Best Coffee Drinks In The World (120 Days Drink Testing)

Best Coffee Drinks In The World (120 Days Drink Testing)

What are the best coffee drinks in the world?

I am sure you’ll relate to this if you are a regular coffee drinker; brewing coffee just doesn’t feel exciting anymore. So should you brew the same beverage you always have, play it safe, or take the plunge and try something different? 

Also, before trying something different, you’d want to know your options, right? Considering my decade-long coffee industry knowledge, you won't believe this, but I started to feel the same way a few months back. 

The humdrum of my caffeine fix had started to feel monotonous. Jumping from an Americano to Latte had become routine, and I longed for a refreshing change.

And as I was scrolling through the Balance Coffee blog, it hit me.

It was time for another coffee experiment but with a twist. I mixed business with pleasure and decided to round up the best coffee drinks in the world by actually travelling to some of the coffee hubs. 

Reflecting on my 120-day journey, I realise that coffee is more than just a beverage; it's a bridge that connects people and cultures, transcending borders and languages.

And now, I am beyond excited to share these incredible coffee experiences with you. 

So, buckle up, fellow coffee enthusiasts, and let's dive into the fascinating world of exceptional brews.

Best Coffee Drinks In The World

It's time to transform your daily caffeine fix into something extraordinary, and trust me, once you've explored these incredible coffee drinks, you'll never want to go back to the ordinary! 

What Are Coffee Drinks?

Coffee drinks are beverages brewed from coffee beans and often combined with milk, sugar and other flavourings. But I bet you already know that.

So the real question is, why did I spend 120 days and a hefty amount of pounds to go around the globe and learn more about coffee drinks? 

What are the best coffee drinks in the world

My answer? Every culture's spin on coffee gives it a distinct taste, flavour profile and other characteristics worth exploring. Sure, the UK has many options, but a whole world of coffee is out there, which is hard to grasp from behind your computer screen. 

So here comes the exciting part; during my 120 days of drink-testing coffee, I got to visit five countries near the UK (not much, I know, but still was incredible) and try out their coffee. This inspired me and opened my mind to coffee drinks I’d never tried. 

After spending 120 days testing coffee drinks, I’ve finally managed to come up with a list of the fifty best coffee drinks in the world

Best Coffee Drinks In The World

It sounds surprising because most coffee lovers only know about twenty-five coffee drinks. And this is precisely why I think my experiment is such a success; I’ve uncovered drinks you’d usually never find out about. 

And before I share the fifty most coveted and best coffee drinks in the world, let’s look at why your daily cup of java is more than just a caffeine fix and the health boost you need. 

5 Coffee Drinks Benefits 

Going through my coffee blog without finding information on how it relates to your health is impossible. So after uncovering that 95% of the coffee is ‘commodity-grade’ and not optimised for your health, I’ve been on a mission to take you closer to coffee that IS optimised for your health and gives you the health benefits you deserve. 

So before you can mix up your routine with exotic coffee drinks, let's see how getting the right coffee can benefit your health. Recent research shows that light to moderate coffee consumption can benefit your health. Here are some of them:

1. Enhances Your Brain Function

Yes, it’s true. Regular coffee consumption can positively affect your short-term memory and cognitive function. This, in turn, enhances your brain function. 

This is one of the reasons why you long for your ‘morning coffee’; having it makes you feel energised and ready to take on the day’s challenges.

Best Coffee Drinks In The World

But I suggest you take this with a grain of salt because not all coffee is created equal. 

Let me explain. 

Only choosing high-quality, speciality coffee, screened for mould, mycotoxins, and pesticides, can help you benefit from this. On the other hand, commodity-grade coffee can do more harm than good. 

Other factors like the concentration of caffeine and your drink choice will also impact how much benefit you can reap from your coffee. 

2. Improves Your Workout Performance and Helps Weigh

If you hit the gym regularly, you’d be happy to know that coffee improves your workout performance by energising you. 

Consuming coffee gives you a prolonged burst of energy, helping you reach new performance levels in the gym. But again, you need to consume the right amount of coffee for this to happen. 

For example, drinking one cup of espresso 45-60 minutes before the workout is adequate to get sufficient 100 mg of caffeine. This is enough to power you through a long and gruelling workout session at the gym. 

3. Aids Weight Loss 

Okay, I know this one will get your ears perked up. Yes, coffee can help you drop extra kilos and get your summer body.

This is because coffee contains nutrients and vitamins like Vitamins B2, B3 and B5 and minerals essential for bodily function and a balanced diet. 

Aids Weight Loss

Improving your digestion and metabolism helps your body burn calories faster, which enables you to lose weight. However, this doesn’t mean you can rely on coffee as the magic pill that helps you lose weight. 

You must combine a healthy and balanced diet with exercise to hit your weight loss goals. 

