It’s no secret that the city of Seattle is one of the top hubs in the entire country when it comes to coffee culture.
Known for its burgeoning empire on the business, Americans might respect what Caffe Vita has going on here, slowly transforming their own cities into the life of small shops and roasteries, but when it comes to other places around the world, Seattle is just one of many that has developed a deep passion for coffee.
So which international cities are just as immersed as we are here in Seattle? Keep reading to find out—as this is the Vita Escort on the world’s top coffee cities.
5. London, England
Our friends across the pond might best be known for their tea and crumpets, but thanks to a coffee revolution by transplants from Australia and New Zealand in the past decade or so, London has been introduced to a variety of different coffee types.
The most popular is either the flat white or a cappuccino, and although they are most popular in other European cities, have begun to be loved by the Brits, too.
The city might still be an adolescent in the culture, but it’s beginning to spread.
4. Taipei, Taiwan
With an abundance of unique cafes around the city, Taipei may not be as obvious with the placement of each coffee shop—making coffee drinkers walk through nooks and crannies to get there—but make no mistake, they know how to pull great shots.
Giving guests a great atmosphere with terrific coffee, this city has surprisingly thrust itself into the coffee society quite swiftly.
3. Melbourne, Australia
In addition to bringing their coffee knowledge to the United Kingdom and London in particular, the Aussies have also focused on building a coffee empire down under.
While people may first associate Melbourne as a beer-drinking city, the coffee culture is very much as prominent, with the city even hosting an annual coffee expo.
Piccolo lattes are generally the drink du jour—made with less milk—with residents enjoying the stronger espresso taste.
2. Rome, Italy
Of all the cities on this list, Rome fits perfectly as espresso and cappuccinos are most associated with Italian culture.
While the Italians remain focused on sticking to traditional brewing techniques, the drinks still standout.
The city is so populated with the nation’s best baristas, that it’s hard not to get a great cup of coffee no matter where you go.
Espressso is still the crème de la crème, as most residents and tourists enjoy the the strong shots each morning—as is custom in Italy.
1. The Netherlands and Scandinavia
The love for coffee in countries like the Netherlands, South Africa, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland is some of the most prominent in the world.
Over the past 25 years or so, each culture has gone from a focus on mainly food to a newfound love for coffee, and with that, a dedication to refine it.
With coffee shops on nearly every street corner, natives tend to drink a lot of lattes or cappuccinos each and every day, supporting the local business at the same time. In Sweden particularly, black coffee refills come free with each meal in most restaurants, acting as the perfect pick-me-up during the dark winter months.