The best destinations for coffee lovers

In search of the world’s perfect Cup o’ Joe? Some say life is too short to have bad coffee, that’s why I decided to round-up some of the best coffee cities in the world:

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Istanbul, Turkey

For many people Turkish coffee is just too damn strong, yet their rich, black coffee has excited many other travellers. In Istanbul coffee baristas roast and grind beans into a fine powder. As a traditional method, the beans are boiled with water and sugar in a cezve (pot). Usually the coffee isn’t run through a sieve, so expect a couple of powdery granules.

Paris, France

Paris has without a doubt some of the world’s most alluring cafés. However, many people say that their coffee is over-brewed and cannot compare with the rest of the world’s best coffee cities. Yet, because of its amazing café culture, sipping coffee here – even sub-par coffee – is often well worth it.

Tel Aviv, Israel

The lively cafés of this beautiful city boasts a variety of coffees as they love to serve both ice-café (iced coffee) in the summer and botz (hot coffee) in the winter. Expect a dark, intense, very rich brew.

Havana, Cuba

Known for their irresistible café cubano, which is basically an espresso shot infused with demerara sugar. It is delicious! The coffee is tiny, creamy, sweet and packed with caffeine. Definitely one for espresso lovers.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Often referred to as ‘the place where coffee was born’, the Ethiopian capital makes coffee a ritual. It is well-known that Ethiopians might invite their guests into their homes for a lengthy coffee ritual. They love to grind and brew the coffee beans together  – sometimes for hours – and boil the coffee in a traditional clay pot called a “jebena.” It’s worth the wait!

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