Once you get out of college and can start paying for better quality items, most people find that the grocery store cans of ground coffee just don’t do it for them anymore. Many seek out better alternatives for their morning brew. For most, it’s a machine that takes coffee pods or even an expensive at-home espresso maker.
However, no matter how adept you are at working your machine, you’ll never be able to reproduce the amazing coffee that’s available for purchase in dedicated coffee shops. These shops elevate coffee to an art form and are fueled by an obsessive passion to discover new flavors and methods that make an even better cup of coffee. Below are some of the best coffee shops that we’ve found from around the world. They regularly inspire coffee pilgrims to travel far and wide for a cup.
Tim Wendelboe – Oslo, Norway
Tim Wendelboe is the eponymous proprietor and founder of this amazing coffee shop, located in Oslo, Norway. It makes sense that a country that’s cold and dark for most of the year would need a few great coffee shops around, and this one definitely delivers. You can smell it as you approach – they roast and grind all their own beans on site, so you can enjoy a delicious cup, then take a bag home as a souvenir. Wendelboe searches around the world for the best fair-trade beans, so his shop is definitely the place to go for the newest and most interesting coffee in Europe.
Sant’Eustachio Il Caffe – Rome, Italy
Sant’Eustachio Il Caffe is the biggest name in espresso in Rome – perhaps in all of Italy. It’s been in the same spot since 1938, and roasts a top-secret blend of beans to make their espressos. Like most cafés in Italy, you can get a variety of specialty drinks at Sant’Eustachio, but locals stick to an espresso or cappuccino, which are usually drunk while standing at the counter. Don’t think you’re missing out if you don’t get a seat. The standing counter gives you a great view of the expert baristas working the ancient espresso machines.
The Coffee Academics – Hong Kong, China
The Coffee Academics is a small chain of coffee shops that opened in Hong Kong just a few years ago. Their flagship location is in Causeway Bay, and they have seven other locations as of 2017. They are known for being, as their name states, true students of coffee. They serve coffee beans from all around the world, and you can choose your method of brewing, including in a custom blown-glass Chemex. They also carry a small menu of food in most of their locations and are open late for those late-night caffeine fixes.