4. Helps Detoxification

Coffee contains antioxidants that remove toxins from your body. And because it contains nutrients, coffee can benefit your skin, hair and scalp. Several studies show that coffee can enhance your skin health.

5. Lowers The Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

I’m sure you must have heard the buzz around coffee lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes, and studies have shown it to be true. 

A study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found that individuals who increased their daily coffee consumption by more than one cup over four years had an 11% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who did not alter their coffee intake.

This is because coffee contains potent compounds like Chlorogenic acid. These compounds process glucose more efficiently and help regulate sugar levels.  

So you see? Coffee isn’t just a treat for your taste buds; it is a great companion for your mind and body. So make sure you take your pick from the list of the best coffee drinks in the world

Top 10 Best Hot Coffee Drinks In The World 

The first country on my radar for the 120-day experiment was Turkey. It was accessible, and honestly, I’d never tried the quintessential Turkish coffee before. So, after spending a few days in Turkey, I continued my coffee pilgrimage in European countries like Italy and Ireland. 

After sipping through various cups of coffee in different countries, I’ve finally narrowed down the mindblowing and best coffee drinks in the world you must try.

It doesn’t matter if you’re in the middle of a raging summer or a chilly winter; my list has both hot and cold coffee drinks. 

But I’m going to start off strong with the ten best hot coffee drinks in the world because, let’s face it, there’s nothing like a hot cup of coffee to warm up your insides, right? 

1. Espresso Coffee 

You probably saw this one coming, but only some of the best coffee drinks in the world can get started with espresso coffee. That’s also because espresso is the base for many coffee drinks. 

You can read my article on how to make a double shot espresso at home when you have some time to spare.

I taste-tested and tried espresso in Italy sometime during the third week of my experiment. I played it safe and stuck to one of Rome's most popular espresso places, the Sant' Eustachio Il Caffè. 

Espresso Coffee Drink

The place is known for its home-roasted coffee beans blended with water from an ancient aqueduct. The taste, aroma and crema were delightfully perfect and gave my taste buds the refreshing burst they’d been yearning for. 

I remember sitting at the cafe’s bar and my first sip of the espresso as it arrived in a mini glass (I’m pretty sure it’s called something more sophisticated, but you get the idea, right?). The velvety golden crema floated on top, and the espresso’s rich aroma wafted gently through the air. 

I then tried a few more popular coffee places in Rome and tasted their espresso. Although none of them was as good as my first one, the overall quality was spot on and made me glad that I ventured into this coffee experiment. 

I love how the espresso boasts a full-bodied, concentrated, well-balanced taste with a touch of bitterness but natural sweetness. Most espresso cups I tried had hints of chocolate, nuts and dark fruit, but the tasting notes depend on which coffee beans you use. 

You can also brew yourself a delectable cup of espresso if you use the right beans. But choosing the best ones can be challenging. So, lucky for you, I’ve also put together a complete guide on the best coffee beans for espresso that you can use. 

2. Caffè Americano

I have a long and loving relationship with Americano. It’s the hot drink I always loved before kickstarting my work day. So I was pretty interested to see how the Americano would taste in its birthplace, Italy.

I still remember how it turned out. I chose a cosy roadside cafe to try my first Americano in Italy. And I was satisfied. 

Caffè Americano

The Americano tasted like chocolate nuts and dark fruits, similar to what I regularly brewed at home. The main difference was that this Americano was bolder with a richer flavour. 

My overall experience was akin to a strong brewed coffee but with Italian espresso's distinct and nuanced flavours.

3. Turkish Coffee 

Honestly, I was the most excited to try Turkish coffee. I’d tried it out once at a Turkish friend’s apartment, but he didn’t do an excellent job at brewing. 

So I was ready to give Turkish coffee another shot, this time in the heart of Istanbul. When I went for Turkish coffee, the weather had turned chilly, drizzling outside. I found myself in a cafe near my Airbnb. 

Turkish Coffee

As I sat near the window, I could see the Galata tower, all high and mighty, towering nearby. The raindrops splattered softly on the cafe window, and the waiter had my Turkish coffee ready in fifteen minutes. 

I saw the brewing process from behind the counter. The waiter simmered very finely ground coffee beans with water in a unique pot called the cezve, and a rich coffee aroma filled the small cafe. 

The coffee was ready within a few minutes, and the waiter served it. 

I did what every millennial would do. I quickly took an aesthetically pleasing picture of Turkish coffee in the tulip-shaped glass called ince belli.

The coffee was intense and had a more concentrated flavour than all other coffee drink types. If you know me, you’d know that I love intense coffee. So naturally, Turkish coffee was a hit for me and made it easily to this list of the best coffee drinks in the world

Another thing that makes Turkish coffee unique is the presence of coffee grounds that settle at the bottom of the cup. You must stop drinking before reaching these grounds to avoid an overly gritty texture. Good thing I did my homework before the experiment!

