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7 Travel Inspired Coffee Recipes To Cure Your Wanderlust

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Calling all coffee-loving jet setters! Dreaming of travel while stuck sheltering in place? While you may not be able to book a flight to satisfy your wanderlust, we’ve got the next best thing. Dust off your [virtual] passport because we’ve put together a list of delicious recipes from all over the world that you can make at home. All aboard the quarantine coffee tour. 

South Korea

The first stop on our coffee tour is the birthplace of the coffee trend that’s been taking over the internet. Dalgona coffee is as fun and fluffy as the Korean coffee it’s named after.

Iced Dalgona (whipped) Coffee

What you need:

  • Electric mixer or whisk
  • 2 tbsp white or brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp instant coffee (We know… bear with us. It’s just this one time)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 4 ounces of milk
  • Ice

How to make it:

  1. Heat 2 tbsp. water then stir in sugar and instant coffee.
  2. Mix until light and fluffy. We recommend using an electric mixer for this step because it’s faster, but if you don’t have one, a whisk works too.
  3. Fill up a cup with ice and add your favorite milk.
  4. Top with freshly whipped coffee.

Vietnam

Moving westward, we’ve arrived in Vietnam. We’re putting a slight spin on this refreshing iced drink. Traditionally, Vietnamese coffee is made using a special filter called a phin. But to make things simpler, we’ll be using freshly brewed espresso instead.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

What you need:

How to make it:

  1. Pour sweetened condensed milk into a cup.
  2. Grind the coffee beans and prep your espresso machine.
  3. Brew a double shot of espresso over sweetened condensed milk.
  4. Add ice to mixture and stir. Add water if desired.

Turkey

Our next stop is Turkey. Much like espresso, Turkish coffee is enjoyed in small servings because of its bold flavor and high caffeine content. Turkish coffee is typically prepared with a special wide-bottomed pot called a Cezve but a small saucepan will work in a pinch.

Turkish Coffee

What you need

  • Coffee Grinder
  • Cezve or a small saucepan (the saucepan won’t yield as much of the foam that makes this coffee so special)
  •  small saucepan
  • Coffee beans
  • 2.5 ounces of cold filtered water
  • Sugar to taste

How to make it:

  1. Grind coffee beans at the finest setting until you have 1 tbsp of powder-like grounds.
  2. Add coffee and sugar (if desired) to Cezve or saucepan. For medium-sweet coffee, use equal parts sugar and coffee.
  3. Pour in water and mix well.
  4. Place Cezve or saucepan on medium heat and bring to a low simmer, but do not stir it. Be careful not to let the water boil, it will make your coffee taste bitter.
  5. Once the coffee on the sides of the pan has bubbled up, remove it from the heat.
  6. Slowly and carefully pour the coffee into your cup, making sure to not ruin the foam on top.
  7. Serve with a glass of cold water.

Italy

We’ve landed in the birthplace of espresso. We could all use a little more sweetness in our lives right about now. The Italian affogato offers just that. Take things up a notch by making the ice cream at home! We’ve got the perfect machine to help you out.

Affogato

What you need:

How to make it:

  1. Prep your espresso machine.
  2. Scoop vanilla ice cream or gelato into a mug.
  3. Brew a double shot of espresso directly over gelato or ice cream.

France – Cafe au Lait

The next stop on our tour brings simple elegance. A cafe au lait is drip coffee topped with steamed milk. It’s classy without trying too hard. Bonus points if you brew the coffee with a French press.

What you need:

How to make it:

  1. Grind the beans and brew 6 ounces of coffee. We recommend using a French press for authenticity. Check out all the things you can do with your French press here.
  2. Heat and froth milk.
  3. Pour coffee into the mug and top it with frothed milk.

Ireland – Irish coffee

A hop, skip, and a jump to the northwest lands us in Ireland. “Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat.” – Alex Levine.

What you need:

How to make it:

  1. Grind your beans and brew 10 ounces of coffee.
  2. Add brown sugar, whiskey, and coffee to a mug, stir until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Top with whipped cream.

Mexico – Spicy Mocha Latte The final stop on our tour brings some south-of-the-border heat. Spice up your stay-at-home routine with this delicious latte.

What you need:

  • Espresso machine with a milk frother
  • Espresso beans
  • 8 ounces of cold milk (for a richer option, use half & half instead of milk)
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp chocolate sauce -OR- 1 tbsp cocoa powder mixed with 2 tbsp powdered sugar

How to make it:

  1. Grind beans and prep espresso machine. Brew a double shot of espresso.
  2. Steam milk until rich and creamy, about 150 ℉.
  3. Add chocolate sauce, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, and espresso to the mug. Stir gently until combined.
  4. Pour steamed milk over the espresso mixture.
  5. Sprinkle ground cinnamon on top.

Now you have an exciting drink in your hand and you don’t even need to unpack your suitcase. We hope this helped cure your stuck-at-home blues. And if you’d rather have one machine that can do it all, check out this super-automatic coffee center.

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