coffee-around-the-world

Order your morning cup of java just like the locals with our handy guide to coffee-drinking traditions around the world. 

Turkey: Turkish coffee

Turkish coffee is made from extremely fine coffee powder, cardamom, and sugar prepared in a copper pot known as a cezve or ibrik. The coffee is served strong, thick, and without milk in small cups.

Australia: Flat White

A shot of espresso, steamed milk, and a little bit of foam composes a Flat White. Controversy surrounds the origin of this drink with some claiming its birthplace was New Zealand rather than Australia. Either way, a Flat White can now be picked up at your nearest Starbucks.

Senegal: Café Touba 

A cup of Café Touba is made from strong Arabica coffee infused with cloves and Guinea pepper, served with sugar. The coffee is said to have been created by Ahmadou Bamba, a spiritual leader, with medicinal purposes in mind.

Vietnam: Egg Coffee

Egg yolks, sugar, condensed milk, and Robusta coffee make up this beverage. It is served in a small cup, placed inside a bowl of hot water to retain the temperature, and enjoyed by stirring the egg mixture floating atop with the coffee below.

United States: Red Eye

As if one type of caffeine wasn’t enough, this drink combines a shot of espresso and a cup of coffee. This drink can go by different names depending on the café, but they all pack the same caffeine punch.

Hong Kong: Yuanyang

This caffeinated beverage is a mix of coffee and milk tea. It can be served hot or cold and is named after the Mandarin duck, Yuan Yang.

Mexico: Café de Olla

Coarsely ground dark coffee, cinnamon, and piloncillo—an unrefined cone of brown sugar—are brewed in a clay pot. The clay pot adds a distinct flavor to the coffee, giving this drink its name, which translates to “pot coffee”.

Spain: Café con Miel

When in Spain, try this espresso drink made with honey, steamed milk, and finished with cinnamon. This sweet drink often is served after dinner.

Portugal: Mazagran

This iced coffee beverage is made from black coffee, lemon juice, and sugar. An early variation of this drink is said to have originated in Algeria but is now a specialty in Portugal.

Italy: Cappuccino

A classic cappuccino is one shot of espresso, one-third steamed milk, and one-third foam. A cappuccino is considered a morning drink and would not be ordered after 10 am in Italy.