31 Beautiful, Simple Ways to Drink Your Coffee Around the World [INFOGRAPHIC]


While the standard espresso drinks in the States consist of a macchiato, cappuccino, red eye, latte, etc., when you peek around the corner at how the rest of the world takes their coffee, you’ll be impressed at the variety. In Italy, Espresso Romano consists of a lemon slice dropped in an espresso. In Austria, a Wiener Melange layers a cup of espresso, an egg yolk, brown sugar and whipped cream. In Spain, honey gets topped with an espresso, steamed milk and cinnamon.

Yet this inforgraphic delves just a little deeper than that, providing acute bits of coffee culture. For instance, Italian coffee bars aren’t meant for socializing and laptop camping, as it’s customary for patrons to drink coffee standing up. As for forgetful husbands who forget to fill the family coffee pot? This used to be a veritable reason for a wife to divorce her husband in Turkey. Yikes.


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Charisma has an undying love for gritty literature and drinks coffee like water. She also hails from Toronto, Canada and is a die-hard Maple Leafs fan, sigh.

  • Elaine Milman

    I have lived in Vienna for 9 years and have had many melanges. None of them ever came with whipped cream, egg or brown sugar.

    • eric

      because it is not true! melange it just milk and 1 shot of espresso with water.

  • Elaine Milman

    From Julius Meinl in Vienna: “A Melange is the typical Viennese coffee speciality. It is one small espresso served in a large cup with half steamed milk topped off with milk froth.”

    • eric

      yeah, someone didn’t do his homework properly. those are US recipes.

  • Elaine Milman

    Check the ingredients for “Eiskaffee” in Germany – it appears to say 1.5 quarts of instant coffee.

    • sehrgut

      They used WikiHow as a source, without checking it. It’s got a typo that says “quarts” instead of “cups”.

      So, infographic fail. :-D

  • http://kennylandes.com Kenny Landes

    OMG please, IT’S COLOMBIA

    • Javier

      You know what really grinds my gears… people who write articles online and don’t bother to spell-check… as Kenny points out… it’s COLOMBIA. How hard is it to check your spelling before posting an article? Even this discussion reply box offers spell-check.

      For someone who touts herself (article author: Charisma Madarang) as an avid coffee drinker (“…drinks coffee like water.”), you’d figure you’d know the proper spelling of the most popular coffee-producing country in the world.

  • Gert Finkelhoffer

    107,000,000 is NOT over half the population of the United States! As of 2012 the population of the USA was 313,900,000! Please double check your facts Ms. Madarang.

    • cvcomm

      That was my initial reaction as well, but then I realized she meant of those under 18 (which is ~24% of the population). But… that leaves us with ~240,000,000 over 18, which leaves her estimate still off by a few million, haha.

  • Erich Kitzmüller

    According to Wikipedia, the “Wiener Melange” described above is what they serve in the Netherlands by this name. Here in Vienna, it’s just coffee, milk and milk foam.

  • 23skiddo

    If you have 3 is it called a wiener melange a trois?

    • Wagamama

      That’s actually a foursome if you also count yourself (you do want to be part of it, right?) :)

  • Sean McNeil

    The drink listed for Vietnam is actually “CA PHE SUA DA”. “CA PHE DA” is without condensed milk.

  • Helga

    None of these are true. What would someone from Toronto know about coffee anyways? Probably thinks Tim Hortons serves great decaf if you know what i mean….

    • eric

      right! all of those coffee recipes are probably only found in the US where everything needs to be super fancy. “real” coffee is just black espresso, nothing added, not even sugar.

  • Frances Pauline Caluya

    Vietnamese Caphe Trung or Egg Coffee is also worth a try! :)

  • C.R1

    Irish coffee is only an “occasion” drink, its definitely NOT something we serve for the craic here. People might have an Irish coffee when out for dinner or if they are celebrating, or at christmas. We don’t drink Irish coffee for breakfast, and it’s not served with the abandon that any of these other drinks may be served with. Just pointing that out.

  • Lana

    Mozart died in 1791. If that cafe was established in 1824, then they are lying.

  • musicnotmoney

    Well, The U.S. ones are bullshit, which kind of leads me to believe the rest of this article is bull as well.

  • http://israelmgo.es/ israelmgo

    “Cafe Bombon” and “Cafe con miel” in Spain?
    In Spain the coffee is “con leche, cortado o solo” and “carajillo” coffee with cognac, brandy or orujo.

