Everyone loves a caffeine fix. The good thing about coffee is that there are so many different ways of making and enjoying it. Different countries have different coffee cultures and if you love coffee, you should visit these countries to get a taste of their coffee culture. Some countries have a richer history than others and visiting as many countries on this list as possible will give you the chance to experience and enjoy all these different coffee histories.
Australians are passionate about their coffee. There are so many different cafes that you can visit while you are there with each of them offering a unique experience. If you ever visit Australia for their coffee culture, you should visit Melbourne. Some of the best places to visit include Higher Ground and Kettle Black.
Australia has such a rich coffee culture that it is starting to permeate to other parts of the world. For example, it is easy to find cafes and coffee bars in the United States that are inspired by the Australian coffee scene.
One fascinating thing about Australia is that they love independent coffee growers so much that global brands like Starbucks have a very small footprint there.
Even though France is known for its food, it also has a very vibrant coffee culture. Their most famous coffee drink is the café au lait which is consumed at breakfast and in cafes.
The French also have their own custom coffee brews such as the Noisette which is an espresso that has a very small amount of milk.
The coffee scene in Portugal is fun and exciting. Portugal is routinely praised as having some of the best coffee in the world.
Their go-to coffee drink is the espresso which is prepared using traditional recipes and methods of roasting the beans. The end result is some of the best coffee you have ever tasted.
Portugal is different from other countries on this list because they do not care too much about different kinds of foams or cafes. Instead, they value the taste of slow-roasted espresso, regardless of where and how they take it.
The coffee culture in Italy is similar to the one in Portugal. One notable difference is that Italians stand around a bar when having their coffee.
Italians also believe in generosity and they have a practice called “Caffe Sospeso”. This is where you buy two espressos and take only one. The remaining one is left for someone who does not have the cash to pay for their coffee.
Because Italians consume a lot of coffee, it would be an interesting destination for those who are into the coffee culture.
Many people do not know there is a vibrant coffee culture in Japan. Japan stands out because there are so many different flavors and roasts, including the delicious civet coffee which is originally from Indonesia.
The Japanese pride themselves in the artistic ways they make their coffee and Japan is third on the list of coffee importing countries. If you are a coffee enthusiast who loves to post their coffee drinks on social media, you will love it there.
If you are looking for something different and unique, you should visit Japan. If you come for the coffee, you can stay for the culture because Japan has plenty of history and culture to keep you fascinated.
While other countries pride themselves on how unique their different coffee drinks are, Turkey takes a scientific and historical approach to their coffee. Coffee is taken very seriously in Turkey and it is often served in vibrant and colorful mugs. This helps make the experience much more immersive.
A Turkish coffee is prepared by mixing the beans with boiling water and the brew is left to sit for some time. Once it is served, you are advised to keep stirring the drink to get the best flavor.
America is unique in that almost every city has a different coffee culture. Portland is laidback, New York is vibrant and Seattle is the home of Starbucks, arguably the biggest coffee franchise in the world.
American coffee comes in a multitude of sizes and flavors which means you can keep trying new types of coffee and never run out of options because new options are always being introduced.
Tanzania is known as the home of Mt. Kilimanjaro but a lot of people do not know that it has a vibrant coffee culture. You can visit local shops for what is known as “kahawa tungu”, a type of coffee brewed with a mix of ingredients including ginger and some local fruits. The experience is simply mind-blowing.
You can also visit the farms to see where the coffee you drink comes from. There is a lot to see in Tanzania because it is truly beautiful and vibrant and the people hold coffee farming in high regard.
Did you know that most coffee strains and species come from Ethiopia and Kenya? Ethiopia is a leading coffee exporter and as such, they have a very vibrant coffee culture. Coffee is consumed in city cafes as well as in the home.
Ethiopians also have coffee ceremonies where they roast the beans and then brew and drink the coffee.
You simply cannot visit Ethiopia without visiting Addis Ababa where you can sample different coffee flavors and varieties. Some of these varieties have spices and sweeteners added for a richer flavor.
Brazil has been a top coffee exporter for close to 150 years. The coffee scene in Brazil consists of smaller cups than you are used to which are used to serve Coffee cafezinho. This is a boiling cup of coffee that is sweetened and filtered, and if you are not careful, you will leave the cafe with a burnt tongue.
Tea is rarely consumed in Brazil with the people preferring their cafe com leite and cafe curti (espresso).
Even though coffee is drunk in most countries, the coffee culture in all these different countries is different depending on where you are. There are countries with richer and longer coffee histories, and these are the ones you should start with.