Coffee lovers – listen up! We scoured the Internet to find the best destinations for a unique and tasty cup of joe. If you find yourself traveling to any of these areas be sure to make a stop at these local spots.
For caffeine addicts, traveling is a fun way to try local coffee shops with unique or just down-right good flavors and blends. Whether you typically stick with your favorite chain store or explore local java shops at home, it’s always fun to experience a new twist on your favorite morning pick-me-up in another city.
Take a look at some of the top destinations for coffee connoisseurs – many of them may surprise you!
Earlier this year, Travel and Leisure named the top 20 cities in America for coffee. It’s no surprise Seattle topped the list where, in some shops, you can read where the coffee beans came from, how those beans were roasted and also review a short resume of the barista serving you. While Seattle was a shoo-in, we were shocked to see Providence, R.I. coming in at number four. Apparently, one coffeehouse in this city refuses to serve coffee older than a half hour. Providence residents are such big coffee drinkers that the state legislature named “coffee milk” the official state drink in 1993.
Nerd Wallet has another great list of top coffee cities in the U.S. Portland, Ore. has a unique sustainable coffee culture. In fact, the person who owns the coffee shop is often the same one who roasted the beans and pours your coffee. If you want to give Portland coffee a try, stop by Stumptown Coffee Roasters to “cup” a free tasting.
Anchorage, Ala. was named one of the most caffeinated cities in the U.S. by CNBC. The city has 172 coffee shops to help residents stay awake during their shorter-than-average winter days. The favorite local coffee seller there is Kaladi Brothers Coffee Company.
If your travels take you out of the United States, USA Today has a list of the ten best cities in the world for coffee. Well-known destinations like Vienna, Austria and Havana, Cuba come in high on this list, but explore a little further and you’ll find spots like Oslo, Norway. According to the article, the city has a signature roast with an unusual flavor.
For the truly adventurous traveler, a trip to Indonesia is a must to try the coveted kopi luwak or civit coffee. This coffee is made by processing beans digested by the civit, a local animal similar to a cat. Considered one of the rarest beverages in the world, kopi luwak is sold outside of Indonesia for $150 to $227 a pound.
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