A Trip Around the World: Best Recipes from Each Coffee-Drinking Continent

Best Recipes from Each Coffee-Drinking Continent

From one coffee shop to the next, everyone prepares coffee in their own ways. Even if the brewing method or the coffee beans are the same, there will always be a unique touch that differentiates one shop’s coffee from another’s. This is especially true when you visit coffee shops around the globe. 

 

You may think that you have exhausted the list of signature coffee-based drinks, but there are endless ways to drink coffee. Each country prepares coffee in a way that is influenced by their specific culture. Let’s take a look at some of the best coffee drinks around the world. 

 

Asia 

 

Indonesian Iced Es Alpukat Kopi

One of the most important details in high-quality coffee drinks is understanding how to pair coffee flavors and additives to create a unique masterpiece. An Indonesian specialty, the Es Alpukat Kopi coffee drink combines avocado, vanilla extra, sweetened milk, and drip coffee into one cup. While the avocado is what makes this drink unique, the hint of vanilla extract adds a level of sweetness that completes this coffee-based drink’s flavor. 

 

You will need:

 

  • Half of a medium avocado 
  • 1 cup of brewed light roast coffee
  • A quarter cup of sweetened milk 
  • Half a cup of regular milk of your choice 
  • Two teaspoons of vanilla extract 
  • Ice cubes

 

The Recipe 

 

  1. With the exception of the ice, put all of the ingredients into a blender. 
  2. Blend everything until it is smooth. 
  3. Put two ice cubes into two cups.
  4. Pour the blended drink over the ice and serve.

 

Japanese Aisu Kohi

Iced coffee is one of the best coffee drinks around the world. It is an especially popular drink of choice in Japan. Unlike cold brew in America, the Japanese steep their coffee beans in water and then pour the hot coffee directly over ice. It is a slow-moving process, but it crafts drinks worth waiting for!

 

You will need:

 

  • 1 tablespoon of ground coffee beans 
  • 3/4 cup of water 
  • 4 ice cubes
  • Paper coffee filter 
  • Simple syrup 
  • Milk of your choice

 

The Recipe  

 

  1. Put the ice into a glass cup. 
  2. Place a funnel into the cup with a pour-over paper filter inside. 
  3. Put the coffee grounds into the paper filter and pour warm water over the top. 
  4. Wait for the coffee to slowly drip into the cup. 
  5. Remove the funnel and dispose of the paper filter. 
  6. Pour simple syrup and milk or cream into the glass. 
  7. Stir and sip.

 

Vietnamese Egg Coffee

Eggs? In coffee? That’s right! One of the best coffee recipes around the world is the Vietnamese egg coffee. Try it for yourself, but be warned-- you’ll start craving this coffee drink every day!

 

You will need:

 

  • Vietnamese brewed coffee 
  • Sweetened and condensed milk 
  • Raw egg white 
  • Optional egg yolk

 

The Recipe

 

  1. Brew coffee. 
  2. While the coffee is brewing, pour the milk into a cup. 
  3. Crack an egg into the cup and stir it with the milk. 
  4. Once the coffee is done brewing, fill the rest of your cup with black coffee. 
  5. Stir it once more, and then try your homemade egg coffee! 

 

Africa Cup of coffee

Photo by Ben Kolde on Unsplash

 

Ethiopian Buna

Did you know that coffee originated in Africa? The drink’s roots lead to Ethiopia. In Ethiopia, the traditional ceremony that takes place while brewing coffee is actually the main focus. Ethiopian coffee and espresso beans are known for their bold taste, and the delicious flavors reflect how much time and effort Ethiopians put into their coffee. 

 

Holidays, birthdays, and other occasions of celebration are centered around coffee recipes. The best Ethiopian coffee is a cup of black drip. If you want to experience an Ethiopian cup of coffee at home, pick up Ethiopian beans from the store and try the recipe below!

 

You will need:

 

  • Coffee beans
  • Two cups of water 
  • 1 tablespoon salt 
  • 1 tablespoon sugar 

 

The Recipe

 

  1. Grind the beans.
  2. Put the ground beans into a pan and pour the water over them. 
  3. Heat the water and grounds at medium heat for ten minutes. 
  4. Turn off the burner, leaving the pan where it is. 
  5. Once the air bubbles evaporate, add a pinch of salt and a dash of sugar.
  6. Serve the coffee to your friends and family.

 

Tanzania's Zanzibar Spiced CoffeePhoto by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

 

Tanzania’s Zanzibar Spiced Coffee

In Tanzania, spices are a very important part of the coffee experience. Spiced coffee is one of the African country’s most delicious beverages, and the fact that coffee is Tanzania’s number-one export goes to show that Tanzanian coffee specialists are masters at the art of perfecting it. 

 

You will need:

 

  • 6 ounces of brewed coffee 
  • A pinch of cardamom
  • A dash of ginger 
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar 
  • Cream or milk of your choice 

 

The Recipe

 

  1. Brew black coffee as usual.
  2. For every cup of coffee that you make, add half a teaspoon of cardamom and ginger.. 
  3. Pour the coffee into individual cups. 
  4. Add sugar or cream to your liking. 
  5. Sip and enjoy. 

