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Coffee Drinks – 64 Different Types of Coffee Drink From Around The World

Coffee drinks come in many shapes, forms and sizes. They range from simple hot and cold coffees, to a wide array of weird and wonderful coffee concoctions that are popular in different cultures around the world. In this article, Homegrounds covers all of the most well known coffee drinks, as well as some more unique coffee beverages from across the globe.

The differences in coffee drinks can be the way the coffee is brewed, the type of coffee maker used, the ingredients, or the serving method. For example, you can have a cold coffee with milk, or a hot coffee without milk. There is a huge range of coffee drinks you can brew. Of course, all types of coffee beverages are made with coffee beans, but these can be included in different ratios for different strengths. Here are the different types of coffee drinks explained.

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What are the Hot Coffee Types?

Hot coffees are the most popular coffee drinks. The most efficient way of brewing coffee is with hot water, so most coffee is hot by default. Serving temperature affects our ability to perceive certain flavors and aromas, so hot brewed coffee will have a more intense smell and taste than cold coffee. Here are the types of hot coffee and names of coffee drinks you’re most likely to come across.

1. Black Coffee

Black coffee is any combination of water and coffee, served without any milk or creamer. The addition of these products changes the aroma and color of the coffee, turning it lighter-brown or white.

There are various coffee maker types that make certain types of coffee drinks including drip coffee, French press, pour over or espresso machines. Also, there are different ways to serve it, and each of them influences the taste, calories, and nutritional value in different ways. 

2. Decaf

Decaf refers to any coffee that has been made with decaffeinated beans. It can be served any of the same ways as regular coffee, including hot or cold coffee, and with or without milk. The key difference with decaf coffee is the amount of caffeine in the drink. Decaf is not entirely caffeine-free, but the decaffeination process removes around 97% of the caffeine from coffee.

Related: Decaf Coffee Explained

3. Espresso


Espresso is a famous type of coffee from Italy. An espresso machine works by forcing high-pressure steam through ground coffee beans to produce espresso. The result is a very concentrated coffee with a strong taste, which is used as the base of many other coffee types including cappuccino, macchiato, and Americano.

A single 1 oz serving of espresso contains 3 calories, 100 mg fat, 0 mg protein, 0.6 mg calcium, 34 mg potassium, 23.7 mg magnesium, and 4.1 mg sodium. 

4. Americano


An Americano is a shot of espresso served in a large cup and topped with hot water. The result is a less intense coffee, similar to drip coffee. It is believed that the name comes from the U.S. soldiers in Italy during the 2nd World War, who used water to ration the scarce amounts of espresso available at the time.

An 8 oz Americano coffee contains 3 calories, 100 mg fat, 0 mg protein, 0.6 mg calcium, 34 mg potassium, 23.7 mg magnesium, and 4.1 mg sodium. 


5. Long Black

A long black is a shot of espresso added to hot water. It is essentially the same as the Americano, but the order in which you add the espresso and water is reversed. 

An 8 oz Americano contains 3 calories, 100 mg fat, 0 mg protein, 0.6 mg calcium, 34 mg potassium, 23.7 mg magnesium, and 4.1 mg sodium. 

Here’s a more detailed article on what a long black is: https://www.homegrounds.co/what-is-long-black-coffee/

6. Latte

Latte is made with one part espresso, two parts steamed milk, and a small layer of milk foam. It is one of the most popular types of espresso drinks and has a milkier taste than a cappuccino due to the higher ratio of milk. 

An 8 oz latte contains 103 calories, 4000 mg fat, 6600 mg protein, 240 mg calcium, 326.4 mg potassium, 55.2 mg magnesium, and 98.4 mg sodium.  Read our latte recipe to learn how to make it.

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7. Cappuccino

Cappuccino is made with one part espresso, one part steamed milk and one part milk foam. It is often topped with a sprinkle of powdered chocolate or cinnamon. It’s the most popular type of coffee for breakfast in Italy but is consumed at all times of the day in other parts of the world.

An 8 oz cappuccino contains 65 calories, 2500 mg fat, 4000 mg protein, 148.8 mg calcium, 216 mg potassium, 48 mg magnesium, and 64.8 mg sodium.  


Related: How to Make an Iced Cappuccino (Easy Recipe)

8. Macchiato

A macchiato is made with a shot of espresso topped with a small amount of milk or milk foam. Dispensing on where you are in the world, the macchiato might be prepared differently. It has a taste very similar to espresso but not quite as strong due to the addition of milk.

A 1 oz macchiato contains 7 calories, 200 mg fat, 300 mg protein, 12 mg calcium, 36.9 mg potassium, 17.1 mg magnesium, and 7.2 mg sodium. Here’s where you can learn how to make a macchiato.

9. Latte Macchiato

The slightly more indulgent version of the above, a latte macchiato is a cup of steamed milk with a shot of espresso poured over the top. This creates a bold taste of espresso with the first sip, which becomes creamier as you drink. The latte macchiato differs from the latte because it is poured in a different order.

