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I think its safe to say that we all love and cherish coffee. Some of us will enjoy one cup in the morning to get our day started, while others will drink a cup every few hours. With coffee being one of the most popular beverages on the planet, it’s hard to think about all the different types of coffee that are brewed all over the world. So many people and so many cultures, everyone has their own way of preparing and drinking this delicious tonic. We’re all aware of the standard types of coffees like Americanos, Cappuccinos, Lattes, etc. but are you aware of all the different types of coffee around the world? Below I’ve listed all the various ways people like to prepare and drink their coffee around the world.

Flat White – Australia 

Flat White - Australia

This one’s fairly popular! You’ve probably heard about the Flat White or seen it at your local Starbucks. The Flat White is a bolder Latte. It’s prepared by topping up a shot of espresso with some steamed milk and an extremely thin layer of froth. The Flat white may not be as unique as all the other different types of coffee, but it’s surely a delicious classic!

Espresso – Italy

Espresso - Different Types Of Coffee

You probably already know this one! Espresso is usually made by espresso machines that push pressurized steam and water through finely-ground coffee to create a very dense coffee that is topped off with a slight froth (coffee crema). 

Frappé – Greece

Frappe - Greece

Not to get confused with the Frappuccino, the Frappé is a popular Greek iced coffee that is made from instant coffee, water, milk and sugar. It is shaken, beaten or blended to create its foamy texture and then served on ice. The drink was invented during experimentation by Dimitris Vakondios who was a Nescafe representative.

Türk Kahvesi (Turkish Coffee) – Turkey

Türk Kahvesi (Turkish Coffee) - Turkey - Different Types of Coffee

Türk Kahvesi, famously known as Turkish Coffee is a sweet and delicious coffee. The coffee is made from very finely ground coffee, water and sugar. The sugar is added just before the coffee is brought to a boil and it is brewed in a special copper/brass pot called an ibrik or cezve. Once the coffee boils over, it is taken off the heat and traditionally served in small porcelain cups known as kahve finjanı. Many drinkers like to enjoy this delicacy with a side sweet like Turkish delight

Cafe De Olla – Mexico

Cafe De Olla - Mexico

The name Cafe de olla means “coffee pot” in Spanish, this delicious coffee rendition is also referred to as “Mexican coffee”. Cafe de olla is known to be a traditional Mexican coffee that has been served for many years. It is made with coffee, cinnamon and an unrefined whole cane sugar called piloncillo. You can also add Anise, orange peel and cloves as additional ingredients. It’s traditionally made and served in earthenware pottery as it gives the coffee a special taste. 

Pharisäer – Germany

The Pharisäer is a delicacy for any sweet tooth that loves their dessert. This German coffee is usually made with dark roasted coffee beans and is mixed with two ounces of rum, sugar and topped off with whipped cream. 

Yuenyeung – Hong Kong

Yuenyeung is a popular type of coffee that is served in Hong Kong. This coffee is prepared with three parts coffee and seven parts of homemade milk tea, making the coffee sweet and creamy. This coffee can be served hot or cold and was originally served at open food vendors known as dai pai dongs and cha chaan tengs cafes. 

Cafezinho – Brazil

Cafezinho - Brazil - Different Types of Coffee

The name Cafezinho translates to “little coffee”, but it’s more than just a little coffee in Brazilian hospitality. Cafezinho is a very strong coffee that is prepared with a lot of sugar and usually served black. When invited for a Cafezinho, it is usually an invitation to take a break from your day to day tasks and enjoy this delightful treat with a conversation. 

Kopi Luwak – Southeast Asia

Kopi Luwak - Southeast Asia - Different Types of Coffee
Civet Cat by Wikimedia Commons – licensed under CC BY 2.0

This type of coffee is anything but average. Kopi Luwak is known to be one of the most expensive coffees in the world. It is made from partially digested coffee cherries that have been passed by Indonesian animals known as Asian palm civets. The civets love the flavor of ripe coffee cherries and when they consume the fruits they don’t fully digest the beans, leaving them behind for collection. This type of coffee has grown immensely popular and has even been brought to light by many animal rights groups due to the speculated treatment of the civets. 

