recipe has since taken the country by storm and is a creamy, decadent and sweet way to start your day.
This traditional coffee is a fragrant concoction of arabica beans, cardamom, sesame, corn, soy and rice. It also contains condensed milk for a gourmet puff. The name merges the words “O” which translates to black and “Liang”, which refers to something cold. The drink can be found in almost every cafe and restaurant in Thailand and has smoky and sweet notes. All you need is the traditional Thai coffee blend available throughout Asia (in India, look for Pantai Oliang powder), condensed milk, sugar and ice and you have a refreshing drink!
Caife Gaelach, Ireland
The iconic boozy Irish coffee has been around for decades, perfect for a fun late-afternoon weekend pick-me-up. It was created by chef Joe Sheridan who worked in an open restaurant to accommodate passengers tired of traveling through Europe’s largest civilian airport at the time, Foynes Port. His concoction, intended to lift their spirits, received several accolades and quickly became an airport specialty, traveling to different parts of the world. The ingredients for this drink include brown sugar, whipped cream, Irish whiskey, and freshly brewed black coffee. You can also substitute the whiskey for Bailey’s if you feel indulgent.
A popular coffee drink originating in the Spanish Basque Country, Cortado is all about striking a balance between espresso and steamed milk. This combination allows the milk to soften the sharpness of the espresso without taking away its nuances. The word Cortado comes from the Spanish verb cortar, or “to cut”, which is a nod to milk cutting coffee. The balance is often at a 1:1 ratio and coffee lovers appreciate the simplicity and novelty of this recipe and you will find this concoction in cafes around the world.
Walk past a sidewalk cafe in Germany and chances are you’ll find people enjoying this dessert-like cafe. The eiskaffee recipe calls for coffee and ice cream and often involves other additions like evaporated milk, chocolate shavings, and whipped cream. Served in a tall glass, this summer must-have is the perfect marriage of childhood pleasures with adult sensibility.
Moka Cola, Brazil
Considering how much of the world’s coffee it produces, it’s no surprise that Brazil has a thriving coffee drinking culture. A popular summer treat in the region is mocha cola which, as the name suggests, combines strong coffee with chocolate milk and fizzy cola. Although this may seem unusual, it provides a refreshing kick on unusually hot days. You can top it with ice cream or whipped cream or serve it frozen like many restaurants in Brazil do.
Yuanyang, Hong Kong
A nod to Hong Kong’s love of tea, the region’s most popular coffee includes classic Ceylon tea, which is combined with robust drip coffee, milk and sugar. Some versions add condensed milk. The caffeine dose is mild and the drink can be served hot or cold. To brew it properly, you’ll need to make sure to combine three parts black coffee with four parts Hong Kong-style milk tea. Originally served at dia pai dongs (outdoor food vendors), it is now available in cafes and restaurants nationwide.
Es Alpukat Kopi, Indonesia
While we’re talking about unique ingredients and concoctions, we’d be remiss not to include this delicious iced coffee from Indonesia, which features a beloved breakfast fruit, avocado. Often consumed as an afternoon snack, Es Alpukat Kopi translates to “avocado iced coffee,” and the indulgent drink reflects the Indonesian culture of serving avocado with chocolate syrup or cocoa. The recipe also calls for palm sugar, espresso, crushed ice (easily replaced with ice cubes), condensed milk and chocolate syrup.
Coffee is a way of life in Sweden, which happens to top the list of the biggest coffee drinkers in the world. The afternoon coffee break, known as fika, where people sit down to enjoy a cup of joe with kanelbulle, Swedish cinnamon roll or chocolate cake, is perhaps even more important than a dose of caffeine in the morning. Accompanied by these sweet treats, the classic northern Swedish kokkaffe or boiled coffee is served. The recipe is quite simple and involves adding coarsely ground coffee to a pot with water and bringing it to a boil. A few variations also boil four or five times and you can do the same, depending on your preference. Although milk is not part of the classic recipe, you can add it to sweeten the drink. Strain into a flask and serve hot.
Wiener Melange, Austria
Popularized by Viennese cafes, Wiener Melange looks a bit like a cappuccino but is made with a milder coffee. The classic recipe calls for half a cup of brewed coffee with half a cup of cream, topped with milk froth. Sometimes whipped cream and cocoa powder are added to the mixture. The term comes from the German term for “Viennese melange”, referring to the origin and popularity of the drink and Wiener Melange is usually served with a glass of water to cleanse the palate between sips and prevent dehydration. You can serve the foam over coffee or stir it so that the flavors blend well.
Cafe au lait, France
The French enjoy their morning cup of joe with equal parts steamed milk and freshly brewed coffee. Much like the most common café latte, this recipe calls for strong coffee instead of the usual espresso, ideally one made with a French roast. To assemble, pour the coffee and milk at the same time, in the same proportions, two feet above the cup. Serve in a large cup with some croissants.
Perhaps one of the most summer-friendly coffee recipes, this classic Portuguese coffee fuses iced coffee with lemon juice or lemon soda. Often called the original iced coffee, this concoction has the bold flavor of espresso, cut by the acidity of lemon. Legend has it that lemon juice was originally added to improve the flavor of poor quality coffee beans. However, now the drink is a local favourite, with many cafes using high quality ingredients for it. The white sugar and honey sweeten the pairing and it is best served ice cold.
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