Overall, my experience with Turkish coffee was profoundly aromatic and delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed its refreshing taste and intensity. 

Since returning to London, I’ve been brewing Turkish coffee for myself and my family weekly. Guess what? Everyone loves it and just can’t get enough of it!

4. Irish Coffee

I had the time of my life on this taste-testing experiment. Not only did I get to enjoy some of the most fantastic coffee drinks in the world, but I also visited enchanting places too. 

So, I’d been to Ireland before. But the thought of trying Irish coffee just didn’t cross my mind. Fast forward to my experiment, and I decided to take the plunge. 

Irish Coffee

I had my first sip of Irish coffee in a famous coffee place in Kinsale, County Cork, called the O'Herlihys Kinsale. The place is known for its coffee and creamy hot chocolate. 

I was pleasantly surprised when I tasted Irish Coffee. It wasn’t anything like Turkish coffee or espresso in Italy. 

It was a unique and flavourful blend of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, with a layer of lightly whipped cream. It tasted so good that I didn’t mind the extra calories! After all, I was on a trip.

The coffee had a robust base, and the Irish whiskey gave the drink a warm yet slightly spicy character. It was easily one of the best coffee drinks in the world I had ever tried. 

5. Vietnamese Coffee 

I didn’t get to travel to Vietnam to try this out, but I managed to brew Vietnamese coffee for myself right at home. I had mixed feelings about this; I felt a little nervous because I’d never done it before. 

But then I thought of all those years I’d worked as a barista trainer, training thousands of baristas. I could do this too. 

Vietnamese Coffee

And I was right; I nailed Vietnamese coffee when I brewed it for a friend who had lived in Vietnam for two years. With some helpful tips from him, the result was just perfect. 

As per tradition, I brewed it using Robusta beans. As a result, the coffee had an intense, full-bodied character with a somewhat bitter edge. 

The addition of sweetened condensed milk gave the coffee the perfect counterbalance. Ultimately, the coffee had a creamy, sweet, and smooth taste that perfectly complemented the coffee's robustness.

Because it's delectable and unique, it is one of the best coffee drinks in the world

6. Red Eye Coffee 

My favourite thing about this taste-testing experiment is that it opened my eyes to a unique array of coffee drinks. For example, have you ever heard of red-eye coffee? 

Surprisingly, I hadn’t heard of it either. So when I started researching, my first instinct was to ask the coffee experts in my social circle about their favourite drinks. One of them recommended the red eye, and I was instantly intrigued.

Red Eye Coffee

Although I’d heard the name before, in all honesty, I had never tried it. So when I was still in London, I looked up Red Eye coffee and started the experiment. 

Red Eye coffee is made by combining regular drip coffee with a shot of espresso. I’d read up on it online, and the data said that red eye is highly caffeinated. Hence, I decided to drink it on the day I needed energy. 

It delivered what it had promised. I brewed it using my Rotate Espresso beans; the taste was intense, robust, and strong. The rich, dark chocolate and cranberry notes had a sweet, punchy mouthfeel. 

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this robust, full-bodied coffee experience. So if you’re looking for quality coffee drinks, try this one. It’s one of the best coffee drinks in the world and perfect for everyone who enjoys a potent pick-me-up. 

7. Mochaccino

Who doesn’t crave a rich, creamy hot chocolate now and then? And you and I know that coffee is a must-have every day!

So let me present to you the next one on my list of the best coffee drinks in the world, Mochaccino! It’s the ultimate crossover between hot chocolate and coffee and tastes divine. 


Luckily, I didn’t have to travel to Yemen to try it out. Also known as Caffè mocha, this is one of the premium coffee drinks and can be easily found in all good cafes. 

But I brewed it at home using my Stability Blend from Balance Coffee to get the most out of it.  The result? Mind-blowing, to say the least! 

The hazelnut and fig-tasting notes of Stability Blend beans combined wonderfully with cocoa powder. 

After the experiment, I decided to add Mochaccino permanently to my routine. It’s one of the most delicious types of hot coffee drinks, with its delightful fusion of bold coffee and indulgent chocolate flavour.

It’s an excellent choice for coffee enthusiasts who appreciate coffee and chocolate. 

8. Café au Lait

During the initial few weeks of my experiment, I decided to take the train from London to Paris. France is known for one of the best coffee drinks in the world, Café au Lait. 

I’ve mastered brewing a Café au Lait, but I went for the experience. Since I’d already invested in the trip, I thought I might as well pick one of the pioneers in Café au Lait, the Les Deux Magots cafe in Paris. 

Café au Lait

It was a comforting and mildly sweet drink that combined robust and dark coffee with steamed milk. It was delicious! It was also worth the money, especially against the backdrop of Paris and the chilly weather.

What stood out for me was the bold, robust flavours of the coffee that were mellowed and softened by the addition of the steamed milk. No wonder it’s such a popular morning drink in France!

