Coffee with an international twist

Coffee is the way, so many of us start our day. From waking up bleary-eyed and heading to the kitchen to grabbing a takeaway flat white on the way into the office, coffee makes its appearance in the morning at some point.

If you’re Australian most of us drink it black or with some type of milk, flat white, latte, cappuccino or long mac topped up. A flat white is uniquely Australian (ok, it may be from NZ, but we are claiming it much like all great NZ things). We love coffee so much that we even drink it on a night out as a martini.

While the rest of the world often wakes up to a cup of Java (it’s the second most popular drink in the world), sometimes the process slightly differs.

The base ingredients remain the same, delicious coffee beans and water, but there are a few additional twists. And we aren’t just talking about flavouring (though if you haven’t tried our flavoured coffee, you are missing out)

Coffee is the way we connect. We do business over coffee, catch up with friends, or have a cup to enjoy a moment of peace. It unites us as coffee lovers, coffee enjoyers and disbelievers of those who don’t drink coffee.

To celebrate this love of coffee and the International Day of Living Together in Peace (May 16th). We are taking you on a quick world tour of all the different ways people love to drink coffee.

Kaffeost – Cheese & Coffee from Finland

Think gently bobbly marshmallows atop black coffee but instead of marshmallows, make it cheese cubes. This northern Scandinavian traditional coffee involves pouring black coffee over leipäjuusto (or bread cheese). Once the cubes have soaked up the coffee, you spoon them out to eat or leave them to enjoy last.

Ca Phe Da – Vietnamese Coffee

Deliciously sweet, this is a power-packed way of drinking coffee. Drunk cold, black coffee is filtered through a French dip over iced and condensed milk. The other version is Ca Phe Trung, where you mix an egg yolk with condensed milk for 10 minutes until it forms a light creamy fluff, which you then mix with coffee.

Café De Olla – Mexican Spiced Coffee

Sweet with a hint of spice, this is a wonderful warming winter’s drink. Traditionally made in a clay or enamel pot, Café De Olla is brewed using dark roasted grounds, cinnamon and “Piloncillo” raw dark sugar.

Café Touba – Senegalese Spiced Coffee

Names for the city of Touba, this is coffee with a peppery kick. Grains of Selim or Guinea Pepper and sometimes cloves are mixed and roasted with coffee beans. From there, they are ground and brewed using a filter. Hot and peppery enough to leave your tongue tingly, it’d be a wake-up call that’d get you moving!

Irish Coffee

You’ve probably heard of this one before, hot coffee & Irish whisky, sugar all topped with thick cream. It’s perhaps not the best wake-up coffee choice, but it’s ideal for a cosy winter’s evening. Check out our Irish Cream Coffee Beans if you’d rather try this without the alcohol.

Affogato – Italy

Affogatos have featured on many a café’s menus in Australia, but if you aren’t 100% sure what they are, here’s a quick rundown. A pure espresso shot served over a single scoop of vanilla ice cream. Perfect for summer or a more indulgent coffee treat.

Turkish Coffee

Get your ground on. Turkish coffee is prepared by simmering roasted finely ground beans in a special copper or brass pot called a “cezve”. Once boiled, it is then poured into delicate cups to serve. Authentic Turkish coffee should fit into the Turkish proverb: “as black as hell, strong as death and as sweet as love”.

Café au Lait – France

Most of us are au fait with this style of coffee; black coffee served with hot milk. While we enjoy it in a cup or mug traditionally served in a wide, almost bowl-like mug, so you can easily dip a croissant or baguette in it. This dipping idea might be worth trying with a Tim Tam; just putting it out there.

Buna – Ethiopia

One of the birthplaces of coffee or Buna, the coffee ceremony can take up to 2 hours. Starting with smelling the beans, roasting, grinding, brewing, and finally serving the first cup of coffee known as “Abol”. It’s traditionally served with butter or salt instead of sugar.

Kopi Luwak – Southeast Asia

This one you’ve probably heard of as the most expensive coffee in the world. Kopi Luwak is coffee prepared using a French drip and served black, but the beans are where the difference lies. They aren’t beans but coffee cherries that Palm Civets have partially digested. Civets who are known for their love of choosing great flavoured cherries, the partially digested ones are rumoured to make great tasting coffee.

Espresso – Italy

I know you’ve heard of the espresso, a single shot of strong black coffee. Traditionally served in tiny cups to be drunk standing. It’s made to be strong, black and served with froth on top.

So there you have it, a little trip around the world to explore some different ways of drinking coffee. Next time you head off on an adventure, we’d love to hear how you experienced coffee in different places.

In the meantime, feel free to explore the unique blends and flavours we create so you can take a trip around the world of coffee flavours without ever leaving the comfort of home.