Coffee is a popular drink all around the world and every country has their own take on this caffeinated beverage.
While it would be nice to travel to each of these countries and taste their local coffee, most of us will have to be content with recreating them at home.
So, we have found 23 delicious coffee recipes from around the world for you to try. Whether you are a strong coffee die hard or a coffee cocktail aficionado we take a look at some of the best coffee drinks from around the globe.
There are hot and cold coffee recipes, cocktails and even a smoothie. Some are part beverage part dessert. But one thing they all have in common is they are really delicious.
We hope you enjoy our recipes and who knows maybe one day you’ll get to try out these coffees in their home countries.
Moroccans love their coffee and as a people who also love spices it’s not surprising that we have found this delicious Moroccan spiced coffee.
It is filled with aromatic flavors such as cinnamon, ginger, pepper, cardamom and cloves. And not forgetting the nutmeg.
This can be served as a warming, delectable morning coffee or as an afternoon treat with a sweet pastry.
You can make this coffee in a French coffee press, an automatic coffee maker or a stove top moka. If you prefer a milder flavor you can leave out the ginger and pepper.
This recipe tastes better with whole ground coffee beans.
Turkish coffee has an intense flavor and resembles a thick espresso. Making this coffee recipe is not difficult but may take some practice to perfect the foam on top.
This coffee is traditionally brewed in a copper pot known as a cezve. The coffee is not filtered but is ground so fine that it resembles the consistency of flour.
Measuring the water is done with the serving cup and the coffee can be either sweetened or unsweetened according to taste. It is served in demitasse cups which hold between 2 and 3 ounces.
An authentic coffee with strong flavor. Serve with a glass of water.
This is like having your coffee and dessert all in one cup. In fact, it is an almost tiramisu type drink with an egg foam on top of a rich dark coffee.
Many cultures add egg to their coffee to create a rich drink or as an energy booster. It’s one way to get you going in the morning!
The foam is made from egg yolks, condensed milk and vanilla extract. Meanwhile the coffee is a finely ground French roast. For an extra touch of decadence sprinkle some cocoa powder over the egg foam.
The contrast of dark coffee and sweet custard topping is delicious.
A Cuban coffee that is rich, sweet and delicious it takes a bit of patience and work but is worth the effort. This coffee is traditionally served after dinner.
It is made in a stove top moka pot or espresso maker. You can use finely ground Cuban coffee or freshly ground coffee beans and brew the coffee as normal.
The crema for the top of this coffee recipe is made with sugar which is mixed to a paste with the first tablespoon of coffee that’s brewed.
Serve by pouring the crema into the coffee and shaking lightly to get it to the top.
This energizing drink is sold by street vendors in Hong Kong and can be drunk warm or cold over ice. It is a mixture of coffee and tea, so you get a double shot of caffeine to start the day.
For making at home you should use Bolivian coffee which has a strong and complex flavor. This is then mixed with a cup of Hong Kong tea.
For the cold version put some ice cubes in a glass and pour the mixture over. The ratio of coffee to tea is 1:1 in this recipe, but you can adjust it to suit your taste.
Coffee or dessert? Why not have both, together! This recipe is a wonderful end of meal treat for a dinner party or special occasion. It’s also very easy to make.
The literal meaning of affogato is ‘drowned’ and that is exactly what it is, a scoop of vanilla ice cream drowned in espresso coffee. The trick is to chill the bowls for 15 minutes before adding the ice cream and coffee.
Rather than melt the ice cream the coffee runs down the side of the bowl and encases it
You can add a little splash of liqueur if you wish.
If at first glance you thought this was a hot chocolate with whipped cream you wouldn’t be far wrong. This tasty treat is a combination of coffee, chocolate, cinnamon and cream.
Simply brew the coffee with the cinnamon. Meanwhile mix the chocolate syrup, milk, and sugar and heat up. Add the coffee and whisk in the vanilla.
Divide between four cups and top with whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon or some chocolate shavings.
If you want to give this drink a little more punch you can add some Kahlua and Tequila to the mixture.
