Surprising cities for coffee

 
 
 
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: This slim south east Asian country harbours a lot of hidden delights, but one of the most delicious is their coffee culture. If you're quite the connoisseur, Kopi luwak is a must-try brew. Made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet then passed through its digestive tract. (Shutterstock)

  • Cape Town, South Africa: Our very own Mother City is steadily shaping up to be a true coffee capital of the world. With many boutique coffee shops popping up all over the place, the choices are almost endless. Try Deluxe Coffee Works in the CBD, Truth in Buitenkant Street, Origins in De Waterkant and Anthony's Golden Cup in Loop Street. (Suitable for veggies)

  • Havana, Cuba: In Cuba coffee isn't just a drink, it's an integral part of the daily lifestyle. From early morning till late at night, street cafes serve up an aromatic array of brews and blends. Try a cafĂ© cubano, an espresso shot infused with demerara sugar. (Roxana Gonzalez / Shutterstock.com)

  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Whether you believe that Ethiopia is the birth place of coffee or not, being part of a real Ethiopian coffee ceremony is something every adventurous soul should have on their list. It's quite a lengthy rituals, involving roasting and grinding the beans and brewing them in a clay pot called a "jebena." (Shutterstock)

  • Kailua-Kona, Big Island, Hawaii: The exceptionally fertile volcanic soil and mild climate has seen to it that Hawaii's coffee crops are some of the tastiest (and most expensive in the world). While you can take a trip to the coffee farms, you needn't even leave your hotel to try a cup of their best brew. (Digital media teacher )
  • Melbourne, Australia: Known as Australia's coffee capital, Melbourne is making a name for itself among coffee-lovers around the world as innovative brewing techniques and a diverse range of independent cafes pop up all over the place. (Australia Tourism)

  • Seattle, US: While Starbucks may be the first thing that pops to mind when mentioning Seattle coffee, the so-called Emerald City is home to a whole range of delightful independent coffee shops. According to the Daily Beast, there are a wowing 35 coffee shops per 100,000 Seattleites--the highest ratio of coffee shops to residents in the entire country. (Shutterstock)

  • Tel Aviv, Israel: Both commercial and party capital of Israel, Tel Aviv positively bursts with energy and life. If you get tired of the beach, head on over to one of the mellow street cafes for a sweet and satisfying iced coffee or maybe a rich, warm and dark botz (hot coffee). (Singular city)

  • Istanbul, Turkey: While tea may be the drink of choice in Turkey's cultural capital, trying a cup of the delicious, rich, dark brew that is their coffee is an absolute must! Baristas boil beans with water and sometimes sugar in a cezve (pot), and afterwards pour it into small cups. No sieve is used, so grounds form part of the experience. (Shutterstock)

  • Vancouver, Canada: With an abundance of micro-roasters, bean educators, champion baristas, and cosy cafes, Vancouver's coffee culture is thriving. While franchise coffee shops are a dime a dozen, it comes highly recommended to check out the more intimate, independent cafes for a little peek into the city's lesser-known side. (My food obsession)