Every coffee aficionados dream of exploring the coffee scene of the world, to experience the culture and intriguing stories behind every cup of coffee.
Sure, you can always buy quality coffee grounds from stores like Home Grounds and enjoy a cup of coffee at home. Still, nothing beats the feeling of the worldly coffee flavors touching your palate and soul.
Whether you're planning to include the best coffee shops in your around-the-world excursion, or simply want to join our mini coffee tour around the world, here are 7 places around the world housing the best coffees you can taste:
1. Vienna, Austria
Austria's capital is home to a historic plethora of coffee shops and houses that UNESCO declared Vienna as a World Heritage Site in 2011. Vienna takes their coffee gaming seriously, from producing quality coffee for java fans around the world, to adorning their café with decorations that give you a homey feeling while enjoying your coffee.
Their coffee shops are the perfect spots if you want to take a break from your tour around Vienna. You can go people-watching here, or even socialize with locals and tourists who share the same passion for coffee as you.
Make sure to try their local pride, the Wiener Melange, an espresso served with steamed milk and milk foam!
2. Milan, Italy
If there's one country in the world that takes their cuisine seriously, it's Italy. And their coffee industry is no exception. In fact, the coffee scene of Milan inspired former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to establish our favorite coffee chain.
There's plenty of establishments in Milan that can offer you a cup of Joe, no matter your preference. You can visit cafés here like the Moleskin Café and Orsonero. If you're in a rush, you can drop by on coffee bars all over the Italian metropolis.
If you're a cat lover, you shouldn't miss the Crazy Cat Café in Milan. You can hang out with friendly cats here while enjoying your caffeine fix. They also offer a variety of café food choices that goes well with your coffee - cakes, desserts, and more.
3. Rome, Italy
You can't visit Italy without dropping by Rome, another Italian city with a thriving coffee industry. Baristas and coffee brewers take the quality of their coffee seriously, so you'll never have a bad caffeine experience here.
You'll always stumble in a coffee shop while visiting Rome and admiring its historical beauty. You may even find most locals with a cup of coffee by the hand.
The locals around here mostly enjoy an espresso or slightly-sweetened coffee, so if you're craving for a coffee that hits the spot, you'll feel right at home here.
4. Jakarta, Indonesia
You can't call your coffee experience complete without visiting one of the pioneers of the coffee industry in the world - Indonesia. Home to the best Java coffee in the world, you'll also find more exquisite coffee varieties here - Gayo, Sumatran, and Toraja coffee.
If you've got the budget to spare, you can also try their Kopi Luwak, the most expensive coffee you'll find worldwide.
Many coffee shops here cater to a specific theme too. For instance, if you want to enjoy some vintage vibes, there's the Bakoel Koffie waiting for you. And if you want something a little extraordinary, be sure to visit Jakarta's marketplace to get yourself the herb-infused warung kopi.
5. Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne takes its coffee culture by heart, they even host an annual coffee expo in the city. The city is also divided into "villages" housing different coffee cultures around the city.
You can get your Java fix in the city through espressos, cappuccinos, flat white, and more. But you shouldn't miss the local favorite Piccolo latte or the Baby Latte. It's a ristretto shot served with silky milk and in a small latte glass.
6. São Paulo, Brazil
The largest producer of coffee in the world houses the best Robusta and Arabica coffee you can taste. There's plenty of coffee shops to visit here - from traditional ones to cafés with contemporary vibes.
You can also visit the Coffee Lab, a brewery and coffee academy in Sao Paulo, to learn how the Brazilians make their signature brew of coffee. You can learn here the wide variety of beans and brewing methods Brazilians use to produce their famous brews.
If you want to get your caffeine fix straight from the farm, a visit to the Isso é Caffé is a must. They coffeehouse brews dark roasted coffee beans in a tumbler called cafezinho.
7. Reykjavik, Iceland
Before, Icelandic coffee shops only focused on providing the best foods you can enjoy in a café. They only paid attention to the quality of their coffee over the past few decades.
Nonetheless, many of our fellow coffee patrons have been raving about the worth-it experience of drinking an Icelandic coffee. Most of the coffee shops are independently owned, but it's worth comparing to famous huge coffee chains in the world.
If you want to partake in the historic era of the Vikings while enjoying a cup of Joe, you won't go wrong with visiting Reykjavik.