When the Lonely Planet posted the world’s top coffee spots for caffeine-fuelled travel it left itself open for controversy. Anyone who posts a preferred list of anything i.e. Top Food Trends, Top Movies, Top I-Phone Apps is bound to have people who agree and disagree with their choices. The Lonely Planet post does readily admit that the world’s second most valuable commodity inspires “passion and opinion” so I thought I’d post a comment on their choices.
According to the Lonely Planet, one of the world’s top coffee spots is Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia and Africa’s 4th largest city. It is the original home of the coffee plant (coffee Arabica) which still grows wild in the highland forests. Legacy expects it to be placed at the top of the list but probably with a little help from the Italians. The Italian Fascist buildings from the former Marxist regime in Ethiopia left their mark on coffee’s birthplace with Italian inspired cafes where shots are pulled and beans are roasted Italian style.
The article also mentions Medellin Columbia, Istanbul Turkey and one spot in Italy, the legendary Café Sant’Eustachio in Piazza Campo de Fiori, Rome. Well-chosen but Italy offers so much more. In every city, town, village and borgo there are cafes where the “passion and opinion” of the locales make their local coffee bar one of the world’s top coffee spots.