Recently I sat down and started to plan a world trip, which would entail visiting the best coffee drinking cities across the globe.
The variety of different coffees, methods of production, and the addition of various Monin syrups would make this a varied and memorable experience, with no two cups ever tasting the same. Hopefully, this list will inspire fellow coffee lovers to experiment and visit some of the countries on the list.
My Top 5 Coffee Countries
1. Rome Italy – The Italians are famous the world over for their passionate enthusiasm for food, and it comes to coffee that passion is just as strong. Around every corner in Rome, it seems there are exquisite little coffee shops, specializing in expressos of the highest quality.
The proprietors take great pride in supplying coffee of the highest standard, but if milky coffee is your preference, Italy may not be the best option for you.
2. Seattle United States – Many coffee drinkers look down their nose at Seattle, simply because it is the birthplace of a certain worldwide coffee brand. The reality is that Seattle is home to many other independent coffee shops, and Seattle recently was awarded the top prize by Travel and Leisure as the best coffee city in the United States.
3. Melbourne Australia – Admittedly this is a very long way to travel for a coffee, but apart from the fact that Australia is a beautiful country to visit, Melbourne itself is gathering a reputation, as one of the best coffee cities in the world. With innovative and original brewing methods, visiting a Melbourne coffee shop upon landing could be the perfect way to fight the inevitable jetlag.
4. Sao Paulo Brazil – When you consider that as a country Brazil is responsible for the production of 40 percent of the world’s coffee, it would be a strange decision if Brazil did not have any reputation on this list. Sao Paulo has a flair and passion for coffee, which matches the local people’s enthusiasm and energy. With beautiful scenery, friendly people, and beautiful weather virtually guaranteed if money were no object, Sao Paulo would certainly be on my list of cities to visit.
5. London United Kingdom – Unusually London was a little late to the coffee drinking party, but East London, in particular, is changing all of that. Not only do you get to visit the famous sights and sounds of this wonderful old city, but they now have some of the most fantastic coffee shops in the world. If you are ever visiting London, Shoreditch is worth a visit with eclectic coffee stores such as Caravan.
However consider this work in progress, because I certainly want to experience as many wonderful coffee stores around the world as is humanly possible.