The Strangest, Weirdest, and Downright Oddest Coffee That People Actually Drink

by Selmir Omic

There are (rare) occasions when the same old cup of coffee just doesn’t cut it. You might try changing switching from an Aeropress to a French press to a traditional drip coffee maker in an attempt to change the taste. But, at the end of the cup, it just doesn’t cut it.

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Lucky for your caffeine fueled taste buds, there are a variety of strange coffee concoctions enjoyed all around the world.

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Here is a list of some of the most strange coffee people drink and the recipes for how to make it.

Disclaimer: Some of the strange coffees found on this list are only for thrillseekers and coffee drinkers who enjoy a little adventure in their lives.

Strange Coffee Cups And The Method to Make Them

Before getting started, there are a few drinks on this list that requires a shot of espresso to make. If you’re keen on giving them a try, you may not be able to find these at your favorite cafe.

Instead, considering investing in your own espresso machine, like the DeLonghi ESAM 3300 Magnifica. This espresso maker is a good one, or you can get the best espresso machine possible that’s under $200 if you’re trying to save a bit of money.

Now, let’s get into the strange cups of coffee.

#1 – Espresso Romano

Espresso Romano
Espresso Romano

As you can probably guess by the romantic spelling of its name, this strange cup of coffee comes from Italy.

This drink is simply a shot of espresso with a slice of lemon added to offset the bitterness of the coffee.

How to make:

  • 1 Shot of Espresso
  • 1 Slice of Lemon

Perhaps not so strange, but a lemon in your espresso? Why?

#2 – Mazagran

Mazagran Coffee Lemonade
Mazagran Coffee Lemonade

Let’s stick with the theme of lemons for a moment. Coming from Portugal, there is a strange coffee called the Mazagran that includes lemon juice as one of its ingredients.

How to make:

  • 1 Shot of Espresso
  • Water
  • Ice
  • 100% Real Lemon Juice

The espresso and water should be in equal parts and the lemon juice should be used to top it off. Whether you like it sour or sweet, that’ll be entirely up to you.

#3 – Irish Coffee


If you’re Irish, this may be the usual cup of coffee in the morning. But for those rushing off to work, the Irish coffee would be a strange cup of coffee to consume. It’s concoction combining coffee and whiskey and will certain perk you up first thing in the morning.

How to make:

  • 1 Cup of Coffee
  • 1 Shot of Whiskey (or more)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Brown Sugar
  • Whipped Cream (optional)

#4 – Turkish Coffee

Turkish Coffee Serving Sets
Turkish Coffee Serving Sets

Beans and seeds are like little friends and the Turkish coffee is where the two mix and mingle. To make your coffee Turkish style, you can start by using one of these Turkish coffee grinder mills. To make it an authentic cup, add a cardamom pod to infuse its flavor into the coffee.

How to make:

  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Coffee
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cardamom Pod

#5 – Yuanyang

Yuanyang Coffee Tea Mix Drink Beverage In Hong Kong
Yuanyang Coffee Tea Mix Drink Beverage In Hong Kong

This strange cup of coffee may cause a some internal conflict. It’s broken up in three parts: 1 part coffee, 1 part tea, and 1 part condensed milk. It’s a popular drink in Hong Kong where they infuse their local tea traditions with best black drink you love.

How to make it

  • ½ Cup of Coffee
  • ½ Cup of Tea
  • ½ Cup of Condensed Milk


#6 – Eiskaffee


It would be insulting to call this coffee strange since it serves as one of the most delicious desserts imaginable. Coffee. Icecream. Chocolate chips. This beverage converts sweet and bitter into a delicious delight.

How to make:

  • 1 Cup of Instant Coffee
  • 2 Scoops of Ice Cream
  • Whipped Cream
  • Topped with Chocolate Chips

By the way, this coffee comes from Germany.

#7 – Kopi Joss (Charcoal Coffee)

Kopi-Joss Charcoal Coffee
Kopi-Joss Charcoal Coffee

The last few coffees on the list are going to be dominated by the Indonesian. If you’re unfamiliar, Indonesia has one of the richest coffee cultures in the world. And, if you haven’t already, you should really give the history of their coffee a read.

Anyway, the kopi joss is a special drink. It’s made with piping out water and typically enjoyed while sitting on mats beside the street at the end of a long day of work. The strange part about this coffee is that the drop a chunk of charcoal right before it’s served.

How to make:

  • 1 Cup Piping Hot Coffee
  • 1 Red Hot Coal

Rumor has it, this coffee can cure stomach aches. If not, it’s still a pretty cool cup of coffee to enjoy.

#8 – Kopi Jahe (Ginger Coffee)


Indonesia is an agricultural country, so it’s no surprise that they have come up with some strange cups of coffee. The Kopi Joss is a sweet and spicy coffee infused with ginger and palm sugar.

How to make:

  • 1 Cup of Coffee
  • 1 Piece of Smashed Ginger
  • 3 oz. Course Palm Sugar 

The trick to making a coffee like this is to bring the water and the coffee to a boil with the ginger along with it.

#9 – Kopi Luwak (aka Cat Poop Coffee)

Kopi Luwak Coffee
Kopi Luwak Coffee

Any list of strange coffee would not be complete without the famous cat poop coffee coming from Indonesia. This is a special drink. Special because it requires a cat like creature called a civet to consume coffee beans and literally poop them back out. It is said that the digestive process inside the civet causes physical changes to the coffee bean resulting in a more flavorful cup of coffee.

