Coffee is an international beverage, known across the globe as energizing and delicious drink that many people can’t start their day without. Whether you like the odd cup of joe or you drink caffeine like water, you know all about the perky benefits of this beloved liquid.
There are numerous cities around the world that specialize in harvesting, sourcing, roasting or serving the perfect cup. So if you love coffee, these are ten places you should visit.
1. Zona Cafetera, Colombia
Colombia is one of the biggest coffee producers in the world. In fact, you can visit plantations and purchase beans directly from the growers. The Zona Cafetera, also known as the Coffee Axis or Coffee Triangle, is the region in which most of Colombia’s coffee beans are grown and produced. The region is welcoming to tourists who want to learn more about the process of coffee production. Popular times to visit are during the harvests from April to May and again in October until December.
2. Seattle, Washington
Yes, Seattle is home to the original Starbucks, but that’s not what makes it such a coffee-oriented city. The many cafés and roasters in the area offer unique experiences and atmospheres to satisfy any palette. Grab a latté at Caffé Vita or a cold brew at Stumptown Coffee and you’ll understand the eclectic coffee scene this city offers. If you do find yourself in the area, here are some restaurants you need to try in Seattle.
3. Havana, Cuba
In Cuba, coffee is made strong yet sweet and served black. Cubans use coffee as an icebreaker when meeting new people. If you’re traveling, you’re bound to be served an espresso-sized cup by locals whenever you first meet. Cuban coffee is grown in the Escambray and Sierra Maestra Mountains. There are many coffee houses throughout the city of Havana, but the beloved classic you must visit is Café de las Infusiones.
4. Rome, Italy
When in Rome, do as the Romans do and drink good coffee. Before heading to Italy, get accustomed to the local language so ordering your drink of choice is easier. Un caffè is a classic shot of espresso. Un cappuccino is foamy and creamy milk with a shot of coffee. Un caffè macchiato is hot or cold milk with a little coffee in it. Un caffè lungo is watered down coffee. And un caffè corretto contains a shot of liqueur. Go to the famous Caffè Sant’Eustachio to practice these terms.
5. Santa Maria, Costa Rica
In 1840, the government in Costa Rica decided that any laborer who was building roads should be given a free cup of coffee every day. This was due to the energizing qualities of the popular beverage. Head to Santa Maria for more information about the industry, including the sustainable and small batch beans made by the environmentally responsible Tico Coffee Roasters. This is where you’ll find the best Arabica beans and the world’s finest teas.
6. Melbourne, Australia
The coffee scene in Melbourne is booming. The Brother Baba Budan café has numerous different types to choose from and they specialize in single origin beans. Market Lane Coffee is a coffee retailer as well as a specialty roaster. They are sourcing and roasting some of the best beans from all over the world. Looking for something a little different? Check out the Third Wave hotspot Proud Mary. Other than drinking great coffee, there are so many once-in-a-lifetime experiences in Australia, making it an overall great place to visit.
7. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Many people believe that the origins of coffee can be traced back to Ethiopia. Coffee ceremonies were first practiced here, where the art of making and drinking coffee takes on a ritualized form. It’s also a great way to get people together. If you’re lucky enough to attend a ceremony, coffee will take on a whole new meaning for you. You should also visit Tomoca, the first coffee company based in Addis Ababa.
8. Vienna, Austria
The cafés in Vienna, Austria, are called Kaffeehäuser, and they are unlike anything else in the world. The city is often referred to as the Coffee Capital because of these coffee houses. There will be classical music playing, games of chess underway, and so much incredible coffee to drink. Café Sacher and Café Sperl have both been around for over a hundred years. If you want to travel back in time to the 1950s, visit Café Aida.
9. Paris, France
As if there weren’t enough reasons to visit Paris, the coffee is not to be missed. Nothing beats sitting in a Parisian café, sipping on a delicious hot coffee while people watching. Some notable spots include Café Du Flore and Les Deux Magots. Bring a notebook and pen in order to feel like Hemmingway. And don’t forget to order a croissant or a pain au chocolat with your beverage.
10. Istanbul, Turkey
Turkish coffee, known in its homeland as Türk kahve, is a special way of preparing finely ground unfiltered coffee, making it strong and thick. The grounds left behind are used as a method of fortune telling. There are many traditional coffee houses around the city of Istanbul, including Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi Eminönü. The headquarters for the company is located on the site of the original shop on Tahmis Sokak.