I love the autumn season. And I believe many of my coffee-loving friends love this season too. What better time of the year to sip on a delicious cup of coffee while reminiscing the summer memories, watching the autumn leaves dance around in the cool autumn breeze, and anticipating the coming holiday season? One of the best things about coffee and autumn is that it is chilly enough so you can enjoy warm coffee drinks while warming your hands around the cup, but also warm enough during the daytime so you can enjoy a chilled coffee drink without feeling too cold.
On that note, today, I want to introduce you to some of the best unique coffee recipes that will spoil you with options regarding how you want to enjoy your coffee this autumn season or any other time of the year. There are hot and cold coffee arrangements here and in many different variations– with milk, without milk, recipes that use flavor-packed ingredients, and some even with alcohol for those extra special occasions! Although these recipes are pretty inventive, they are all something you can easily make at home. In addition, you are in for a big treat, especially if you are making them with our Sumiyaki Japanese coffee since all these recipes were created by Japanese bartenders, coffee enthusiasts, and baristas.
- Cold Coffee arrangements
- Fruity Coffee
- Banana soy frappe
- Grilled Orange soda
- Coffee Old fashioned
- Pineapple Coffee
- Japanese Coffee Float
- Tapioca Soy Latte
- Coffee Warabi Mochi (わらび餅コーヒー)
- Hot Coffee Arrangements
Cold Coffee arrangements
Fruity Coffee – Fruit Punch Style!
The perfect combination of citrus fruits, berries, and cold brew coffee makes a fruity and refreshing drink. You might feel like you are drinking healthy detox water!
- Cold-brew coffee 300 ml (The Ratio is 50g coffee ground to 300ml water)
- 1 Grapefruit
- 1 Kiwi fruit
- Fresh Mint leaves
- Add water and cold brew coffee in the cold brew coffee maker jug and leave for 12 hours to let the coffee brew slowly.
- Take a large glass pitcher and add the fruits cut into wedges or slices, the cold brew coffee, fresh mint leaves, and a good number of ice cubes.
Banana soy frappe – a bittersweet frappe for adults
- AeroPress coffee 70ml (20g light roasted coffee brewed by AeroPress method using 70ml hot water)
- One whole banana (Well-ripe bananas are preferable as it will make the drink mellow, sweet, and creamy)
- Soy milk 45ml
- Honey 10ml
- Six whole coffee beans
- Brew 70ml of coffee using your AeroPress coffee maker
- Slice the banana. Leave some for decoration in the end. Mix the rest of the bananas, soy milk, honey, AeroPress coffee, and 3-4 ice cubes in a blender.
- Pour the blended frappe into a nice tall glass. Decorate with banana slices and sprinkle some coffee powder on top.
Grilled Orange soda – an appetizer you can drink
Using grilling methods and herbs and spices such as pepper, ginger, and rosemary, making this drink will have you feeling like a Michelin chef! This gorgeous drink is full of deep flavors, with ginger and pepper adding an extra spark to your palette.
- Cold-brew coffee 100ml
- Two medium-sized oranges cut into 1/8 size
- Ginger 3 slices
- Sugar syrup 10ml
- Balsamic vinegar five drops (Preferably a mild and mellow one)
- Club soda 45ml
- A few sprigs of fresh rosemary
- Black pepper
- Make cold brew coffee
- Use a burner or a toaster to brown the orange slices and save one piece for garnishing.
- Add the grilled orange slices and the ginger into a glass and mash them lightly.
- Add sugar syrup, balsamic vinegar, club soda, and ice.
- Garnish the top with freshly ground black pepper, rosemary, and a slice of browned orange.
Coffee Old fashioned – A pleasantly bitter drink for the after-hours
The contrast between bourbon's sweetness and the bitterness of coffee creates an enchanting experience on your tastebuds. Enjoy with a few bites of dried fruits on the side!
- 10ml Homemade coffee bitters (Made by soaking 10g of coffee beans in 70ml of bourbon)
- Bourbon 50ml
- Orange peel
- Lemon peel
- One sugar cube
- Crack 10g of coffee beans lightly and soak them in a jar of 70ml bourbon for at least 12 hours. This is your homemade coffee bitter!