An 8 oz latte macchiato contains 103 calories, 4000 mg fat, 6600 mg protein, 240 mg calcium, 326.4 mg potassium, 55.2 mg magnesium, and 98.4 mg sodium.  


10. Cafe au Lait

The contents and ratio of cafe au lait vary from country to country. In France, where the drink originated, it’s a shot of espresso topped with warm milk. In the United States, it often refers to concentrated drip coffee topped with steamed milk.

An 8 oz cafe au lait made with 4 oz drip coffee and 4 oz steamed milk contains 76 calories, 4000 mg fat, 4000 mg protein, 219 mg potassium, and 55 mg sodium. 

11. Cortado

A cortado coffee is made with one part espresso, one part steamed milk, and no foam. It’s a popular drink in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. In the United States, it is sometimes known as a Gibraltar and is served in a glass cup with a metal handle.

A 4 oz cortado contains 34 calories, 1200 mg fat, 2200 mg protein, 133 mg potassium, and 36 mg sodium. 

12. Flat White

A flat white is made with a double shot of espresso, steamed milk, and no milk foam. The espresso flavor still dominates the aroma, while the milk serves as a supporting taste.

An 8 oz flat white contains 103 calories, 4000 mg fat, 6600 mg protein, 240 mg calcium, 326.4 mg potassium, 55.2 mg magnesium, and 98.4 mg sodium.  

Related: What is a flat white?

13. Mocha Latte


A mocha latte will vary greatly depending on the cafe that you order it from. It usually contains espresso, chocolate or cocoa, steamed milk, and milk foam, but can also include whipped cream. It still has a strong taste of coffee, with a sweet taste of chocolate.

A tall (12 oz) mocha latte from Starbucks contains 290 calories, 1300 mg fat, 1100 mg protein, and 120 mg sodium. 

Related: What is mocha coffee?

14. Ristretto

Ristretto is an espresso shot made like regular espresso but with half the amount of water. The final product is thus a more concentrated shot of espresso with a slightly different taste.

A single serving of ristretto contains 3 calories, 100 mg fat, 0 mg protein, 0.6 mg calcium, 34 mg potassium, 23.7 mg magnesium, and 4.1 mg sodium.

Related: What is ristretto?

15. Lungo

Lungo is a shot of espresso that is pulled for a longer amount of time. The name comes from the Italian word “lungo” which means long, ie a long espresso. A lungo has more water and as a result is more diluted compared to a regular espresso.

A lungo is extracted for one minute and the total extraction is 2oz. As the shot is pulled for longer, the extraction is different compared to espresso. As a result, a lungo can taste somewhat bitter, and will have less crema compared to a regular shot of espresso.

A 2oz lungo contains 2.5 calories, 0mg fat, 2mg calcium, 17mg potassium, and 3.8mg sodium.

Related: What is a lungo?

16. Pour Over Coffee

Pour Over Coffee

Pour over coffee is made with a pour over dripper, a technique that continuously refreshes the water surrounding the ground coffee. The taste is clean but complex and is much less concentrated than espresso coffee.

An 8 oz serve of pour over coffee contains 2.5 calories, 50 mg fat, 280 mg protein, 4.8 mg calcium, 116 mg potassium, 7.1 mg magnesium, and 4.8 mg sodium.

17. Drip Coffee

Drip coffee refers to coffee made in an automatic drip coffee machine. Although the brewing method is similar to pour over coffee, the automation results in a different flavor. Drip coffee has a simple, rounded taste.

An 8 oz serve of drip coffee contains 2.5 calories, 50 mg fat, 280 mg protein, 4.8 mg calcium, 116 mg potassium, 7.1 mg magnesium, and 4.8 mg sodium. 

18. Instant Coffee

Instant coffee is made by adding hot water to coffee granules. These granules are coffee that has already been brewed, then freeze-dried to make it more convenient and to provide a longer shelf life. The taste of instant coffee is not considered to be as good as fresh coffee, and can sometimes be sour.

A 6 oz serve of instant coffee prepared with water contains 3.6 calories, 0 mg fat, 180 mg protein, 7.2 mg calcium, 53.7 mg potassium, 7.2 mg magnesium, and 47.2 mg sodium. 

19. AeroPress

AeroPress Coffee

AeroPress coffee is prepared by using an AeroPress device. Ground coffee and hot water are added to the plastic tube, and after steeping, the contents are pressed through a paper or metal filter. The taste can be strong like espresso, but the filter removes some of the oils and sediments for a clean flavor.

An 8 oz AeroPress coffee contains approximately 2.5 calories when served without sugar or creamer.

20. Vacuum

Vacuum coffee is prepared using a vacuum or siphon coffee maker. The vacuum maker has a lower and upper vessel. Water boils in the lower vessel while the grounds remain in the upper part. The vacuum and the pressure from the heat push the water up and brew the coffee. Once the heating stops, the product falls into the bottom vessel and is ready for serving. Vacuum coffee has a rich and full-bodied flavor with low acidity.

An 8 oz vacuum coffee contains approximately 2.5 calories when served without sugar or creamer.

21. Immersion

Immersion coffee refers to any coffee made by steeping coffee grounds in hot or cold water. The most common example of this is French press coffee. Immersion coffee is usually full-bodied in flavor, and unless filtered, it has a rich mouthfeel.

