Five International Coffee Drinks for You to Try3 min read
Are you a coffee connoisseur? Good news! Studies show that moderate coffee consumption (less than four cups per day) reduces your risk of several diseases, including type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and liver cancer. Turns out a typical serving of coffee contains more antioxidants than some fruits, like blueberries and oranges.
Being into coffee can add a whole new element to your travel plans. So many countries have their own rich coffee cultures. Make it a goal to discover them while you are abroad and add some new drinks to your coffee bucket list.
We’ve made a list of five very different coffees from around the world. Seek them out when you travel, or take your tastebuds on vacation and look for local restaurants that carry them.
Cafecito is the standard coffee drink of Cuba. But it’s not like American coffee. Picture a small cup of espresso with a layer of sweet crema floating on top. The crema isn’t your standard creme, either—it is a foam made from sugar that has been beaten with coffee. Though the cup is small, keep in mind that cafecito is very strong!
Yuenyeung (Hong Kong)
If you mixed coffee and standard tea together, the result would be less than delicious. But a popular tea in Hong Kong is a milk tea that is particularly smooth and creamy, because it is made with evaporated milk. This tea blends harmoniously with coffee to make yuenyeung. This drink is generally three parts coffee and seven parts milk tea. Served hot, this milky beverage is all about the balance of both flavors.
Cà Phê Sua (Vietnam)
The traditional flavor of Vietnamese coffee is unique, partly due to their Phin drip filter, and partly to their roasting process, which often includes added flavors like salt, butter or mocha. Referred to as Cà Phê Sua in South Vietnam and Cà Phê Nau in the north, coffee with ice and sweetened condensed milk is a common order.
Türk Kahvesi (Turkey)
In Turkey and its neighboring countries, coffee is prepared by boiling very fine grounds, rather than brewing or mixing grounds with hot water. Additives like sugar go in before boiling. The result is a small espresso-sized cup of coffee with an intense, bold flavor and foam on top. It is generally served along with a cup of water and something sweet, like Turkish delight.
Café Touba (Senegal)
Spicy coffee, anyone? This coffee drink is flavored with cloves and djar, tree seeds that are used as a spice similar to black pepper. These spices are mixed and roasted with the beans before they are ground. The result is a hot beverage with a very strong kick. Café Touba is served without milk, but is often sweetened with sugar.