While coffee beans originated in Africa thousands of years ago, the caffeinated beverage has since spread to all corners of the globe, being enjoyed by a wide variety of cultures. Vietnam, for instance, has a deeply ingrained coffee culture centered around Robusta beans, with favorite beverages including cà phê đá, the traditional Vietnamese coffee with sweetened condensed milk, Cà Phê Trứng, Vietnamese egg coffee, and Cà Phê Sữa Chua, Vietnamese yogurt coffee.
In other parts of the world, communities have developed their own distinctive takes on the simple caffeinated beverage, making use of local ingredients, long-standing traditions, and shared value of community. Below are three coffee drinks from around the world that you can make at home.
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Two glasses of affogato. jng104, CC BY 2.0.
While common now in cafes around the United States, affogato originated in Italy as a deliciously simple dessert. The coffee sundae balances the bold, nutty flavors of the espresso with the sweet, creaminess of the gelato to make a refreshing dessert best enjoyed on a hot summer’s night.
Total time: 5 min.
A hot mug of yuanyang next to a glass of water. CC0 Public Domain.
One of the most popular drinks in Hong Kong, yuanyang is a delightful, caffeinated beverage which combines the city’s famed milk tea with the bold flavors of fresh coffee. Commonly sold by street vendors, yuanyang has taken on a number of variations, including those that are blended with ice or feature different milks. That said, this variation is the classic, and is best served hot or over ice.Prep time: 5 min.
A small mug of cafézinho. Simplus Menegati, CC BY-SA 4.0
In Brazil, the term “cafézinho” technically refers to coffee, but is more often synonymous with hospitality. The sweet coffee beverage, which is thicker than a traditional espresso, is commonly shared with folks at home and in the workplace as a conversation starter. Naturally sweet and creamy, cafézinho is a highly caffeinated coffee best enjoyed with friends and family.Prep time: 2 min.