It’s one of those quality coffee drinks you’d like to sip on gradually and enjoy every bit. 

9. Café Con Leche

Fun fact: I travelled to Spain to try this one out and got a plane ticket at a whopping discount! Okay, so I didn’t just travel to Spain for coffee; I also have cousins who live there, so I thought I’d visit them too. 

And when I told them that I was experimenting with the best coffee drinks in the world and the Café Con Leche was on my radar, they were thrilled. One of my cousins, Luca, is a barista trainer like me. 

Café Con Leche

He knew his way around coffee brewing and promised to make me try this one with a few more coffee drink types. Sounds impressive, right? 

Free accommodation, free food and most of all, delicious and free coffee! This experiment kept getting better and better. 

Okay, so how did the Café Con Leche taste like? 

From the corner of my eye, I spotted Luca mixing Cuban espresso made from dark roasted coffee beans with scalded milk and sugar. It tasted heavenly. 

All in all, the beverage had a smooth, creamy texture and a satisfying, comforting taste.

10. Wiener Melange

So the name sounds funny, but trust me, it is one of the best coffee drinks in the world! It’s unique and gives you a refreshing change from the same old lattes and espressos (I’m not saying they’re bad; they can become tiresome.)

Wiener Melange is a traditional Austrian coffee beverage with bold coffee flavours, smooth milk, and a touch of indulgence. Just what I needed to spice up my experiment!

Wiener Melange

Being a speciality coffee drink, I just had to try it. So I looked up the recipe online and found the perfect one. 

Once done, I brewed the drink; the result was a harmonious blend of bold coffee, creamy milk, and indulgent whipped cream.

I topped it with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa powder to add a layer of luxurious sweetness and a hint of chocolate flavour. My sweet cravings were sorted too! 

Top 20 Best Hot Coffee Drinks In The World

Coming up with the 20 best hot coffee drinks in the world is no joke. However, it took me months of experimentation, travelling and research to sort this list for you. 

But now that I have finally compiled this list, promise me you’ll try some! 

1. Caffè Corretto 

So this one’s exciting because it was new for me too. During my taste-testing experiment in Italy, I asked one of the baristas which coffee they would recommend for a truly, authentic Italian experience. 

She recommended the Caffè Corretto. It took me a while to understand this one because of her heavy Italian accent. Her eyes lit up when she talked about it in her broken English. But I could sense from her enthusiasm that this should not be missed. 

Caffè Corretto

Guess what? I ended up ordering a Caffè Corretto there and then. And I’m pleased to inform you that the barista didn’t disappoint!

While exploring the different types of hot coffee drinks, I found this one to be one of the best ones. It stood out for its unique taste and surprised my taste buds. 

It combines an espresso shot with a liqueur splash, such as grappa, sambuca, or brandy. The barista used brandy in mine. 

The result was a  flavourful and refreshing coffee beverage that gave me a spirited experience.

2. Latte 

I know what you must be thinking, latte? So, after presenting a list of such unique hot coffee drinks, we are back to lattes. 

Truth be told, there’s no beating the classic latte. Sure, it gets boring sometimes, but if you brew it right, it’s still one of the best coffee drinks in the world


But how do you brew it, right? So what does that even mean? 

Besides using quality beans, you must also get the best brewing recipes. I have compiled a complete guide on the best coffee recipes online in the UK. 

Using my Level Up Blend at Balance Coffee, I still brew a killer latte. It has a mild and mellow taste with a creamy feel, making it ideal for everyone who likes to keep things light.

I also have a complete guide on how to make latte macchiato at home. It makes for an interesting read.

3. Cappuccino 

Still going strong with the basics, the next one on our list is cappuccino. I am pretty sure you’ve tried this coffee drink before and know that it has reigned as one of the best coffee drinks in the world

I’ve also had a long and raging love affair with Capuccino. So when I started Balance Coffee in 2020 and sourced top-quality, fresh roasted coffee beans, I used to brew myself a cappuccino.


It used to make my hectic days more manageable and enjoyable. When brewed using my Rotate Espresso from Balance, it gave a bold coffee taste but with some sweetness. 

I brewed the espresso from my coffee beans and added steamed milk to the mug for this taste-testing experiment. I topped it with milk foam and chocolate sprinkles, which tasted mouthwatering. 

But you should know that making a cappuccino can truly test your barista skills. It’s a balanced coffee drink that requires an equal distribution of coffee and milk. 

But obviously, my decade-long barista training experience comes in handy, and my friends tell me I’ve nailed it. 

4. Caffè Breve

It’s hard not to discuss Caffè Breve while discussing good coffee drinks. But, again, I brewed this at home, using some of the best tips and tricks I’d gotten from a barista friend. 

If you’re wondering where it originated, it was found in America. It is a creamier variation of the latte and is super easy to make at home or even at work. 

