Posted on November 10, 2020 by Alex
Whether you drink coffee for the pleasure of the taste, to wake you up, or just to enjoy a hot drink, you'll want to enjoy your brew no matter where you travel. But how to find that great cup of java in a place that you don't call home and that you're not familiar with?
Just as you would search for things to do, places to stay, and how to get around in a new city to make the most of your trip, you can do the same for where to get great coffee.
The last thing you'll want to do is put 'coffee' into the search on Google Maps. You will find yourself inundated with little icons, and you'll have no idea which ones are worth visiting, as many of them could be a coffee dispenser at a local gas station (perish the thought!).
Instead, try searching with the terms 'coffee roaster' or 'hipster coffee.' These will bring you fewer icons, showing you good coffee houses that know their brew. Some will roast their beans, and some won't. At least you'll be presented with a choice of places who care about how their beans are roasted.
As with practically any product or service these days, you can find a 'best of' for coffee shops and roasters worldwide. A quick Google search for 'best coffee shops worldwide' can bring up handy lists like this one with a choice of 50 different places to satisfy your coffee cravings.
Birds of a feather flock together, and so do coffee connoisseurs (aka aficionados, coffee snobs, insert your favorite term here). Ask your coffee-loving friends what they've discovered on their travels. Chances are, they've got their recommendations for your favorite travel destinations.
You could also ask people in your local favorite coffee spot. Most of us love to show off our knowledge and give recommendations, so for all you know, that guy who you always see working away on his laptop when you come in for your morning coffee hit knows the very best places to visit from Mexico to the south of France. Worth a try!
If you have a favorite coffee roast, it can be worth checking their website to see where their coffee is distributed. Many excellent bean distributors will have this information on their sites, and since you know you love their roast, any place that stocks it is probably a safe bet to get a great cup of java. At any rate, you'll know they'll serve your favorite blend!
If you want to know about different countries that produce coffee beans, here's a map of countries that produce coffee.
If you love the methodical, mindful process of making your morning coffee, why deny yourself that pleasure when traveling? You can also share your favorite brew with family and friends that you meet on your travels.
First, the beans. If you want to bring your own, pack them in a dry bag (not the bag they came in from the shop!) The dry bag will not only be watertight, but it will ensure that your items in your suitcase don't end up smelling like coffee (OK, if you love the smell of coffee, you might want to just use a Ziploc. We get it.)
You might also want to pack a reusable filter - you can find them made of metal, hemp, stainless steel, or silicone. In a pinch, you could use a clean piece of cloth (cotton, muslin, or hemp). Just don't use your white t-shirt - it will never be the same again!
For grinding your coffee, get an excellent portable grinder, preferably a burr mill that will allow you to adjust your grind size.
Next, pack a French press, a pour-over coffee maker (like these coffee maker), or other travel-friendly coffee brewer, and you'll be good to go.
You'll want to pack a travel mug so that you can either make or buy your brew and take it with you. Depending on where you are traveling, the places you find may not offer coffee to go, in which case having your mug can give you that flexibility.
A travel mug also means you can start exploring your new environment right away, brew in hand.
Look for compact, stainless steel models that you can easily open with one hand.
Your other hand might be busy taking photos of the fantastic coffee shops that you've found on your travels!