How does the rest of the world enjoy their morning brew? If you’re bored of your usual latte, or want to try something a little exotic, then check out these different takes on caffeine consumption from across the globe, ranging from ritualistic brewing ceremonies in Ethiopia to curious cups in Southeast Asia made from weasel poop! Enjoy…
7. Cà Phê Trứng, Vietnam
In Vietnam, don’t be surprised if you catch a barista sneaking a cheeky egg in your morning coffee. One of the quicker ways to combine breakfast eating and drinking in one fell swoop, this delectable drink is made by folding egg yolk directly into a mixture of sweetened condensed milk and espresso. The product? A fluffy, filling, warming beverage that soothes the stress amidst the streets of Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi!
6. Café Bombón, Spain
Emerging from the cobbled streets of ancient Valencia and the Andalusian city’s great wealth of cafes and tapas bars, Café Bombón is a meticulously-crafted morning coffee that impresses with its various layers of color. The stark levels of difference between ebony-black and cream-white are made possible by the use of condensed milk to sweeten the cup – and boy, is this one sweet!
5. Jebena buna, Ethiopia
A ceremonious and ritualistic way of getting that morning dose of caffeine, jebena buna coffees follow strict patterns of brewing that come from the deep past of Ethiopia’s tribal peoples. Green beans are typically used, roughly ground and bubbled and steamed away in a long-necked black jug. This whistles when the trio of brews is ready (yep, you have to drink three!); the required frankincense smoking away nearby.
4. Americano, United States
This American classic is pretty self-explanatory. Start with a potent espresso (preferably from Starbucks for an extra hint of Americanism!) and pour over a hefty dousing of boiling water. The taste? Well, exactly what you’d expect: hot, watery caw-fee that’s the drink of choice for thousands of people from New York to southern California from sunup to sundown!
3. Kopi luwak, Indonesia
Kopi luwak is a brew made from the coffee beans of the Asian palm civet. More precisely, the coffee beans defecated by the Asian palm civet! It may not seem like the most appetizing way to start your morning, but this rare and unusual bean is actually one of the single most expensive strains sold in the markets of Java, Bali and the greater Nusa Tenggara. Expect to pay around $100 a pound!
2. Turkish coffee, Turkey
Typically made in a cezve or finjan jug and infused with the rich flavors of Asia Minor’s trademark Arabica beans, Turkish coffee is the morning beverage of choice for millions across the globe. The beans themselves are ground small, simmered in the copper mug and then settled at the bottom of a cup before drinking. Popular additions include brews with cardamom, ginger and sugar. Lots of sugar.
1. Café Cubano, Cuba
Viva Cuba! A hit of caffeine, sugar and cream all in one, the Cubano is precisely the sort of brew you’d expect to emerge from the erstwhile Sugar Bowl of the World. It’s made by whisking sugar into a tiny bit of the espresso, whilst the coffee is still in the process of brewing. This frothy, fluffy, thick crema top is then added to the coffee. Makes for a hefty hit of sweetness with every sip!