Black Ivory Coffee – Thailand

Just as exclusive as Kopi Luwak, Black Ivory Coffee is a coffee brand in Thailand that specializes in the production of coffee beans that are passed by elephants. The taste of the coffee is influenced by the various food that is in the elephant’s stomach during consumption. The coffee production is very limited and is only produced by 20 elephants, making it extremely expensive. The coffee cherries and caffeine don’t have any negative effects on the elephants. 8% of the coffee sales go to the treatment of the elephants 

Cà Phê Trứng – Vietnam

This delicious Vietnamese egg coffee is prepared by beating an egg yolk, sugar and condensed milk for about ten minutes until it starts to turn light and fluffy. You would then combine the mixture with coffee. Can be served hot or cold. 

Wiener Mélange – Austria

This traditional coffee from Austria is called wiener mélange or mélange, which means “mixture”. This coffee is very similar to a cappuccino. It’s a mixture of espresso with steamed milk topped off with a little bit of foam and sometimes whipped cream. 

Irish Coffee – Ireland

Irish Coffee - Ireland - Different Types of Coffee

Created in Ireland in the year 1943, this Irish concoction can also be referred to as a cocktail. Irish coffee consists of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar (brown) and is topped with whipped cream. This delicious treat makes a perfect after-dinner dessert.

Barraquito Coffee – Spain

Barraquito Coffee also known as “zaperoco” is a type of coffee cocktail that is very popular in Tenerife an island part of the Canary Islands in Spain. This multilayered coffee consists of condensed milk, Licor 43 (A Spanish liqueur that is made out of vanilla, citrus, spices and herbs), espresso and frothed milk. The beverage can be garnished with cinnamon and lemon peel and is served in a glass to showcase its beautiful layers.

Café Au Lait – France

Café Au Lait - France - Different Types of Coffee

This one is extremely popular and simple. Café Au Lait means coffee with milk. Simple! Not to be confused with Latte, this type of coffee is prepared with steamed milk with no foam on top. 

Kaffeost – Finland

Kaffeost - Finland - Different Types of Coffee

This is one of the different types of coffee that is extremely peculiar. Kaffeost coffee translates to “coffee cheese” and yes it includes cheese! The coffee uses a dried cheese known as juustoleipä. This coffee is usually served in a wooden cup with the cheese placed at the bottom of the cup, and the coffee poured over the top. Mmm… Tasty! 

Café Cubano – Cuba

Café Cubano - Cuba - Different Types of Coffee

Also known as Cuban coffee or Cuban espresso is a type of espresso drink that is popular in Cuba. This coffee consists of an espresso shot that is sweetened with whipped brown sugar. When the sugar is whipped it forms a thick and foamy layer that sits on top of the coffee. Delicious! 

Mazagran – Portugal

Mazagran - Portugal

The mazagran is an iced coffee lemonade. It consists of coffee that is iced with freshly squeezed lemon juice. This refreshing beverage was acknowledged to be the first iced coffee ever, initially from Algeria and now very popular in Portugal. 

Buna – Ethiopia

Ethiopia is known to be the birthplace of coffee so it’s not surprising that Ethiopians love their treasured drink, they adore it so much that they even have a special way of preparing it through a coffee-making ceremony known as “Buna”. During this ceremony, they roast, grind and brew the beans in a special clay coffee pot known as a jebena. Some of the social etiquette during the ceremony is smelling the roasted coffee beans before they are ground and having 3 cups of the coffee. 

Café Bombon – Spain

Café Bombon - Spain
Café Bombon by Chris Gladis– licensed under CC BY 2.0

Bonbon means “confection”. It is a coffee that can be traced back to Valencia, Spain. A popular choice among many locals in Spain, this delicious coffee is an espresso mixed with sweetened condensed milk in a 1:1 ratio.

Spiced Coffee – Morocco

Spiced Coffee - Morocco

This Moroccan speciality is usually made at home with a French press. This coffee is made up of freshly ground coffee beans that are mixed with various spices (cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and black pepper). The coffee is usually sweetened with sugar and cream. 

Café Touba – Senegal

This Senegalese coffee is similar to drip-style coffee but packs a lot more spice. The coffee’s flavoured with guinea pepper and cloves, giving the coffee sweet and spicy finish. Many believe this coffee has aphrodisiac properties. 

So there you have it! An exquisite list of all the different types of coffee from all parts of the world. Many of these you can try from the comfort of your home, so if you’re looking to spice up your next cup of joe, give one of these different types of a coffee a try!



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