Unusual Coffee Drinks Explained

Have you ever looked at a coffee menu and thought to yourself, what on earth is that?! If you are a frequent traveller or often visit restaurants and coffee houses, you may have come across one or two unusual sounding beverages. To help clear things up, and so you can impress your friends with your coffee knowledge, we’ve got the lowdown.

A guide to types of coffee drinks

Cold Brew Coffee

Cold brew coffee is quite popular now, but many people are still unsure as to what exactly it is. Not to be confused with its cold cousin, the iced coffee, cold brew describes the brewing method used to create the drink.

Ground coffee is steeped in cold water for a number of hours to create a concentrated base, which water is then added to for the perfect taste. Coffee experts say that this method highlights different characteristics of the coffee beans and has a sweeter, more mellow and less acidic taste to its hot counterpart.


Another one you may have seen, a cortado is a short drink of Spanish origin that packs a punch. Consisting of equal parts espresso and steamed milk, the drink differs to the similar macchiato in the fact that the milk is not as frothy or ‘texturised’.

Pop into your closest Esquires to try a delicious cortado made by our professional and friendly baristas for yourself. Don’t forget to ask for a mocha cortado for a bit of added indulgence, it includes our Fairtrade chocolate.

regular and mocha cortado from Esquires Coffee

Egg Coffee

Hailing originally from Vietnam, egg coffee tastes deliciously smooth and sweet, without being too sickly. The combination of ingredients usually consists of fresh eggs, coffee, sugar and milk.

The milk, eggs and sugar are whipped together, and boiled and hot or cold coffee added, creating a rich, aromatic foam. It is served in a cup surrounded by a bowl of hot water to help keep the drink warm.

It is said that egg coffee was invented in the 1940s when fresh dairy produce was in short supply, eggs were added in replacement.

Coffee Tonic or Lemonade

Scouted as the newest quintessential summer beverage, think of coffee tonic or lemonade as the new iced tea. Sweet but light, cold and refreshing, coffee lemonade, or kaffelemonad as it’s known in Sweden, is a heady mix of lightly roasted coffee and fresh tonic or lemonade.

Coffee lemonade on table in summer

CBD Infused Coffee

CBD is the latest wellness phenomena, and we can see it turning up in everything from desserts to skincare. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in the hemp plant and is said to have a range of benefits, notably relating to muscle recovery, chronic pain and anxiety.

CBD infused coffee provides the drinker with a small dose of CBD and to feel any real effect you should have your CBD drink on a daily basis.

Bulletproof Coffee

Also known as keto coffee, bulletproof coffee consists of brewed coffee, unsalted butter and oil (usually coconut) and is used as a diet tool for people on a high-fat low-carb diet.

It is designed for breakfast, before a workout to increase energy and endurance. The jury is still out on the effectiveness and health benefits one; however, so do some research before you reach for the butter!

Turkish Coffee

Each country brews their coffee differently, and Turkey is no exception. The thing that makes Turkish coffee a little more unusual is that the grounds are not filtered from it when it is poured.

Turkish coffee is made by boiling ground coffee, sugar and water very finely together in a special pot called a cezve. The mixture is often bought to the boil several times to increase the desired frothy texture. Turkish coffee is widely enjoyed across parts of eastern Europe, Greece and Armenia, where it is commonly found.

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Espresso Romano

It is no secret that Italians love to drink coffee, and it is an integral part of their culture. However, despite the name Espresso Romano (Roman espresso), it has no links to Italy or Rome!

Still, the Romano is a delicious drink that consists of espresso served with a slice of lemon, which is supposed to bring out the sweetness of the coffee.

For our full drinks menu of delicious hot and cold beverages, pop into your closest Esquires Coffee shop! Our specially trained baristas are on hand to ensure your drinks are of the highest quality and taste.

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