Popular coffee drinks from around the world

By Death Wish Coffee — / Coffee Talk

How coffee is served around the world

By Angela Garrity, Guest blogger

The world’s coffee drinkers enjoy their coffee quite distinctively, even though our global shared love of the bean can be traced to a goat-herder in Ethiopia who noticed his tribe became energetic after eating berries.

Today, coffee is the second most sought commodity on Earth so let’s explore the many different ways people take their cups in different parts of the world.

Coffee being poured into small glasses during an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
Photo: @TeddyEthiopia, Local Guides Connect

Ethiopia: Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee. Households often host coffee ceremonies three times per day by making coffee from roasting raw beans in a pan. After grinding the beans, they’re brewed in a pot (jebena). Once ready, the host pours the coffee from the jebena into small, handleless ceramic cups.


Two cups of Vietnamese egg coffeeIPhoto source: Vietnammoi

Vietnam: Ca Phe Trung (Vietnamese egg coffee) was born in 1946 during a wartime milk shortage. Egg yolk and sweetened, condensed milk are whipped to give the coffee a thick and creamy consistency.


A flat white coffee, a popular drink in Australia, sits on a table

Australia: Aussies have loved their flat whites (also known as a wet cappuccino) since 1985. Steamed milk microfoam is poured over a double shot of espresso, with less steamed milk than a small latte, making the coffee flavor greater.


A Kaapi coffee drink, popular in India, sits on a table
Photo: Food'n Road

South India: Kaapi (Indian filter coffee) is made by mixing frothed and boiled milk with the infusion obtained by percolation brewing of finely ground coffee powder in a traditional Indian filter. The coffee is typically served after pouring back and forth between the dabara and the tumbler in huge arc-like motions of the hand – to mix the ingredients and to cool it to a sipping temperature.


Saudi Arabian Qahwa coffee, which is green in color, sits on a table poured into four cups
Photo: Archana's Kitchen

Saudi Arabia: Qahwa, the Arabic word for “coffee,” is brewed using green coffee beans to make a very weak brew. Crushed cardamom, saffron, rose water, cinnamon and clove can be added to the traditional pot (dallah) before straining and serving.


Turkish coffee sitting in a cup and next to is a gold coffee pot called a cezve

Turkey: Traditional Turkish coffee is brewed in a pot filled with hot sand. The water and ground beans are added into a coffee pot (cezve) in the sand until it begins to boil and foam at the top. The heat is adjusted by placing the coffee deeper in the sand.


A Greek Frappe sits in a glass with a view of the ocean in the background
Photo: Greece High Definition

Greece: The Greek frappe is rumored to have been invented by mistake when cold water was mixed with instant coffee in a shaker. This coffee beverage is made with instant coffee, water, sugar and is served in almost all cafes in Greece today.


A cup of Italian espresso

Italy: Espresso is a classic choice enjoyed any time of the day. It is brewed using pressure to force a small amount of boiling water through finely ground coffee beans. Italy introduced the first steam-pressure coffee machine, which is now known as the espresso machine. An Espresso Romano is made by sliding a slice of lemon around the edge of the cup and serving a single or double shot of espresso with a peel of lemon zest on the side.


A cup of Kaffeost, coffee popular in Finland and Sweden, served with a cheese curd.
Giphy: The Telegraph

Sweden and Finland: Kaffeost, or coffee cheese, is enjoyed by pouring hot coffee over Finnish cheese curds (leipäjuusto). In Finland, the bread cheese is served sliced as a side with coffee, but in Northern Sweden, they prefer it directly in the coffee. The cheese cubes soften and absorb the coffee, but they don’t melt.


A black and white portrait of Joe Sheridan, the inventor of Irish Coffee, next to poured Irish Coffees.
Photo: Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum

Ireland: Irish coffee was invented in 1943 to warm up airport guests during winter, near Limerick. It is made up of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and brown sugar topped with whipped cream.


A Spanish coffee called Cafe Bombon, served in a clear glass
Photo: The Culture Trip

Spain: Café bombón is a staple served in a glass cup, which allows eyes on the nice layers of condensed milk, espresso, and crema. This coffee is ideal for anyone with a sweet tooth.


Four glasses of Cafe Cubano on a table
Photo: Food & Wine

Cuba: Café Cubano is served anytime. The small, strong drink has espresso and demerara sugar whipped with the first few drops of espresso to create a creamy foam.


A cup of cafe de olla, a traditional Mexican specialty coffee with cinnamon and piloncillo
Photo: Thermomix

Mexico: Café de olla is a traditional Mexican specialty coffee. It is made using ground coffee, cinnamon and piloncillo (unrefined cane sugar). It is typically served in a clay mug to enhance the flavor.


A cup of Brazilian coffee

Brazil: Cafezinho is popular and traditionally served as a small cup of filtered coffee, served with a lot of sugar.

Coffee, no matter how it is enjoyed, it truly a globally diverse beverage, loved and celebrated throughout the world. While this list is not all-inclusive, it does give insight to a few ways of exploring a possible new way of enjoying the common bean that connects us all – coffee.

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