If you need a little morning pick me up try these five different coffee recipes. Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, the seeds of berries from certain Coffea species. When coffee berries turn from green to bright red in color – indicating ripeness – they are picked, processed, and dried.

The legend of coffee: There, legend says the goat herder Kaldi first discovered the potential of these beloved beans. The story goes that that Kaldi discovered coffee after he noticed that after eating the berries from a certain tree, his goats became so energetic that they did not want to sleep at night.

Scandinavian Coffee

Scandinavian coffee originated in, you guessed it, Scandinavia (Sweden and Norway, in particular). However, it is now often attributed to parts of the American Midwest, where it likely migrated with Scandinavian immigrants. Scandinavian coffee has one consistent ingredient that cannot be replaced or substituted: a raw egg. Yes, you read that correctly. This recipe includes mixing a raw egg (including the eggshell) into your coffee grounds before boiling everything together in a pot and straining it out to leave behind a smooth, balanced cup of coffee with very little bitterness. The idea behind the egg is that because it is a natural “clarifier,” it attracts the impurities in the grounds to itself rather than allowing them to pass through into your beverage. It’s weird, yes, but it’s also pretty darn cool. VIEW RECIPE

Scandinavian Coffee

Turkish Coffee

Turkish coffee dates back to as early as the 16th century. After being introduced to the sultan, the foreign beverage quickly became a staple in Turkish culture. It wasn’t long after that there were people whose sole job was to prepare coffee, and “coffeehouses” were opened for the general public. Turkish coffee is unique in its preparation and characteristics. It is prepared using a traditional Turkish coffeepot called a cezve or ibrik, which you can easily find online or in some kitchen stores. Extremely fine coffee grounds are heated directly in water until a layer of foam appears on top. The coffee is served with the grounds at the bottom of the cup. Which means you consume only about two thirds of what is served. Traditionally, Turkish coffee is served with a glass of water and something sweet to eat. To counter the extreme bitterness of the drink. VIEW RECIPE


Vietnamese iced coffee

Coffee in Vietnam is more about ritual than caffeine consumption. The practice of making coffee is given time and thought rather than being rushed. This traditional Vietnamese coffee drink is also smaller in comparison to some, as the Vietnamese are concerned more with quality over quantity. Vietnamese coffee is known to be quite strong and bitter, so a little is really all you need. This is also why traditional ietnamese coffee is served with sweetened condensed milk. The sweetness of the milk cuts the bitterness of the coffee, leaving you with a delicious creamy treat. A Vietnamese filter called a phin is recommended for this recipe; however, a French press could be used as well. VIEW RECIPE

Milk ‘n’ Honey Cold Brew Recipe

Yuanyang (Hong Kong Coffee)

Two of the most popular drinks in the world are coffee and tea, so brilliantly, someone in Hong Kong thought to combine them. Since that first revelation, this drink has been served in countless cafés and restaurants throughout China and has slowly spread its reach across the world. Tea drinkers marvel at the extra body the coffee provides, and coffee drinkers enjoy the depth the black tea adds. Next time you need to decide between coffee and tea . . . just do both! VIEW RECIPE

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Milk ‘n’ Honey Cold Brew

Coffee drinkers have been using honey as a natural sweetener for hundreds of years. While many sweeteners and syrups often overtake a drink. Honey is much subtler and, instead, works as a complement, without overpowering the coffee flavors. This great mix of honey with cinnamon and vanilla. It really transforms some of the bitter taste of cold brew to something reminiscent of cuddling with a bunny. (if that is a good thought for you). VIEW RECIPE

Milk ‘and’ Honey Cold Brew