Every coffee lover knows that there is no one way to make a great pot of java. With different sizes, brews, roasts, milk, and toppings, there are enough options to last one a lifetime. But for some reason, like clockwork when we need our midday pick-me-up, we head to our favorite shop — the one that spells our name correctly — and order our regular. Again. It’s time to switch things up with these 10 international coffee options, which feature your favorite ingredients with a twist.
1. Cortado: Chances are, if you’ve ever stopped by a bodega for a sandwich and coffee on your way to the office, you’ve had a cortado. The equal parts milk and coffee (or espresso) drink originated from Spanish-speaking countries. It’s made with warm milk to decrease acidity. It can also be made with canned condensed milk.
2. Cafe au Lait: These three French words are all you need to know to order a coffee with milk. For this drink, the drip brew or French press is combined with hot milk. Traditionally, it’s served in little serving bowls.
3. Americano: Some like their coffee strong and some like it well… a little less strong. This beverage is a shot of espresso (or two) simmered with hot water.
4. Irish Coffee: For the days when you need more than a pick-me-up, sip on this beverage made with coffee, sugar, cream, and you guessed it, Irish whiskey.
5. Borgia: You know how a little orange zest brings out the flavors in a meal? Well, the same is true in coffee. A borgia is made with an orange rind and a good sprinkle of cinnamon, and is topped with a cloud of whipped cream on top. Doesn’t that sound dreamy?
6. Mazagran: It’s all about the zest. A slice of lemon is added to iced coffee, sugar, and rum in this drink originating from Algeria.
7. Café Bombom: Picture this: A layer of espresso sits on a thick and sweetened custard-like layer of equal parts condensed milk. With origins from Spain, but popular in other parts of the world too, it is the perfect Instagrammable cup of Joe.
8. Espresso con Panna: Whipped cream tops a shot or double shot of espresso for a drink with a name that literally translates to “coffee with cream.”
9. Frappe Coffee: You don’t have to travel to Mykonos to feel like a Grecian goddess (or god). Just order the frappe coffee and you’ll know how it tastes to have dominion over your taste buds. Crazy enough, the creation of the drink was a mistake and instantly became one of the most popular beverages in Greece. It’s made with instant coffee, sugar, and a little water that is mixed in a cocktail shaker.
10. Caffé Gommosa: Have you ever thought about taking a big fluffy marshmallow and pouring coffee over it? No worries if you didn’t, but now that you know it’s a thing, just know that you’re in for a sweet and thick treat that errs on the side of having dessert with your breakfast.
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