Morning Coffee: The Best Coffee Shops from Around the World
Café Tortoni – Buenos Aires, Argentina
One of the oldest coffee houses in South America is Café Tortoni, a beautiful and regal coffee house located in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina. Opened in 1858, it was inspired by Parisian coffeehouses where artists and thinkers would gather to talk and drink together.
Café Tortoni is decorated in classic Art Deco splendor. The ceilings are full of stained glass and the walls are covered in artwork and busts that honor famous regulars, like Jorge Luis Borges. They have all sorts of drinks and food on offer, but their most famous menu item by far is the hot chocolate with churros. The thick hot chocolate is served in a squat, wide mug, and is perfect for dipping.
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Kaffeine – London, England
Kaffeine is a London coffee shop that has tried to bring the best of Australian coffee culture to Britain. In a country that’s obsessed with tea and has generally scorned coffee, Kaffeine is attempting to introduce the nuances of coffee to the masses through their coffee flights – an espresso, a cappuccino, and a cascara “refresher” served together on a slate board. They also offer classes in coffee appreciation and latte art, run by their lead barista. Even regular baristas have to have at least three years of training before they can start working behind the counter at Kaffeine – and their experience shows.
Caffe Vita – Seattle, USA
Seattle has become known around the world as a hotbed for coffee innovation. It’s where Starbucks was born and where countless of other coffee shops have thrived. It makes sense as the wet and cold Pacific Northwest weather practically requires you to have a cup of coffee in your hand at all times just to survive.
They roast all their own coffee at Caffe Vita, and are so passionate about the art of coffee making that they even offer free technique classes to anyone who wants to sign up. If you want to try a new coffee every month, you can sign up for their subscription service online, and they’ll send you a new bag of beans monthly.