An 8 oz immersion coffee contains approximately 2 calories when served without sugar or creamer.

22. Red Eye

A red eye coffee is made by combining a shot of espresso with brewed coffee, normally from a drip coffee machine. It has a strong coffee taste and is served without milk. It has a few variations including dripped eye coffee, black eye coffee, and lazy eye coffee.

An 8 oz red eye espresso coffee contains approximately 5 calories.

23. Doppio

A doppio espresso is simply a double shot of espresso. It has exactly the same taste as espresso, it’s just a larger portion size.

A 2 oz doppio contains 5.4 calories, 100 mg fat, 70 mg protein, 1.2 mg calcium, 69 mg potassium, 48 mg magnesium, and 8.2 mg sodium. 

24. Marocchino

A marocchino is another Italian coffee drink. It starts with a shot of espresso, then a layer of cocoa powder on top, a layer of milk froth and finally topped with a layer of sprinkled cocoa powder. It can be traced back to some time after World War II in Italy and was the predecessor to the mocha – the modern favorite that also combines coffee and chocolate.

If you enjoy the marocchino, you will likely enjoy the espressino and an Italian coffee drink with chocolate and cream called the bicerin, another espresso drink that uses the same ingredients, but layered slightly differently.

25. Caffe Breve

A caffe breve is one part espresso topped with steamed half and half. A breve coffee or latte uses the same ratio of milk to coffee, but the use of half and half gives the breve a much sweeter taste.

An 8 oz caffe breve contains 228 calories, 1900 mg fat, 6000 mg protein, 276 mg potassium, and 116 mg sodium. 

26. Piccolo Latte

A piccolo latte is a ristretto shot, topped with twice the amount of steamed milk. The use of the ristretto gives it a stronger coffee taste than a latte.

A single piccolo latte contains around 45 calories when prepared with whole milk, or 25 calories when prepared with skim milk.

27. Irish Coffee

Irish coffee is a combination of strong brewed coffee, whiskey, brown sugar, and cream. The name can also refer to any coffee with alcohol added.

The exact nutritional value will depend on the recipe, but an average serving of Irish coffee contains 211 calories, 5800 mg fat, 600 mg protein, 14 mg calcium, 93.6 mg potassium, 4.8 mg magnesium, and 7.2 mg sodium. 

28. Caffè Corretto

Caffè corretto is a popular Italian coffee drink, made by adding a splash of grappa to a shot of espresso. Corretto translates as “corrected”, implying that by adding some alcohol to the espresso, the drink has now been fixed. This is because in the 1930s when this coffee drink was first invented, espresso was extremely bitter and adding some alcohol balanced out the flavor.

29. Carajillo Coffee

If you like your coffee drinks with alcohol, then the Carajillo coffee may well be one you enjoy. It’s a Mexican coffee made by combining equal parts espresso and Licor 43, a sweet Spanish liqueur. Simply add some ice to a glass or tumbler, pour in the espresso and Licor 43 and top with some whipped cream and even some chocolate covered coffee beans to make this delectable after-dinner drink.

Related: Carajillo coffee recipe

30. Cuban Espresso

Cuban espresso sometimes known as Café Cubano is an espresso drink from Cuba that is made using dark roasted coffee combined with a generous layer of sugary foam. Because of the bitterness of the roast, the addition of a sweetener is essential, in order to balance out the bitter taste of the coffee.

Check out our guide to learn how to make Cuban coffee.

31. Qishr Coffee

Qishr coffee is a sweet ginger coffee beverage that is popular in Yemen. It is made by brewing dried coffee cherries with hot water, then adding ginger, cinnamon, cloves and sugar.

An 8oz serving of Qishr coffee contains 54 calories, 0.06g of protein, 21.6g of calcium, 4.9g of sodium and 15g of potassium.

What are the Cold Coffee Types?

Cold coffee types are coffees that are either served cold or prepared using cold water. Cold coffee is a great way to enjoy the coffee flavor in hot weather, or to create a drink that is more like a dessert. Brewing coffee with cold water will help to create a different flavor profile. Here are the cold coffee types explained.

1. Iced Coffee

Iced coffee is any coffee that is prepared as a hot coffee, then added to ice to cool it. Iced coffee is usually served with cold milk and sugar for a refreshing, dessert-like drink. In cafes, it might include flavored syrup or a whipped cream topping. Brewing coffee directly over ice is also known as Japanese-style iced coffee.

The nutritional content of your iced coffee will depend on the type of coffee that you use, the amount of milk and sweetener added, and any extra toppings. A tall (12 oz) iced coffee from Starbucks prepared with milk and sugar syrup contains 80 calories, 1000 mg fat, 2000 mg protein, and 30 mg sodium. 


2. Iced Latte

An iced latte is a shot of espresso poured over ice, then topped with cold milk. Sweetener is often added, and the milk may be frothed to emulate the texture of a hot latte. 