A Spanish coffee with milk, this is a simple recipe that you can make at home any time. It can be made in a stove top espresso maker or moka pot.
Cafe con leche differs from lattes and cappuccinos in that it uses steamed milk whereas the former uses foamed milk.
The recipe also uses a one to one ratio of espresso and steamed milk. Cappuccinos use a 1:2 ratio and lattes have a 1:3 ratio typically.
Brew the espresso and heat the milk at the same time. When ready, pour the espresso into a warmed cup and then add the steamed milk.
New Orleans has a rich culture and is famous for many things. This coffee should be one of them. A fragrant and warming coffee with the addition of chicory this is a beverage that could become your new favorite.
It will give you a caffeine kick but with a milder flavor than most regular coffee. Chicory adds a chocolatey caramel flavor that is slightly spicy.
Just put the coffee and chicory in a filter in the brewing basket of your drip coffee maker. Add half a cup of boiled water at a time until you have four cups of delicious coffee.
A drink that originates from the 1940s, this coffee is more complex than you may imagine. Many people assume that an Irish coffee is just a shot of whiskey in a cup of coffee. Not that simple thankfully.
An Irish coffee is a cocktail of Irish whiskey, strong coffee, brown sugar and whipped cream.
Add the sugar to a glass then pour in the coffee and whiskey. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Lightly whipped cream is then floated on top of the coffee mixture by pouring it over the back of a spoon.
The beverage should not be stirred but the coffee drunk through the cream.
Cappuccinos are one of the world’s most popular coffee drinks. The meaning of the word is ‘little cap’ which perfectly describes the head of crema and foam on top of the coffee.
It is made with an equal amount of double espresso, steamed milk and foam. The coffee is typically a dark finely, ground roast and is topped with a thick layer of microfoam.
This is made from steamed/frothed milk with bubbles so small they can’t be seen but make it light enough to float on top of the coffee.
A cappuccino is typically made with an espresso machine
This coffee drink is also known as Pharisaeer Kaffee and has a great backstory. But what we are interested in is the delicious taste of this beverage.
It is made with strong coffee which is poured into a tall glass with some sugar cubes to taste. Then add the rum to the coffee. A dark Jamaican rum is best for this drink (see also ‘Dark Rum Cocktails: 16 Of The Best‘).
Top this with the whipped cream and serve at once. The coffee should be drunk through the cream and not stirred. According to tradition if you stir the coffee you have to buy a round of drinks as a forfeit.
13. Thai Iced Coffee
Thai iced coffee is a refreshing drink that is served on the beaches in Thailand. It holds its own against anything that a coffee shop can serve too. Making it at home means you can add your favorite brand of coffee.
This is a strong, creamy and sweet drink made from either instant or ground coffee, evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk.
After mixing the coffee and condensed milk leave it in the fridge for an hour or more.
To serve, put some ice cubes in a glass and pour the coffee mix over. Add the evaporated milk or heavy cream. Delicious!
A rich and intriguing after dinner coffee drink, this cocktail is a blend of freshly brewed coffee and a liqueur called Strega. This digestif has approximately seventy herbs and spices which give a distinctive but delicious taste.
It has overtones of juniper, mint, and saffron. Combined with the coffee it creates a wonderful cocktail of flavors and aromas.
The digestif goes into an Irish coffee glass first and then the coffee is poured over. It is topped with whipped cream and garnished with some grated nutmeg.
If you can’t find Strega for this recipe you may be able to use Yellow Chartreuse instead.
This is a traditional hot Yemeni drink that is also called Qishr locally. Although it only has four ingredients it’s certainly not a quick recipe.
In Yemen, qishr is offered to guests as a gesture of hospitality and is also drunk after meals to aid digestion. It is made by boiling coffee bean shells which are a cheaper alternative to coffee although in the west ground coffee is used.
The brew is brought to the boil three times before serving. Once it is poured into cups it should be allowed to sit for a while before drinking to allow the grounds to settle.