Caffè Breve

It is a rich and creamy coffee beverage that gave me a smooth and velvety taste experience. The flavour was a harmonious blend of bold espresso and steamed half-and-half (a mix of equal parts milk and cream). 

Sometimes, I just love the calories like cream, so the Caffè Breve was like a sweet treat. Its texture is more creamy than a latte or cappuccino, so you can save it for days when you want to indulge yourself. 

This beverage is also perfect for winter mornings when you long for a creamy and hot drink to warm your insides. 

But with its higher fat content, I recommend that you save trying this beverage for days when you’re cheating on your diet (hey, we all need a cheat day, don’t we?).

5. Café Bombón

When I was touring Spain for my experiment, I made a special note in my diary to try out their Café Bombón. I’d heard from a truckload of people about how delicious and amazing it was. 

Guess what? Luca decided to brew it at home for me. Free coffee and that, too, a classic Café Bombón in Spain? I was overjoyed!

Café Bombón

It was a warm Saturday evening, Luca brewed the coffee drink within a few minutes, and we decided to watch Netflix. As I sipped on the coffee while binge-watching Netflix, I couldn’t help but feel mesmerised by the beverage's taste, aroma and look.

It is one of the best coffee drinks in the world; it just melts in your mouth and gives you a coffee experience of a lifetime. It’s made by combining a shot of espresso with condensed milk, so it is sweet, creamy and velvety. 

Its thick and creamy texture with rich sweetness balances the espresso's intensity. I recommend you brew this at home and binge-watch your favourite Netflix show!

Top 30 Best Cold Coffee Drinks In The World

You’d agree that as the temperature rises and the sun blazes, nothing is more refreshing than a delicious, icy-cold coffee to quench your thirst. 

My experience revealed that from classic iced lattes to exotic concoctions, the world of cold coffee drinks is vast and full of surprises. So stay with me as I walk you through my global coffee adventure and share the best cold coffee drinks in the world

 1. Iced Caramel Macchiato

It wasn’t too hot when I started my experiment, so I decided to hold off on cold coffee till the temperatures rose. And indeed, halfway through the experiment, it decided to become hot in London. 

But as is usual with London, the heat didn’t last long, and summer days were few and far between. Finally, however, I saw the sun blazing at noon one fine Sunday morning. 

Iced Caramel Macchiato

I had some critical tasks to catch up on and needed a boost, so I made an Iced Caramel Macchiato. I’m pretty sure you already know about this beverage and must have given it a shot. 

I made my Iced Caramel Macchiato using coffee, vanilla, milk, and caramel, you know, the usual. But if you want more details on brewing incredible cold coffee, check this guide with the best iced coffee recipes online.

It’s the perfect sweet and creamy summer drink and also one of the best coffee drinks in the world. Brew it right, and you’ll have the summer of your life!

2. Iced Vietnamese Coffee

As I continued on my cold coffee journey, I found myself longing for something bolder, something with an exotic twist. And that's when it hit me; it was time to try the cold version of Vietnamese coffee, Iced Vietnamese Coffee.

This drink has a special place in my heart, as I first tried it on a backpacking trip in Southeast Asia a few years back. The intense heat and humidity called for something refreshing, and this drink did not disappoint.

Iced Vietnamese Coffee

And this experiment for the best coffee drinks in the world seemed like the ideal time to recreate it. So I gathered everything needed to brew it; strong brewed coffee (made with a Vietnamese coffee filter), sweetened condensed milk, and plenty of ice.

I finally recreated this delicious beverage on a hot afternoon in my kitchen. As the coffee dripped through the filter, the aroma transported me back to the bustling streets of Hanoi, where I first fell in love with this drink. 

I poured the coffee over a generous dollop of sweetened condensed milk, then stirred it to create a beautiful blend of bold and sweet. Then, I filled a tall glass with ice and poured the coffee mixture over it, watching the creamy coffee enveloped the ice cubes.

I was impressed with my skills; the drink tasted exotic! But the combination of the robust, dark coffee with the rich sweetness of the condensed milk makes it stand out. 

You must try it out as it is one of the world’s best coffee drinks

3. Iced Caffè Shakerato

Doesn’t the name just remind you of Shakira? If you pair this drink with one of Shakira’s songs, you’ll have a party!

While scrolling through different coffee drink recipes a few years ago, I came across the Iced Caffè Shakerato. I was instantly intrigued. 

Iced Caffè Shakerato

However, I only really got to make it now. Although I was in Italy when I tried it out and could easily have had it in one of the cafes, I made it at my Airbnb. 

This bubbly, chilled coffee drink was perfect for bringing a touch of la dolce vita to my coffee experimentation. 

I pulled a fresh espresso shot, ensuring it was rich and full-bodied. I then added sugar and a small scoop of ice to the drink for something bolder shaker and shook it vigorously. 

The ice clinking against the shaker was almost musical, and I could feel the anticipation building as I shook the mixture.

