coffee around the world

7 years ago

We like to joke about our caffeine dependency. Being from the Seattle area, it’s a pretty accurate stereotype that we are helplessly addicted to coffee. Of all our travels across the globe, our most difficult to date was our trip through the southern states of the US where there was no coffee to be found for hundreds of miles. It should be noted that “sweet tea” and Coca Cola are, in fact, not substitutes for coffee. You may remember this from our last round of coffee pictures. Both Tawny and I would gladly trade sleep, laundry, and comfortable bus seats for a cup of coffee on the road.

As such, it should come as no shock that our collection of joe around the world has grown recently. Without further ado we give you our newest photos of coffee around the world.


So far, coffee in Bangkok has been as much about the latte art as it has about the flavor. Watch out, this powerful metropolis has everything your heart desires.


All of our coffee experiences in Sri Lanka were on the road. For a culture more fixated on Ceylon tea (endemic to the area), we have to say that the coffee was more powerful than anything. It was designed to get you up and moving, not sitting in the cafe.


Rome is all about the etiquette of coffee. A waiter once refused to serve us a cappuccino as an after dinner coffee. Espresso is the drink of choice to finish up a meal. Cappuccinos are exclusively for breakfast.


The coffee in Croatia is not only delicious, but theatrical. The idea is to set up shop in any of the outdoor, street-facing coffee shops and people watch as the day goes on. Coffee culture in Croatia is a chance to see and be seen. So dress up, and get your arm candy ready.



Ah, Ljubljana, hard to spell and easy to fall in love with. More than anything else, it was the street art in Ljubljana that made us fall so deeply in passion with this city. From ballerinas to Spanish guitarists, the buskers in this Slovenian city really raise the bar. Grabbing a latte on the forum walk is a sweet way to pass the day.


Athens has all of the coffee styles under the sun of Apollo. However, to truly taste Greece you should grab Greek coffee. This delicacy has a finely ground layer of coffee at the bottom of your espresso cup that provides a huge kick to your cup. Just don’t drink that layer of coffee grounds. It’s not appetizing and the locals might scoff at you.


Not unlike their neighbors in Greece, the people of Turkey offer small espressos with a thick layer of grounds on the bottom. We found the coffee in Turkey to be sweeter though, and served with an extra helping of sunshine.


The Greek island of Rhodes has all the coffee you could want, and usually a menagerie of animals to help you drink it. My macaw friend here strolled right up on my shoulder and tried to help himself to my cappuccino. When I refused, he settled for eating the button off my sleeve instead.


Cheeky parrot.


All of the coffee shops we found in Serbia had smokers galore, and every cappuccino had the most perfect foam we’ve ever seen. The cups are served extra dry, meaning that they have a thick layer of foam on top.


Still though, some of the best coffee we’ve ever had was from Iceland. These creamy cups of liquid happy come with rock sugar and a view of Viking paradise.


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