In a world filled with diversity and cultural contrasts, there is one thing that can unite people from all walks of life: a love of coffee!
If you’re one of the 19 million Australians who can’t live without that Monday morning latte or an afternoon cappuccino with friends, you’re going to want to stick around to read today’s blog.
Today, we dive into a caffeinated adventure around the world. You’ll get a taste of different countries’ coffee specialities, and we’ll spill the beans on the vibrant coffee shop cultures that thrive in cities around the world. So grab your passport, and join us on our coffee-themed world tour!
1. Indonesia: Kopi Luwak
Our first stop takes us to the captivating archipelago of Indonesia, where you’ll discover the unique and controversial coffee known as kopi luwak.
This aromatic delight is made from coffee beans that have been digested by the Asian palm civet, a small cat-like animal. Don’t let the production process put you off, as this coffee is renowned for its smooth, chocolatey flavour.
You can find kopi luwak all over Indonesia, including the islands of Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi, and Bali. It’s best enjoyed at the plantation that produces it.
However, take care to choose an ethical plantation that harvests coffee from wild luwak, rather than those that display the animals in cages for tourists (if you’re travelling with Click and Trip, our local guides can advise you on the best coffee plantations to visit.)
2. Vietnam: Vietnamese Iced Coffee
Next, we jet off to the vibrant streets of Vietnam, where you’ll find locals sipping on a refreshing beverage called Vietnamese Iced Coffee or Cà Phê Sữa Đá.
This delightful concoction blends rich Vietnamese coffee with sweetened condensed milk and is poured over a glass of ice, creating a symphony of flavours.
For the best cup of Vietnamese Iced Coffee, head to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, and indulge in this sweet caffeinated treat while exploring the bustling markets.
3. Turkey: Turkish Coffee
Now, let’s travel to the mesmerising land of Turkey, where coffee holds a special place in their cultural heritage. Turkish coffee (Türk kahvesi) is a strong and aromatic brew made by boiling finely ground coffee beans and water in a traditional cezve.
It’s traditionally heated three times to brew fully and served in small cups. Make sure to wait a few moments for the grounds to settle in the bottom of the cup before you drink.
In Turkey, coffee is often served with a glass of water and a sweet on the side, such as traditional Turkish delight, to complement the intense flavours of the coffee.
When in Istanbul, make sure to visit the historic district of Sultanahmet, where you’ll find charming coffee houses serving authentic Turkish coffee.
4. Italy: Espresso
Benvenuto in Italia! No coffee journey would be complete without a visit to Italy, the birthplace of espresso. Italians take their coffee seriously, and a shot of espresso is a way of life for them.
The rich, concentrated flavours of espresso are brewed by forcing hot water through finely ground coffee beans under high pressure. Rome and Milan are the espresso hotspots in Italy, where you can stroll through picturesque streets and pop into quaint cafes to savour the true essence of Italian coffee culture.
Of course, other coffee drinks are popular in Itay too. But if you’re ordering your favourite latte, be sure to ask for a “caffè latte” or you’ll end up with a glass of milk! Italians also generally drink milky coffee drinks for breakfast only, and never after a meal.
5. Brazil: Cafezinho
Our final destination takes us to vibrant Brazil, which happens to be the largest coffee producer in the world.
Brazilians love their coffee, and one of their popular choices is Cafézinho, a small and strong cup of filter coffee served with a touch of sweetness.
Cafézinho is deeply ingrained in the Brazilian culture, often enjoyed after meals as a way to savour the moment and connect with friends. Brazilians often enjoy coffee for breakfast, often with slices of sweet, fried French bread — pão na chapa.
São Paulo is the undisputed coffee capital of Brazil (and arguably the world), and Rio de Janeiro also has a thriving coffee culture, where you’ll find charming coffee shops serving their own take on coffee drinks and delectable local sweet treats.
Is it Time to Enjoy Coffee with a More Exotic View?
Now that we’ve explored some of the world’s coffee specialities, it’s time to pack your bags, embrace your wanderlust, and embark on a caffeinated adventure of your own!
Whether you’re heading to South America, Asia, or Europe, At Click and Trip, we understand your passion for both exceptional coffee and unforgettable travel experiences. Wherever you decide to travel for your next adventure, we’re here to help take the hassle away of planning your next holiday.
Our privately guided trips include transfers, accommodation, and tours of the must-see local sights, so all you have to do is book your ticket! And remember, all our trips come with the services of a local guide who can send you in the direction of the cafes that serve the best coffee in town!