Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages. With the various types of beans, production techniques, and customs associated with coffee, many places have created their own unique blend, yielding drastically different tasting coffee throughout the world. Coffee lovers can travel almost anywhere and still enjoy their habitual cup of coffee, but there are several places in the world that are known for their coffee or coffee customs.
How great would it be to sit in the shadows of the Parthenon while sipping on a nice Italian blend? Many coffee shops line the streets of Rome, a city that thrives off caffeine. To the Romans, coffee is a form of art. Special care is taken during the entire coffee-making process, from choosing the beans to presenting the drinks. Italy is also where cappuccinos, macchiatos, and espressos were created, so Italians know their coffee well.
Known as Australia’s coffee capital, Melbourne has a proud history of innovative brewing techniques and is filled with independent cafes, which are integral to social life. The coffee is known to be one of the world’s best, as it is lovingly prepared with Italian and local roasts. There is even a publication in Melbourne, The Melbourne Coffee Review, that compares the different coffee shops, which vary drastically from each other.
Vienna, often referred to as the coffee capital of the world, is home to over 250,000 coffee houses, and many of these offer over twenty types of coffee drinks. Many also have their own unique blend, so it is difficult to describe what Viennese coffee tastes like. It is also worth mentioning that the culture of Viennese coffee houses is a part of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization).
Seattle’s claim to fame is that it is where Starbucks originated in 1971. Despite the origination of this giant coffee chain, Seattle also boasts the highest ratio of coffee shops per citizens. There are about 35 coffee shops for every 100,000 Seattleites, many of which are locally owned. Between the locally owned coffee shops and Starbucks, there is a type of coffee for everyone in Seattle.
Coffee enthusiasts will be delighted to know that the beans used in Havana coffee are homegrown and harvested directly from the Escambray and Sierra Maestra mountains. The fresh coffee is strong, sweet, black, and served in an espresso cup. The sweetness comes with lots of caffeine, but other options, which are not as strong, are available.
Along with these five, there are many other great locations for coffee lovers to travel. In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, you can experience a coffee ceremony. Istanbul, Turkey is also a great travel location for coffee. Although most locals prefer tea, Turkish rich, black coffee inspired many well-loved blends throughout the world. There is also nothing like relaxing with a coffee at an outside cafe in Paris, France. Although it has been claimed their Parisian coffee is nothing special, the environment certainly is.