For caffeine addicts, starting the day with the perfect brew is nothing short of a life necessity. From the Far East to Latin America, the world is full of fantastic nooks and crannies dedicated to satisfying your caffeine cravings in the utmost of style. Delve into these must-try coffee destinations to earn yourself the true bragging rights of being the ultimate coffee connoisseur.
Vive CafÉ, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nestled in the vibrant streets of Buenos Aires’ Palermo neighborhood, Vive Café serves as a watering hole for caffeine lovers from all over the world. From coffee-based desserts such as the Limonada de Coco, to a reminiscent flat white that reminds you of your local coffee shop from home, Vive Café curates a breadth of assortment blends that makes this café feel like your home away from home. With intricate foam art and Colombian handicrafts burrowed into the shelves, Vive Café is sanctuary for all those who visit.
The Little Red Fox, Siem Reap, Cambodia
If ever there were a place that coined the term “full package”, The Little Red Fox, commonly known as “The Fox” to both locals and expats alike, is as close as it gets to an all immersive experience. The Australian-owned Cambodian managed café in the heart of Siem Reap’s new Kandal Village precinct aims to foster an experience that not only promotes coffee and food, but Cambodian culture, arts, and music as well. With a strong call to corporate social responsibility, The Little Red Fox supports the use of biodegradable waste bags in Cambodia, is 100% plastic free and donates all used oil to NagaEarth to be then turned into biofuel. All-in-all, it’s an absolute joy to visit.
Guayaquil, a port city in Ecuador, lies at the foot of the Western Cordillera of the Andes, also commonly known as a prominent region for agriculture. Taking a trip to Guayaquil serves as an ideal opportunity to venture through the tropical lowlands of Ecuador, gaining exposure to fruit plantations, immersive experiences in the local way of life, and indulging in the history of cocoa beans and some of the world’s premium chocolate.
Just an hour away, visit Hacienda La Danesa and taste the best of fine aroma chocolate (cacao de fina aroma) alongside gastronomical delicacies with the local produce from the area. Between Naranjito and Bucay in the warm embrace of the Andes, spend the afternoon tubing, biking, hiking through a plantation, or even milking a cow. The possibilities are vast and the backdrop is spectacular.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Ethiopia is not only the birthplace of coffee, but it is also home to some of the best in the world. From tiny closet-sized shops to larger vendors, a good cup of coffee is never far away. Visit TO.MO.CA and Mokarar for more experienced baristas and sublime coffee beans to bring home, or walk down any street and venture through an infinite row of hole-in-the-wall – yet unforgettable – coffee shops.
Cape Town, South Africa
Since the 1960s, coffee has been a means that brings together the local community of Cape Town. Today, the city is bursting at the seams with cafés and restaurants, and caffeine has remained a prominent pastime tradition for both households and businesses alike.
Deemed to be the best coffee house in South Africa, and possibly in the world, Truth Coffee Roasting incorporates the décor of mid-century gothic and steampunk. Coffee drinkers who visit the place find themselves lingering there for most of the day, just to take in the unique atmosphere. But people aren’t just attracted to the stunning interior; the coffee itself is all hand-roasted in a vintage cast iron drum – and the same coffee is also supplied in many of South Africa’s top hotels.
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