16. The Mazagran
The Mazagran is a Portuguese iced coffee which most likely originated from Algeria. The name comes from a fortress in that country that housed French troops.
Back then the drink was just coffee syrup and cold water, the original iced coffee, perhaps.
Today it is a combination of espresso, mint, lemon and rum and usually served in a tall, slim glass.
Sugar is added to the espresso which is left to cool. Then the rum, lemon and water are added. Serve over ice cubes with some fresh mint leaves.
If you want to master the art of the frappe then this is the recipe for you. It is really simple, but you can add to it if you want to make it stronger or sweeter.
All you need is some instant coffee, sugar, milk and ice cubes. Put the coffee and sugar into a bowl with 2 tablespoons of water and whisk to a thick, creamy foam.
Pour the mixture into a tall glass and add some ice cubes. You can add some evaporated milk at this point if you want.
Now fill the glass with cold water and serve with a straw. Very refreshing!
An aromatic coffee that combines coffee, milk and brandy with fragrant spices. The coffee is boiled with the cardamom and cloves for around ten minutes to allow the flavors to intermingle.
Allow the mixture to cool and then filter to remove the cardamom pods so no one bites into them. Add the condensed milk and a liter of cool water.
Mix to combine and then add a splash of brandy and some vanilla. Serve chilled.
This drink is walking a tightrope between being a coffee and a smoothie. It is called Es Alpukat Kopi locally and alpukat is Indonesian for avocado. Yes, avocado and coffee together in the same drink.
The avocado is scooped out, and the flesh put in a blender with the coffee, ice, condensed milk and vanilla. It is then blended until smooth.
The beverage is served in glasses that have been drizzled with lines of chocolate syrup. When the drink is poured into the glass it is further decorated with chocolate.
20. Viennese Coffee
This is a great pick me up for a mid afternoon coffee as your energy starts to drop. You will need some strong brewed coffee, chocolate syrup, sugar and whipped cream.
The cherry on the top so to speak is the creme de cacao or Irish cream liqueur.
This particular recipe uses a slow cooker to heat the coffee, sugar and chocolate syrup on low for 2 ½ hours. Then add the creme de cacao and cream and heat for another thirty minutes.
Ladle into glasses and top with whipped cream and chocolate curls.
A cortado is a silky and robust coffee which is halfway between an espresso and a latte. In fact the ratio is exactly one to one of espresso to milk.
To make this recipe you need a double shot of espresso, two ounces of steamed milk and the right glass to serve it in. This can either be a cortado glass or a tall glass known as a Gibraltar.
Make the espresso and pour into the glass. Top with the steamed milk and drink immediately.
22. Café de Olla
The name of this drink means ‘coffee from the pot’. This is because this Mexican coffee was originally made in a clay pot (find more Mexican Coffee recipes here).
It is made with Mexican ground coffee, cinnamon, and a raw dark sugar called piloncillo. Sometimes star anise and cloves are added for extra flavor.
Put all the ingredients except the coffee in a saucepan and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Once boiling add the coffee.
Leave to steep for 6-8 minutes then strain and serve. You may like to add a splash of Kahlua to your coffee for a little warming spirit.
Senegalese spiced coffee is also known as café Touba which is a city in Senegal. This coffee is made with a local mix of Arabica beans which has been infused with a Guinean pepper and cloves.
The pepper is called Djar and has medicinal properties, apparently being anti-allergenic and aiding digestion.
This mixture is ground until it turns a dark color and then further ground by a coffee grinder or in a mortar. It is prepared using a filter like other drip coffee.
Café Touba is served hot with sugar.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is The Best Ratio Of Coffee To Water?
There is a golden ratio for measuring how much coffee to water is best. The ratio is one to two tablespoons of ground coffee to every six ounces of water.
Is Coffee Good For You?
It is thought that moderate coffee intake can be good for your health, with an average 2-5 cups per day.
What Is Best To Serve With Coffee?
This will depend on the type of coffee. Some coffees go well with pastries such as croissants or cakes, others complement chocolate or caramel.