A Global Journey of Local Flavors

Immerse yourself in the world of coffee by traveling with us to three different continents: Asia, America, and Africa. These three regions don’t just drink coffee, they produce it as well. And with their unique local flavors and culture, it’s no wonder they have created drinks that are so popular in their respective regions. But despite the miles that separate them, these regions all have one thing in common: a deep appreciation for coffee. Let’s take a journey and discover three different coffee drinks these continents have to offer. You might even find inspiration to recreate these delightful beverages at home.

Asia: A Unique Twist

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The land of tea has a special relationship with coffee. In fact, some of the oldest re- corded history of coffee-drinking comes from Asia. The local flavors add a unique twist to the traditional cup of joe, with Ipoh white coffee being a prime example. This bev- erage originated from Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia but the term “white coffee” originated from its literal translation of the Chinese name, introduced in the 19th century by Chinese migrants who came to work in the local tin mines. The white color comes from the milk stirred into the final product. The coffee is made from beans roasted in margarine and served with sweetened condensed milk. This particular style of coffee remains popular throughout the country today. Try it for yourself and experience a unique twist on the classic cup of coffee.

America: A Cup for Comfort

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If you travel to Central America, all the way to Mexico, you’ll find a coffee drink that is steeped in tradition and history. Cafe de olla, which translates to “coffee from the pot”, originated during the Mexican Revolution when women would brew coffee in clay pots over an open fire for the soldiers. Today, this beverage has become a staple in Mexican culture and is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. It is made with cinnamon, piloncillo (unrefined cane sugar), and orange peel, giving it a warm and comforting flavor. This traditional drink is usually served in a colorful clay mug called ‘olla’, adding to the overall cultural experience. Prepare it during a cold winter day and feel as though you are transported to Mexico.

Africa: Creating New Memories

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Coffee has been a major part of African culture for centuries, with Ethiopia being known as the birthplace of coffee. But in Kenya, there is a unique style of coffee that stands out from the rest – Kahawa Chungu. The Swahili name for this coffee translates to “bit- ter coffee” in English. It is a robust and flavorful black coffee, infused with a hint of spice, that is made by boiling it over a charcoal burner in long brass kettles. This coffee is often enjoyed alongside dates or halwa, a jelly-like confectionery. It is not uncommon to come across groups of elderly men, engaged in lively conversations and playing back- gammon, all while savoring the rich and invigorating Kahawa Chungu. You could gather a group of friends, brew a pot of Kahawa Chungu and enjoy its cultural significance while creating new memories together.