Along with ‘Where is the toilet?’, ‘Can I have a coffee?’ is one of those phrases that every traveller needs to know especially for International Coffee Day.

Wherever you are in the world, coffee is likely to be a big part of the culture. After all, it’s the second most traded commodity, only behind oil for some countries.

The most significant rule in coffee language is to stir things up. Don’t just stick to your usual extra-large cappuccino when you travel the world. Experiencing local coffee recipes will broaden your horizons so much more than following a map across the tourist route.

Try the egg yolk and condensed milk coffee in Vietnam or have your hot coffee poured over cheese curd in Finland. There’s also the Irish whiskey shot added to coffee in – you guessed it – Ireland.  In Hong Kong, you can sit on the fence with the tea drinkers as they combine your coffee with milky black tea.

Of course, the best news about coffee is that you don’t have to leave home to appreciate its global phenomenon.

Celebrate International Coffee Day on October 1 with five recipes from around the world coffee connoisseurs at Di Bella.

Your pick-me-up moments at work are officially sorted!

Global coffee recipes to celebrate International Coffee Day

With thanks to Di Bella Product Manager Danilo De Andrade for these recipes

  1. Banana Coffee Smoothie (Australia)

I really like the idea of this coffee banana smoothie as an afternoon pick-me-up.  The dates and banana combination give it a lovely natural sweetness.


  • 1  banana
  • Double shot of  espresso
  • 200 ml milk of choice
  • 6  dates
  • Scoop of ice


  • Pour all ingredients into a blender and  blend  for 30 seconds
  • Pour into a 400 ml  glass, add a straw and garnish with coffee beans
Strawberry roulade dessert
  1. Iced Mocha Delight (Italy)

You don’t need to be in Italy to enjoy this drink.


  • Double shot of espresso
  • 150 ml  milk of choice
  • 1/4  cup  of chocolate syrup
  • 1  cup  of ice cubes


  • Fill  a  300 ml  glass  with ice cubes
  • Add the chocolate syrup to the side of the glass  and  top with milk
  • Add the double espresso on top
  1. Vietnamese Coffee Frappe (Vietnam)

This is my personal favourite.  I really like the taste of condensed milk in coffee.


  • Double shot of espresso
  • 100 ml milk of choice
  • 3  tablespoons  of sweetened condensed milk
  • Lots of ice cubes (frappe texture)


  • Pour all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until a smooth consistency
  • Pour into a 300 ml glass and garnish with mint leaves
  1. Iced Dirty Chai Coffee (India)


  • 50 ml of chai tea syrup (chai tea bag or powder option)
  • Double shot of espresso
  • 100 ml milk of choice
  • 1/2  teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 cup  ice cubes


  • Prepare the chai tea first (or use chai syrup)
  • Fill a  300 ml  glass with ice cubes
  • Add sugar, chai and milk
  • Top up with the double shot of espresso
  1. Chocolate Dirty Chai Smoothie (Asia Pacific)


  • Double shot of espresso
  • 30 ml of chocolate syrup
  • 30 ml chai syrup
  • 150 ml milk of choice
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon sugar
  • 5  ice cubes


  • Pour all ingredients into a blender and blend until a smooth consistency
  • Pour into a 400 mL  tall, cold glass and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar on top
  • Add a straw and enjoy!

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Disclaimer: Recipies supplied by Di Bella