How Coffee is Served Around the World

When Tanya and I first moved from California to Atlanta, "coffee culture" as we now know it was still pretty underground. In fact, when locals wandered into our first coffeehouse in Vinings, many of them had never seen anything like it. The house-roasted coffee beans, the long list of espresso drinks, the hand-crafted beverages that were made to order…in the early 90s, in Georgia, it was a novelty.

Thirty years later, coffeehouses and big chain cafés have become ubiquitous in the United States, as words like latte and cold brew have become common language. But step outside of our country, and you'll find countless coffee drinks that are just as novel as those new American standards. So how do people enjoy their coffee around the world? Let's take a look at some of the most beloved beverages from beyond our borders.

YuanYang – Hong Kong

This highly-caffeinated sipper combines three parts black coffee with seven parts Hong Kong-style milk tea. Served hot, iced, and even frozen, YuanYang is a strong but delicious mixture of two classic flavors.

Kaffeost – Sweden

Remember a few years ago when adding butter to coffee was a fad? It never really caught on with us. But in Sweden, many drinkers pour hot coffee over cheese curds to make a beverage called Kaffeost. Specifically, the Swedes use Leipäjuust, also known as bread cheese, which is doughy and absorbent as its name suggests. The cheese doesn't quite disintegrate into the coffee, but rather absorbs the liquid and its flavors, kind of like marshmallows in a mug of hot cocoa.

Türk Kahvesi — Turkey

Turkish coffee is only for those who can handle the strong stuff. The Turks brew their coffee in a brass or copper pot called a cezve, simmering it until it's rich and frothy. Part of what makes this brew so intense is that it is served unfiltered. That's right, you will find fine coffee grounds settling on the bottom of your cup.

Café Tuba – Senegal

In Senegal, they blend Guinea pepper and cloves with the green coffee beans before roasting. From there, they grind and filter the coffee, producing a hot beverage with a signature spicy kick.

Cafezinho – Brazil

It's no surprise that Brazilians love their coffee, considering the country is the world's largest producer of coffee beans. Cafezinho is a Brazilian variation on Italian espresso. The only major difference is that Brazilians add cane sugar into the ground coffee before brewing. As a result, this ultra-strong cup of joe is also super-sweet.

Mazagran – Portugal

On the Iberian Peninsula, they enjoy their iced coffee with a twist of lemon. Mazagran is made by combining espresso with lemon juice or lemon soda, then serving it over ice. And yes, this flavor combination is as refreshing as hell. Curious? Keep your eyes posted for the Daydreamer, an exclusive new cold brew product that will be available soon on the Apotheos online store. Daydreamer is our version of the mazagran, combining cold-brewed coffee, cane sugar, and fresh lemon juice.


-Doug