An 8 oz iced latte prepared without sweetener contains 65 calories, 2420 mg fat, 4180 mg protein, 158 mg calcium, 245 mg potassium, 48 mg magnesium, and 55.2 mg sodium.  

3. Iced Cappuccino

An iced cappuccino is a shot of espresso added to ice and cold milk. It is topped with a layer of frothed cold milk. To add an extra decadent touch, add a dash of almond or vanilla extract, then sprinkle with a little cinnamon

A 16oz iced cappuccino has 202 calories, 9.6g fat, 12g protein, 88.1mg of calcium and 44mg of sodium.

4. Cold Brew

Cold brew is coffee that is brewed by steeping coffee grounds in cold water for an extended period of time. There is a style of cold brew that uses a drip method instead of steeping, known as Kyoto coffee. Cold brew has a smoother and sweeter taste than hot brewed coffee, with less acidity and bitterness. 

An 8 oz serve of cold brew coffee contains 2.5 calories, 100 mg fat, 300 mg protein, 5 mg calcium, 116 mg potassium, and 4.7 mg sodium. 

You can also try making these cold brew recipes.

5. Nitro Cold Brew

Nitro Coffee

Nitro cold brew coffee is made by infusing cold brew coffee with nitrogen. This creates a foamy, creamy coffee with a mild, sweet taste.

An 8 oz serve of nitro cold brew contains 2.5 calories, 100 mg fat, 300 mg protein, 5 mg calcium, 116 mg potassium, and 4.7 mg sodium.  

6. Frappe

A traditional Greek Frappe is made by shaking instant coffee granules with water to produce a foamy texture, then adding to ice along with cold milk and sugar. Some preparations blend the coffee and ice to create a texture like a slushie, and some include a whipped cream topping.

A frappe prepared with milk and sugar (but without whipped cream) contains approximately 15 calories.

Note: Here’s where you can learn more about what a frappe is and how you can make it at home.

7. Frappuccino

The Frappuccino is a drink popularized by Starbucks. It is made of blended espresso, milk, crushed ice, whipped cream, and any syrup or sauce of choice. Like the traditional Greek coffee mentioned above, this drink is also called frappe. Here’s a classic and easy frappuccino recipe.

This drink can come in different flavors. It can also be a delicious mix of coffee and dessert. If you want to try a more decadent frappe, here’s a Starbucks copycat recipe of the Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino.

8. Espresso Tonic

An espresso tonic is made by adding a double shot of espresso to a glass of ice and topping it with tonic water and a squeeze of lime juice. It creates a refreshing drink with some bitterness that is balanced by the acidity of the lime.

An 8 oz espresso tonic contains 258 calories, 100 mg fat, 0 mg protein, and 26.6 mg sodium.  

9. Affogato

An affogato is made by adding a scoop of gelato to a shot of hot espresso. It’s usually served as a dessert rather than a drink and can use any flavor of gelato.

An affogato contains 240 calories, 1500 mg fat, 4200 mg protein, 104 mg calcium, 166 mg potassium, and 118 mg sodium.  


Note: If you want another espresso-based drink that’s less sweet than the affogato, try this espresso con panna recipe.

What are the Unusual Coffee Types?

The aforementioned coffees are most popular, but they are mainly coffee shop drinks originating from the United States and Italy. However, there are various other cultures that brew coffee styles in different ways. You’ll also find some unique types of coffee beans that you might not have tried.

1. Turkish Coffee

Turkish coffee is prepared using very fine coffee grounds boiled with water and sugar in a cezve coffee maker. This is a traditional way of drinking coffee throughout the Middle East and some parts of Europe. Turkish coffee has a very strong and sweet taste.

A 2 oz serve of Turkish coffee prepared with 1 teaspoon of sugar contains 16 calories, 0 mg fat, 100 mg protein, 1.2 mg calcium, 28.5 mg potassium, and 1.2 mg sodium.

2. Vietnamese Coffee

Vietnamese coffee is coffee prepared using a small Vietnamese metal filter known as a phin. It can be served hot or cold and is often mixed with condensed milk. It has a strong taste similar to espresso.

A cup of Vietnamese coffee prepared with sweetened condensed milk contains 157 calories, 4300 mg fat, 4000 mg protein, 143 mg calcium, 236 mg potassium, and 65 mg sodium.

Vietnamese Coffee

Vietnamese coffee shares a lot of similarities with the Kopi Sanger, another Asian coffee drink made with condensed milk that is popular in Indonesia.

3. Bulletproof Coffee

Bulletproof coffee is a mix of brewed coffee, coconut oil, and unsalted butter. It is very popular with people who are on a high-fat, low-carb diet and can serve as a substitute for breakfast. 

A cup of bulletproof coffee prepared with 2 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon coconut oil contains 327 calories, 4700 mg fat, 500 mg protein, 12 mg calcium, 123 mg potassium, and 187 mg sodium.

4. Cascara Coffee

Cascara coffee is coffee that is prepared by brewing coffee cherry leaves instead of coffee beans. It has a flavor that is closer to tea than coffee.

A 5 oz cup of cascara coffee contains approximately 10 calories when served without sugar or creamer.

