I’ve always thought you can tell a lot about a place from its coffee shops. A café where people rush in, order and hurry out isn’t a guarantor of a hyperactive culture but it’s not a great start for those who like to savor their mornings over some java. A place where single origin pour is the must have drink isn’t an infallible sign that the baristas know the beans, but it beats a complicated latte with caramel, cinnamon and vanilla. Yes, coffee is a necessity, but the vibe of a city is in its coffee, whether that coffee is café con leche or a simple cup given during an elaborate coffee ceremony.
There are of course many variables involved in making a great cup of coffee but a really good one is one you dream about. Remember that cup we had at that little cafe in... Beyond Words tasked me with writing about the 10 best cities in the world for coffee lovers right now. It was an impossibly hard task because really there are so many great places. But I did it. From the United States to Africa to South America these are the 10 best cities in the world for coffee lovers, right now. Find out where to get your fix and plan your next vacation in the process.