    • Belén

      Strange that being spanish you don’t know the “bombon” coffee, very popular lately. The one I have never heard about here (and I work in the coffee industry) is “cafe con miel”…odd

      • http://israelmgo.es/ israelmgo

        I know the bombom coffee, but not think it a typical coffee, and as you say is very popular lately, especially among those who like the sweet ;-)

  • http://sf18.mobi Christian Schwarz

    There is no Egg Yolk in a “Wiener Melange” , so damn stupid !!!

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  • My-Two Cents-Worth

    Call me a heathen if you must but I get along fine with a teaspoon of Folger Instant, 2 teaspoons of sugar, tap water and a microwave heating it for 1:10 (min:sec)

    What I save on coffee I spend on beer.

    • Saud Afzal


  • Anonymous

    espresso with lemon!!! blasphemy, we dont have this! (Rome)

  • Anonymous

    I’m Italian and I never heard of “Antoccino” or “Espresso Romano”.

    • sehrgut

      “Espresso Romano” is a consistent part of the American mythology of Italian coffee. You’ll see it in every American list of Italian coffee drinks.

    • Giovanni C.

      Neither did I (and I’m Italian, too). So I guess Mr. sehrgut is right about “Espresso Romano”. As to the name “Antoccino”, it just sounds similar to “Cappuccino”, but – unlike the latter – it is not even an Italian word. Anyway, as far as Italy is concerned, the rest of the infographic is accurate, though very limited: e.g., what a pity it does not include either “Caffè Corretto” or Turin’s “Bicerìn”!

  • Tuyen Hua

    Completely wrong for Vietnam and Malaysia (I can’t speak for the rest but now question this infograph). We do not drink our coffee with pure ground coffee in it. Whoever made the graph probably read a recipe book but completely wrong.

    Also flag of Vietnam is a yellow star not white one.

  • Al Tirella

    The oldest coffee shop in Vienna, established in 1824, hosted concerts by Mozart? He died in 1791! Must have been boring and very quiet events.

  • Artemio Soto Breceda

    Man, whoever did this needs more reserch. There are 4 different coffees from USA and just one from Colombia. Plus this only one is shared with two other countries? You just can’t put Colombia aside when you talk about coffee.
    I’m sorry, English is not my mother tongue.

  • Kevin

    How was coffee banned in Germany in 1677 when it wasn’t introduced in Europe until 1683 (as noted in Austria)?

    • lapin.grove

      You know I think it was chocolate that banned and NOT for too long either.

  • Ermenegildo Merry

    this information is all wrong! Where did you get this from? Typical Spanish breakfast something sweet? Typical Spanish breakfast is tostada… espresso romano with a slice of lemon in it? That’s something you give in the whole of italy to drunk people to sober up… and then I couldn’t be bothered to read the rest of this infographic because I didn’t want anymore nonsense

  • William McVey

    To those people questioning the recipes and facts in this post, can’t you see that the info is in a pretty infographic and therefore the information must be accurate?

  • vcgal2003

    The Irish Coffee was actually invented in San Francisco. It’s not native to Ireland.

  • http://about.me/ibrasiregar Ibrahim Siregar

    I don’t think “Kopi Susu Panas” is only a specialty of Malaysia. The tradition of coffee-drinking has also been introduced as well by the Dutch to the East Indies archipelago during the colonial times. Well, don’t think that i’m starting this debate of claiming whether it is Indonesian, Malaysian or Singaporean. What i’m trying to tell is that the coffee variation itself has been common long before the independence of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. The folk in the previously mentioned countries has shared a common way of life even before the colonial times. The similar tradition passed on from generations to generations, and this has also been the case to the culinary traditions that were introduced by the Chinese generations whom inhabited the three countries as well, not just those introduced by the Europeans. That is why putting Malaysian flag only for “Kopi Susu Panas” seems to be odd, since it is shared altogether by the people of three nations.

  • http://www.coffeelovershq.com/ Coffee Lovers

    We can’t question this infographic because that is what they got from their research on how coffee is prepared by each country. But we think it is not important on how they prepare their coffee drinks provided they drink it for a purpose. Whether some drink it for their health or some drink coffee as part of their culture, the coffee they drink is still the same coffee from the coffee berry.

  • Robert Mullins

    I want a poster. This is great.

  • lapin.grove

    WHAT !! No mention of Ethiopian coffee….poorly researched this article. PITY!

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