As legendary Hollywood actor Clark Gable simply put it, “I never laugh until I’ve had my coffee.” Cream or sugar, iced or hot, no matter how you take your coffee, one thing is for certain: without this beverage, a lot of us would have trouble getting out of bed in the morning and being most simply, happy. And some of the greatest figures in history would agree, from Thomas Jefferson calling coffee the favorite drink of the civilized world to Bach describing himself as a piece of roast goat without it. If you tend to shudder when you see the word decaf or panic when you realize you are out of coffee, you probably could appreciate some caffeinated globetrotting. We have rounded up a few coffee themed experiences around the world that will not only make your coffee heart flutter but also give you that crucial java jolt.
If you tend to shudder when you see the word “decaf” or panic when you realize you are out of coffee, you probably could appreciate some caffeinated globetrotting. We have rounded up a few coffee themed experiences around the world that will not only make your coffee heart flutter but also give you that crucial java jolt.
Appreciate Coffee in Its Birthplace by Visiting Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
In order to call yourself a coffee lover, you must go where coffee was born. Ethiopia proudly claims the title of the birthplace of coffee and for that, we are eternally grateful. The best way to experience the birthplace of coffee is to snag an invite to a traditional coffee ceremony or roam Addis Ababa’s many coffee shops. You can begin at Tomoca, a well-known coffee addition to the city but for good reason. Tomoca was the first coffee company based in town with roots in 1953. The small shop has standing room only to enjoy your cup of coffee but you won’t mind when you are sampling some of the best coffee in the world. You can also make stops at Mokarar, also referred to as Harar Coffee, Alem Bunna and Ethiopia’s equivalent to Starbucks Kaldi’s Coffee.
Taste Some of the World’s Most Expensive Coffee in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains
Having a cup of Jamaica’s Blue Mountain Coffee is not just a coffee lover’s rite of passage but also a necessity. The coffee produced in the country’s Blue Mountains is considered some of the best coffee in the world and also one of the most expensive cups. The coffee from these UNESCO approved mountains requires the right combination of altitude, mineral-rich soil, mist-covered mountain shade, and ample sunlight. And as the region is so small, coffee produced here is scarce with nearly 80% exported to Japan. You can tour the Craighton Estate Coffee Plantation in the Blue Mountains for a taste of this refined coffee. A one-hour tour of the 200-year-old house and coffee plantation concludes with that crucial tasting.
Visit Colombia’s Coffee Theme Park
Coffee lovers can feel like kids in candy stores by heading to Montenegro, Colombia. You’ll find probably what your coffee dreams are made of, a theme park dedicated to coffee. Called Parque del Café, the amusement park is the work of the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia. Dedicated to the preservation of the cultural and historical heritage of coffee in Colombia, the amusement park features plenty of rides like a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, and chairlift over the park, but it’s the park’s coffee museums and exhibits that draw coffee fans from all around the world. You can tour a replica coffee plantation, learn about the history of coffee cultivation and even see every coffee variation growing in the world.
Attend a World Coffee Event
World Coffee Events produces a whole slew of events for coffee lovers. Set out with the goal of engaging with the coffee community and also promoting coffee excellence, the organization hosts several different coffee events in various cities around the world each year from China to Hungary. Coffee fans should make it a point to attend one of these events like the World Barista Championship in which over 60 baristas from around the world compete live in front of crowds. Events include baristas preparing 4 espressos, 4 milk drinks, and 4 original signature drinks in just 15 minutes. If you fancy your coffee with a little art in the foam, you can mark your calendar to attend the World Latte Art Championship, which highlights artistic expression for latte art. Other World Coffee Events include the World Brewers Cup, the World Cup Tasters Championship, the World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship, and the World Coffee Roasting Championship.
Sip on a Cup of Joe at the Longest Continuously Operating Coffee House in the World
Operating out of Piazza San Marco in Venice, Caffe Florian claims to be the world’s longest continuing coffee house. Opened in 1720, the café has been serving up coffee for almost 300 years. Considered the oldest café in Europe, Caffe Florian is an essential stop for a coffee globetrotter to sip on coffee as others have been for nearly 300 years.
Get to Know the Real Java in Indonesia
Not only is Indonesia the world’s fourth largest producer of coffee but the county is also home to the island of Java. Brought to the island by early Dutch explorers, coffee quickly became Java’s drink of choice, especially the Arabica bean. Aside from being home to coffee’s other nickname, Java features loads of coffee plantations you can tour and sample the good stuff. Java is also the infamous home to the kopi luwak, that coffee that comes by way of a cat-like animal’s intestinal tract after ingesting coffee cherries and costs a small fortune. If you have the time, it’s also worth heading to the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the top grower of the Arabica beans.
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