Coffee is perhaps the world’s most popular beverage. Millions around the world start their day with their morning cup. Coffee drink lovers would meet at a café anytime during the day for a cup of their favorite drink with good company. It’s not just a cappuccino, black coffee, or a good latte. Did you know that there are different coffee drinks around the world that are prepared with many eclectic ingredients? Many recipes are prepared in different methods as well which makes them unique coffee drinks.
Here is a list of coffee drinks from around the world. Perhaps you may like to prepare these specialty beverages at home.
1. Kopi Luwak
Country of Origin – Indonesia
Ingredients – Coffea Arabica
This is the world’s most expensive and exclusive coffee. What makes it so costly is the production method. Kopi Luwak is prepared from coffee beans that are partially digested by the palm civet of Indonesia and then excreted, which is why it is also called ‘poop coffee’. During processing, the bean’s outer layer is removed and the remaining portion is thoroughly cleaned before they are roasted. The taste can vary depending on the bean’s source.
2. Mushroom Coffee
Country of Origin – Finland
Ingredients – Chaga, Turkey’s tail, Lion’s mane, Reishi, Cordyceps
This beverage is a delicate blend of coffee beans and ground mushrooms that provides a smooth, nutty, and dark flavor. Usually, medicinal mushroom extracts are used instead of culinary mushrooms, such as shiitake, which is why mushroom coffee is considered to be healthier than your regular coffee. It started in Finland during World War II, where mushrooms were used as a substitute because the coffee beans were not readily available at the time. This fancy coffee is trending globally now. You can prepare this unique coffee in your home using Grano Milano capsules.
Country of Origin – Hong Kong
Ingredients – Black tea leaves, brewed coffee, milk, sugar
Yuanyang or yuenyeung is a blend of tea and coffee. A typical mixture will have seven parts of milk tea and three parts of coffee. You can serve this drink either cold or hot. This drink is especially popular in Hong Kong. The city’s Lan Fong Yuen restaurant claims they were the first to make this type of coffee in 1952. The name refers to ‘mandarin duck’ though there is no duck in its ingredient. It is actually a poetic reference to these ducks that mate for life. In Yuenyeung, the blend of coffee and tea is also harmonious.
Country of Origin – France
Ingredients – Roasted and ground chicory root, filtered water
This caffeine-free coffee is prepared by grinding, roasting, and brewing the chicory plant roots, which are then mixed with coffee. The taste is like coffee but it is slightly nutty and earthy. Many believe that it came from France in the 1800s when there was a coffee shortage in the country. Coffee lovers started mixing the roots of the chicory plant as they just could not find enough beans. Chicory coffee later became popular during the Civil War in New Orleans when the city’s ports were cut off, thus causing a coffee shortage. Chicory is also good for health – it can treat osteoarthritis, improve brain function, gives the body fewer calories, and cut down on the intake of caffeine.
Country of Origin – Thailand
Ingredients – Ground coffee, brown sugar, many seeds and grains like soybeans, cardamom, corn, sesame seeds, and rice
Also called Oleang, this is the traditional iced tea of Thailand. The name comes from the combination of “O” or Black and “Liang”, which means cold. Black refers to the color of coffee as no milk is used here. The origin of this drink is probably from the Thai Chinese community. This drink has a rich coffee aroma and smoky flavors from roasted seeds and grains.
Country of Origin – Austria
Ingredients – Espresso mixed with egg yolk and honey
Kaisermelange means “Emperor’s mélange” referring to the rich flavor and luscious texture of this delicious coffee. This strong black coffee is prepared with honey and egg yolk. The yolk is first mixed in a cup with honey and then the black coffee is stirred in slowly. A cognac shot is also added in Vienna. However, in recent times, this drink is not easily available even in the country of its origin, Austria.
7. Rose Petal Beetroot Latte
Country of Origin – NYC, United States of America
Ingredients – Coconut milk, rose water, beetroot powder, maple syrup, and dried rose petals
Vibrant pink in color, this special coffee has a buttery flavor, while hazelnut adds floral, sweet notes. This is healthy coffee too as rose petals are packed with antioxidants that have immune-boosting properties. Its anti-inflammatory properties will also help you digest better. One of its ingredients, beet powder provides many key nutrients, such as potassium, plant-based iron, and vitamins. Start your day with this caffeine-free warm coffee.
8. Bulletproof Coffee
Country of Origin – USA
Ingredients – Ground coffee, butter, medium-chain triglyceride, coconut oil
This high-calorie beverage has become very popular recently. Many are even taking this drink in the morning to replace their high carbohydrate breakfast. Also called butter coffee, it provides a lot of energy and also decreased the nutrient load. Many high-carbohydrate processed breakfasts like cereals or pastries give an energy boost, but they can disturb the blood sugar level, which increases our craving for sweets.
9. Cafe De Olla
Country of Origin – Mexico
Ingredients – Ground coffee, cinnamon, orange peel, anise, cloves
This amazing coffee is from Mexico. It was invented in the early 20th century by the country’s soldiers during the Mexican revolution. The soldiers would prepare this in clay pots by mixing spices to keep themselves warm on cold nights. The use of clay pots added a special flavor. To this day, this traditional Mexican coffee is popular in rural areas of the country to beat the cold temperature. The recipe always varies from one family to another but the ingredients are generally the same.
10. Irish Coffee
Country of Origin – Ireland
Ingredients – Coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, cream
This caffeinated alcoholic drink from Ireland is also called Caife Gaelach. This unique strong coffee is also good for beating the cold weather. It is prepared with hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar. The cream is added to the top. You have to drink it through the cream. When preparing Irish coffee, make sure that your drink is strong. The whiskey should also be Irish. Scotch will not give you the authentic flavor. You can blend or whip the cream to make sure that it floats on top of your coffee.
Enjoy your coffee just like you want. There is something magical about the aroma and flavor of freshly brewed beans. You can get creative too with your coffee. There are so many types of unique and popular coffee drinks from around the world. Next time, you may try making something different.