Written By McKenzie Jones / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Coffee is a staple in many people's lives all over the world. It's a drink that you can enjoy at any time of day - especially those who want to unwind from their daily routines with something warm and comforting.
With so many coffee recipes available, it cannot be easy to decide which ones to try first. The following is a list of 10 international coffee recipes that you may not have heard of before.
This is a variation on Mexican drinking chocolate. Still, instead of rum, they use coffee tea bags in the base recipe. This results in a very sweet beverage with a unique flavor combination that isn't quite as strong as its name suggests. Because it's made with both melted and powdered chocolate, the drink's consistency is similar to that of hot chocolate.
The Italian Affogato is a coffee dessert that originated in the 1960s and has since gained popularity in restaurants and cafés worldwide. It's incredibly simple to make; pour cold espresso over vanilla ice cream.
If you want something simpler, combine an instant espresso granule with your favorite flavor of ice cream. Some recipes call for the addition of liquor, such as Grand Marnier or Kahlua, before pouring it over the ice cream; either way, it's delicious.
Frappé is a Greek word that means "froth." And, as the name proposes, it's a cold coffee drink made by combining instant coffee, sugar, and water, then adding ice. To distinguish it from Turkish coffee, this is traditionally served in glass cups in Greece. You can also serve it with whipped cream on top or with chocolate syrup mixed in.
Vietnamese Iced Coffee
This is a recipe for traditional Vietnamese iced coffee. You can distinguish Vietnamese iced coffees are by sweetened condensed milk, whereas other international recipes typically employ evaporated milk.
When French colonists brought their style of coffee - ground beans boiled in water - and combined it with the Vietnamese brewing style - hot water and ground beans - they created this type of beverage. This is a recipe that everyone should try.
French Café au lait
A Café au lait, unlike the other recipes on this list, is a hot beverage. It's like a Café Latte in that it's made with espresso and steamed milk, but instead of steamed milk, it's made with equal parts brewed coffee and hot milk. If you're new to coffee-based beverages, this is a good place to start because it's the most similar to traditional American coffee.
This is an iced cold brew made with Arabic beans from Ethiopia or Yemen. They grind beans into a fine powder known as "Uzboi," which they soak in water overnight before you boil it. Unlike many others on this list, this recipe does not contain any sugar or sweetened condensed milk. It is instead consumed as a refreshing drink after meals.
Café Con Leche
Most international recipes combine hot espresso with either condensed or evaporated milk. However, in Puerto Rico, they use sweetened condensed milk instead, effectively combining two recipes at once. This is one of Latin America's most popular specialty coffee drinks.
This recipe is not like the others on this list. You can make it by heating ground beans in water and then filtering it through special metal filters known as "cezve" before serving. If you're not used to it, they serve this coffee very strong - usually, they use only 1/2 teaspoon of grounds for every 150-milliliter cup - and can be very bitter.
Consider taking French pressed coffee - a combination of hot water and ground beans - and mixing it with sweetened condensed milk like Vietnamese iced coffee. But instead adding ice-cold espresso on top.
In a nutshell, that's Café Cubano. It's also known for being one of the world's strongest coffee drinks, as it uses twice as much espresso as the other recipes on this list.
Irish Coffee, also known as "The Celtic Whiskey," you prepare by pouring hot coffee over a shot of Irish whiskey. The drink first gained popularity in the 1950s and is traditionally served with whipped cream on top! If you're looking for something with a kick but still has a "coffee" flavor, this one might be right up your alley.
There are numerous coffee varieties, but the most important thing to remember is that discovering your favorite type of bean is only the beginning! Experimenting with new flavors by utilizing mix-ins and brewing methods is an excellent way to learn more about your favorite beverage.
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McKenzie Jones is your typical Midwestern gal. When she is not writing or reading, she can be found training for her next half-marathon, baking something sweet, playing her guitar, or cuddled up with her golden retriever, Cooper. She loves watching football, fall weather, and long road trips.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.