Next Monday will probably be the best Monday of the year since National Coffee Day has coffee shops giving out deals and freebies. Download the apps, print the coupon deals, we are no stranger to coffee, and a free cup is sometimes the best cup. Some like it hot, some like it cold, and some even like it from…elephant poop. Over in Thailand, Black Ivory Coffee has one of the most expensive cups of coffee, running at $50 a cup, but their coffee beans are picked from elephant poop. Apparently the elephant’s stomach acid makes the coffee less bitter, and maybe it’s worth breaking the bank being the “world’s most memorable coffee drinking experience.” Another reason to try this delicacy is that profits from Black Ivory Coffee give 8% to help fund an elephant veterinarian for the care of elephants at the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundations.

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For the true coffee-addicts out there, consider braving the elephant poop coffee in your future travels to one of these five star hotels, but for Monday, these coffees are equally different and little less like a Fear Factor episode (we can only handle so much on a Monday).

Cafe au Lait

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Cafe au Lait is a classic French coffee. It is similar to a regular coffee with milk, but the cold milk that is typically added is replaced with steamed milk. This keeps your coffee warmer, and helps keep you warm too as you start to readjust to these fall temperatures.

Cafe Noisette

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For the Travel Freaks who are looking for a lesser known French taste, the Cafe Noisette is an espresso with a little bit of hot milk. Noisette translates to hazelnut in French, which accounts for the hazelnut color.

Melya (also called Choc Honey Coffee)

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This type of coffee is for anybody with a sweet tooth. Add some unsweetened cocoa powder and drizzled honey to regular coffee for a smooth taste. Steamed milk and cream can be added as well.

If these don’t suit your fancy, you can always go for the classic Irish coffee: Hot coffee and little bit of Irish whiskey. Make your own by adding Irish cream and sugar (some recipes recommend brown sugar). Since National Coffee Day is a Monday, consider saving the whiskey for the weekend.

What’s the best coffee drink you’ve tried?



Sydney Pereira is a student at New York University trying to change the world while simultaneously making enough money to travel when she's not studying or writing. She's also an athlete, music-lover, and avid news reader. When she's not exploring NYC, fresh flowers from the farmer's market and a cup of hot tea on a lazy Saturday are equally fulfilling.



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