12 Unique coffee creations from around the world

12 Unique coffee creations from around the world

How coffee around the world is different and what is unique about Singapore’s and Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore’s.

Not just an average beverage, coffee appreciation has grown into a global culture. Besides the Kopitiam Kopi-O Siew Dai and Starbucks’ Frappuccinos, there are plenty of other peculiar (and unimaginable) concoctions. Of alcohol, cheese, spices, and even eggs, here is a list of how coffee is enjoyed all over the world.

Frappé – Greece

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Nope, this is not the trademarked beverage of the famous coffee-chain we all know, albeit similar.

The Frappé originally came from Greece. Invented by a Nescafe representative 60 years ago, Frappé is a blend of instant coffee, evaporated milk, sugar, and ice water.

Yuan Yang – Hong Kong

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One that wouldn’t come as a surprise, Yuan Yang is a delicious milky mixture of coffee and Hong Kong-style milk tea. Deriving its name from the symbol of conjugal love, Yuan Yang refers to Mandarin Ducks, which usually appears in a different-looking pair of female and male.

Originally served in open air food vendors and cha chaan tengs (cafés), its popularity has skyrocketed, proliferating into menus of many eateries, restaurants, and kopitiams across the Asian regions.

Espresso Romano – Italy

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A familiar name to all, the Espresso originated from Italy. But do you know of its variation? Also Italian-borne, The Espresso Romano is served with a slice of lemon, which is said to enhance the flavour of the java.

Türk Kahvesi – Turkey

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A thick brew served unfiltered from a long-handled copper or brass pot called the cezve, the Türk Kahvesi is highly recognised for its importance to Turkish culture. It’s also traditionally served with a chewy Turkish candy to mellow out the strong flavour of the coffee.


Kaffeost – Sweden/Finland

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Kaffeost translates from Swedish to mean ‘Coffee Cheese’. Yes, you literally put chunks of cheese – the leipäjuusto or juustoleipä (Finnish Bread Cheese) – into your cup before pouring hot coffee in. An unconventional pairing of two strong flavours, the Kaffeost can also pass as a dessert as you can savour the coffee-infused cheese after finishing up the beverage.

Café de Olla – Mexico

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The Café de Olla is brewed with cinnamon sticks and piloncillo (Mexican brown sugar), creating a distinct flavour unlike any other. Part of the traditional Mexican way of preparing the Café de Olla, the drink is served in an earthened pot.

Gahwa or Qahwah – Saudi Arabia

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Arabic Coffee, the Gahwa or Qahwah, is brewed and served in front of guests as a reflection of the hospitality and tradition of Arabian Culture. Cardamom and saffron are often added into the brew, and served with dates, dried fruit, candied fruit or nuts.

Pharisäer Kaffee – Germany

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Known for its beer and beer festival, the German Pharisäer Kaffee reflects the Germans’ love for alcohol.  Rum is added to the coffee, and topped with whipped cream to prevent the aroma from escaping; promising a burst of aromatic flavours every sip. Yum, yum!

Irish Coffee – Ireland

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Another concoction for the alcoholics, the Irish coffee consists of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, and topped off with thick, cold cream. A delightful coffee-cocktail hybrid!

Moroccan Spiced Coffee – Morocco

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Mixing spices with coffee may seem like madness to many. However, that’s exactly what makes Moroccan coffee special. Melding coffee with spices like cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg, the Moroccan Spiced Coffee strays away from traditional coffee with its exotic and potent fusion.

Cà Phê Trứng, Vietnamese Egg Coffee – Vietnam

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Brewed with condensed milk, egg yolks, and sugar, and served over ice, the Vietnamese Egg Coffee is an eccentrically ingenious mix of two things that you wouldn’t imagine together. It results in a rich and creamy drink that has been described as liquid tiramisu.

Kopi – Singapore

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Singapore has her unique way of serving up this international favourite too.

If you’ve been to the kopitiams enough, you’d be familiar with how the brew is strained through a unique ‘coffee-sock’, and served in the signature glass cup with a metal spoon. The most distinct aspect is our beloved Coffee Lingo, which is an effective way to order coffee customised to your liking – very suitable for the varying palates of picky Singaporeans.

Very Handy Coffee Lingo Guide By Burpple

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Coffee at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

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Now that you’ve learnt them all, go forth and explore coffee connoisseurs.






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