The Ultimate Global Coffee Tour
I talk a lot about New York: the coffee shops, the coffee scene, the people in the coffee shops. But what I'm really writing about is the experience – what it's like to walk into the space, take a seat in a cozy corner, and watch as life passes by over a drip brew.
But what if we broadened the lens a bit. What if we went beyond New York – way beyond New York – to explore coffee experiences all over the world? Well, it seems Lonely Planet has done just that. In their new book, Lonely Planet's Global Coffee Tour, you're whisked off on a journey of exploration, from Africa and the Middle East to Asia, Europe, and everywhere in between.
But not just that, you'll discover exactly where to go and what to try, plus illustrated spreads on roasting coffee, cocktails, brewing techniques, and more.
Where to Next?
If you ask my best friend and sometimes-contributor, she'll tell you that our trips are frequently planned around coffee: plantation visits in Guatemala, 45-minute walks through the streets of Bangkok to hunt down the newest coffee shop, getting lost in the maze that is Milan, seeking out caffè normale.
Global Coffee Tour helps you find the best coffee experiences, all over the world. Here are some I'm currently scoping out:
One of the greatest experiences of my life was the first time I stepped foot on a coffee farm. Could this be it? Am I...home? Dramatic, maybe, but the experience was unforgettable. Finca Las Nieves is an organic plantation run by a half-Dutch, half-Swedish, half Mexican-born man, located just 90-minutes from surfers' paradise Puerto Escondido. If you find yourself in the area – or hell, plan a trip around it – visit the finca for a day trip, overnight stay, or even a working holiday.
Café Cafetal, Calle del Morro S/N Col. Marinero, Puerto Escondido
Lonely Planet makes quite the argument for visiting Truth Coffee, from the decor ("mad-scientist-in-an-antique-shop embodiment of steampunk chic"), the staff ("decked out in top hats, bustles, and flying goggles"), and the classes ("everything from half-day coffee appreciation classes to week-long professional courses."). I didn't have any upcoming plans for a trip to South Africa, but I may be rethinking that now...
38 Buitenkant St., Cape Town
Roastery, cafe, shop – ticks off everything on my list! K'Ho Coffee is a co-operative of coffee farmers made up of K'Ho families, an ethnic minority living in the forests of Vietnam's Central Highlands. Visitors are welcome to tour the farm, sample the different types of coffee, and of course, buy the beans. Even if coffee isn't your thing (the horror!) the views are enough to book a visit.
Bonneur' C Village, near Dalat
Win the Global Coffee Tour Package
Global Coffee Tour has taken up permanent residency on my coffee table, and I'd love to take over your home, too (too much?). In the spirit of summer travel and exploration, we’ve partnered with Lonely Planet to give away:
There will be FIVE winners, because coffee is more fun with friends, right? To enter:
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Then, tag a friend on this post who you'd want to take the Global Coffee Tour with.
Winners will be chosen on Monday, June 25th. Good luck, and happy sipping!