Cup o’ Joe, pot of Java, jar o’ Bean Juice or a good old Cuppa… Whatever you call it, we coffee addicts love it! My deep and undying love for coffee has spurred me on to create this seducing collection of aromatic favourites from across the globe. Hear from some of the world’s travellers, who must have tasted a lot of coffee in their time, where they found that perfect cup and why it’s their all time favourite!
One of the reasons I love travelling to Penang (Malaysia) is to visit the unique cafes. Two of my favourite coffee shops are in Georgetown, each have a unique style and very delicious coffee! Wheeler’s Coffee, located on Love Lane, is a relaxing little café decorated with vintage bicycles and paintings. I believe the atmosphere of a café is just as important as the coffee itself, and this place wins on both levels.
I have visited this coffee shop many times, and tried a few different coffees. They make a fantastic cappuccino! During my last visit I decided to try the “Rose Cappuccino”. Oh my goodness it was heavenly! If you want your daily cappuccino fix with a little romance and a sweet tang, this is the coffee for you. It’s very smooth, and the sweetness of the rose merges with the bitterness of the espresso in the cappuccino so perfectly. Go to Penang, and spend a day café hopping – you won’t regret it! – Kristina from ilefthome.com
This is egg coffee from Hanoi, Vietnam from a coffee place called Phoc Co “Lake view Cafe”. Who would have thought that Vietnam can actually offer you a unique coffee? It’s quite a surprised to everyone that a Southeast Asian country Vietnam is actually a huge coffee importer across the globe competing against Brazil and Italy.
This coffee is the best for it’s made out of fresh egg, condense milk, sugar and of course black coffee. Egg coffee can be sweet as a dessert depends on your preference, in this case, I suggest you to have a food before having the egg coffee. The aroma will make you fall in love with this coffee, whilst the taste and the texture will definitely blow your mind. – Mary from twomonkeystravelgroup.com
Austria has a vibrant coffee culture that dates back to the 1800’s, when Austrians adopted coffee as their drink of choice. This culture focused on serving coffee with a glass of water, and also having newspapers, cards, and sometimes even a pool table available.
I drank a lot of coffee during my time in Austria, and learned that there’s no such thing as just a small or large coffee! There are a number of coffee drink variations, with my favorite being the melange, made from a shot of espresso with half a cup of steamed milk added, and topped off with milk foam. The best melange I’ve had was at Mozart’s favorite hangout – Café Tomaselli in Salzburg. You just have to taste it yourself – it’s comfort in a cup! – Christabel from twonomadsoneworld.com
Hotel & Hostal Yaxkin Copan
Honduras, Central America
Honduran coffee is surprisingly smooth. I kept expecting a bit of a bitter taste that most black coffees have, but it was just so flavourful. But don’t let that fool you; it still possessed the caffeine to power me through my day, and there was still a rich flavour to it. The secret to its awesomeness is that it’s organic and grown in high altitudes under the shade.
I had good coffee all over town, but it was when I stayed at Hotel & Hostal Yaxkin Copan that I had the best coffee! The owner of the place is a sweet lady, who has a sister that works on the coffee farms in the mountains. So she gets all the coffee sent to her hostel straight from the source! So if travellers are in Copan Ruins and want to buy coffee, I suggest they go there and ask her! – Remi from solocompass.com
Doka Coffee Estate
Alajuela, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is known for their amazing coffee. The country’s cool climate, high altitude, and fertile soil make for the perfect place to grow the Arabica coffee plant. After all, the country’s saying “pura vida,” is powered by caffeine! Along the slopes of the Poas Volcano in Alajuela, Costa Rica, the volcanic ash mixes with the soil, creating an ideal plot of land for the Doka Coffee Estate. As an avid coffee addict, I have tried coffee all over the world: espresso in Italy, cafe cubano in Miami, white chocolate mocha frappuccinos in New York. However, Doka Coffee Estate’s mild and bright peaberry coffee is the best I have ever had.
I sat in the middle of the estate with green coffee plants and rainforest wildlife surrounding me, and I swear that the heavens opened up when I took my first sip. The powerful smell of coffee beans blended with the fresh smell of volcanic soil, making my peaberry coffee experience just right. It didn’t need sugar or cream, and it didn’t leave my tongue dehydrated. It had just the right amount of flavor and acidity so that it was still a pick-me-up but easy to drink. – Rachel from savoirvivreatl.com
Cibo Coffee Shop
A rich aroma of slow-roasted coffee beans paired with tepid milk (or solo), Spain serves up some of the best coffee this daily tea drinker has ever tasted. I’ve been spoiled, that’s for sure. My trips back to the States always include a stop at some unique, boutique eateries to see if anyone can brew an untraditional blend, that comes close to the European deliciousness.
During my last stay in San Francisco, it was the beginning of Summer and we decided to ride our rental car, with the top down, over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. We reached the other side in search of a steamy beverage to lose the chill, and found an industrial-rustic-chic luncheonette, that prepared a café con leche deserving of an honourable mention – especially for the added art. – Monica from mindfullytravel.com
Cafe Du Monde
One of the best cups of coffee we’ve ever had was at Café Du Monde in New Orleans. Since 1862, this café on the banks of the Mississippi River has been serving café au lait and beignets that fuel both mind and body. The secret to the coffee’s great taste is the addition of chicory, the root of the endive plant. Adding chicory to coffee mellows the bitterness and adds a velvety complexion that was very popular with the French in New Orleans dating back to the 1700s. Open 24 hours a day (except when a hurricane rolls through town), Café Du Monde is the place where New Orleans meets to socialize, read a good book and soak up the ambiance. – Lance from traveladicts.net
Now I get it, I get all the hype on social media about the well-crafted Café au Lait from Café Du Monde other than the beignets. The coffee is top notch: solid, with the perfect amount of scalded milk mixed, and not to mention very addictive. I can’t stand too much caffeine in my coffee, I get palpitations, but this is just the way I like it. Personally, I think it is good either way: served hot or frozen (I’ve tried both), but I think a frozen Cafe au Lait is especially heavenly on a hot summer afternoon. It’s best to be enjoyed with a plate of beignets, covered with a generous amount of powdered sugar… there is no such things as “too much”! Some say that the “correct” way to eat these beignets is to dip them into the coffee. I’ve never done it myself, but I’d love to give it a try! – Vivian from misshappyfeet.blogspot
Kopi is the Indonesian word for coffee, and Luwak is a the local name of the Asian palm civet in Sumatra. Kopi luwak is the coffee that has been digested by an Asian palm civet. The civet eats the coffee cherries, the cherries go through the digestive track and fermentation occurs, and then they pass through the intestines and are eventually pooped out. The coffee cherries are then picked out from poop aka poop coffee. – Hannah from gettingstamped.com
Now for my favourite, and as you all know from previous posts, this is going to have to be the coffee from my recent trip to Cuba! We all know that this country is renowned for their deep, rich coffee blends and their aromatic brews, but Cafe O’Reilly takes it to a whole new level.
You can chose from a huge selection of coffee cocktails, containing every alcohol you can think of, fine espressos, traditional cappuccinos, shakes and even drinkable deserts! They use blends of only the best crops from the various coffee regions of Cuba, producing both the arabica and robusta beans, giving their coffee an exquisitely deep, fruity taste and hypnotising aroma. I loved their coffee so much that I even brought my own personal stash back to Mexico, which almost got me arrested in the airport when security thought they they were smelling tobacco (totally worth it)!
Where did you sample the best coffee of your life? Let me know in the comments below!
Stay Salty x