Endless fields, museums and cafés in honour of the coffee queen

On some farms, visitors can even roast and combine their very own coffee blends

The vast and endless coffee fields in South America, the unusual way of producing the world’s most expensive coffee in Indonesia or the coffee museums in Dubai and London and just a few of the must visit places for coffee lovers.

In Brazil, the world’s largest coffee producer and exporter, visitors can see the vast fields of red berries, and visit small Fincas farms where they can get a first hand look at how coffee is grown, harvested and roasted. Northwards in Costa Rica, at a farm in the Heredia province, visitors can participate in the roasting of coffee and prepare their very own package of organically grown coffee. In doing so, they can try which varieties suit them best, and create a blend with their very own signature.

To find out about the process of how the world’s most expensive coffee is made, you should certainly pay a visit to Indonesia, where the Kopi Luwak coffee is made. The Asian palm cibet cat feeds on the raw beans of a rare variety of coffee that grows in the rainforests of this part of Asia. After the civets defecate the beans, collectors collect them and dry them, and they are used to make coffee that costs up to $800 per kilogram.

Hawaii is another great place to visit because of a special type of coffee. The Kona variety is grown on the northern and southern parts of Hawaii. This variety is special because it is grown and harvested in a specific environment, volcanic soil.

Seattle in the United States is said to be sleepless. Seattle is full of excellent cafés and small coffee roasters, where it is possible to try and purchase endless types of coffee.

Since espresso originated from Italy, coffee fans are sure to visit Rome and at least one of its ancient cafés established in the 18th or 19th century. In one such café, Caffe Greco, famous personalities such as Lord Byron, Goethe and Franz Liszt were known to enjoy the coffee.

Several years ago, a coffee museum was opened in Dubai by one of the large coffee importers there, making this an interesting city to visit. The museum is situated in a historical fortress dating back to 1779. There are coffee museums in Europe as well, in Hamburg, Prague and London. The Braham Museum in London was the first museum in the world to be completely dedicated to coffee and tea. Visitors can learn more about the 400 years of history of this second best selling product in the world, since its arrival in Europe. Tourists in the British capital can also stay at the George Inn, which still has a coffee serving room from the 17th century.

The “coffee route” around the world, from Brazil to Hamburg and Rome, might have its best ending in Japan – in luxury resorts that treat stress with hot coffee baths.

By Franck d.d.