Coffee is one of those things we can be really passionate about. Like for wine or chocolate, there are places around the world where coffee lovers can find history, tradition and a brew beyond compare. If you want to go on a pilgrimage in homage to a cup of Joe, here’s where to go:
1. Sip Turkish Coffee in Istanbul
Legend has it that Sultan Suleiman, the notorious Ottoman leader, was instantly hooked when he sipped his first cup of coffee in 1543. He ordered his servants to perfect the brewing process. Thus, Turkey invented the slowly boiled coffee bean in a cezve (pot), which is still served up with plenty of sugar to this day (Suleiman had a sweet tooth, apparently). Before long, the entire nation was addicted and the first coffee house opened its doors in Istanbul's Tahtakale district. The scent of freshly brewed coffee still dominates this neighborhood today, thanks to numerous coffee houses where locals like to sit and chat over a short coffee and a cube of sickly-sweet Turkish delight. Istanbul might not rank high on the list of pilgrimages for coffee lovers, but its place in coffee's history should make it a port of call for all avid coffee fans.