Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Travel for Coffee Lovers

If you are a coffee lover, then you know the draw to the dark liquid.  Although coffee drinkers are vast and their favorites differ greatly, they all can agree that coffee, to them, is the nectar of the gods.  When traveling, many people get to experience the differences between home brewed coffee and the regional favorites.  So let's travel around the globe to see where, what, when and how to sip this beloved beverage.  

Coffee at the Glamorous Hotel Eden in Rome
Italy is a country that loves their coffee strong which is why today no Italian kitchen is complete without an espresso machine.  If you plan to head to this romantic country, there are a few things you need to know about their customs.  Espresso is the drink you order at a cafe if you plan for a quick sip.  It is the Italians version of a to-go coffee, served in tiny cups and drank while standing up in the charming cafes.  If you crave a cappuccino, let's hope that craving hits in the morning, because Italians do not think it appropriate to drink this milky delight after lunch.  One huge plus of the Italians loving their coffee is that in almost every hotel you can find a great cup.  Check out the Best Hotels in Italy and get ready to get your caffeine fix.

Coffee on the terrace at Grand Hotel de Bordeaux in France 
Other European Countries also cherish their java.  The people of Turkey like coffee that is intense in every way.  The Turkish Proverb states that it should be "as black as hell, as strong as death and as sweet as love."  Served thick and usually after dinner with chewy local candy, this coffee will be memorable.  Coffee consumption in Denmark is one of the highest in the world, quite possibly due to the cold and dark winters.  Because of this, Danish cafes are a huge part of the culture.  If you travel here you will have no trouble finding a coffeehouse of cafe, as there is one on almost every corner in the larger cities.  In the Netherlands they enjoy their coffee served black alongside a cookie, while Austria goes a bit lighter serving something similar to a cappuccino.  The Greek people love their Frappe, an iced version of the beverage and the Irish enjoy their drink after dinner with a bit of Irish whiskey mixed in.  And lastly the French like to start the day with a cafe au lait, a coffee that is mixed with hot milk served in a large mouth cup, but don't forget the baguette or croissant.  A trip to any of these fabulous European countries will easily provide you with a delicious way to get your daily dose of joe.

Coffee by the Pool at Four Seasons Riyadh
Arabic countries like Saudi Arabia utilize coffee in a very exact way, elders are served first and it is common to serve it with dried dates.  They also flavor it with a cardamom spice, so the dates help to counteract any bitterness.  Mexico also adds a spice to their coffee, cinnamon.  Called Cafe de olla, this subtle spiced coffee is brewed with the cinnamon sticks in a earthenware pot to enhance the taste.  And finally we look at the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia, where traditional ceremonies are held regularly in the community.  This ceremony brews the coffee for up to two hours and if served in the traditional sense, it will come with either salt or butter instead of sugar.  Different parts of the world enjoy their coffee in vastly different ways, but all prove to be divine.  

Coffee with a View at Four Seasons Punta Mita
Although it is unlikely that your adoration of coffee will entice you to travel to a certain destination, there is a chance that after reading this you might find some charm in the different ways that cultures serve this iconic beverage.  Once your interest is peaked, it is quite possible that a travel plan might start to brew.  Let WhatAHotel! help you book your stay in any of these phenomenal locations.  We can reserve your room and also provide you with exclusive complimentary perks and benefits that set us apart from other online travel sites.  So if you are unsure of where to travel for your next vacation, check out how these cities enjoy their brew and find some place where the coffee will be served exactly to your liking.  



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