This is the ultimate list of coffee cultures and coffee drinks: because regular coffee is boring. Yes, coffee is not just a beverage, it's a way of life.
Let's spice things up a bit and explore a wide range of different coffee drinks and beyond. Get ready to get your coffee game on point!
Worldwide Coffee Exploration
Here are some of the different types of coffee cultures and brewing methods you can find around the world:
- Italian coffee: Espresso, cappuccino, macchiato, and latte are all Italian coffee drinks.
- French coffee: Café au lait and French press coffee are classic French coffee drinks.
- Greek coffee: Coffee brewed in a long-handled pot called a briki.
- Turkish coffee: Coffee made by boiling finely ground coffee with water in a special pot called a cezve.
- Colombian coffee: Coffee made from beans grown in Colombia, known for its strong, slightly spicy flavor.
- Brazilian coffee: Coffee made from beans grown in Brazil, known for its full body and sweet aroma.
- El Salvador coffee: Coffee made from beans grown in El Salvador, known for its smooth, mild flavor.
- Honduran coffee: Coffee made from beans grown in Honduras, known for its nutty flavor.
- Ethiopian coffee: Coffee made from beans grown in Ethiopia, known for its fruity, floral flavor.
- Indian coffee: Coffee made with a combination of Indian Arabica beans, chicory, milk, and spices, such as cardamom and ginger.
- Indonesian Kopi Luwak coffee: Coffee made from beans that have been eaten and digested by the Asian palm civet, known for its most expensive and rare beans, bold flavor, and full body taste.
- Vietnamese coffee: Coffee made from beans grown in Vietnam, known for its strong, smoky flavor, served with sweetened condensed milk, and ice.
Popular Brewing Methods
- Cold Brew: Coffee brewed in cold water for 12-24 hours, resulting in a smooth and mellow flavor.
- Pour-over: Coffee brewed by slowly pouring hot water over coffee grounds.
- AeroPress: Coffee brewed by pressing a plunger through coffee grounds and water, resulting in a rich, full body flavor.
- French Press: Coffee brewed by steeping coffee grounds in boiling water, resulting in a strong cup of joe.
- Moka Pot: Coffee brewed in an Italian stove-top pot, resulting in an espresso-like flavor.
- Cezve/ Ibrik: Coffee brewed in a long-handled pot on the stovetop or hot sand, resulting in a strong and earthy cup of coffee.
- Clay pot: Coffee brewed in a traditional clay or ceramic pot, resulting in a sweet, clean taste.
- Filter: Coffee brewed in a paper/ metal/ ceramic filter, resulting in a smooth and clean cup of coffee.
- Drip machine: Coffee brewed in a filter machine, resulting in a smooth and mellow flavor.
- Espresso machine: Coffee brewed with pressurized steam, resulting in a strong, concentrated shot of coffee.
Coffee Drinks Discoveries
Here are some of the most popular coffee drinks and how to quickly differentiate them:
Types Of Coffee Drinks
- Cappuccino: A cappuccino is a coffee drink made with espresso, steamed milk, and foam. It is typically served in a small cup with a handle.
- Latte: A latte is a coffee drink made with espresso, steamed milk, and foam. It is typically served in a tall glass with a handle.
- Flat White: Espresso shots mixed with steamed milk.
- Cortado: Espresso cut with a small amount of milk.
- Espresso: Savor the bold, rich flavor of coffee expertly brewed by pushing a small amount of boiling water through finely ground beans.
- Doppio: Double espresso shots.
- Ristretto: Espresso with a much smaller amount of water than usual.
- Lungo: Espresso with a much larger amount of water than usual.
- Espresso Con Panna: Espresso with a dollop of whipped cream.
- Macchiato: This is a coffee drink made with espresso, marked with a small amount of steamed milk and foam.
- Mocha: Espresso, chocolate, and steamed milk.
- Americano: This is a coffee drink made with a shot of espresso diluted with hot water.