5. Kopi Luwak

Kopi Luwak is a type of coffee bean that has been eaten and digested by the Asian palm civet. The beans are collected from the feces, then dried and roasted. Kopi luwak is one of many types of poop coffee. The taste is earthy and smooth, with no bitterness.

6. Geisha Coffee

Geisha coffee is a variety of coffee bean known for its unique aroma and flavor of fruits and flowers. Due to the unusual taste and rarity, Geisha coffee is one of the most expensive coffees in the world. 

There are over 38 types of coffee in the world. However, these are only the most popular ones. As already said, there are so many variations, flavors, aromas, and additives that it would take more than a lifetime to taste them all. Then, there are even coffee beans varieties, which, of course, come from the coffee plant. Here’s an overview if you want to learn about all the different types of coffee.

19 Unique Coffee Drinks That Will Take You Around the World

Starting from the Ethiopian highlands, the coffee bean has since spread worldwide.

In doing so, many different cultures have found inspiration in the humble bean to develop their own unique beverages.

From the addition of egg yolks in Vietnam to gelato in Italy to spicy peppercorns in Senegal, here are 16 ways to serve coffee around the world, complete with step-by-step recipes so you can host your own multi-cultural tasting party.

The Origins Of Coffee…

Though grown and savored worldwide today, coffee can trace its origins to the intuition of a single goat-herder on the Ethiopian plateau.

The herder noticed his goats became particularly energetic after eating certain berries. He reported his observation to a local monastery and from these humble beginnings emerged the global industry we know today.

By the 15th century coffee was being grown and traded commercially on the Arabian Peninsula.

Europeans joined the caffeine train in the 17th century and coffee houses quickly became gathering places for artists and intellectuals.

In 1723, a naval officer brought a coffee plant seedling on a perilous journey across the Atlantic Ocean to the Island of Martinique.

The seedling thrived, fostering a booming coffee industry on the island, and served as the parent for the coffee trees throughout modern day South and Central America and the Caribbean.

Through colonization, trade, and religious missions, coffee seeds have been transported around the world where many flourished and others perished.

Today, coffee is the second most sought commodity in the world after crude oil.

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More Exotic Coffee Drinks From Around the Globe

1. Kaffeost (Sweden)

Kaffeost might be a hard one wrap your head around. The name translates to “coffee cheese (3)”, which is an apt description of the beverage. It involves hot coffee poured over cubed cheese.

The cheese itself is a Finnish product called “Leipäjuusto” or bread cheese in Finland and Finnish squeaky cheese (4) in America.

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.

What You Need

  • 2 L whole milk
  • 60 mL heavy cream
  • 2 tsp rennet
  • A thermometer
  • Cheesecloth
  • A large pot
  • A strainer
  • An oven-proof dish, like a pie plate or cake pan
  • 1 cup brewed coffee

It may be possible to source your Finnish bread cheese from a specialty shop, but it is both fun and rewarding to make your own.

How to Make It

  1. Place the milk and cream in a large pot and warm them to 37 C (99 F). Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the rennet.
  2. Let the mixture sit for an hour while curds form, then reheat it to 37 C (99 F) while gently moving the small curds to the center of the pot. Then bring the whole mixture to just under a boil.
  3. Line the strainer with the cheesecloth, and place a vessel underneath to catch the water that strains through. Pour the curds into the cheesecloth, fold the cloth around them and push hard to extract as much water as you can.
  4. With the curds still wrapped in the strainer, put a heavy weight on top and let them sit and continue to drain for another few hours until you have solid cheese.
  5. Place the cheese in an oven-proof dish and bake at 177 C (350 F) until golden brown.
  6. To make kaffeost, simply slice your cheese into cubes and add them to a mug. Pour your favourite coffee on top and enjoy. The true delicacy is the coffee-soaked cheese cubes, not the cheese-infused coffee liquid.

2. Türk Kahvesi (Turkey)

Turkish coffee is well-known around the globe though still rarely offered in Western coffee shops.

It consists of a unique preparation method more than a recipe.

The most important aspects of Turkish coffee are that the sugar is added before boiling, rather than to the finished cup, and the extremely finely ground beans are not strained out at the end of the process.

The boiling process employed in Turkish coffee leaves a thick froth on the surface which is a hallmark of the style. Cream or milk are never added and the coffee is never stirred so as not to disturb the foam.

What You Need

  • 1 tbsp extremely finely ground arabica beans
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cardamom pod
  • 1 – 2 tsp white sugar
  • An ibrik or small saucepan*
  • 2 demitasse cups

*The traditional vessel for boiling Turkish coffee is called an “ibrik.” If you don’t have one, a small saucepan will work just fine.

How to Make It

  1. Bring water and sugar to a boil in the ibrik or saucepan.
  2. Remove from heat and add the coffee and cardamom.
  3. Return the ibrik to the heat and allow the mixture to come to a soft boil. Remove from the heat when the coffee foams. Repeat this process twice.
  4. Pour into 2 demitasse cups, and allow to sit for a few minutes while the grounds settle to the bottom of the cups.

Greek coffee is very similar to Turkish coffee, which you can read about here.

