Coffee Culture Travel: Major Destinations for Coffee Enthusiasts:
64% of American adults drink coffee, and each one of those, on average, drinks 2.7 cups a day. If you are one of the millions of Americans who enjoy coffee, and also like to travel, you should consider visiting one of these top destinations for coffee lovers. From the beautiful backdrops where the coffee is grown and produced, to places rich in coffee culture, this list highlights some of the best places you should consider putting on your destination checklist.
The top place on any coffee connoisseur’s travel bucket list should be the Philippines. The Philippines are home to the famous Civet Cats, which, as you may know, play a large part in producing what is considered the world’s best coffee – Kopi Luwak. The Civets eat ripe coffee cherries, which are partially broken down by digestive enzymes. These coffee beans are then collected and made into the iconic coffee, which is renowned for its smoothness, thanks to the reduction in bitterness by the digestive enzymes. This unique coffee is available for sale online if you want to see what all the hype is about.
Famous for its Arabica and Robusta beans, Brazil is the largest producer of coffee in the world, with one third of all coffee being produced here. The climate in Brazil not only provides perfect coffee growing conditions, but also makes it a perfect holiday destination. It is no surprise, with an estimated 300,000 coffee plantations in the country, that there is a strong coffee culture here, and you will not find it difficult to find a café serving the perfect cup.
Indonesia is a country in South Asia and is particularly famous for its Javan and Sumatran coffee. Its capital City, Jakarta, is brimming with coffee shops offering a wide range of brews to suit even the most discerning tastebuds. Indonesia is also home to Bali is another highly reviewed destination, with coffee plantations you can visit. With a beautiful backdrop to boot, Indonesia is the perfect destination for any travel-junkie who enjoys coffee.
Like Brazil, Columbia’s geography makes it the perfect location for coffee beans to grow. Coffee can only grow in certain conditions, and Columbia has just the right soil and the optimum amount of rain for Arabica beans to grow – widely considered to be the superior coffee bean. Columbia is seriously underrated as a travel destination, and has some of the most amazing landscapes in the world, with beautiful mountains, lakes and rainforest, and incredible biodiversity.
Turkish natives often consider coffee as their national drink. In the capital city of Istanbul, not only will you find an abundance of delightful coffee houses, where it is served in beautiful porcelain cups known as ‘fincan’, but you will also find a Turkish coffee museum, coffee tours, and coffee courses. With beautiful beaches, food, and architecture to experience too, there are many reasons why Turkey should be on your travel shortlist.
Another country famous for its coffee culture, Italy is where coffee styles such as the cappuccino and espresso were created. The capital city of Milan is home to a plethora of coffee establishments, from welcoming cafes to stylish coffee bars. The city of Florence is perfect for those who want to be a little more involved in the coffee process, with courses available on the history of coffee in Italy, how to be a perfect barista, or even coffee tasting experiences.
You will find coffee in most places around the globe, but these destinations are the gold standard for true appreciators of coffee and its culture.