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When you think of coffee, what do you see? Black with cream and sugar? A watered down Americano? Whatever it is, coffee has certainly changed from the simple beverage it used to be. Now we see foaming cappuccinos, complicated frappuccinos, and even food recipes made with coffee!

Have you ever wondered what coffee looks like in other places in the world? While coffee has evolved in North America, it has also evolved in many other locations. Check out these cool ways to drink or make coffee that look totally delicious and worth trying:

KAN KOHI, JAPAN

Need a coffee on-the-go? Forget the paper or plastic cup! Instead, crack your coffee open! Kan Kohi is also known as canned coffee, and it’s exactly as it sounds. The first canned coffee came from the Japan-based company Ueshima Coffee Co. (UCC) in 1969, and the idea has since then grown to be one of the most popular beverages in the country.

The cans are sold in stores, restaurants, and vending machines alike, and you can find warm versions in the summers and cold versions in the winter. Forget about waiting for a coffee machine – just grab a can and go! Check out this article to learn more about the history of coffee in Japan.

TURKISH COFFEE, TURKEY

If you’re partial to creamier coffees, then you may want to experience this coffee indulgence from the land of Turkey. Pronounces kahve in Turkey, their version of a good cup of joe was created hundreds of years ago by the Ottomans and is still a cherished recipe today.

This coffee is made to be thick, creamy, and naturally sweet. The coffee is handled in copper or brass pots known as cezve, and the trick is to make extremely fine coffee grinds with Turkish grinders that will settle at the bottom of the cup. After adding sugar, drinkers can enjoy the thick coffee slowly, making sure to leave the grinds settled at the bottom. A little extra tip? It is said that you’re supposed to leave the coffee grinds at the bottom so that you may have your future read to you based on the designs that are created. Awesome.

CÀ PHÊ TRỨNG, VIETNAM

Also known as “egg coffee,” this traditional Vietnamese coffee is prepared with a combination of egg yolk, condensed milk, coffee powder, and boiling water.  The coffee is of a thicker consistency and is sweet enough to serve as an evening sweet or dessert.

Have you ever thought about adding egg yolks to your coffee? It is said that the eggs help to separate the grinds, weighing them down to the bottom, and also to remove some of the bitterness of the coffee. Want to know how to make it? The key is in brewing your Vietnamese coffee beans properly. Check out the simple directions here.

YUANYANG, CHINA

If you have trouble deciding between coffee and tea, then this coffee rendition from China may be a good resolution for you. Known as the Yuanyang, the drink is made from strong coffee, black tea, and condensed milk to create a sugary beverage that highlights the flavors of both the coffee and tea.

CAFÉ CON MIEL, SPAIN

In Spain you can get a more complex cup of coffee called café con miel, or “coffee with honey.” The various layers of the sugary beverage include a base of honey, followed by a shot of espresso, steamed milk, and a dash of cinnamon on top.

Because of its various layers, this coffee has quite a few different flavors for the palette, including a spicy flavor from the cinnamon and sweeter flavors from the honey and sugar. The café con miel sounds like the perfect coffee to keep you warm on a winter day.

MAZAGRAN, PORTUGAL

Mazagran is a cold coffee beverage that is popular both in Portugal and Austria. Both countries generally mix together espresso, rum, and lemon juice; however, drinkers in Austria are partial to adding ice cubes. The mazagran is considered the original “iced coffee,” and it is a flavorful beverage that is sweet and spicy.

Looking for a quicker version? Consider blending sweetened espresso with ice cubes and a slice of lemon, or swapping water and ice for rum. With a variety of ways to create the mazagran, there is something for everyone!

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