3. The Einspänner (Austria)

Austrians take coffee very seriously (5), particularly in the capital city of Vienna where coffee houses abound.

In fact, the “Viennese Coffee House Culture” received a UNESCO (6) designation as “Intangible Cultural Heritage” in 2011.

The Einspänner (7) is a single or double espresso topped with whipped cream.

The name comes from the German word for a single-horse carriage which can be driven with only one hand, leaving the other free for coffee consumption.

The whipped cream topping serves as an insulating layer so carriage drivers have extra time to enjoy their espresso before it cools.

What You Need

  • Double shot of espresso
  • Sugar, to taste
  • 100 mL whipping cream
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Optional toppings: chocolate shavings, cocoa powder
  • Whisk or powered hand-mixer
  • Chilled bowl

How to Make It

  1. In a chilled bowl, whip the heavy cream with sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form.
  2. Mix the espresso and sugar, if desired, together in a glass. Top with the whipped cream.
  3. Add chocolate shavings and/or cocoa powder if you wish.

Related: Not the Austrian coffee drink you are looking for? Why not try this instead: Viennese Coffee Recipe: The Famous Austrian Drink

4. Ca Phe Trung (Vietnam)

Ca phe trung is also known as Vietnamese egg coffee and, like kaffeost, it tastes much better than it sounds.

It is typically made from egg yolks, sugar, condensed milk and robusta coffee.

Some tasters have described it as essentially a “Cadbury Creme Egg with a hint of mocha”.

Though the origins of the beverage (8) are cloudy, many suggest it arose when dairy products were scarce in the country.

Coffee drinkers desperate for a creamy cup of java were forced to get creative and use whipped egg yolks instead.

What You Need

  • 1 egg
  • 3 tsp Vietnamese coffee powder
  • 2 tsp sweetened condensed milk
  • A Vietnamese phin, or another brewing apparatus

How to Make It

  1. Brew a cup of strong, dark coffee. Using a phin and Vietnamese robusta coffee adds authenticity.
  2. Separate the egg yolk from the whites. Discard the whites or save them for another purpose.
  3. Whip the egg yolks together with the condensed milk until a frothy mixture is formed. Continue mixing while adding a tablespoon of the brewed coffee.
  4. Spoon the egg yolk foam on top of the remaining coffee and enjoy!

5. Scandinavian Egg Coffee (Sweden/Norway)

Scandinavian egg coffee is a brewing method developed in Sweden and Norway and brought to parts of the American Midwest.

Coffee grounds are mixed with raw egg before being added to boiling water.

The theory is that the egg whites break down in boiling water and release proteins that bind to any bitter impurities in the coffee.

The resulting coffee is a beautiful golden-amber color with a clean, silky body and super mellow flavor. The strategy was borne of necessity, at a time when good coffee was not readily available, so it is less common these days.

What You Need

  • 1 tbsp coarse ground coffee
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ice water
  • 1 egg
  • A pot
  • A strainer

How to Make It

  1. Break the egg into a cup and add the coffee grounds and 2 Tbs of the ice water. You can also add the shells, if you wish. Mix it thoroughly.
  2. Bring the cup of water to a boil and add the coffee grounds mixture. Boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and add the remainder of the ice water. This will cause the solids to sink to the bottom.
  4. Serve the liquid coffee from the top of the pot. If there are clumps floating around, you can strain it before serving.

6. Cafezinho (Brazil)

Cafezinho translates to “little coffee” and is synonymous with hospitality in Brazil.

Being offered a cafezinho is like an invitation to sit down and relax, let your worries slip away, and enjoy some conversation and good company.

Compared with a regular drip coffee, cafezinho (9) is extremely thick and strong. It is even more concentrated than espresso and is served super sweet without any milk or cream.

Its unique characteristics come from the use of a special cloth flannel filter for brewing.

What You Need

  • ¾ cups cold water
  • 1 heaped Tbs espresso-ground coffee beans, ideally from Brazil.
  • 1 tsp sugar, or to taste
  • Small saucepan
  • Cafezinho flannel filter, or paper filter

How to Make It

  1. Put the water and sugar in the saucepan and heat to just below boiling.
  2. Add the coffee grounds, remove from the heat and stir well.
  3. Pour the solution into the filter over a cafezinho or espresso cup and wait for it to drip through. Don’t try and force it through by squeezing the filter and your patience will be rewarded.

7. Qahwa (Saudi Arabia)

Qahwa is simply the arabic word for “coffee”, but it is served in a unique fashion (10) in Saudi Arabia.

Though the brewing method is similar to Turkish coffee, they use green coffee beans and make a very weak brew. Along with cardamom, a few other seasonings are regularly added including saffron, rose water, cinnamon and cloves.

Traditi​​onally (11), the coffee is served by the youngest person at the gathering and it is considered a sign of respect to be served first. It is almost always served with dates or another sweet.

