5 MORE Cities with a Killer Coffee Culture

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ViennaAssuming you have already decorated your passport with cities pulled from the first installment on coffee capitals of the world, here is a whole new batch to try.

The number of cities that can be relied upon to have excellent java is growing all the time.  As the words “craft” and “artisan” begin to mean more and more in the food and drink industry, people are beginning to expect more from their morning cup.

This is great news for the coffee aficionados of the world, who can now rely on a great caffeinated concoction almost anywhere in the world.

But there are certainly some standouts when it comes to cities that are doing it best.  Read on to learn about 5 more places that are perfecting the art of coffee.

1. Vienna, Austria

The rumor is that in 1683 when Vienna was liberated from Turkish siege, pounds and pounds of coffee beans were captured.  At first, the beans were mistaken for animal feed but when their true usage was discovered, it lead to the opening of Vienna’s first coffeehouse.

Vienna has a thick air of civility, so why would that fall short when ordering a coffee? Vienna’s coffeehouses are revered for their comforting and relaxed vibe, where any guest who orders a cup could potentially relax with their newspaper or their friends for hours on end.  In fact, staying awhile is encouraged as coffee culture in Vienna is far from grab-and-go.  Coffee is served with elegant presentation; always in glasses, with saucers, on top of a table cloth.  At most coffeehouses, doors are open until 10 or 11pm, so people can get their after dinner fix.

For a familiarly local order, go with the Vienner mélange, a cappuccino topped with cream and a pastry of your choice.  Local Viennese patrons swear by Café Central and Kleines Café, so start there.

2. Taipei, Taiwan

The Taiwanese bring a new perspective to brewing and have high roasting standards for their coffee.  With a rich history of tea drinking, the Taiwanese were super skilled in classifying tea leaves according to quality and freshness.  Favorably, this skill carried over to finding first-rate coffee beans.

The younger generation of Taiwan have taken the café game by storm to pump out the best roasts possible in hundreds of independent stores.  The locals are admired for their friendliness and warm hospitality, which will have you never wanting to leave the comfort of your chosen café.  In a city known for its grueling humidity, take a well needed rest with an iced coffee.

3. Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver residents prefer to have their coffee beans sourced directly from roasters.  Tim Horton’s (the national coffee chain of Canada) just does not cut it anymore.  Why is buying from roasters all the rage, you ask?  A modern movement in Vancouver coffee culture is the “slow” movement, where beans are prepped in small batches with a lot of human attention as opposed to machinery.  Additionally, vacuum-pot and cold-brew techniques are also quite popular among the baristas here.

Numerous cafés in Vancouver employee decorated baristas, who have won competitions around the world.  It is hard to find a lousy café and excellent ones can be found in all of the nooks and crannies of the city.

4. Portland, Oregon

Portland, proclaimed as having an “intimate” relationship with coffee by the New York Times, is steadily gaining speed as one of the newest coffee powerhouses.  In fact, in 2012, Portland held the largest coffee industry gathering in the world.

Locals in Portland enquire about their coffee, are knowledgeable about the brewing process and have legitimate questions for their baristas about the batch’s flavor notes.  The standout brewer in Portland has to be Duane Sorenson of Stumptown Coffee, who sources, roasts and delivers his own beans from Costa Rica, Ethiopia and Indonesia.  Head to Portland for a jolt of espresso or a café Americano.

5. Oslo, Norway

With a crisp, wintry climate, it is no wonder Norwegians cozy up to a warm cup of Joe.  It is estimated that the coffee consumption per person annually in Norway is 21.8 pounds (9.9 kg) each, which is the second largest in the world!  With those kinds of numbers, it is no wonder that Oslo has become a delicious coffee beacon.

Oslo is unique in a lot of coffee respects as their roasts are quite light and have a tinge of acidity.  If you have never tried it, it may take some getting used to.  The locals assert that light roasts are a fantastic way to bring out the flavor of the coffee bean.  In fact, the world’s first barista champion, Robert Thoresen, won with his perfected light roast.  Try the light roast for yourself at Supreme Roastworks or Liebling, two fantastic cafés.

Again, truth must be told that this list is far from expansive.  With the popularity of coffee drinking and interest in brewing knowledge on the rise, plenty of cities are stepping up to have a try at their own burgeoning café culture.  However, these cities are currently thriving and will continue to meld and evolve with the ever-growing culture.  Cheers to a relaxing and full-flavored cup!

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JayAbout the Author:  Jay Deratany owns The Kirby, a Saugatuck bed and breakfast and wine bar in southwest Michigan.  But that’s not all – he’s also an attorney, human rights activist and screenwriter.  When he happens to find a little spare time amid all of that, he likes to contribute to travel, food and lifestyle publications.  To find out more, visit www.thekirbyHotel.com

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Jennifer has been in the coffee industry since 2003. She started Daily Demitasse to educate and share her experience with other passionate coffee enthusiasts, from a Barista, Cafe Manager, shop Owner and freelancer perspective. When she's not working or blogging, you can find her at Transpire Life.

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