Some of the most common beverages that you can order from even the fanciest of coffee shops include vanilla lattes, mochas, and caramel cappuccinos. While it’s wonderful to have coffee-based drinks that consumers can fall back on when trying a new cafe, there are times where your customers might be feeling adventurous. For that reason, you’ll want to make sure that you have some weird and wild coffee flavors for the daring and curious coffee drinkers.
As a cafe owner, you might already be thinking about switching up your coffee shop’s menu. It can be hard to think outside of the box and formulate new drink ideas and weird flavors. We went ahead and did the brainstorming for you; here are five of the weirdest coffee and tea flavors. Get ready to impress your customers with these crazy drinks!
Strawberry Ice Cream Latte
Before we get too carried away, we should clarify that this drink does not actually contain ice cream. Instead, the fusion of strawberry tea bags and vanilla bean syrup creates one of our most unique flavors. If you’re looking for weird coffee flavors with actual ice cream, we suggest you try an affogato!
Strawberry ice cream lattes are crafted similarly to coffee-based lattes, but instead replace espresso with an ounce of strawberry tea and a little bit of vanilla bean syrup. If you want to amplify the strawberry notes of this latte, go ahead and add a small amount of strawberry syrup, too! Pour steamed coconut milk into the cup and watch as the milk turns from porcelain to pink in a matter of seconds.
- Strawberry tea
- Strawberry syrup
- Vanilla bean syrup
- Coconut milk
- Whipped cream
We recommend this beverage for your sweet-tooth customers looking to order something other than a caramel macchiato. The fruitiness and vanilla hints are sure to satisfy any sugar-craving customer.
Caramel White Chocolate Chai Latte
Chai lattes, whether hot or iced, put a little pep in your step. Most chai concentrates and tea bags contain cloves, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. The spicy notes of chai are delicious on their own, but why not offer coffee-based drinks that are both spicy and sweet?
As one of many weird coffee flavors, a caramel white chocolate chai beverage takes it to a whole other level. Not only does it contain spicy chai concentrate and sweet syrups, but there is also the added caffeine bonus of a ristretto espresso shot! Also known as a white caramel dirty chai, this menu item is a perfect drink for people who love both coffee and tea. Why choose between one or the other when you can have both?
- Chai concentrate
- White chocolate syrup
- Caramel sauce
- Oat milk
This beverage is a great alternative for your classic mocha-drinker. The white chocolate provides just enough of a difference to vary the flavor and the caramel and chai add an extra punch!
Lattes Served Inside an Avocado
This might just be one of the top three weird coffee flavors of all time. Avocados are currently one of the most popular fruits because they have been known to have many healthy benefits.
If anything, customers might see this weird coffee flavor and feel obliged to try it just to be able to tell people that they did. Additionally, the appeal of added vitamins will surely be an opportunity that is hard for health-conscious customers to pass up!
- Half of an avocado
- Hazelnut milk
A latte-filled avocado is ideal for… well, we aren’t really sure. Maybe reserve this one specifically for your over-the-top regular who always has you “make something different.”
Chili Chai Mocha
Next on our list of weird coffee flavors - and one of the most unexpected concoctions - is the chili chai mocha. You'll want to brew a chili chai tea bag in a mug for approximately three minutes. The amount of water you steep the tea bag in will depend on the size of the drinks that the customers order. No matter the size, you'll want to steep the tea in half the number of ounces of the cup. For example, if someone orders an eight-ounce drink, steep the tea in four ounces of water.
Then, take the tea bag out of the mug and add a quarter of an ounce of mocha sauce to the tea and water. Steam about three ounces of soy milk and let it froth ever-so-slightly. Once it reaches the appropriate temperature, pour the milk on top of the tea.
The crafting process is very similar to that of an earl grey tea latte, but the flavor is mighty different. This is a weird take on a spicy mocha, and it will definitely pique the interest of customers who prefer tea-based drinks over coffee-based drinks!
- Chili chai tea bags
- Mocha sauce
- Organic maple syrup
- Soy milk
Chili Chai Mochas are a great way to switch up any chai drinker’s day. The chai elements are still present, but the sweetness of the mocha and spice of the chili really shake things up.
Though it might sound like a weird flavor at first glance, mushroom coffee is actually very popular, especially in alternative shops and independent coffee scenes. When you first try mushroom coffee, the best approach is to not actively think about the fact that there are mushrooms in your cup of joe; the taste of this weird coffee flavor is amazing, but focusing on the mushroom powder might deter you from fully enjoying it.
The key is to grind mushrooms to the point where they are powder-like. This way, you can stir the mushroom powder into the espresso, and then brew as you normally would. Mushroom coffee lattes taste best with hemp milk. The silky and tasteless nature of hemp complements the dry hints of mushroom.
This weird coffee-based drink is not supposed to have an overwhelming mushroom taste to it. The point is really to sneak vegetables into your daily intake without noticing, similar to adding protein powder to a smoothie. If your customers are not super keen on the mushroom aftertaste, you can offer to add simple syrup or vanilla extract to the latte as well!
- Mushroom powder
- Coffee beans of your choice
- Hemp milk
Mushroom coffee is the perfect beverage for your health-conscious consumers, especially the ones who are crazy about superfoods.
Brewing it Over
Whether for a day, week, or season, offering limited-time beverages can bring in new crowds and excite some of your consistent customers.
While many will have their regular order, there will always be those looking to step outside of the box. Offering creative, wild, and whacky drink options is not only an attractive menu move, but it generates talk about your shop. Word of mouth and creative marketing go hand-in-hand with interesting menu options.
If you are not the biggest fan of plain cold coffee, then head over to Barista Underground and search for syrup flavors or milk alternatives to add to your drinks! There are seemingly endless syrup flavors to try, and every type of milk to pair with coffee.