What You Need

  • 1 tbsp green coffee beans, lightly toasted and coarsely ground
  • 1 tbsp cardamom pods, crushed
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 5 cloves, optional
  • ⅛ tsp saffron strands, optional
  • 1 tsp rosewater, optional
  • Small saucepan
  • Strainer or filter

How to Make It

  1. Bring the water to a boil in the saucepan and add the ground beans. Let it boil for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the crushed cardamom and cloves and boil for another 5 minutes.
  3. Take the pot off the heat and wait for a few minutes while the grounds settle to the bottom of the pot.
  4. Add the rosewater and saffron, if desired.
  5. Strain or filter the coffee into a flask or teapot for serving.

8. Cafe de Olla (Mexico)

Cafe de Olla (12) translates as “Pot Coffee” a name which comes from the fact that it is brewed in a clay pot. It is a comforting beverage most often found in rural areas with cold climates.

The distinct flavor of the drink comes from cinnamon and piloncillo, a traditional Mexican sugar.

Other potential additives include clove, allspice, black peppercorns, and orange peel. Rarely is it served with any milk or cream.

What You Need

  • 8 cup cold water
  • 3 piloncillo cones, or ⅓C dark brown sugar*
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 8 tbsp coarsely ground Mexican coffee
  • Optional additives: 1 clove, 2 allspice berries, 3 black peppercorns, and 4 strips of orange peel
  • A saucepan
  • A ladle

*You should try and seek out true Mexican piloncillo (13), but dark brown sugar can be substituted.

How to Make It

  1. Put the water in the saucepan and add the piloncillo cones, cinnamon, and any of the optional ingredients that appeal to your tastebuds.
  2. Bring the water to a boil, let the sugar dissolve, then remove it from the heat and add the coffee grounds. Let the grounds steep for 8 – 10 minutes.
  3. Ladle the liquid into cups and serve.

9. Pharisäer Kaffee (Germany)

Pharisäer kaffee is a German coffee infused with rum and topped with whipped cream.

The story goes that it was invented because of a local pastor that was very strict when it came to alcohol.

Parishioners spiked their coffee with rum and topped it with whipped cream to keep the rum aroma from wafting through the air to the pastor.

You aren’t supposed to stir Pharisäer coffee, but rather sip it through the whipped cream.

What You Need

  • 2 – 4 oz. strong brewed coffee
  • Sugar, to taste
  • 1½ oz. Jamaican rum
  • 100 mL whipping cream
  • A tall glass

How to Make It

  1. Pour the coffee into a tall cup, traditionally a glass tumbler.
  2. Stir in the sugar and rum.
  3. Beat the whipping cream by hand or with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
  4. Top the drink with whipped cream and be sure not to stir it further.

10. Yuanyang (Hong Kong)

Yuanyang (14) is a popular drink in Hong Kong made from a mixture of coffee and Hong Kong-style milk tea.

The name refers to mandarin ducks (15) which appear in pairs and the male and female ducks are very different in appearance.

In the same way, coffee and tea are very different, but their combination is lovely.

The most popular teas to use are the highly caffeinated Assam and Ceylon which, when paired with coffee, make for a drink with a serious jolt.

What You Need

  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp black tea leaves, preferably Assam or Ceylon
  • 14 oz. can of sweetened, condensed milk
  • Small saucepan
  • Strainer

How to Make It

  1. To make the milk tea, put the water and tea leaves in the saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Lower the heat and simmer for three minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat, add the sweetened condensed milk, and return to the heat to simmer for an additional three minutes.
  3. Strain out the tea leaves.
  4. Combine one cup of the milk tea with the cup of coffee and mix thoroughly. You can experiment with the tea to coffee ratio if you wish.
  5. The yuanyang can be served hot right away, or chilled and then poured over ice for a refreshing alternative.

11. Cafe Touba (Senegal)

Café Touba is a Senegalese drink flavored with grains of selim (also known as Guinea pepper).

Unlike many other spiced coffees on this list, in Cafe Touba, the dried spices are ground together with the coffee into a powder which is then prepared as regular drip coffee.

It is considered an elixir as the peppers are though to fight depression, have anti-allergenic properties and aid digestion.

Cafe Touba is named for the holy city of Touba, Senegal and its consumption is increasing, both in Senegal and neighboring countries.

It is now so popular that Nestlé launched a similar competing product called Nescafé Ginger & Spice.

What You Need

  • 1 tbsp coffee beans
  • ½ tsp selim pepper grains*
  • 1 cup cold water
  • Small saucepan
  • Single cup pour over coffee maker, with filter

*Try to find real selim pepper if you want to make Cafe Touba. It is available from many specialty grocers or online.

How to Make It

  1. Heat the saucepan over medium and add the pepper grains. Toss them in the hot pan for a few minutes until they are roasted, but not burnt. They will release a peppery aroma that might make you sneeze.
  2. Place the roasted selim grains along with the coffee beans into a grinder and grind to a coarse texture.
  3. Put the grounds and the cold water into the saucepan and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 5 mins.
  4. Pour the mixture into the pour over coffee maker.

12. Cafe Lagrima (Argentina)

Lagrima is the Spanish word for tear and it is descriptive of this mild drink. It features an espresso cup filled with warm milk and only a small ‘teardrops’ worth of coffee.