- Prepare fresh lemon and orange peels.
- Add ice, lemon peels, orange peels, and bourbon in a glass
- Place a sugar cube soaked in the homemade coffee bitter on top of the glass.
- Serve with dried fruits such as raisins.
Pineapple Coffee – Trip to a tropical paradise
Adding pineapple juice and fresh pineapples into coffee creates this heavenly drink that will take you to a tropical resort.
- Iced Coffee 100 ml (readymade black ice coffee/Cold brew coffee/chilled pour-over coffee)
- Pineapple two whole rings (canned or fresh)
- Pineapple juice
- Cut the pineapple into bite-sized pieces.
- Take a glass (maybe a fancy-looking one?), add the pineapple pieces, pineapple juice, and cold coffee.
- Stir well and add ice cubes if you wish.
Japanese Coffee Float – Ice cream & coffee, the best of both worlds
One of the most iconic drinks served in Japanese cafes and restaurant is cream soda – a soda drink with a scoop of ice cream floating on top. It brings fond childhood memories and cafe times with families and friends. Based on that idea, this is a Coffee Float with a scoop of delicious vanilla ice cream floating on iced black coffee.
- Iced coffee 200ml (readymade black ice coffee/Cold brew coffee/chilled pour-over coffee)
- Vanilla ice-cream 35g (nicely scooped out in a round shape)
- Liquid coffee creamer (or whipped cream)
- Take a tall transparent glass and pour chilled iced coffee on ice cubes
- Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top
- Drizzle liquid coffee creamer on top, and it's done!
Tapioca Soy Latte – Bubble tea’s coffee version
Tapioca pearls are addictively chewy translucent balls made from cassava root starch. When added to drinks, they add an interesting texture and make the drink more beautiful. If you like bubble tea – a milk tea containing tapioca balls, you would love this tapioca soy latte too.
Ingredients (For two servings)
- Tapioca pearls 30g (diameter of each tapioca pearl is about 3mm, but if you use a bigger size, increase the boiling time)
- Chilled coffee 300ml
- Soy milk 300ml
- Maple syrup 2 Tsp
- Take plenty of water in a pan and put it on the stove. Add the tapioca pearls when the water starts to boil and lower the heat to a minimum. Boil at low heat for about 20 minutes. Then drain the water using a colander and cool the tapioca under running tap water.
- When the core of the tapioca pearls turn transparent, and they are cold enough, add it to a glass.
- Add coffee, soy milk, and maple syrup.
Coffee Warabi Mochi (わらび餅コーヒー) – Drinkable Japanese coffee jelly with a twist
This brilliant recipe brings together two traditional Japanese sweets into one delicious drink with a biteable texture. Japanese coffee jelly is a popular Japanese dessert usually made using agar or gelatine. Today, we will make it using potato starch, and hence we call it Warabi mochi, a famous Japanese summer sweet made by using potato or bracken starch.
- Coffee 400ml (brewed or made using instant coffee)
- Potato starch 8 Tbsp
- Granulated sugar 5Tbsp (according to your preferred sweetness)
- Mix the potato starch and granulated sugar in a pan and whisk them together very well.
- Add the coffee little by little while whisking together the coffee, starch, and sugar.
- When mixed well, turn the heat on to medium heat and continue whisking using a wooden ladle or a spoon.
- When it turns thick and hard, turn the heat to low and mix for another 1-2 minutes until smooth.
- When it becomes sticky and thickened, pour it into a steel or glass rectangular mold and cool it in the fridge.
- When it has settled completely and chilled, take it out, cut it into bite-sized or preferred sizes and place it in a glass.
- Pour cold milk, cream, or both, and let the coffee warabi-mochi bites float beautifully inside the glass. Serve with a spoon on the side to scoop out the coffee warabi-mochi from the drink!
Hot Coffee Arrangements
Middle Eastern Spiced Coffee – An exotic way to enjoy premium roasts
What can be better than brewing your favorite coffee beans with a handful of your favorite spices? This flavor-packed Arabian-themed coffee drink is a treat for the senses. We recommend you use a coffee bean with a rich and robust coffee flavor. A splash of milk or cream to this drink will transform it into a coffee version of chai-latte!
