Coffee Cultures & Traditions
Around The World in 80 Coffees
Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world and, for some, a necessary requirement in living their lives. However, not all coffees are created equal! There are as many different variations of coffee as there are cultures, and each culture has their own unique style and take on this delicious, caffeinated drink. Some cultures like it hot, some like it cold, few like it bitter and many like it sweet. The infographic below eloquently features 80 various styles of coffee from 80 different countries around the world. We're not going to talk about all 80 styles of coffee, but we will name the most popular styles.
Similar to the root beer float concept, Affogato is an Italian coffee-based dessert. There are various versions of this recipe throughout Europe and America, but recipe generally consists of two scoops of vanilla gelato (or ice cream) and topped with a shot of hot espresso.
It may sound like American, but this style of coffee originates from Italy. Caffe Americano is simply hot water and espresso. The strength of the Americano is dependent on the ratio between the number of espresso shots and the amount water added.
Black Tie coffee is pretty much a Iced Thai Tea Coffee...or for many Vietnamese Americans, how a typical Thai Tea should be. In many SoCal cities, you'll find your Black Tie made with Vietnamese coffee beans and that's because Vietnamese people like their coffee strong. Nevertheless, this Black Tie drink consists of 1 cup of hot water, sugar, Thai Tea, an espresso shot, cream and condensed milk, all poured over ice.
Cafe au Lait
Cafe Au Lait may sound fancy but it's really quite simple. This French-style coffee is simply translated as "coffee with milk," because its literally coffee with hot milk added. Cafe Au Lait is immensely popular in New Orleans, usually served with a plate of fresh beignets.
Ca Phe Sua Da
Also known as Vietnamese Iced Coffee, or more comically "coffee on crack," Ca Phe Sua Da is made using Vietnamese coffee beans, brewed with hot water and a drip filter. The extracted coffee is then poured over ice and sweetened with condensed milk. Check out our take on the recipe for making this coffee on crack.
If you haven't caught on by now, a lot of coffee-styles are from Italy, just like this one. Cappuccino is an Italian coffee consisting of two shots of espresso mixed with steamed milk foam. That's right milk foam! It's smaller than a latte has filled with a thick later of milk foam.
Originally from Kyoto, Japan, Cold Brew Coffee is coffee that was extracted using cold water rather than hot water. The coffee grounds are soaked in water for hours and then dripped through a filter. No heat is involved! Check out our pages on What is Cold Brew Coffee and Where Did Cold Brew Coffee Originate!
Viennese Coffee is similar to a the Affogato in that this coffee beverage is basically a dessert. Einspanner is made with two espresso shots and a cup full of whipped cream. The cold whipped cream is actually used to insulate the hot espresso below it.
Flat White / Latte
Flat White is basically the Australian take on the latte. It's made by pouring steamed milk into a single or double shot of espresso. Sometimes, it'll be served in a giant cup with latte artwork in the foam, but essentially, it's a latte.
Also called a Mocaccino, Mocha is a Yemeni variant of a latte. Similar to a latte, mocha consists of espresso and hot milk, but instead of adding syrup like most flavored lattes, sweet cocoa powder is added to make the latte rich and chocolaty.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Codename: The Basic White Girl drink, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is a favorite fall latte in America, particularly in California. It is made with a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove spices, steamed or cold milk, and espresso. It is also topped with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice. The drink was first introduced by Starbucks and then eventually other cafes began to offer their variation of the festive drink.
Upon first glance, it'll seem like you're taking a shot of espresso and tequila, but it's not as fun. Ristretto is a concentrated shot of espresso that could be diluted in the shot of sparkling water provided for you (so not alcohol). Some will dilute it, while others will simply sip the espresso shot and then use the sparkling water to cleanse their palate.