The Ultimate Guide to Coffee Worldwide • The Blonde Abroad

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Happy International Day Coffee, caffeine counterparts! In celebration of the big day, I decided to put together a collection of the best coffee destinations around the world.

There are so many different ways to brew coffee and I love them all. My heart fades for a mild Australian white level, a strong Turkish brew and super sweet Vietnamese coffee.

Whether you want to plan your next trip around a cup of joe or just want to know more about how coffee differs around the world, let's get things brewing!

Curious about coffee culture around the world? These are the ultimate destinations for any coffee lover!

Rome, Italy


Welcome to the auxiliary heaven! Italians have learned the art of combining raw materials with simple preparation techniques to create something magical.

I talked to you a little about coffee in my guide to eating locally in Italy, but now it's time to dig a little deeper. Coffee in Italy, after all, is a serious business. If you're used to getting your breakfast from Starbucks, ordering coffee in Italy is another ball.

The Italians invented espresso and this is their version of a coffee. It's what they would consider a standard coffee. If you come in and ask a cup of coffee, you will get this strong coffee cup of coffee.

One of the most interesting things about Italian coffee growing is that they do not get milk in their coffee in the afternoon. They really think that the late day is bad for your digestion. That's why nothing says a cappuccino tourist at 4 pm!

Are you ready for a caffeine fix Italian style? Here's a complete guide to what you'll see on the menu at a cafe in Italy:

Caffè: Powerful, small glass of espresso
Cappuccino: Put espresso with milk steam and milk foam on top
Caffè Corretto: Add a grappa snapshot to your espresso for a breakfast kick
Caffè Freddo / Cappuccino Freddo: Iced espresso sugar / cappuccino drink
Caffè Shakerato: Espresso and shaking cocktail shaker

Seattle, Washington

Love it or hate it, Starbucks put Seattle coffee on the map. This omnipresent coffee has transformed American coffee growing forever. I recently watched a thrilling documentary on the launch of the Seattle coffee scene, which I highly recommend (check it out here).

These days, specialty is the name of the game and Seattle is packed with boutique choices for every tastebud under the sun.

Cape Town

Every time I travel, I know about local tips from locals. They will help you escape the tranquil path to see the real gems of the city. Now that I've hit the pavement in Cape Town for a healthy amount of time, I'm officially ready to start making myself local.

And, with that, it's right to share with you my interior guide to the best coffee in town. Whether you're looking for an espresso in a trendy high-energy spot or just a quiet place to sip a latte, there are primo options all over the city.

My passion for finding the best beer has brought me all over the city and I have put together all the best spots in my Cape Town guide for coffee lovers!

flat white melbourne

Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is famous for its cafeteria and cafeteria. Today their renowned flat white takes over the world. With a strong coffee kick, it becomes a white white with steam milk and a thin layer of milk foam. It's Melbourne's delicious drink.

And you're hungry! Melbourne is one of my favorite foods!

Vietnamese coffee


Another gastronomic power plant, Vietnam is the kind of place you can eat and drink all day every day. I am obsessed with Vietnamese food as you may have already seen.

Vietnamese iced coffee, also known as cà phê ήá or cafe da, has become famous all over the world and this is exactly the tip of the iceberg. Yogurt coffee, egg coffee and coffee lemons will clear your mind upon arrival.

Ethiopian coffee


Famous for its spicy and rich taste, Ethiopia produces some of the largest beans in the world. Apart from the incredible java, Ethiopia has an exciting coffee crop.

Coffee is really such a big thing that there is a local saying: the good dabo naw (coffee is our bread) and there is still a local myth of how coffee bean was sent from heaven to the parrot, Kaldi.

Vienna, Austria

People were so excited about the culture of Viennese coffee that it declared the city a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in part because of its famed cafes.

Traditional coffee shops such as the Café Schwarzenberg have been Austrian icons from the 19th century. Meanwhile, Fürth Kaffee is setting up a modern-day hotspot with longtime friends like Café Central and Café Prückel.

When you're there, check out Cappuccino's amazing answer in Austria: mélange!

Israeli coffee

Tel Aviv, Israel

Coffee growing constantly hurts Tel Aviv! You will find a variety of cafes for businessmen, hipsters, tourists and everyone in between. These popular hangouts serve a distinctly Israeli coffee.

There are two common choices for Israeli coffee: Kafe Shachor and Kafe Botz.

Kafe Shachor (black coffee) is also known as Kafe Turki (Turkish coffee) and is a thick, slightly bitter boiling, similar to Turkish coffee. The Israelis call this type of coffee "cooked", meaning that the coffee was boiled with the extra water already in it.

There is another option that is "uncooked" called Kafe Botz (coffee mud). This is a kind of American style, where there is a shot of strong coffee with boiling water added just before serving.

It is common to find coffee served with cardamom, which I would highly recommend!


Colombia is known for its "brown triangle" consisting of Caldas, Risaralda and Quindio. The small town of Salento is a great stop on the Quindio for coffee trips and looking for Colombian coffee culture.

Irish Coffee

Reykjavik, Iceland

When I got to Iceland on a lorry, tobacco smoke coffees kept feeding me. While Icelanders aren't exactly famous for their caffeine consumption, there are indeed among the five biggest coffee drinkers on the planet!

And Starbucks is not the cup of tea! Iceland has broken the international chains in favor of local choices. There are two main grills: Te & Kaffi and Kaffitár (as well as the upcoming Kaffismiðja Íslands). You will find an endless range of coffee beans served with unique Icelandic media.

Bonus: Irish coffee

I recently made an epic trip through Ireland and fell in love with Irish coffee. Creamy and sweet, these things will keep you warm in your core. Made with whiskey, cream and sugar, this is a strong drink.

Fun event: Irish coffee was invented in Ireland in the '40s when a clever Irish businessman wanted to mix a drink to warm up American tourists.

Where else do you think you should be on a list of places with heavy coffee? What are the best drinks you have discovered abroad?