How to make:

  • 1 Cup of Coffee (using Civet coffee beans pooped from a civet)

Whether it’s the enzymes of the remains of fecal matter, the drink known as Kopi Luwak is one of the strangest cups of coffee known.

Want to enjoy an authentic cup of strange coffee?

There are many variations to making the strange coffees above and below. For the best and most authentic flavours (excluding those requiring instant coffee) it is recommended to grind your own beans.

Capresso Infinity Silver
Capresso Infinity Silver

Grinding your own bean allows you to extract the full flavours, oils and caffeine in each and every cup. Visit our burr grinder sections to read reviews of some of the best coffee grinders out there!

#10 – Cà Phê Trứng (Egg Coffee)

If that last coffee was too strange for you, let’s get away from Indonesia and move toward Vietnam. The Cà Phê Trứng uses the traditional methods of making a Vietnamese coffee except it is made with an egg.

They say an egg added to the coffee gives it a creamy texture and combined with the sugar it’s sweet enough to be enjoyed as a dessert.

How to make:

  • 1 Egg
  • 3 Tablespoons Vietnamese Coffee
  • 2 Tablespoons Sweetened Condensed Milk

To make an authentic cup of Vietnamese coffee, you’re going to need a traditional Vietnamese coffee filter. Try this one, as it’s one of the best.

Tip, add the yolk only and whisk it generously before pouring on top of your coffee.

Airtight Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker And Tea Infuser With Spout – 10L / 34Oz Ovalware Rj3 Brewing Glass Carafe

#11 – Monkey Spit Coffee?

Monkey Spit Coffee
Monkey Spit Coffee

Is this for real? Somewhere on the Island of Taiwan there are a bunch of coffee farmers collecting the spit out remains of coffee beans from the Taiwanese macaque. For a while, this monkey was threatened to become extinct. However, since farmers discovered that the coffee spat out by these monkeys give the coffee a “vanilla-like” scent, they have become highly protected and help produce some strange and expensive coffee.

How to make:

  • 1 Cup of Coffee Using Monkey Spat Coffee Beans ($56 USD / lb)

Who would have thought that monkeys had vanilla breath? But, does that mean the coffee has a vanilla taste? 

#12 – Koffeeost (Coffee and Cheese)


This one might seem difficult to believe, however up high in the mountains of Sweden they are serving coffee with chunks of cheese. They use a special cheese made from reindeer milk and the taste is vivid and sweet. Now, if you’re really keen on making this drink, let’s go through the entire process (including the cheese making part).

How to make:

Step 1: The Cheese

If you don’t have access to reindeer milk, whole milk will work as well.

You need:

  • 2L Whole Milk
  • 60 ml Heavy Cream
  • 2 tsp Rennet
  • Cheese Cloth
  • Thermometer

Steps to make:

  1. Put the milk and cream into a pot
  2. Break up the rennet (dissolve in water if necessary)
  3. Mix the milk and cream bringing it to 37 degrees then remove from the heat.
  4. Stir in the rennet
  5. Wait for an hour
  6. Put the pot back on the stove slowly bring it up to just before boiling.
  7. When you see cheese curds form, ladle the curds out and put them on the cheese cloth.
  8. Press the cheese curds while it’s hot, removing as much moisture as you can.
  9. Let the water drain for a couple hours then place in the oven until golden brown.
  10. Make your favorite cup of coffee
  11. Add freshly cut chunks of cheese and enjoy.

If done correctly, you should be pulling a beautiful block of cheese out of the oven. The flavour is fluffy and sweet and definitely a bit strange.

[Special thanks to the jolipantry for this strange coffee concoction.]

#13 – Coconut Coffee

Coconut Coffee
Coconut Coffee

This is hardly strange but certainly incredible. Having a hint of coconut in your cup of coffee may be the next best thing to the Irish coffee first thing in the morning. To make this cup of coffee, all you need is your best brewing equipment like one of these great coffee makers and a jar of coconut oil. It’s simple and the subtle taste of coconut is a soothing touch.

How to make:

  • 1 Cup of Your Favorite Coffee
  • 1 to 2 Teaspoons of Coconut Oil

#14 – Black Ivory Coffee (Yup, more poop coffee)


The people who thought it was a good idea to using the coffee beans from animals that poop is definitely more than a little weird. Here’s another coffee that uses the digestive enzymes from an animal to enjoy a poopy cup of coffee. Its better known as elephant dung coffee and is an expensive drink made in Thailand. The cost per kilo is around $1 100 USD and is said to be super smooth with all bitterness removed.

How to make:

  • Use Your Life Savings to Buy a Kilo of Elephant Poop Coffee
  • Brew a cup of coffee

Likely, this is a cup of coffee you won’t be consuming anytime soon. Unless you have a pet elephant, you could be putting your hands in poop and pulling out the most expensive coffee bean on the planet. If that’s not the strangest thing, please tell what is in the comments below.

About Selmir Omic

Selmir Omic is KYG's cannabis lifestyle writer. He currently resides in San Francisco and can often be found enjoying design-forward cannabis accessories, candles and seltzer simultaneously. When he's not writing about pot or waxing poetic about vape pens, Selmir can be counted on to offer sage advice about the best strains for anxiety or how to make cannabutter without a stovetop.

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