Raf Coffee | (A Russian Creamy Vanilla Bliss!)

Raf coffee is a delightful beverage for those seeking a unique and delectable coffee experience. It is a Russian coffee drink that is similar to a latte but with a twist of vanilla.

Raf coffee is a hot and indulgent coffee drink that combines the rich and bold flavor of espresso with the creamy sweetness of condensed cream and Vanilla syrup to create a harmonious balance of flavors that tantalize the taste buds.

Raf coffee

In this article, we will explore the history and origins of Raf Coffee, the ingredients used to make it, the recipe, and the taste and flavors of this delicious coffee drink.

How to make Raf Coffee


The Recipe of Raf Coffee typically includes a few key ingredients that can be adjusted to suit individual preferences.

  1. Espresso – Prepared with Dark Roasted beans
  2. Cream (10%)
  3. Milk – Whole Milk preferred
  4. Sugar
  5. Vanilla sugar

Despite its original recipe containing traditional dairy milk, modern Russian cafes prepare Raf coffee with 10% cream to give it an ice cream-like texture.

10% cream has a lower milkfat content compared to heavy cream. This lighter texture makes it a popular choice for milk-based coffee drinks. If you don’t want to use cream just use whole dairy milk.

Vanilla sugar is made by combining granulated sugar with vanilla extract or vanilla beans. Vanilla sugar is available commercially, but you can also make it at home by mixing granulated sugar with vanilla extract or by placing a split vanilla bean in a jar of sugar and allowing it to infuse for a few days.


Here’s a simple step-by-step recipe on how to make Raf Coffee at home:

1- Brew a shot of espresso using your espresso machine. Ensure it’s strong and rich in flavor.

Always use dark roasted beans to prepare Raf Coffee as the intensity of dark roast pairs well with the creaminess of milk.

2- Add the freshly prepared Espresso shot, two tbsp of Vanilla Sugar, one tbsp of normal sugar, 100 mL Cream, and 60 mL whole milk to the steaming pitcher.

3- Mix and steam all the ingredients with the steaming wand until it reaches a temperature of 140 to 150 degrees and smooth foam appears on top.

4- Pour café Raf coffee into a Glass and top with a light sprinkling of cinnamon or cocoa powder.

For a stronger coffee flavor, you can add an extra shot of espresso to your Raf Coffee recipe. You can also use different types of milk, such as almond or soy milk, for a dairy-free option.

Raf coffee recipe

The History of Raf Coffee

Raf Coffee has its roots in Russia and is a popular drink among the locals. It is believed to have originated in the 1990s in St. Petersburg, Russia.

One story surrounding the creation of Raf coffee involves a man named Rafael Timerbaev.

According to this version, Rafael visited a coffee shop and requested a “good cup of coffee with milk”. The barista improvised by mixing a shot of espresso with cream and sugar and steaming it all together, creating a new and unique beverage that Timerbaev soon became addicted to.

As Timerbaev’s friends began to try the drink and fall in love with it, they began requesting “the same drink you prepare for Rafael!” or simply “Raf”. That’s why it is known as Raf coffee.

The popularity of this creamy drink continued to spread, and it soon became a staple beverage in coffee shops and households all over Russia.

Today, it is not only popular in Russia but has also become a trendy drink worldwide. The cultural significance and unique taste of Raf coffee have made it a favorite among coffee lovers who want to try something new and exciting.

What does RAF coffee taste like?

Raf Coffee has a unique taste and texture that sets it apart from other coffee drinks. The frothy milk and cream mixture adds an ice-cream like texture to the coffee, making it sweet and velvety.

Raf Coffee is extremely sweet; The mixture of Vanilla and powdered sugar adds heavy sweetness to the coffee, making it perfect for those with a sweet tooth.

Unlike Europe, Sweet coffee is generally popular in Russia, with many Russians enjoying their coffee with some degree of sweetness. And this is reflected in the popularity of Raf coffee, which contains a lot of sugar.

It lies somewhere between dessert and regular milky espresso drinks. It can also be perceived as hot ice cream.

While Raf coffee is undoubtedly a delicious drink, its high sweetness level may not appeal to everyone, particularly to those who prefer a stronger and more distinct coffee flavor.

I personally love trying new coffee drinks, and Raf Coffee was no exception. The first time I tried it, I liked the indulgent taste of the drink with its wide range of flavor notes, but I found it to be too heavy and the coffee flavors were totally lacking.

However, If you’re a coffee lover like me, I highly recommend giving Raf Coffee a try.

Raf Coffee serving

Final Thoughts

Raf Coffee is a delicious and unique coffee drink that you must try. I would like to call it a Dessert rather than a coffee drink.

Raf Coffee has gained popularity in recent years, and you can now find it in many coffee shops around the world. It has become a popular choice among coffee enthusiasts who want to try something new and unique. 

Let me if you give this recipe a try or if you have any pro tips for taking Raf Coffee to the next level. I’m always looking to up my coffee game!

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How many calories are in RAF coffee?

Here is the amount of calories in different ingredients of Raf coffee
Sugar: 49 Kcal per tbsp
10% Cream: 115 Kcal per 100 mL
Whole milk: 60 Kcal per 100 mL
Espresso shot: 5-6 Kcal for a double shot
Based on that data, a typical serving of Raf coffee has around 250 to 350 calories.
It’s important to keep in mind that Raf coffee is a sweet and indulgent drink, and therefore, it should be enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

What syrups or toppings you can add to RAF coffee?

Raf coffee can be personalized with a variety of syrups and toppings to add extra sweetness and flavor.
Chocolate syrup is a popular choice for those who love chocolate, adding a rich and indulgent taste to Raf coffee. Caramel syrup can also be a great addition, offering a sweet and buttery flavor.

What is the difference between RAF and cappuccino?

Raf Coffee is a very sweet drink made with espresso, cream, and vanilla sugar. While Cappuccino has a more coffee-forward taste and is made with equal parts of Espresso, steamed, and foamed milk.

Raf Coffee Recipe

Here is a simple recipe to make Raf Coffee at home
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Johny Morrisson


  • Espresso machine
  • Steaming wand


  • 60 mL Espresso shot
  • 100 mL Cream (10%)
  • 60 mL whole milk
  • 2 tbsp Vanilla Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Normal Sugar


  • Start with preparing a double shot of espresso. Once the shot is prepared pour it into the steaming pitcher.
  • Add two tbsp of Vanilla Sugar, one tbsp of normal sugar, 100 mL Cream, and 60 mL whole milk to the same steaming pitcher
  • Mix all the ingredients with the steaming wand until it reaches a temperature of 140 to 150 degrees. This will give the drink a little frothy texture.
  • Finally, sit back, relax, and enjoy your delicious Raf Coffee. You can sprinkle some cocoa powder or cinnamon on top for an extra touch of flavor and presentation.

Johny Morrisson is a passionate coffee enthusiast and an avid blogger dedicated to exploring the world of coffee.

Whether it's repairing or troubleshooting coffee equipment, reviewing cutting-edge brewing machines, or delving into the latest coffee trends, Johny's writing captivates readers and invites them on a flavorful journey.

When he's not writing, Johny enjoys traveling, seeking inspiration from different cultures and coffee traditions worldwide.

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