Argentina (16), and the capital Buenos Aires in particular, has a thriving coffee culture though the coffee itself is rarely top notch.

Most often, beans are low quality Brazilian imports that have been “sugar roasted”, a technique in which green beans are roasted together with sugar.

This may explain the popularity of a beverage with such a low quantity of actual coffee.

What You Need

  • ½ shot of espresso, approximately 20 mL
  • 200 mL milk, 2% or whole milk are most popular
  • Small saucepan

How to Make It

  1. Warm the milk in the saucepan.
  2. Pour the milk into a mug and add the espresso.

14. Espresso Romano (Italy)

An Espresso Romano is achieved by sliding a lemon slice around the edge of the cup and serving it with a peel of lemon zest on the side.

The combination of lemon and espresso is not unusual as the sourness of the lemon is thought to enhance the sweetness of the espresso.

Some suggest (20) this drink emerged during World War II when water was scarce and the lemon juice was used for sanitation in place of washing.

Other sources indicate that Italians have long regarded the combination of lemon and espresso as a remedy for headaches.

What You Need

  • A single or double shot of espresso
  • A slice of lemon
  • A strip of lemon peel

How to Make It

  1. Pull a single or double shot of espresso into a pre-warmed espresso cup.
  2. Rub the lemon slice around the lip of the glass. Be careful not to mix the lemon with the espresso at any point because the lemon juice will cause the crema to dissipate.
  3. Serve with the strip of lemon peel on the side.

15. Kopi Joss (Indonesia)

Kopi Joss has become very well known around the world and quite a tourist thing to do in Indonesia (even though watching a lump of burning coal drop into a coffee looks like the drink of the devil).

The story goes that Kopi Joss was invented in the 1960s in the Indonesian city of Yogyakara by a coffee stall vendor called Mr. Man (seriously, Mr. Man. Mr. Man the coffee man…).

Apparently he had a tummy ache and as he made himself a cup of coffee, he spotted the burning coal he used to boil the water and the idea hit him. The coal would make it better. (Not sure how he knew that, but he did).

He took a piece of the hot coal and dropped it into his coffee. And he felt better.

Since it worked, entrepreneur that he was, he started selling it. And you can still buy it at the same drink stall today.

According to many, it helps alleviate bloating, nausea, heartburn and diarrhea.

What You Need

  • Indonesian coffee (enough for a cup)*
  • Sugar
  • A BBQ so you can heat the coal
  • Charcoal
  • A Cup
  • A spoon to pull out the coal once it has fizzled out

How to Make It

  1. Heat your coal. It has to be REALLY hot. Hell hot.
  2. Make your coffee – since this was invented in Indonesia, that’s a good choice for your bean, but any coffee will do.
  3. Fill your cup 2/3 full with coffee- – you need room to drop the coal into the cup and let it froth up.
  4.  Add a teaspoon or two of sugar
  5. Drop a hot coal into the coffee and watch it sizzle
  6. Let it cool enough that you aren’t going to burn yourself
  7. Remove the piece of coal and drink!

Now if you want to try more Southeast Asian coffee drinks, here’s our recipe list.

16. The Mazagran (Portugal)

Combining cold brew coffee and lemonade might sound weird, but it is, in fact, it is delicious.

Especially if you are sitting in just about any Portuguese seaside town feeling the ocean breeze on your skin and the sun on your face, delicious mazagran in hand.

Legend has that in the 1840s French soldiers invented this drink while stationed at the Mazagran fortress (21) in Algiers, Algeria.

The coffee helped them stay awake (we hear that!) and along with the lemonade, they would often add rum (such a great idea).

What You Need

  • 3 Cups cold brew coffee concentrate
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemonade (make it fresh, don’t cheat with concentrate)
  • sparkling water chilled (optional)
  • Rum to taste (optional)
  • Ice (lots of it)
  • A large pitcher
  • Lemons for garnish
  • Glasses

How to Make It

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil
  2. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved, remove from heat (simple syrup)
  3. In your large pitcher, stir together the cold brew concentrate and lemon juice
  4. Add the simple syrup to taste
  5. Add some rum (optional)
  6. Add a splash of sparkling water
  7. Serve with a slice of lemon


What’s Your Favorite Unique Coffee Drink?

If this list teaches us anything, it is that coffee is a remarkably versatile drink. It has been adopted by cultures around the world and made into unique beverages that are truly representative of individual regions.

While not every recipe herein will appeal to every palate, each gives a fascinating look at a particular community at a certain point in history.

So try one today, or host a global tasting party and try all the different coffees beverages from around the world.

More weird and different drinks here.

Kashmir Brummel
Growing up in a coffee-free household, the discovery of the Moka pot as a teen was something of a revelation. I’ve now upgraded to the AeroPress for my daily brew, with a Hario V60 on hand for lazy weekend mornings.


  1. I came across a type of coffee in a cafe called ‘dirty’ (it’s not dirty chai). It’s cold milk and ice added to the glass and a hot double shot espresso on top (without stirring, of course). But when I came to London I couldn’t find it in any of the cafes. Is there perhaps another name to this coffee? It’s similar to Iced Latte but different at the same time.

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