5 unique ways people drink coffee around the world

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Turkish coffee in a cezve // courtesy of moldobayevachopon on Instagram

Everyone knows espresso is Italian and what’s in an Irish coffee. But there are practically unlimited ways to enjoy of a cup o’ Joe around the world. Here are just a few of the more interesting ones.


The Finnish pour coffee over cubes of leipäjuusto (or, in the U.S., “Finnish squeaky cheese”), browned in the oven, to make a kaffeost. The cheese soaks up the coffee and is spooned out and eaten for a sweet, creamy treat with your morning mug.


Turkish coffee is an everyday drink, and is also a part of the traditional Turkish wedding customs. It’s made by boiling finely ground coffee beans with water and the desired amount of sugar in a brass or copper coffee pot called a cezve.

When the mixture begins to froth, about one-third of the coffee is distributed to individual cups to warm them. The remaining amount is returned to the fire to froth a second time, then poured into the cups. Pro tip: Wait a few moments before you drink to let the grounds sink to the bottom of your mug.


In Greece, as in nearly half of the world, instant coffee — often Nescafé — is the coffee of choice. Greeks like theirs as a frappe, a frothy blend of milk, sugar and Nescafé served over ice.

Hong Kong

From the 1840s until 1997, Hong Kong was under British rule — and with the British came the ritual of afternoon tea. Hong Kong-style milk tea is black tea mixed with evaporated or sweetened condensed milk. In the bustling city, seven parts milk tea are mixed with three parts coffee to make a popular drink called the yuengyung, a sweet caffeine jolt served hot or over ice.


Introduced by the French in the 19th century, coffee became an important crop in Vietnam and the country is still one of the world leaders in coffee exports today. The Vietnamese didn’t have much access to fresh milk, so they began using sweetened condensed milk and pouring the drink over ice, called a Cà Phê Sữa Ðá.