No matter where you’re from, one thing is clear: coffee equals love. And with 1.4 billion cups consumed worldwide every day, it’s safe to admit that it is an important part of our lives. On top of its widespread popularity, you simply cannot find a more versatile drink out there, with a mindboggling variety of shapes and sizes, from the humble cappuccino to Vietnamese egg yolk coffee.
Here are 6 unique ways people around the world prepare their daily cup of fuel:
- Italian Affogato
Has it ever been hard to decide between having a shot of coffee or a scoop of soft ice cream? Do you think that piping hot followed by freezing cold is not exactly healthy for your teeth? The Italians might have a different idea: the Affogato. Like all other arts, they have mastered both the on-the-run coffee, as well as the art of making creamy gelato. So, the natural next step is a combination of both. To create what literally translates to “drowned”, you’ll have to place a scoop of ice cream in a chilled glass mug then add one double-shot of espresso. On top of that, you can add any toppings of your liking such as whipped cream, ripe berries or even a shot of your favorite liquor.
What is the weirdest coffee you’ve ever had? We bet it’s not as weird as the Swedish “coffee cheese”. Mainly done in the northern regions of the country, it involves pouring hot coffee over the traditional Leipäjuusto, a cheese originating from Finland. To brew a cup of Kaffeost, simply bake the cheese at 177° C until golden brown, then slice it into cubes and add them to the mug. Add your favorite coffee on top and that’s it. The soft cheese will soften and absorb the drink without melting. On top of that, the nice chewy texture will give a new dimension to the coffee and will also make for an interesting snack.
- Kopi Joss
Do you have any spare coals laying around your kitchen? The chances are slim, but if you do, you’re in luck. You’ve got the chance to brew a nice cup of java, Indonesia style, that will also supposedly benefit your health. To do so, simply fill a cup with 2/3 coffee, preferably from that region, add sugar to your liking and drop the coal until it’s cold enough to remove. Keep in mind that it needs to be red hot in order for this to work. Besides the nice show, it’s said that the carbon provides a wide range of health benefits including improved digestion and skin health, and charcoal also proves to be a natural teeth whitener.
- Ca Phe Trung
Also known as Vietnamese egg coffee, this tastes so much better than it sounds. Originating most probably from a period of dairy shortage, the drink’s main ingredients are egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk. Combine the two to create a whipped cream-like topping and add a tablespoon of the brewed coffee for effect, then add the cream on top of it. What you will get is a sweet creamy delight that will most probably put a wide smile on your face.
- The ‘Mazagran’ Iced Coffee
Combining coffee and lemonade? What could go wrong? The Portuguese say ‘nothing’ and this amazing cold drink proves it. With an interesting history that was started by French soldiers stationed in Algeria, it’s both refreshing and energizing. That’s why it became one of the most popular summer drinks in the country. To create your own Mazagran, you’ll need half a lemon worth of juice, two cups of water, as well as some sugar and mint to your liking. Throw them all in a large pitcher along with a massive amount of ice and a single or double shot of espresso. Optionally, you can add some rum for some extra fun. Don’t forget to stir and enjoy!
Although the standard in Saudi Arabia, this type of coffee might seem a bit eccentric to a non-connoisseur. Made with green coffee beans, it is on the lower spectrum of strength, as it’s focused on taste rather than on caffeine volume. That’s why some pretty potent spices are the key ingredients of this interesting brew. To make one yourself, you’ll need 250ml of water, 1 tablespoon of green coffee, 1 tablespoon of cardamom pods, 5 cloves, and a pinch of saffron. If you’ve ever prepared Turkish coffee, the process is pretty similar: just bring the water to a boil in a saucepan or a pot and add the ground beans. Let it boil for 10 minutes then add the cardamom and cloves and let it boil for an additional 5 minutes. Strain or filter the drink and you’re done. Optionally you can add more seasoning such as rose water and cinnamon if you’re chasing that authentic coffee experience.
So, what do you think? Are you tempted to try any of these or will you stick to your usual cup of java? If you love coffee as much as we do, don’t forget to check out Goffee to learn all there is about the art of coffee.