It seems like a gimmick, but the Nagy brothers claim that CLR CFF is made from high-quality Arabica coffee beans and pure water, with no preservatives, artificial flavors, sweeteners, or sugars added. It apparently took them three months to come up with a colorless coffee that tastes the way coffee should, and—for now, anyway—they are keeping the formula a secret. All they are willing to say is that CLR CFF is created through “physical processing” that involves “methods which have never been used before,” and that an additional amount of caffeine is added after the brewing process. (Source)
These drinks are—surprisingly—not made with caffeine. Instead, swirls of charcoal are mixed with creamy milk to create a frothy wake-up call that's even trendier than your roommate's morning green juice cleanse. (Source)
4Burning Coal Coffee
Yogyakarta is perhaps the only place in the world where you can have your coffee served with a piece of red-hot coal. It's called “Kopi Joss, ” and it was invented back in the 1960s by a coffee shop owner known only as Mr. Man, to soothe his upset stomach.
The current stall operator, Alex, says that Mr. Man (who has since passed away) was making coffee when he had an epiphany. He laid eyes on the burning coal that he used to boil the water and dumped a piece into a cup of coffee. It worked, and he started selling it to brave customers as well.
Unlike the charcoal coffee above, this one does have caffeine. (Source)
5World's Strongest Coffee
6Caffeine-Free Coffee Shops
The pop-up was the brainchild of the Canadian-based company Swiss Water Decaf, which encourages people to "discover the art of coffee without caffeine."
7Black Insomnia Coffee
Black Insomnia Coffee was founded in 2016 by Sean Kristafor, who wanted to create the strongest coffee in the world. The secret Black Insomnia's high caffeine content is in the way the beans are roasted, but Kristafor is not interested in revealing the process—he only says that they can make it considerably stronger, and had to dial it down for the commercial version, so it was safe to consume.
Black Insomnia was originally only available in cafes in Cape Town, South Africa. It was so successful there that within months of its launch in summer 2016, it has already expanded to 22 countries around the world. The company claims it sells almost six tons of its coffee every month and is barely keeping up with demand. (Source)
The current debacle surrounds an unnamed Melbourne cafe's so-called coffee. Their "deconstructed flat white"—three separate beakers of hot water, milk, and espresso served on a wooden board—has been widely met with ridicule. (Source)
11Wine Infused Coffee
One cafe has finally given us the beverage we've been waiting for: red wine infused coffee. Molinari Private Reserve, a café in the Napa Valley, takes red wine and roasts it with coffee beans, creating a coffee blend that smells like wine, tastes like wine (especially as you add more milk, apparently), and has a hint of blueberry.
It also tastes like a rich, full-bodied coffee, mind you, so it's not like you're drinking a microwaved Merlot. To be clear, this coffee won't get you drunk—the wine's just in there for flavor, not booziness.