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Coffee around the world

Traveller's Guide to Coffee Around the World 

Travelling can be exhausting. Whether it’s an early train ride to the next city or the third full day of touring the Louvre, sometimes even non-coffee drinkers need a pick-me up in the form of that caffeinated nectar of the gods.

Ordering coffee outside of Australia can sometimes be a bit tricky for travellers – but once you get the hang of it, you’ll find yourself enjoying some of the best coffee on earth, and it can be a rewarding way to make connections with locals. So here’s a brief overview coffee around the world.

Finland - Kaffeost
In Finland hot coffee is poured over chunks of juustoleipä (cheese curds). While it may sound unappealing, Finnish people adore the strange combo. 

Turkey - Türk Kahvesi
Roasted and finely ground coffee beans are simmered in a special copper or brass pot called a cezve. Turkish coffee is special in that it is prepared unfiltered, and so the grounds settle to the bottom. Yes, that means you drink it with the grounds.

Greece - Frappé
Greeks are also big on cold coffee. One cold drink that is especially popular is the frappe. Greek frappes are cold whipped coffee. They are prepared in a special blender and come in a tall glass with a thick layer of coffee froth on the top.

Italy - Espresso
Italian espresso comes with a slice of lemon to bring out the java's sweeter flavours. 

Spain - Cafe Bombon
For those who enjoy their coffee on the sweeter side, Spain's cafe bombon is thick and sugary, an equal amount of condensed milk is stirred into black coffee. 

Ireland - Irish Coffee
This hot coffee consists of black coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar and is topped with a thick cream. 

Austria - Wiener Mélange
This coffee is espresso topped with steamed milk and milk foam, and sometimes whipped cream and cocoa powder, very similar to a cappuccino.

France - Café au lait
The French love to take their morning drink with equal parts steamed milk and freshly brewed coffee. The trick here is to serve it in a big cup — to make it easy for croissant dipping.

Morocco  - Spiced Coffee
This fragrant blend of dark coffee melds together warm spices like cinnamon, clove, cardamom, nutmeg and black pepper.

Cuba - Café Cubano
It may be small but it is strong — a café Cubano is espresso brewed with sugar.

Mexico - Café de Olla
Traditional Mexican coffee uses piloncillo (unrefined cane sugar), simmered with a cinnamon stick and is served in a clay mug, which locals believe brings out coffee's flavours.

Brazil - Cafezinho
Similar to an espresso, cafezinhos are small, strong cups of java. Cafezinhos are pre-sweetened, generally brewed straight with the sugar.

Senegal - Café Touba
This drink is flavoured with Guinea pepper and sometimes cloves. The spices are mixed in with the coffee beans and roasted, then ground and filtered for a coffee with a bite. 

Vietnam - Cà phê đá
Cà phê đá is both very sweet and very strong, this Vietnamese iced coffee is made with coarsely ground dark roast coffee, which is brewed straight into a cup of condensed milk and ice through a French drip filter.

Malaysia - Yuanyang
This coffee is three parts black coffee and seven parts Hong Kong-style milk tea (black tea and milk). Is served hot or cold.

Australia - Flat White
The flat white is an Aussie favourite. It is made by pouring steamed velvety milk foam over a shot of espresso.

Coffe Trivia

10 Fun Trivia Coffee Facts

1. Coffee is said to be discovered when an Ethiopian goat herder, Khaldi noticed that his normally lethargic goats were more excitable after they had nibbled on the red berries from an evergreen tree. He took some berries to a Muslim holy man, who turned the raw fruit into the delicious beverage.

2. Arabica and Robusta beans are the two main types of coffee used for commercial production. The Arabica trees are the most widely cultivated ones and produce the best quality coffee. Robusta beans contain 40-50% more caffeine and are used for instant coffees.

3. 40% of the world’s coffee is produced by Colombia and Brazil.

4. Coffee is the world’s second most valuable traded commodity after petroleum

5. Coffee was the first food to be freeze-dried.

6. The word cappuccino comes from the resemblance of the drink to the clothing of the Capuchin monks. 

7. The Italian word espresso literally means “when something is forced out”.

8. It used to be a custom in Turkey that if a husband didn’t provide his wife with coffee, it was grounds for divorce.

9. American soldiers were known as G.I. Joes, during World War 2, as they drank large amounts of coffee, the drink soon earned the name “a cup of Joe”.

10. Thailand’s Black Ivory Coffee is the world's rarest and most expensive coffee and is sold primarily to select five-star hotels. The coffee is made from Arabica beans that have been digested by elephants. A cup of coffee will set you back around $50 a cup. Another of the world’s most expensive coffees is Indonesia’s Kopi Luwak aka civet coffee. It is produced from the coffee beans which have been digested by the Indonesian Palm Civet also called a Civet Cat.


Coffee Recipe


An affogato (Italian for "drowned") is an Italian coffee-based dessert. It usually takes the form of a scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream topped or "drowned" with a shot of hot espresso. You can add a shot of Amaretto or Frangelico or garnish with biscotti. 

Tips for making

Chill your glass and make sure your scoop of ice cream is very, very cold and on the large side.

Make the espresso just before serving.

For every scoop of ice cream, use about one ounce of hot espresso.

Serve with a shot of Amaretto or Frangelico on the side or garnish with biscotti


If you’re curious about coffee – or anything else – on your dream vacation, there’s no better person to ask than your travel agent. When you hire a travel agent who knows and understands the place you want to visit, they can fill you in on specific travel tips like these because they’ve been there and have the inside scoop on where to stay, where to play, and what to eat! Use the button below to have a chat with me about your next vacation. 

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