Once I was done, I was blown away by how good, delicious and refreshing this iced coffee drink was. The Iced Caffè Shakerato has a luxurious mouthfeel and a perfect balance of sweetness and bold coffee flavours. 

All of this makes it an elegant and refreshing treat.

4. Iced Coconut Latte

I’m constantly reminded of coconuts and beaches whenever I think of vacations. So imagine my enthusiasm when I heard about the iced coconut latte! And this isn’t one of those flavoured iced lattes in Starbucks; it's better!

The Iced Coconut Latte is a delightful twist on the classic iced latte, replacing regular milk with cold coconut milk. This adds a subtle coconut flavour and rich creaminess that perfectly matches espresso's boldness.

Iced Coconut Latte

It’s always been on my must-try coffee drinks list, especially for cold coffee. But, being a master of iced lattes, I decided to brew it myself at home. I had a few friends over, and I thought I’d serve it to them too. 

I started by pulling a fresh shot of espresso, ensuring a bold and full-bodied coffee base. Next, I poured the cold coconut milk into a glass filled with ice, marvelling at the delicate, tropical aroma wafting from the glass. 

Then, I added the freshly brewed espresso, watching the coffee swirl into the coconut milk, creating a stunning marbled effect.

Everyone was impressed and became instant fans of the iced coconut latte. It was a refreshing and satisfying drink with just enough tropical flair to make it unique and memorable for all of us. 

5. Iced Chai Latte

Again, I don’t want you to think about the Chai Latte served at Starbucks. I’m not saying it’s terrible; it's just that the one I have in mind right now is different. 

Let me explain. 

The Iced Chai Latte combines cold-brewed chai tea, and cold milk poured over ice. Its traditional version contains a medley of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and ginger, which create an aromatic and flavourful masterpiece.

Iced Chai Latte

I’ve already had it several times before but felt like brewing it with some spice for my taste-testing experiment. 

I began by cold brewing a blend of chai tea, allowing the flavours to develop and intensify as it steeped. Once the chai was ready, I filled a tall glass with ice and poured in the cold milk, ensuring it was the perfect creamy base for my drink. 

I added the cold brewed chai tea to the milk, watching the spices swirl together, creating a beautiful fusion of flavours.

The iced chai latte is my new favourite and also one of the best coffee drinks in the world

6. Frappuccino 

The Frappuccino has been around for quite some time now, and almost every coffee drinker has tried it at least once. 

So when I was conducting my experiment, I knew I couldn't overlook the quintessential summer beverage that has won the hearts of many. I had to recreate the Frappuccino and see if it cut to one of the best coffee drinks. 


And it did. 

The Frappuccino is a blended, icy concoction made with coffee or espresso, milk, ice, and various flavourings or syrups; all topped off with a generous dollop of whipped cream. 

With countless flavour combinations and customisation options, I love the drink because it is like a playground for the taste buds. This makes it an irresistible choice for coffee lovers everywhere.

So how did I perfect the Frappuccino for my taste buds? I started by brewing a strong cup of coffee using beans from Balance Coffee, ensuring that the flavour would match the other ingredients. 

I combined the coffee, milk, ice, and a drizzle of caramel syrup in a blender, eager to create a decadent treat. I blended the mixture until it reached a smooth, slushy consistency, perfect for sipping through a straw.

As I poured the Frappuccino into a tall glass, I couldn't help but smile at the satisfyingly thick texture. I topped it off with a generous swirl of whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel, transforming it into a true work of coffee art.

This is why I love being in the coffee business; experiments like these make me passionate about my work. When I sipped on it, it felt like pure bliss. 

Now I know why it's so popular around the world!

7. Espresso Tonic

Now, I was heading into the final few weeks of my taste-testing experiment and was looking for drinks that were easy to make and tasted amazing. 

It was a Wednesday evening, and I was exhausted but knew I had to try at least one drink out and start wrapping my experiment up. The espresso tonic is the perfect fit. 

Espresso Tonic

The Espresso Tonic is a simple yet sophisticated drink made by pouring a freshly pulled espresso over cold tonic water and served in a tall glass filled with ice. 

Ultimately, the espresso's bitterness complements the tonic water's sweetness and effervescence. Honestly, it’s a great day for hot summer days when you’re sweating and exhausted.

How did I make my espresso tonic? I began by pulling an espresso shot, ensuring it was rich and full-bodied to hold against the tonic water. 

Then, I filled a tall glass with ice and poured in the cold tonic water, watching bubbles dance to the surface. Then, with anticipation, I carefully poured the espresso over the tonic. 

I loved the lively enthusiasm of it! The drink is also versatile; you can enjoy it in the morning or as an afternoon pick-me-up. 

8. Chocolate-y Iced Mocha

Sometimes, the most basic beverages are the best. You don’t see it coming, but they pack flavour, punchiness and a surprise for your taste buds. 