 

North America

 

Cafe Cubano

Cuba is home to some of the most palatable coffee beans in the world. Follow one of the best cafe Cubano recipes around to bring out the best-tasting notes of Cuban espresso. 

 

You will need:

 

  • 4 teaspoons of sugar 
  • 2 shots of Cuban espresso 
  • Water

 

The Recipe 

 

  1. Grind twenty ounces of Cuban espresso beans. 
  2. Extract them using an espresso machine.
  3. Simultaneously pour an ounce of hot water into a small three-ounce demitasse cup. 
  4. When the shots are pulled, combine them with the hot water.
  5. Add four teaspoons of sugar to experience the sweetness of Cuban coffee.

 

South America 

Brazilian Mocha Cola Iced Coffee DrinkPhoto by Paul Hanaoka on Unsplash

 

Brazilian Mocha Cola Iced Coffee Drink

While beautifully designed coffee shops are certainly admirable, nothing beats beautifully designed coffee. This Brazilian coffee recipe is one of the most delicious coffee recipes around the world. 

 

You will need:

 

  • 1 cup brewed coffee 
  • 12 ounces of Coca Cola 
  • 3 cups of your choice of milk 
  • 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup 
  • Whipped cream 
  • Vanilla bean ice cream
  • Ice cubes 

 

The Recipe 

 

  1. Brew strong coffee. 
  2. Combine the chocolate syrup, milk, cola, and brewed coffee. 
  3. Pour the drink into four cups. 
  4. Top with a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream, and a chocolate drizzle.

 

Venezuelan Tetero 

If you love milk with your coffee, then you will likely find Venezuelan Tetero to be one of the best coffee drinks in the world.

 

You will need:

 

  • 1 shot of espresso 
  • 1 cup of steamed milk of your choice

 

The Recipe

 

  1. Pull a shot of espresso. 
  2. Pour it into a coffee mug. 
  3. Steam the milk of your choice. 
  4. Pour the milk into the mug and add sugar if you'd like. 

 

Colombian Cafe a Jengibre

You could travel the world in search of a drink like the cafe a jengibre, but you’ll find that no other coffee recipes compare to this Colombian drink. 

 

You will need:

 

  • 4 tablespoons of ground coffee 
  • 4 tablespoons of honey 
  • Half a teaspoon of ground ginger 
  • Steamed milk of your choice

 

The Recipe 

 

  1. Combine the ginger with the ground coffee. 
  2. Pull four espresso shots. 
  3. Place a teaspoon of honey into each of four coffee cups. 
  4. Pour an espresso shot into each cup. 
  5. Boil milk of your choice. 
  6. Divide the milk equally between the four beverages.

 

Australia 

Flat White Coffee CupPhoto by Jason Wong on Unsplash

 

Flat White 

Australians are known for their love of flat whites. As one of the most challenging coffee recipes to perfect, a flat white is a true test of a barista’s skillset. Since the taste of the espresso is very bold, the shot will make or break this Australian drink. 

 

You will need:

 

  • Two ounces of espresso 
  • Three ounces of perfectly frothed milk

 

The Recipe

 

  1. Pull an espresso shot using ground beans of your choice.
  2. Froth about two to three ounces of your favorite milk.
  3. Be sure that the milk is steamed in a way that resembles velvet. 
  4. Pour the espresso into a six-ounce cup.
  5. Pour the milk over the espresso until it reaches just below the rim of the cup. 

 

Europe

 

Spanish Bombon

Not only is the Spanish bombon a yummy coffee drink, but it is also aesthetically-pleasing to the eye. Try this coffee drink if you wish to enjoy Spanish recipes from home, and see why it is one of the best coffee drinks in the world.

 

You will need:

 

  • An espresso shot to your liking 
  • Sweetened and condensed milk 

 

The Recipe 

 

  1. Extract one or two espresso shots, depending on your preference. 
  2. Pour the cold condensed milk into a glass cup. 
  3. Pour the espresso shot on top of the condensed milk. 
  4. Look in awe at the layers, and enjoy.

 

Italian Granita al Caffe

The Italian granita al caffe is one of those drinks you have to try at least once. Italians take a lot of pride in their coffee, and this coffee recipe will not disappoint. 

 

You will need:

 

  • 1.25 ounces of cold water 
  • 1.25 cups of freshly-extracted espresso 
  • Two-thirds of a cup of caster sugar
  • Vanilla whipped cream

 

The Recipe 

 

  1. Place the sugar into the extracted espresso. 
  2. Wait for the mixture to cool down. 
  3. Then, add the cold water to the sugary espresso. 
  4. Place the mixture into a blender and blend until it looks like melted ice cream. 
  5. Pour the creation into separate cups. 
  6. Top with sweetened whipped cream. 



Brewing it Over

There are some delicious coffee recipes out there, but few compare to the ones above. 

 

Have you tried out one of these recipes, or maybe do something at your shop that is original and adored by patrons? Head over to our Facebook group and tell us about it! 

 

We wish you the best in the brewing process!

August 22, 2019 by Staff @ BaristaUnderground
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