Lets admit a fact, coffee is no longer a caffeine loaded beverage that human used to take to rejuvenate the body. Today it is an extension of our personality and a sophisticated and somewhat posh part of our daily chores. No wonder, it is no more a consumer product; but has become a life style one like your jeans and the soft drink that you flaunt while moving around in the office or in the public places!
Incidentally coffee is one those few addiction that we don't want to get rid of. Creative minds start working only when a mix of coffee and cigarette (we are not promoting smoking anyways, its just for reference!) pump their imagination with a toxic kick. And we can't blame anyone of hyperbolic agenda when they say A lot can happen over coffee!
Taking a journey back in time, we find those romantically enigmatic Coffee Houses in many parts of the world where the ignited minds in literature, art, music, culture, politics and society as a whole assembled to toss ideas and thoughts. Who knows, might be one those gatherings prompted poet T.S.Eliot to observe “I have measured my life out of coffee spoons”.
But those golden days are not completely passe`. Our planet still makes room for some hottest coffee havens that are scattered across many countries with the same spirit and soul, though not more.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Proclaimed by many as the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia guarantees the travellers some real good coffee which is omnipresent all over the country. The coffee ceremonies organized here are a treat to watch and of course, taste! The rituals related to coffee are never seen before and quite amusing. While visiting Addis Ababa, hit the Italian café Tomoca where the coffee beans are roasted on-site to add a unique touch.
Havana, Cuba: The nation is capable of producing some mind blowing coffee beans that are in abundance in two mountains- Escambray and Sierra Maestra. Served in the small expresso sized mugs, the Cuban coffee is normally strong, sweet and black. The capital city Havana accommodates numerous coffee shops, yet to try some punch coffee, mocha and cappuccino with Cuban flavour, one can step in Café De Las Infusiones.
Istanbul, Turkey: If you are keen on trying some Turkish Coffee known as Türk kahve, quite obviously you need to visit the capital of Turkey. The Etham Tezçakar Kahveci café in Istanbul with its traditional wooden stools and strong brew awaits you.
Medellin, Colombia: The Colombian coffee is always hailed high for its richness and an aroma to entice. The best of it is well available in the Medellin region with the Le Bon Café that presents to you a plush feel with a cup full of magnificent coffee.
Rome, Italy: Once in Rome, you know why it is called the Land of Expresso. The people here are sincere about their coffee that comes in various form - un caffè macchiato, un caffè lungo, un cappuccino, un caffè corretto and so on. One stop destination for a coffee tour in Rome is Caffè Sant'Eustachio, a place where each cup of coffee is prepared with a special process.
São Paulo, Brazil: Owing to its Italian connection, São Paulo is home to the best of Brazilian coffee, be it the café com leite or the cafezinho. One of the most popular cafés in this place is Café Floresta where you can enjoy sipping you steamed brew while gazing through the antique murals on the walls.
Vienna, Austria: This capital is always held in high esteem for its cultural and musical heritage. If there is music, there ought to be coffee! True to it, Vienna is packed with coffee house known as Kaffeehäuser. For the travellers, they can try the Aida café that reminds the visitors of the retro decor of the 1950s.
You have drunk several litres of coffee in the office cafeteria, the small coffee shop near your apartment or made some on your own, thanks to the packaged coffee powder and milk which comes in same form. But, take these words, it is not coffee! Real coffee is hard hitting yet soothing and you can not buy ambiance and legacy in some plastic boxes!
So wake up and take some coffee!!!