True story. I didn’t like coffee much at all until my 4th little girl was born. And then sleep deprivation became unbearable with three other kiddos running around the house. Now? It’s almost a necessity in order to kick my day into gear.
My refugee friends know of my love for caffeine. So when we hang out at their house, they’ll often prepare me a cup of coffee or tea – and it’s NEVER prepared the way I’m used to drinking my java. Sometimes I love it, sometimes not so much. But the love that’s shown in preparing me a hot drink more than makes up for an unusual coffee drink. And sometimes, I discover that their coffee or tea recipe is simply amazing!
So since we’re rolling out our new coffee/tea inspired hand towels (pick up a set in our Etsy shop), we decided to give a round up of 4 world coffee and tea recipes!
Coffee from Mexico: Cafe de Olla
It’s spicy, fragrant and just plain delish! Also called funeral coffee since its served at wakes, Cafe de Olla is a fun way to dip your taste buds into the adventurous world of international coffee concoctions! Here’s the ingredient list:
- 4 cups of water
- 1/3 Cup of dark brown sugar
- 1/2 a stick of Mexican Cinnamon
- 4 Tablespoons of ground Coffee
- 2 cloves
- Combine the water and spices and boil, then let it simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add coffee and let it steep for 5 minutes
- Strain and serve, adding some chocolate syrup or cinnamon sprinkles if desired
Coffee from Vietnam: Egg Coffee – Cà Phê Trứng
It’s a little sweet, definitely creamy and a bit mocha-reminiscent! Using the egg in coffee came during the war years when milk was scarce. So people would whip up an egg to add creaminess to their coffee. Vietnamese Egg Coffee took on a life of its own and is now found in cafes all throughout Hanoi! For the full recipe, visit Legal Nomad’s post. Here’s a round-up of the ingredients you’ll need:
- 1 egg
- 3 teaspoons of coffee with chicory
- 2 teaspoons of sweetened condensed milk
- Boiling water
I’m not a huge tea drinker, but my Afghani friend served this tea to me once and I was sold! It’s so delicious and (almost) as good as a cup of coffee. If you enjoy tea, you’ll love this Afghan Tea recipe.
- 2 Cups whole milk
- 3 Whole Green Cardamon pods
- Three Tea bags
- 3-4 teaspoons of sugar
- Hit the cardamon pods gently to open them up.
- Place the cardamon, milk & tea bags in a pan & slowly simmer for 5 minutes.
- Finally, stir in sugar and serve!
Burmese / Indonesian Avocado Coffee
Full disclosure: I’ve never had Avocado Coffee. But many of the ladies that have sewn with us are from Burma, so this recipe seemed appropriate and too curious not to share! Apparently avocado is seen as more of a sweet food in SE Asian countries, and so is often added to smoothies and coffee. For the full receipe, head to Farm to Table Asian Secrets.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
- 1 large ripe Hass avocado
- 1 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
- 2 cups whole or 2 percent milk
- 1/4 cup Pandan Syrup (Available at Asian food markets)
- Chocolate syrup (optional)
And that’s our world coffee recipes roundup! Are there other favorite coffee or tea recipes from around the world you want to share? Comment below