Coffee has for a long time been a cultivated folk trend, and today coffee is available for all occasions and in all forms.
For a long time, it has been a tradition for wine enthusiasts to visit vineyards, to experience the wine’s history, the grapes, the atmosphere, the silence, the passion and enjoy the wines from all over the world.
But why not go for a coffee trip where you get exciting coffee experiences, see where the beans grow, harvest, dry and distributed?
There are probably agencies that arrange coffee trips, but it’s also possible to arrange the trip yourself by contacting the farms directly.
At the same time, a coffee trip can easily be combined with other experiences at the destination.
Many plantations have opened their doors to visitors, where you can get a good insight into the coffee’s transformation from ‘bean to brew’.
Exciting destinations to go on a coffee trip
Coffee grows wildly and on coffee farms in over 70 countries in the southern hemisphere.
Coffee in Africa
The coffee has its birthplace in Africa, why you find coffee production in most of the African continent. It’s believed that the coffee bean originally started in Abyssinia in Ethiopia.
If you are offered coffee in Ethiopia, be sure to have 3 cups – the tradition says “the 3rd cup is a blessing”.
It’s especially the coffee bean “Arabica” that has spread in Africa, where coffee has been an important commodity for hundreds of years.
On a trip to Africa you can experience plantations in almost all countries, but countries that are absolutely essential for a coffee trip are Tanzania, South Africa and Kenya.
In these areas, the possibilities of combining a stay on a coffee plantation with a safari trip are absolutely fantastic.
Kenya has a very special place in Danish history. At the beginning of the 20th century, Karen Blixen ran a coffee plantation in Kenya just outside the capital Nairobi.
The coffee plantation is today a museum, but you don’t have to drive far to see how life on a real coffee plantation unfolds today.
Special drinking habits: In Ethiopia there is a tradition of seasoning the coffee with butter and salt instead of milk and sugar.
Coffee in Central America and the Caribbean
The Caribbean and Central America are next after Africa, one of the best places to go on a coffee trip.
Due to its central situated highland, plenty of sunshine in a temperate climate with good humidity and adjusted cool nights, Costa Rica has some of the very best conditions for growing really good coffee.
The best coffee is available in the area around the capital, San José, where there are good opportunities to visit one of the many farms.
The most common bean in central Asia and the Caribbean is Arabica.
Guatemala, Mexico and Panama are also worth visiting to taste amazing coffee.
Guatemala has some of the world’s absolute best coffee. The best and finest coffee is available at Guatemala Antigua, an area not far from the capital.
In Mexico, mediocre coffee is grown, but here the plantations are more open to visitors, and it’s easy to combine a coffee trip in Mexico with other attractions.
Special drinking habits: In Mexico, they have the tradition of drinking café de olla in the morning. It’s brewed in clay pots and where cinnamon sticks are added so that the coffee gets a slightly spicy taste.
Coffee in South America
South America has the largest coffee production in the world.
Brazil is by far the most dominant country with 1/3 of the world’s total production.
The fact that it’s mass-produced beans can be tasted, but there are also farms that produce quality coffee and who try to change the slightly worn rumor of Brazil’s coffee.
Santos coffee from the southern part of Brazil has made a virtue of putting good coffee on the map. The coffee here isen’t powerful but of the more fine kind and is called “Rio-Y” (Rio-like).
This type of coffee is worth a visit, but there are also other countries in the continent that are worth visiting to get a good coffee experience.
Colombia is also a major producer of coffee, but here there is more balance between quality and quantity.
The Bogotá coffee is grown in the area around the Colombian capital and is a really fine bean with excellent quality. The plantations in this area are often willing to open the doors and welcome coffee lovers.
Real quality coffee can also be enjoyed on the Galapagos island “San Cristobal”. The family-run plantation was built long before the island became a protected national park.
Today, the use of chemicals is prohibited, which means that the coffee is grown under good ecological conditions.
Special drinking habits: If the coffee is too strong in South America, you can order a “Lagrimá” which means “tears”. It’s a kind of Latte, in which a lot of hot milk is added with a shot of coffee.
Coffee in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia has the largest production of the coffee bean Robusta, but Arabica is also grown in large quantities.
Indonesia’s islands compete with Vietnam and India to provide the best quality coffee.
If you are going on island hopping in Indonesia, there are good opportunities to test different coffee beans and their quality.
In Java, Sulawasi and Bali, the coffee can vary in taste, which gives you interesting variations of the coffees.
There are really nice opportunities to visit one of the many farms of the islands, in order to gain insight into the country’s cultivation method.
In Indonesia, both Robusta and Arabica are cultivated, while Vietnam is best known for its great productions of Robusta.
Vietnam has grown coffee beans since 1993, which today makes the country the third largest exporter of coffee.
The many coffee plantations in Vietnam today are privatized, therefore many have chosen to open the doors to tourists.
It’s also highly recommended to go on a coffee trip to Sri Lanka, Papaya New Guinea (Australia), or the Philippines who also manage to grow and serve quality coffee.
Special drinking habits: The world’s most expensive coffee, Kopi Luwak, is produced in Indonesia. A coffee bean that goes through the civet cat’s digestive system before it can be picked up from the cat’s faeces and made ready for roasting.
Watch the film about how coffee production takes place.