Coffees from around the world
We are spoiled as Australians with amazing cafes that serve coffee every day.
If you’re traveling abroad, don’t settle for a subpar cup of coffee. Instead, embrace the local coffee to get a great cup, regardless of how different it is from what you usually order. You must try these nine coffees around the globe.
Order a cheese coffee in northern Scandinavia.
It never occurred to me to combine my two favorite things: coffee and cheese. The Scandinavian tradition of Kaffeost involves a dried sponge-like Finnish Cheese called leipajuusto, which is then covered in boiling coffee. How does it taste, you ask? It tastes delicious! The coffee takes on a buttery, nutty flavor that comes from the cheese.
In Spain order a cafe con miel, cortado or cafe bombon
It would be best if you tried all the different ways that Spaniards drink their coffee. The Valencian specialty of a bombon is condensed milk poured into a coffee cup, usually a glass, first. An espresso shot follows this. The Cafe con miel is another sweetened coffee from Spain. Honey, espresso, and steamed milk are the main ingredients. The drink is layered so that the frothy, light milk foam sits at the top. It may also be dusted with cinnamon. If you find that these are a bit too sweet, opt for the cortado. A cortado, which is larger than a macchiato but smaller than a cappuccino, is made of equal parts espresso and steamed milk.
Order a copy in Singapore.
Kopi, also known as Nanyang Coffee and popular throughout Southeast Asia, is Singapore’s national drink. To bring out their rich, dark flavor, coffee beans are roasted in butter or margarine. The ground beans are then brewed inside a small bag of muslin. To taste, you can add condensed milk and sugar.
Order a pharisaic in Germany.
What about coffee with whipped cream and running? I’m sold. A pharisee consists of coffee sweetened with sugar, a splash of rum, and a generous amount of whipped cream. What more do I need to say?
In Vietnam, order a ca phe sua da.
In warmer climates, iced coffee makes perfect sense. In Vietnam, ca phe suca da (Vietnamese Iced Coffee) is the best way to quench your thirst. This refreshing drink is made with coffee that has been brewed using a metal filter.
Order a frappe in Greece or a freddo-cappuccino
Frappe was the drink of choice in Greece for many decades. The iced coffee is a summer staple and is easy to prepare. The ingredients for a frappe are instant coffee, milk, sugar, and water (the latter two can be omitted). These are then blended, shaken, or beaten into a delicious, foamy, and caffeinated beverage. The Fredo, or frozen cappuccino, has become increasingly popular among locals in recent years, mostly because it is made with espresso instead of instant coffee. This icy drink is made with espresso, frothed milk, and some sweetener. Opa!
In Vienna, order an Einspanner (Viennese coffee)
Oh, coffee, cocoa, and whipped cream! Viennese Coffee is an espresso with whipped cream on top and cocoa powder or chocolate shavings. You don’t have to be convinced, but you will enter an age-old debate about whether or not you should drink the coffee before eating the cream.
In Sweden, order an egg coffee.
It’s not what you expect. Swedish egg coffee involves a raw yolk. The egg is mixed into the ground coffee before it’s brewed. The egg white is said to extract the bitterness of the coffee grind and increase the caffeine. You’re left with an easy-to-drink brew, as the bitterness is gone.
Order Turkish coffee in Turkey.
Turkish coffee is strong and unfiltered. If you enjoy it, book a flight to Turkey right away. Turkish coffee, prepared in a cezve pot (small pot with a long handle), is not filtered. It is made by boiling water with very finely ground coffee beans. The ground coffee sinks to the bottom of the cezve and then is poured into the small cups. Turkish coffee, unlike espresso, is meant to be slowly sipped.