The chocolate-y mocha is one of them. It's pretty popular, yet I don’t see many people trying it out more than a few times. 

Chocolate-y Iced Mocha

I have, however, made it a permanent part of my routine. And on a day during the experiment when my craving for something sweet and caffeinated was intense, I set out to make my Chocolate-y Iced Mocha. 

I started by brewing a strong cup of coffee using my Rotate Espresso beans. Then, in a tall glass filled with ice, I poured a generous drizzle of chocolate syrup, followed by cold milk. 

Lastly, I added the freshly brewed coffee and watched the chocolate syrup swirl with the other ingredients, creating a beautiful, chocolate-y masterpiece.

Coffee mixed with chocolate just tasted divine! It wasn’t a hot day when I brewed this, but I’m guessing it's even more enjoyable in the summer. 

So, go ahead and treat yourself to this chocolate-y, caffeinated delight; I know you’re going to love it. 

9. Greek Frappé

I’ve never been to Greece and had no time and budget to visit it, especially for this experiment. I shared this with my friend, Paul, and he said making a Greek Frappé would give me the perfect Greek experience. 

I didn’t need any more convincing and set out to make it at home the very next day. The recipe looked easy; I always had all the necessary ingredients and equipment. 

Greek Frappé

I started by mixing instant coffee, sugar, and a splash of water in a shaker, vigorously shaking it until a thick, frothy foam formed. Next, I poured the coffee foam into a tall glass filled with ice, marvelling at its rich, velvety texture and topped it off with cold water.

The Greek Frappé is an excellent example of how simple ingredients can create a truly exceptional coffee experience. 

It’s a delightful and bubbly beverage with a refreshing taste, making it one of the best coffee drinks in the world

10. Affogato

I didn’t have to put too much work into finding this; Affogato is already known as one of the best coffee drinks in the world

But in case you haven’t encountered this coffee drink before, Affogato is an indulgent Italian coffee that masterfully marries coffee and ice cream into a heavenly treat.


I tried it out in Italy on one of the last few days of my trip. Unfortunately, I didn’t have much time, so I tried it in one of the places nearby. 

And boy, did it taste good!

With my first spoonful of the Affogato, I was greeted with a luscious, velvety texture and an exquisite balance of flavours. 

The boldness of the espresso was perfectly tempered by the sweetness of the ice cream, creating an indulgent and satisfying dessert that was equal parts coffee and treat. 

Affogato sealed the deal for me; the Italians know their way around coffee. But, it’s not just a coffee; it's a complete dessert that satisfies your sweet craving.

Top 40 Best Cold Coffee Drinks In The World

I was surprised by the sheer volume of cold coffee drinks I found during my experiment. But not all are equal in taste and experience, so let’s look at a few more I have shortlisted. 

1. Nitro Cold Brew

It was official; I had almost finished one of my favourite experiments. So as I entered the last few days, I craved a truly unique cold coffee drink. That’s when I stumbled upon the nitro cold brew. 

Just its name was enough to grab my attention. I was also on a time leash, so I stopped at a coffee bar on my way home. In any case, the nitro cold brew is a cold coffee drink you’d like to enjoy on a day out. 

Nitro Cold Brew

So I did precisely that. 

The barista prepared my drink by taking traditional cold brew coffee and infusing it with nitrogen gas under high pressure. I took notes so I could brew it easily at home too. 

As the barista pulled the tap, I watched in awe as the coffee cascaded into the glass, forming a thick, creamy head reminiscent of a stout beer. The anticipation grew as I observed the velvety coffee settle, eager to experience this innovative beverage.

Once I tried the drink, I was instantly struck by the silky smooth texture and the robust, full-bodied flavour of the coffee. The nitrogen infusion lent a natural sweetness to the drink and highlighted its nuanced flavours. 

Hence, I had to put it on the list of the best coffee drinks in the world. It's a whole new experience, and you should try it out. 

2. Iced Flat White. 

I felt like I was missing something during the experiment. And it turned out the answer was staring at me in the face; I’d not included the iced flat white in my experiment yet! It’s probably because, during my research, not many people recommended it. 

But when I looked it up online and widened my scale, I realised that people enjoy an iced flat white. It is also an essential player in the race for the best coffee drinks in the world

Iced Flat White

Hence, I decided to brew it for myself at home. A couple of summers back, I used to have it daily when the heat turned up. And now, it was time to live those memories.

To make my iced flat white, I pulled a robust, aromatic shot of espresso, ensuring that the bold coffee flavour would be the show's star. 

I poured the freshly brewed espresso into a glass filled with ice, followed by cold milk, carefully adding just enough to achieve the perfect balance between coffee and creaminess.

The boldness of the espresso shined through, while the cold milk added a velvety smoothness that made the drink incredibly refreshing and enjoyable.