- Red Eye: Coffee with one shot of espresso.
- Black Eye: Coffee with a double shot of espresso.
- Dead Eye: Coffee with a triple shot of espresso.
- Bulletproof coffee: Coffee blended with butter and oil for extra energy.
- Affogato: A scoop of ice cream or gelato topped with a shot of espresso.
- Breve: Espresso and half-and-half instead of milk.
- Café au Lait: Coffee with equal parts freshly brewed espresso and steamed milk.
- Decaf Coffee: Coffee that has had most of the caffeine removed.
- Iced Coffee: Any coffee that is served over ice or blended with ice.
- Coffee Frappuccino: A frappuccino is a cold coffee drink made with espresso, milk, ice, and flavorings such as chocolate or vanilla. It is typically served in a tall glass with whipped cream on top.
- Dirty Coffee: Iced coffee with a shot of espresso added.
- Drip Coffee: Coffee made by dripping hot water over ground beans.
- Cold Brew Coffee: Coffee that is brewed cold instead of hot.
- French Press Coffee: Coffee made by steeping grounds in water and then pressing them in a French press.
- An Aeropress Coffee: Coffee made by pressing grounds between two filters using a hand-held Aeropress.
- Korean Dalgona Coffee: A frothy coffee drink made from a combination of milk, topped off with a whisked espresso, sugar, and hot water.
- Café con Leche: Spanish and Latin American espresso with hot milk added.
- Vienna Coffee: Large espresso glass, topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
- Irish Coffee: A mix of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar topped with cream.
- Kahlua Coffee: Coffee with Irish Kahlua liqueur and cream added.
- Espresso Martini: Espresso, vodka, and Kahlua liqueur shaken with ice.
- White Russian: A mix of vodka, Kahlua liqueur, and cream.
- Italian Chocolate Martini: A mix of espresso, vodka, coffee liqueur, amaretto, chocolate liqueur.
- Chocolate Coffee Milkshake: A mix of chocolate, cocoa powder, shredded coconut, milk with a shot of espresso.
- Caramel Macchiato: A mix of caramel syrup, espresso, and cream.
- Coconut Frappuccino: A mix of strong coffee, coconut milk, coconut flakes, sweetened condensed milk, and ice cubes.
- Vanilla Frappuccino: A mix of espresso, vanilla syrup, honey and cream.
- Coconut Coffee: A mix of coconut milk (or coconut water), sugar, and coffee.
- Lavender Latte: A mix of espresso, lavender syrup, lavender buds, vanilla syrup, and milk.
- Espresso Tonic: Espresso combined with flavored sparkling water or club soda.
- Orange Coffee: Orange juice and coffee layered drink.
Tips & Tricks
Here are some tips to choose and rotate (don't overdo them all at once) when brewing your coffee drinks to keep them interesting.
- Using freshly ground beans will always make a better cup of coffee.
- Adding a pinch of salt to your coffee can bring out the flavor, and help sweeten and balance the acidity.
- Try adding flavors like nutmeg, cinnamon, or hazelnut to your coffee for an added twist.
- If you want a creamy texture in your coffee, try adding some coconut oil for a richer flavor and smoother texture.
- Adding some alcohol to your coffee is an excellent way to give it a nice, boozy flavor. Just remember to use it sparingly, as too much could overpower your coffee's natural flavors.
- Adding a few drops of vanilla extract to your coffee for a sweet, aromatic flavor.
- For an extra indulgent treat, try topping off your coffee with some freshly whipped cream.
The world of coffee drinks is vast and endless. Whether you’re looking for a quick caffeine fix or something a little more indulgent, from the classic espresso to the sweet and creamy mochaccino, there's a drink for everyone in this world and there is a unique drink for you every day.
So, if you're feeling adventurous, try something new each day and step out of your regular coffee routine?
Making these drinks at home, it may take a bit of practice to get the ratios and temperature right, but with a little patience, you’ll be the home barista of your dreams. Happy brewing!