- Freshly ground coffee 20g
- Hot water 200ml
- Star anise x 1/5 piece
- Cardamom x 3
- Cloves x 3
- Cinnamon stick x 1/5 piece
- Nutmeg powder (as preferred)
- Use a mortar and pestle to crush and grind the spices of your choice.
- Add the ground spices and your coffee to the dripper. We recommend using the Clever coffee dripper as it allows the coffee and spice flavors to be extracted completely, submerging them in hot water. Extract the coffee using 200ml of hot water.
- Once the coffee brewing process is complete, serve it in a glass cup with a piece of cinnamon stick.
Black sesame soy latte – soy latte with a Japanese touch
The sweetness of soy latte and the deep flavors of black sesame come together in this heart-warming drink. If you enjoy this drink, you should also try our recipe for Japanese red bean paste Anko coffee.
- Soy milk (100ml)
- Coffee 50ml (Brewed on the stronger side)
- Smooth black sesame paste 1Tsp
- Sugar (According to your preference)
- Prepare hot coffee (Can be brewed using your favorite method or made using instant coffee)
- Warm the milk on the stove or in a microwave, then froth it if you have a milk frothing machine
- Add the preferred amount of sugar to the coffee, stir to mix the sugar well, and pour into a mug cup.
- Add frothed soy milk to the coffee.
- Add the black sesame paste and stir well and serve with a spoon!
Hot Buttered Apple Coffee – Perfect with a side of buttered toast
Using salted butter, 100% pure apple juice, and a strong French press coffee (click here to how to make French Press coffee), this hot coffee drink creates an incredible harmony of three tastes – sweet, bitter, and salty. It is fruity yet has a proper coffee taste, with an intoxicating aroma of melting butter right before taking a sip. Enjoy it with a piece of buttered toast bread, and you will have yourself an unbeatable breakfast.
- Coffee 60ml (French Press coffee brewed preferably from a dark roast. Ratio is 10g coffee to 100ml hot water)
- 100% fruit extract apple juice 60ml
- Maple syrup 15g
- Salted butter 2g
- Use a French press to brew your coffee.
- Add the coffee, apple juice, and maple syrup to a cup and float the butter on top.
- Serve with a few slices of apple and a cinnamon stick.
Grilled Marshmallow latte – a drink to bring back memories from a camp bonfire
Most of us are too busy to go grill marshmallows at a camping bonfire. But you can surely relive those sweet memories from your childhood by making yourself a cup of this heavenly drink. The sugary aroma of charred marshmallows, the creamy milk, and the bittersweet coffee all come together in this ‘hug in a mug’.
- Caffe latte (1 cup) [This can be made using adding hot water to instant caffe latte mix, or by brewing strong coffee such as Italian stovetop coffee and then adding frothed milk to it]
- Marshmallow 3-4 pieces (it is better to use non-colored white ones)
- Cinnamon powder (according to your preference)
- Use a kitchen torch (or place the marshmallows on aluminum foil and grill in the toaster oven for about 3 minutes) to add browned edges to the marshmallows.
- Pour the caffe latte into your favorite mug, carefully scoop out the browned marshmallow and gently place it on top.
- Sprinkle some cinnamon powder on top and serve with a spoon!
Bonus Tips for Coffee arrangements
- For drinks that require ice cubes and fruits, you can freeze the fruit pieces and not use ice. This will prevent the drink from becoming watery and give you a more intense fruity flavor and taste.
- For recipes that use cold brew coffee, you can use teabags filled with coffee grind if you don’t have a cold brew coffee maker.
- You can add a few whole coffee beans into the blender for frappe recipes to give the frappe a bolder coffee taste and an interesting texture.
- For recipes that use soy milk, you can experiment by switching the soy milk with different types of milk such as cow milk, almond milk, oat milk, etc.
- If you would like more exciting coffee arrangements but with alcohol, make sure to check out our article on fantastic coffee cocktail ideas!
These coffee arrangements are some of the most delicious and exciting ways to enjoy your premium coffee. But, of course, you can always try to add or substitute some of the ingredients to experiment and make it a drink most suited to your personal preferences. I hope you enjoy your lovely autumn days just as much as I do with these special coffee drinks!