Where You Should Travel for a Really Good Cup of Coffee

Travel for Coffee

Nowadays, coffee has become a part of our modern lifestyle. Whether you drink it in the morning to help you freshen up or in the afternoon while socializing with your friends, you too probably have your favorite type of coffee. After all, with so many different types and ways to brew it, finding a good cup of coffee is not that difficult. However, if you’d like to taste the best coffee in the world, here’s where you should travel for a really good cup of coffee.

Coffee in Italy

If you love coffee, you should visit Italy, especially if you’re a fan of espresso. Italians don’t drink coffee in the same way as the rest of the world. As a result, there are a few things you should know about ordering coffee in Italy. For example, if you love cappuccino, make sure to order it before 11 a.m. since some cafés refuse to serve it later due to the milk in it.

Travel for Coffee to an espresso bar in Italy

Coffee in Colombia

Thanks to a variety of microclimates in Columbia, coffee is successfully produced all year round. If you want, you can witness the process of making it as well. The Columbian countryside is filled with winding roads, and some of the plantations are not so easy to reach. So, if you like adventures, you would surely enjoy Colombia.

Coffee in Jamaica

Jamaican’s Blue Mountain Coffee is one of the most sought-after coffees in the world, which is why it’s very expensive. It is known for having a mild flavor and not being bitter, and grows at around 2000 feet above the sea level. In the opinion of MyFriendsCoffee, it is the most flavored coffee. The soil on Blue Mountain is rich, and with lots of rain, makes the climate perfect for growing coffee.

Coffee plants in Jamaica

Coffee in Australia

If you’re looking for something a bit different, you should travel to Australia and the Land Down Under. Australians have many different methods of preparing coffee, and you can try most of them in the comfort of your own home. They also have some amazing specialized coffee pods if regular Nespresso pods can’t satisfy your needs.

Coffee in Costa Rica

Coffee became popular in Costa Rica during the late 1700s, and it’s been important for the country’s economy ever since. There is a movement in Costa Rica to grow organic coffee, so it’s safe to say that Costa Ricans prefer their coffee to be not just delicious but of high quality as well.

Coffee beans about to be roasted

Coffee in Cuba

Cubans are known for preparing strong coffee, so if you’re looking for a good kick, Cuba is the place. It is usually very sweet but extremely powerful. Cubans guarantee that once you get used to the taste, you won’t be able to get enough of it. Just make sure not to drink it as quickly as you would your usual coffee; you don’t want to underestimate its strength.

Coffee in Ethiopia

If you consider yourself a coffee lover, you should visit Ethiopia. The birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia is one of the world’s top producers of coffee. It’s an important part of its culture with each regions’ coffee a bit different in taste but equally delicious. Here, you can also be a part of a special coffee ceremony that can last for hours and taste coffee like no other in the world.

An Ethiopian villager

Coffee in Hawaii

When thinking of Hawaii, most people imagine hot sandy beaches and cold cocktails. However, Hawaii is also home to amazing coffee. Thanks to the volcanic soil, tropical climate, and dedication its inhabitants, the coffee here is of very high quality. There are even guided tours that show you how it is made. So, if you don’t know where to spend your next vacation, Hawaii should be on your list.

Travel for Coffee

You can’t call yourself a true coffee lover if you’ve only tasted one type of coffee. After all, coffee is no longer just a drink; it has become an integral part of our culture. So, don’t stop at one cup – pack your bags and immerse yourself in different cultures. You just need to decide where to travel for a really good cup of coffee.

Jamaica (my top spot)

This is without question my most overdue article, post, writing of all time. I usually go to Jamaica at least once a year, sometimes more. I can’t even guess how many times that I’ve actually been there. But I can guess that my lack of travel writing on Jamaica is because it feels so much like home for me.

Plantation Ruins in Jamaica by marktravel

Jamaica is relaxing. Everything moves slower there (except for Usain Bolt). If you are looking for anything quick, you’ve come to the wrong place. And that’s fine with me.

Golf in Jamaica

Jamaica is nicely warm (at least for a guy from Canada) and the temperature and breeze are constant. It’s almost always sunny. Clouds are actually a welcome sight because it is so warm and sunny. You could almost set your watch by their rainfall- most days at 3:30.

The South Shore of Jamaica by marktravel

Jamaica is incredible beaches, warm water and island scenery…

Appleton Sugar Cane in Jamaica by marktravel

Plantation Ruins in Jamaica by marktravel

Jamaica is also a proud people and culture. And great food (jerk chicken immediately comes to mind), good drink (Appleton and Red Stripe beer), and good times.

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It’s a combination of all of the above and more. And a welcome trip at anytime (and my next visit to Jamaica is November 2014).

Jamaica at sunset by marktravel

Golf- Jammin’ in Jamaica

My Article – Reprinted from Golf Scene Magazine Summer 2011 Edition

When Canadians think of a beach vacation, the popular choices are Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Jamaica. All four destinations have golf, but only Jamaica combines a real laid back Caribbean holiday with some of the most spectacular golf courses you will find anywhere in the world.

Jamaica travel choices are plentiful. Air Canada has daily non-stop flights to Montego Bay from Toronto and seasonal non-stop services from other Canadian gateways. The list of Jamaican resorts could fill this entire article but a few of the better choices are Half Moon Resort, Ritz Carlton Resort and the Rose Hall Hilton Resort. There are also seven Sandals Resorts with access to Sandals Golf Club but you’ll need to stay at either the Sandals Royal Plantation or Sandals Grande Riviera to be anywhere near the Sandals Golf Club.

Caddies are mandatory on all courses in Jamaica. If you’ve never played with a caddy a word to the wise – ask the distance to the hole (instead of them telling you which club to play) and follow their putting suggestions – they are always right!

I have had the good fortune to play five of the following top courses in Jamaica:

White Witch This is definitely the most challenging course in Jamaica. Tom Fazio designed this course, which is 6,859 yards. The course was carved out of Rose Hall Plantation and features Caribbean Sea views on 16 of the 18 holes – some of the most spectacular golf course views in the world. Stay and play packages are available if you stay at the Ritz Carlton Resort.

Cinnamon Hill The course, which was designed by Robert vonHagge and is 6,637 yards, features several holes along the ocean coastline, and one can spot plantation relics and great views. It is also located in Rose Hall close to White Witch. The Rose Hall Hilton Resort is right beside the course, and offers golf packages.

Half Moon This course 7,119 yard course is classic Trent Jones, and is situated directly across the street from the Half Moon Resort. Half Moon makes a great vacation.

Tryall This classic old Jamaica course is about 30 minutes west of Montego Bay. Ralph Plummer designed, this course which is 6,772 yards, lush and well groomed but very much a “country club”. Be on your best behaviour – members rule.

Sandals Golf Club Formerly the Upton GC, Sandals purchased the club in 6,502 yards, 1992. Golf Digest four star rating for courses to play while on vacation. A nice course consisting of 6,502 yards and located in Ocho Rios … Green fees are included with your stay at Sandals Resort.

With its unique and laid back culture, great scenery, tropical climate, and world-class golf, Jamaica really has it all if you are a golf enthusiast or want to hit a ball alongside the ocean and just enjoy the views!