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The 12 Best Vacation Destinations for Coffee Connoisseurs

Food tourism is more popular than ever, with many travelers choosing destinations based on the cuisine rather than the scenery. Coffee tourism is a specific subcategory of food tourism where coffee enthusiasts visit regions known for their unique and delicious beans.

Coffee tourists aren’t simply caffeine addicts; they’re connoisseurs who love to try different bean varieties, flavor profiles, and drink styles. They’re interested in discovering new and unorthodox ways to enjoy coffee, whether bathing in it or learning the ins and outs of the growing process.

These are the best destinations to fulfill your craving for all things coffee, from farm tours to fancy tastings and much more.

The Coffee Triangle in Colombia

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The Coffee Triangle in Colombia, also known as the Coffee Axis or Coffee Belt, is a region known for its incredible coffee (obviously). This region is responsible for producing most of Colombia’s coffee beans, so you’ll be in the heart of the coffee world.

Located in a rural western part of the country, it features many coffee bean farms, charming cafes, and coffee tours. However, the Parque del Café, or National Coffee Park, is the best place for coffee enthusiasts to indulge their passion.

Coffee Houses in Vienna, Austria

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People don’t usually think of Austria when they think about coffee destinations. However, the coffee house culture in Vienna is strong and unique. There are around 600 coffee houses in the city, and some are world-famous.

Locals and tourists alike will spend hours leisurely sipping premium coffee and mingling with fellow patrons. If you want to enjoy coffee in the laidback European fashion, there is no better place to do it. Make sure you check out the most iconic coffee houses, such as Café Central and Café Goldegg.

Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington

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Seattle is famous for being the birthplace of Starbucks, the largest coffee chain in the world. You can visit the very first Starbucks location in Pike’s Place in the downtown area, or visit the largest Starbucks in the world just a short drive away from the market.

Beyond the Starbucks locations, the city has many high-end coffee houses that serve distinct and sensational coffee. You can take coffee tours or just sip your way through the city.

Hakone Kowakien Yunessun in Hakone, Japan

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Okay, this one is a little out of the box. Hakone Kowakien Yunessun is a spa and bathhouse not far from Tokyo. They have traditional hot springs and Japanese baths, as well as themed areas.

One of the most popular areas is the coffee spa, where you can literally bathe in coffee. We’re not sure how we feel about that, but it would definitely be a memorable experience. Soak in the Nel Drip style brewed coffee that supposedly has healing powers.

The Minas Gerais Region of Brazil

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The Minas Gerais region is the largest coffee-growing state in Brazil. In this area, you can taste the sensational Arabica coffee produced here. The various climates in the region allow farmers to produce coffee beans that offer a wide variety of flavors.

You can walk the Specialty Coffee Trail in the southern part of the region, take coffee tours, attend educational coffee tastings, or just visit different cafes to explore the region’s coffee on your own.

Kona, Hawaii

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Hawaii is another underrated coffee destination. The rich, volcanic soil of the Hawaiian islands produces some of the most complex coffee profiles. However, the small size of the islands means only so much coffee can be produced, making Kona coffee somewhat rare.

There is no shortage of coffee farms, cafes, coffee tours, and other coffee-related activities to try. Hawaiians take a different approach to coffee, experimenting with various ingredients and profiles that create a unique experience for visitors.

Tamborine Mountain in Queensland, Australia

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The Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation in Queensland is a boutique farm that offers a dazzling coffee experience. The plantation gives comprehensive tours and coffee tastings and has a brunch restaurant on-site, which, of course, serves some of the tastiest coffee in the country.

While this plantation is one of the hottest destinations for coffee lovers, there are many other places around the mountain to visit. There are abundant cafes around the mountain, offering majestic views of the natural scenery and robust cups of coffee.

The Chiapas Region of Mexico

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You can find the special Chiapas Turquesa coffee in the Chiapas region of Mexico. This type of coffee is unique to the region, with an intricate and full flavor that will blow you away.

Many connoisseurs consider this coffee variety the best organic coffee in the world. It’s simultaneously smooth and acidic, vibrant and heavy.

Take advantage of the famous coffee route that takes you through the Tacaná Volcano’s jungle mountains past over a dozen coffee farms. Sign up for the Chiapas Coffee Tour, or attend the private tastings and learn more about the Chiapas beans.

The Kledung Coffee Plantation in Java, Indonesia

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How could a place named Java not be a coffee haven? Unsurprisingly, the coffee tourism here is plentiful and inviting.

Visitors come from far and wide to relish the nutty and chocolatey Java coffee that embodies the richness of the region. Stroll through coffee gardens or take coffee tours that will show you around the best farms in the area.

The Kledung Coffee Plantation in Ngadirejo Village, Temanggung is one of the best locations for coffee tourists, but it’s one of many. One thing that sets the Java tours and experiences apart is the focus on eco-friendly practices, showing the future of the industry.

Blue Mountain in Jamaica

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Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is among the most beloved coffee varieties in the world, with a floral, warm, and smooth flavor. It’s milder than many of the intense coffees produced in other destinations on this list.

The lightness and softness offer a different experience, showing how coffee can be subtle and just as delicious. You can take a walking or bicycling tour of the mountains and farms, or bop around the many cafes that serve these delectable beans.

K’Ho Coffee Farm in Vietnam

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The Vietnam coffee market is thriving, and the country is the second largest exporter of coffee in the world. K’Ho Coffee Farm sits on Langbiang Mountain in the Dalat region of the country. It’s one of the most famous coffee destinations in Vietnam, making it a must-visit spot for coffee lovers.

The farm was temporarily closed to tourists but has since reopened, offering tours, tastings, and more once again. The coffee community in this area is very convivial and welcoming, something that differentiates it from other coffee regions.

Cafes in Havana, Cuba

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Like Vienna, Havana has an excess of specialty cafes where you can experience coffee like a local. The strong flavor and thick texture of Cuban espresso is like no other.

Cubans enjoy their coffee differently, often making the drinks as strong and sweet as possible.

They typically use brown sugar to sweeten the robust drinks and serve them in tiny cups, showcasing just how bold the brews are. Try espuma, a type of sweet foam they like to top their java with or drink coffee from moka pots, which are a traditional Cuban coffee style.

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