Beyond Latte – Interesting Coffee Recipes from around the World

Coffee is a versatile drink – you can drink it hot, cold, or ice-blended. You can add chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, or any other spices and flavorings. You can also add many types of milk to your coffee, from full-cream to vegan. 

Did you know that coffee recipes go beyond the usual black, latte, and cappuccino? Get global with the following coffee recipes from other parts of the world to further satisfy your caffeine fix. The good news is that most of these coffee recipes can be done at home with whatever brewing methods you have available.

a cup of whipped coffee over milk

1. Dalgona coffee (South Korea)

We’re sure you’ve heard of or prepared this drink when Covid-19 has swept the entire world and made us hankering for coffee shop visits for the time being. This trending frothy coffee drink from South Korea looks fancy, but it’s actually quite easy to prepare. All you need is instant coffee, sugar, and a little amount of water. Just combine all these three ingredients, give the mix some brisk whisk, and voila! You can do it with just a simple hand whisk or an electronic hand mixer. Pour your glass with milk and top it with your creamy whipped coffee. It is served hot or cold.

vanilla ice cream poured with espresso

2. Affogato (Italy)

This Italian coffee recipe, whose name means “drowned,” will be a wonderful ending to any meal. Or it can be enjoyed by itself, as it is a type of coffee recipe and a dessert. Just put scoops of your favorite vanilla ice cream into a glass and “drown” it with espresso. If you haven’t got an espresso machine, you can brew coffee from a Moka pot – it’s close as it can get to an espresso. Toppings such as cocoa powder, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder, or crushed amaretto (Italian cookies) are optional.

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3. Turkish coffee (Turkey)

While Turkish coffee is famous all around the world, it is still rarely served in Western coffee shops. It is a perfect ending to any dinner, whether it is a traditional accompaniment to baklava or Turkish delight or simply enjoyed on its own. It is prepared with water and finely ground coffee (and sometimes with sugar or cardamom), brewed by boiling, and then transferred to a special pot called cezve (in Turkey) or ibrik (elsewhere). As soon as the froth forms, it is taken off the heat and then served to a cup. The result is a rich, robust, and frothy brew. Don’t fret if you don’t have the traditional Turkish pot – a simple saucepan on the stovetop makes a good substitute. You can use either arabica or robusta coffee beans for this recipe.

a cup of coffee with two human figurines

4. Ca phe trung (Vietnam)

Vietnam is currently the world’s second-largest coffee producer, accounting for about 20% of the global coffee production. So, it’s a little wonder that Vietnamese coffee is some of the world’s best.

If you want your coffee a little richer, the Vietnamese egg coffee, ca phe trung, is going to be your next bias! Frothy, sweet, and decadent, it’s the perfect combination of an after-dinner coffee and dessert. It is prepared with ground robusta coffee beans, sugar, and condensed milk. Some people who have tasted this coffee recipe describe it as “Cadbury Crème egg with a hint of mocha.” Although the origins of ca phe trung are a bit hazy, many suggest that fresh milk was then in short supply, so eggs were used as a substitute.

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5. Cafecito (Cuba)

Also known as Cuban espresso or café Cubano, cafecito is a strong and sweet coffee drink essential to any Cuban meal. It consists of an espresso shot traditionally sweetened with natural brown sugar, which has been whipped with the first and most robust drips of espresso.

an earthen cup of coffee

6. Café de olla (Mexico)

If you’re still searching for another good cup of coffee in the Americas, let’s go to Mexico for café de olla. It is a traditional Mexican coffee drink prepared with ground coffee, cinnamon, and Mexican unrefined sugar called piloncillo, which is similar to the Brazilian rapadura. It is essential that the coffee should be brewed and served in an earthen pot, which gives the beverage its distinct taste. These earthen cups have colorful and playful designs, giving this coffee drink a truly Mexican character.

a cup of coffee on a wood stump

 

7. Cafezinho (Brazil)

Further down the Americas, Brazil is the undisputed leader in coffee production, accounting for roughly 40% of the world’s coffee production. So, it is only rightful that it should have its own coffee recipe. Cafezinho is a traditional coffee drink served in Brazil. It consists of black coffee and Brazilian unrefined sugar called “rapadura.” Cafezinho is usually served black, but it is not unusual to see other drinkers add milk or cream to lighten the color and flavor and make the texture a bit creamier.

coffee poured from the pot to the cup

8. Qawha (Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries)

Let’s go to the Middle East for some warm coffee during those cold Arabian nights. Actually, the word “coffee” originated from the Arabic word qahwah. Now, you know coffee’s etymology! Arabic coffee is prepared from a special pot called dallah, which is similar to cezve in Turkish coffee. It is usually served black and often flavored with cardamom, although it can also be served plain or with sugar.

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9) Café hafuch (Israel)

Still on Middle Eastern coffee, Israel also has its own coffee recipe, called café hafuch. Unlike other Middle Eastern-style coffee drinks, Israel’s café hafuch follows a more European style of preparation. It is like a caffe latte but prepared and served in reverse. In a regular latte, the steamed milk is on top of the espresso. But in café hafuch, the steamed milk goes first to the bottom and is followed by an espresso shot, carefully layered. It is then topped with milk foam and sprinkled with nutmeg or cocoa powder.

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10) Café Touba (Senegal and Guinea-Bissau)

The sub-Saharan Africa region is blessed with fertile soils and a good climate conducive for growing some of the world’s best-known coffee beans, the Kenyan and the Ethiopian. But let’s go to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau for a mind-blowing cup of café Touba to wake you up from your apathetic stupor. It is a spiced coffee flavored with Grains of Selim, which are similar to black pepper. Sometimes, cloves are also used. The spices are mixed with the coffee beans and then ground into a powder. Then the powdered coffee and spices are brewed by using a filtered apparatus similar to the drip method.