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My Favorite Coffee Around the World

Stop and Smell the Coffee

Location: Around the World

Lucky am I that I have tasted coffee all over the world, in fact, in 96 countries. Wow that is a lot of countries and a lot of coffee. I do love coffee and although there has been many countries where the coffee was downright lousy or non-existent, luckily there have been many countries where it was delicious and abundant.

So I thought today I would share with you my favorite coffee around the world. Some of the worlds best and most delicious. Whatever you call it; java, joe, mud, cuppa, brew, cafe, octane, rocket fuel or juice – here is my favorite coffee around the world.

Coffee in France
Espresso in France 2007

France – I visited France in 2007 and despite the Starbucks phenom in the USA, France was the place I had my first and most memorable cup of real good espresso. And I didn’t have just one. I drank so many cups of espresso during my ten day visit to Paris and northern France. I learned how much I love a deep, dark rich cup and I have loved it ever since.

Italian coffee
My husband enjoying coffee in Italy

Italy – Most people think of espresso as Italian, and certainly they are credited with the invention of the espresso machine. I loved this amazing coffee here as well, and was a bit confused by the social etiquette surrounding your morning coffee. Most baristas were kind and assisted this silly American

Ethiopian coffee
Ethiopian woman preparing the coffee

Ethiopia – My 2008 trip to Ethiopia remains one of the highlights of my travel life, and learning the complicated process the Ethiopia Coffee ceremony encompasses is one of the most interesting things I have ever seen. Ethiopians strongly claim their country as the birthplace of coffee, and they take the ceremony of coffee very seriously. You can’t be in a hurry for your morning cuppa here…but it is very much worth the wait.

Zanzibar Coffee

Zanzibar – the beautiful island country of Zanzibar (actually a self-governing island of Tanzania) has many coffee plantations as well as beautiful and interesting spice plantations. On a tour of one of these plantations we learned a lot about the coffee culture of Zanzabar and enjoyed drinking the rich dark brew at Zanzibar Coffee next to our hotel.

Moroccan Coffee
Coffee at Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca

Morocco – there are so many things I love about Morocco, including the food, and the coffee is high up on that list of favorite things. We drank it in all parts of the country and it was rich and delicious no matter where we were. Moroccans could be found drinking it morning and night, but for me I had to stick to the morning, or I would have been awake all night long.

Greek Coffee
Coffee in Greece

Greece – Another country that really knows how to do coffee is Greece. Like other European countries coffee often comes with a “biscuit” for dipping, and a cup of beautiful dark coffee in the afternoon was my favorite mid-day treat.

Breakfast in Qatar

Qatar – this photo does not do justice to the coffee we had in Qatar. We transited through Qatar and spent only one night, and enjoyed on the morning of our departure what I can say is hands down the best breakfast I have ever eaten…including a pot of delicious brewed dark coffee.

Vietnam Coffee
Almost always served in a glass cup in Vietnam

Vietnam – we spent a month in Vietnam and really grew to love the coffee there. Often served with sweet milk, but you could order it without, the local coffee was almost always served in a clear glass cup without a handle.

Guatemalan Coffee
Coffee in Guatemala

Guatemala – when we returned home after our month in Guatemala we brought with us six pounds of coffee…now one of my favorite coffee around the world. The production of coffee is big in many Central American countries, but of all the countries we visited we liked Guatemalan coffee the best.

Vietnam Coffee
A special latte made to look like me in Vietnam

So there you have it, my favorite coffee around the world. I can’t wait to continue my coffee culture research when we head out for our fourth year of ’round the world travel. Coffee makes me happy!

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  • Reply Nancy Williams

    I love this post! I love coffee and could definitely do a tour around the world just to try coffee!

    August 3, 2019 at 6:48 am
  • Reply Lisa

    No matter where I am, coffee is my one necessity. Great post and I must say that my favourite has to be Vietnamese coffee.

    August 3, 2019 at 6:13 pm
  • Reply Mona

    I love this article so much. Every where I travel I always seek out the best cup of coffee. Morocco’s coffee was my least favorite so I’m shocked (but glad) you enjoyed it! Based on this article, I’m really excited to try Guatemalan coffee hopefully in the near future!

    August 4, 2019 at 10:22 am
    • Reply Laureen

      Enjoy! Thanks for commenting!

      August 4, 2019 at 10:31 am
  • Reply Julie

    Cool post! Have you tried Malaysian coffee?

    August 4, 2019 at 11:32 am
    • Reply Laureen

      We are headed to Malaysia this fall so I will!!!

      August 4, 2019 at 5:52 pm

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