Some like it strong, some like it with a drop of milk, some like it iced. Coffee is more popular than ever worldwide. Today we’re off to Asia to discover the next caffeinated trends to get inspired by! As we’ll see, we’ve come a long way from black coffee with many unique creations, each more original than the last.
Creamy coffee or nothing!
• If coffee is on the rise, it’s also because there are many new varieties. Milk coffee, whatever the amount and type of milk, is a favourite among those with a preference for sweetness. It’s often the perfect alternative for those who wince at the taste of strong-flavoured black coffee. Indeed, many never get used to the taste of black coffee.
• Perhaps you’ve heard of Dalgona coffee? This creation went viral on social media during the Covid-19 lockdowns. It’s a recipe that’s both fun and instagrammable. Its bountiful whipped cream makes the mouth water. Inspired by an Indian recipe and popularised in South Korea, Dalgona is simple to make. The foam is obtained by mixing instant coffee, sugar and boiling water with an electric whisk. A few ice cubes in a glass, some milk and the fluffy caffeinated mixture on top. This coffee can be drunk straight away, from the straw. For those who really don’t like the taste of coffee, this whipped coffee is available in an infinite variety of flavours: matcha, strawberry syrup, cocoa…
• The Egg Coffee is a classic in Vietnam that is now widely exported, even if it surprised many people at first. Its smoothness is due to the addition of a raw egg yolk and a little sweetened condensed milk. Surprising but addictive!
• Foam is the preferred topping among Asians and plant milk has quickly found its place in coffee shops. Soya milk, rice milk, coconut milk, almond milk and hazelnut milk are particularly appreciated for their lightness. It is also the perfect choice for those with food allergies.
Iced Coffee for Sunny Days
• Although the iced coffee trend has only been around for a few years now, this variety is said to have originated in Japan. Among the most popular we find the Cold Brew or cold brewed coffee. As contradictory as it may seem, the extraction of flavours and caffeine can be done with cold water. It just takes a little patience! To get its taste very close to that of the coffee beans, opt for freshly ground coffee.
• In keeping with the iced coffee trends from Asia, Kori Kohi has been popularised in a chain of coffee shops in the Philippines. It is essentially hot milk poured over coffee ice cubes. Sugar or syrup can be added for even more indulgence. The only requirement is to allow some time for the coffee ice cubes to form. Start by making a pot of coffee. Once cooled, pour the coffee into an ice cube tray. Place in the freezer. Put the ice cubes into a large glass and pour hot (not boiling) milk. The warm milk will slowly melt the ice cubes. And there you have a Kori Kohi to enjoy peacefully.
• To satisfy consumers in search of authenticity and eager to eat locally, Asian coffee chains have adapted. Each has quickly developed recipes based on local ingredients. It is also an excellent way of boosting the country’s economy and promoting a rich gastronomic heritage.
• Immediate boarding for Japan to discover Latte Goma. At once intriguing thanks to its grey tone, it substitutes coffee as a comforting hot drink that’s full of flavour. Latte Goma owes its colour to the black sesame paste it contains, in addition to cow or plant milk. Roasted coffee and sesame create a delicious fusion of Japanese and western flavours.
Customers also love it for its unique and very photogenic appearance. Baristas’ high attention to detail led to them creating their own signature coffee recipes. As with cocktails, creativity has its place in the world of coffee. Innovation is always welcome!
• The last example of a local recipe directly from Asia: the Horchata latte. This coffee is prepared by mixing homemade cinnamon rice milk with a shot of espresso. The continent’s extensive rice cultivation has inspired coffee masters to develop new local recipes. Plant milk is also very popular, as mentioned above.
Flavoured, whipped, iced … coffee is no longer limited to its traditional consumption and is even found in our cocktail glasses. To your recipes!