Coffee Around the World

Coffee is the most popular beverage in the world, with more than 400 billion cups consumed each year. Every morning millions of people around the globe share the same routine: waking up and grabbing a cup of coffee. And while the ritual is the same, the preparation is completely different depending on the country and region! Join us as we at Advanced Biotech take a look at the different ways coffee is served around the world.



                A love of sweet coffee drinks is universal, as many consumers around the world enjoy a mild, sugary cup of joe as a morning treat or afternoon pick-me-up. Spaniards’ favorite way to prepare it is intensely sweet and indulgent, as equal parts of condensed milk and black coffee are swirled together in this unique beverage. A favorite of those in Vienna, Austria, the unique Einspänner consists of a strong espresso shot topped with sweetened whipped cream and dusted with cocoa powder, creating a wonderful balance of hot and cold and sweet and bitter elements. Pharisäer is an indulgent coffee drink that hails from Germany and is made with coffee, rum, and sugar, and topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.



                Many coffee drinkers enjoy a spicy kick to their coffee, such as those in Mexico, where Café de Olla is a popular choice. Simmered with a whole cinnamon stick, traditional Mexican coffee uses cane sugar, called piloncillo, and is served in a clay mug, which locals believe brings out brew’s flavors. Those in Morocco also prefer their java spiced, and enjoy a fragrant and warming mug of coffee enhanced with ingredients like cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.  Coffee found in Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries is often flavored with a mix of spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, saffron, and ginger and is served with sweet dates to create a balanced tasting experience.



                Coffee drinkers in Portugal enjoy mazagran – a refreshing drink that originated in Algeria and was perfected by the Portuguese, consisting of espresso, lemon juice or lemon soda, providing a unique twist on typical iced coffee. In Finland they enjoy kaffeost, a drink in which hot coffee is poured over chunks of juustoleipä, or cheese curds, to create a salty, creamy, and bitter beverage. Colombians enjoy a similar treat where cheese is stirred into coffee until it creates a gooey, creamy beverage and is often had with a slice of bread.


A beloved beverage enjoyed by millions around the globe, there are many cultural and distinctive ways this popular drink is consumed. Utilizing natural flavors and local resources, coffee drinkers have created some truly unique and delicious variations of this tried and true drink.