There is no shortage of coffee enthusiasts in the world, and luckily for all of us, there are some excellent destinations that serve unbelievable cups of joe. Coffee is famous all over the world, and that makes it a treat for travelers to seek out and discover new and bold variations on their favorite caffeine fix.
If you love coffee, consider making your way to these five coffee hotspots.
6. Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul coffee is not your average cup of American java—so don’t expect to find it there. A unique brewing method makes Turkish coffee flavorful, rich, and dark. Baristas in Turkey grind their coffee beans into a meal, then boil the coffee in a cezve—a specially designed Turkish coffee pot.
This method results in a thick, full-bodied coffee that’s a unique treat for coffee lovers. A helpful note is that since the beans are finely ground, many of them will collect at the bottom of your mug—so it’s best to leave the last few sips alone.
5. Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Did you know that Seattle is the home of Starbucks? Even still, the city is populated with smaller coffee shops. Seattle is the coffee consumption capital of the United States—residents consume more coffee than any other American city. If you’re looking for which coffee roast has the most antioxidants interesting coffee experiences, you won’t be short of options in Seattle.
4. Puerto Lempira, Honduras
Honduras is growing into an international powerhouse when it comes to independent coffee growers. Visiting the countries allows you to experience coffee beans frown from local farmers first-hand, grown with knowledge passed down by the locals for generations. Puerto Lempira is one of the biggest cities in the country, and worth a visit, but coffee is a local tradition so you’ll be able to find great beans prepared by using various types of coffee roasting throughout the country.
3. Vienna, Austria
Austria takes pride in its café culture—in 2011, UNESCO cited the city’s coffee shops as an “intangible heritage” and for a good reason! Inspired finishes and furnishings are bountiful in Viennese cafes. Vienna’s most popular concoction is the Mélange—an espresso, milk, froth, and steamed milk. It’s not only about the coffee, but there are also some unique cafes in Vienna—such as a ‘cat café’ that allows patrons to play with cats while they enjoy their cup of joe.
2. Melbourne, Australia
Australia’s unofficial coffee capital is the thriving city of Melbourne—a city that features a strong café culture. The diversity of Melbourne’s neighborhoods lends to a varying blend of coffee shops and aesthetics. Melbourne cafés are big on fostering a community—something they all share—and the cafes are often populated with communal tables so customers can enjoy their coffee and the company of others.
1. Rome, Italy
Romans drink a lot of coffee, so as the saying goes—when in Rome! There isn’t a café culture quite like the Romans have. Cups of black coffee, sometimes lightly sweetened, are served with shots of espresso. After breakfast time, it’s unusual for Italians to have cream and milk-based coffees, like lattes, so stay away from those if you don’t want to look like a tourist! Italians believe that milky coffee drinks cause indigestion, so they avoid them later in the day. The oldest bar in Rome is a café that opened in 1760! It’s reported that Byron, Goethe, Wagner, and Casanova were regular patrons there. You can step foot inside a historic hot-spot!