8 Inventive Coffee Beverages To Try in China

China’s coffee market has become increasingly competitive in recent years, with cafes popping up on almost every street corner.  As a result, cafe owners often come up with new inventions to keep customers interested. Here are eight coffee creations that have caught our eye:

Are you an avid fan of coffee and seafood? Why not have your cake and eat it too?


Oyster Coffee

This unusual trifecta — a fresh oyster with a shot of espresso and a squeeze of lemon juice — has received all kinds of reactions on the Chinese internet.

If cilantro is your vice, this might be the drink for you.


Diet Coke and Cilantro Coffee

Tailored to fans of sour flavors, this iced latte with pickled cabbage will blow your mind as well as your taste buds.


Pickled Chinese Cabbage Latte

Despite this drink’s popularity in China, health experts have advised against blending coffee with Traditional Chinese Medicine. Approach with caution!


TCM Coffee


Chili Pepper Coffee

A better example of localization, this coffee has a real kick from chili peppers, and isn’t for the faint of heart.

If you have a sweet tooth and find espresso shots too bitter, try balancing it out with tangyuan, a type of Chinese dumpling that often comes with sweet fillings like black sesame!


Coffee with Tangyuan

Youtiao or Chinese crullers are a popular breakfast food throughout China, which is why pairing it with coffee makes perfect sense to us. Try it as an affogato (see below) on a hot day!


Coffee with Youtiao

You read it here first: Japanese convenience store chain Lawson sells garlic-flavored coffee. Grab a bottle of mouthwash on your way to the check out counter too.


Garlic Coffee

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