3. Iced Americano 

As I wrapped up my journey of the best coffee drinks, I felt compelled to revisit a classic with a refreshing twist—the Iced Americano. 

Born from the time-honoured tradition of the Americano, this chilled version delivers the boldness of espresso in a cool and invigorating package, making it a perfect choice for coffee lovers on warm days.

Iced Americano

I’ve enjoyed Iced Americano for many years, and it only made sense that I added it to my experiment. And it turns out it was an excellent decision!

Once I sipped on the beverage (I brewed it myself), I was immediately struck by the robust flavour of the espresso, expertly tempered by the cool, crisp water. 

The ice in Iced Americano provides a refreshing chill and maintains the drink's intensity.

It's undoubtedly one of the best cold coffee drinks in the world, perfect for those who crave a strong, bold, and invigorating coffee experience.

4. Iced Almond Milk Latte.

I’m always up for healthy coffee; after all, when you can enjoy good coffee, that’s also great for healthy; why not go for it? 

So if you’re also looking for a cold coffee drink that’s great for health, the Iced Almond Milk Latte is a great choice. It's an excellent choice if you are lactose intolerant, vegan, or prefer a lighter, plant-based alternative.

Iced Almond Milk Latte

I made the Iced Almond Milk Latte at home and found it a delightful blend of rich, full-bodied espresso and cold almond milk poured over ice.

The nutty notes from the almond milk beautifully complemented the boldness of the espresso. It was a refreshing and satisfying drink that didn't compromise taste or creaminess!

It is one of the best cold coffee drinks in the world, perfect for those who crave a creamy, refreshing, and dairy-free coffee experience.

5. Cappuccino On Ice

I knew the end was near, and I just had to try cappuccino on ice! So it made sense to give the chilled version of one of everyone’s all-time favourites—the classic cappuccino a shot. 

As an expert at brewing cappuccino, I pulled back my sleeves and decided to brew it again for this guide. I began by drawing a strong, aromatic shot of espresso, ensuring that the rich coffee flavour would take centre stage. 

Cappuccino On Ice

I then filled a glass with ice, poured the freshly brewed espresso over the top, and added cold milk to achieve the perfect balance of creaminess and coffee intensity. 

Finally, I topped it off with a dollop of frothy milk foam, adding that signature cappuccino touch.

The resulting chilled coffee drink was both comforting and refreshing.

Top 50 Best Coffee Drinks In The World.

First of all, congratulations on making it to the end of the guide! As a bonus, here are more options for the best coffee drinks in the world besides those I’ve discussed above. 

  • Espresso con Panna: Espresso topped with whipped cream
  • Espresso Macchiato: Espresso with a small dollop of milk foam
  • Cortado: Equal parts espresso and steamed milk
  • Gibraltar: Similar to a cortado, but served in a Gibraltar glass
  • Lungo: A longer espresso shot with more water, less concentrated than regular espresso
  • Ristretto: A shorter, more concentrated espresso shot
  • Flat White: Similar to a cappuccino, but with less foam and more milk
  • Long Black: A double shot of espresso poured over hot water
  • Galão: A Portuguese coffee drink similar to a latte, but with more milk
  • Café con Miel: Espresso with honey and steamed milk, often spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Marocchino: Espresso with a layer of frothed milk and cocoa powder
  • Bicerin: An Italian drink made with espresso, hot chocolate, and whipped cream
  • Cortadito: A Cuban espresso with sweetened condensed milk
  • Eiskaffee: A German iced coffee with ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings
  • CarajilloA Spanish coffee with brandy, rum, or whiskey

People Also Ask (FAQs)

Have some questions, let me answer them below.

What Is The Most Popular Coffee Drink?

The most popular coffee drink varies depending on the region and individual preferences, but black coffee is generally the most popular. Also, globally, espresso-based beverages like the cappuccino, latte, and americano are popular among coffee enthusiasts due to their bold flavour and versatility.

How Many Types of Coffee Drinks Are There?

There is an incredibly diverse range of coffee drinks, with hundreds of variations from different cultures and personal tastes. From classic espresso-based drinks to inventive iced creations and flavoured lattes, coffee lovers can enjoy endless options.

What are The Top 10 Coffee Drinks?

The top 10 coffee drinks often include espresso, americano, cappuccino, latte, macchiato, cortado, mocha, flat white, cold brew, and affogato. However, this list can vary depending on individual preferences and regional favourites.

What is Coffee with Milk Called?

Coffee with milk can be referred to in various ways, depending on the specific coffee drink and the ratio of milk to coffee. Some common examples include a latte, espresso with steamed milk, and a café au lait, drip coffee with steamed milk.


I have to admit; I enjoyed myself thoroughly during the experimentation and while putting this guide together. Usually, I felt comfortable sticking to coffee drinks in the UK, but this adventure expanded my horizons. 

I got to experience different cultures, traditions and their take on coffee drinks. I hope you enjoyed the piece too. 

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