Today I Learned...
t's hard to imagine a world without coffee. It's the most popular beverage in the world, after all!
But while it's easy to be familiar with the kind of coffee you get at your local Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts, there are so many other kinds out there—from unique blends and flavors to different brewing methods.
So what are some of the best kinds of coffee to try? Here are 10 incredible coffees from around the world:
1. Greece: frappe
Frappe is a Greek coffee drink that is served cold. It's made with instant coffee and water. Frappe originated in Greece and is also known as frappé, but the spelling with an "e" is actually more common. The most famous Greek frappe recipe calls for one teaspoon of sugar per cup of hot water poured over instant coffee grounds. This mixture should be stirred until all of the sugar has dissolved into it before being chilled in the refrigerator for at least two hours or overnight to let the flavors develop fully.
A sprinkle of cinnamon can also be added to your frappe as a garnish if desired—just stir it in when making your drink!
2. Brazil: cafe com leite
In Brazil, coffee is often served with milk. It's called cafe com leite and is enjoyed by people of all ages throughout the country. The addition of sugar and cinnamon may sound strange at first, but in Brazil it's a popular way to sweeten up your morning cuppa joe.
3. Ethiopia: bunna akil (coffee with butter)
Ethiopians love their coffee, and they take it in a variety of forms. Some places use instant coffee, while others serve up a traditional brew that's been brewed over an open fire. But bunna akil is different than your typical cup of joe: it's made with coffee and butter!
The process starts with grinding the beans into powder and mixing them with sugar before heating them in water until boiling point (or until you're ready to drink). Then you add thickened milk or cream - if you want to go for broke, try combining both - before topping it all off with some buttery goodness.
Bunna akils are typically served alongside breads like injera or kitcha so you don't feel like there's too much grease in your belly at once—but considering the amount of calories in this drink alone (about 300 per serving), we'd recommend having something light on the side anyway!
4. Finland: kahvi
One of the most popular coffee recipes from around the world is kahvi, which is a Finnish-style coffee. It has a very strong flavor, and it's usually served with a little bit of sugar.
This coffee is made with ground coffee and hot water. It's usually served in a tall mug with a cinnamon stick. It's the national drink of Finland, so you can't say no!
5. Vietnam: ca phe sua nong (iced coffee with condensed milk)
Ca phe sua nong (iced coffee with condensed milk) is a Vietnamese specialty, but we've seen it popping up all over the place lately.
The secret? It's a combination of coffee and sweetened condensed milk—so simple! The result is an incredibly rich, creamy drink that will keep you cool during those hot summer afternoons.
6. Japan: cafe au lait
Cafe au lait is a popular drink in Japan because it is less bitter than regular black coffee. Cafe au lait is brewed in a French press and served hot, but not completely boiling. This gives it its unique taste. The small amount of milk added to the coffee after brewing helps soften its flavor and texture, making it slightly sweeter than other brews.
Cafe au lait is served in a small cup with one or two teaspoons of milk that are poured over the top of the beverage before drinking.
7. Mexico: cafe de olla
If you're a fan of Mexican culture and enjoy drinking hot beverages, this recipe is for you. The coffee is brewed in a clay pot with cinnamon and sugar as the main ingredients. It's served hot and can also be taken cold with ice added to it.
The ground coffee beans are placed in a pot along with water, then brought to a boil on the stovetop or in an electric kettle. The pot is left on the burner until bubbles form around its edge (this means that all of the ingredients have been mixed). Then let it sit off-heat for 5 minutes before turning off the flame completely.
Afterward, strain out any debris from inside your mug—we recommend using a strainer since most mugs don't have holes where you can pour out liquid through them directly into another container! After pouring yourself some delicious Mexican joe from this delightful recipe? You'll want dessert too? We've got just what you need: here's our list of best desserts ever made all at once!
8. Turkey: kahve
Turkish coffee is a traditional beverage made from roasted coffee beans, water and sugar. Turkish coffee is served in small cups, often with sugar and spices. It is similar to the Arabic coffee, but it has a more intense flavor because there are no grounds left in the cup after brewing. The drink boasts a rich aroma and taste that makes it worth trying if you never have before!
9. Cuba: con leche
Coffee is a national drink in Cuba, but there are many ways to make it. The most common way of making Cuban coffee is called "Con leche" which means "with milk". This type of coffee has been made famous in Cuba for hundreds of years and is still enjoyed today.
10. Spain and Portugal: cafecito cubano
Cuban coffee is made by combining espresso and sugar. The espresso is poured into a small cup, then the sugar is added and stirred with a spoon until it dissolves completely. It’s served in a small cup with or without water (or sometimes rum).
There are a lot of ways to make and drink coffee. Hopefully, our list has given you some inspiration to try something new. If you’re looking for something to get started with, we recommend trying out each type of coffee at least once!
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