Perhaps my biggest vice (in the running with chocolate), is my obsession for good coffee. Coffee is best completely black without any sugar or additives, and if there is one thing I have learned on my trip around the world: it is that people take coffee seriously.
Now that I have sampled some of the worlds finest cups of joe I can never have mediocre coffee again. These cups of black coffee have left an imprint on me for life:
2. Turkish Coffee
- Where: Just about anywhere in Turkey
- What: Turkish coffee's thick brew is famous for its foamy top and grainy consistency. The strong, espresso-sized coffee is served in extravagant cups often with Turkish Delight and water on the side. The bottom of the coffee is so thick that you can't even drink it. What makes this brew special is that no filter is involved, unlike most coffee in the USA.
3. Cafe Cohen
- Where: Tel-Aviv, Israel
- What: Shlomo Cohen is a third generation coffee connoisseur who has spent his entire life roasting the finest beans from Brazil. The man of many talents has been known to sing for large parties with his elegant voice. Try and catch him during the week as there will be a line out the door of his modest shop over the weekend.
4. Cajdzinic Dzirlo Teahouse
- Where: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- What: This Middle Eastern Tea House is run by a local Bosnian couple that know what their doing. When in Bosnia, never compare Bosnian Caffe with Turkish Coffee out loud: This brew is smooth as silk and made in beautiful tin pots crafted by local craftsmen. Not filtered like Turkish coffee but somehow much smoother.
5. Jordanian coffee
- Where: You can find this coffee at any street side shop in Amman. Don't be fooled by the outer appearance as this coffee is unbelievably good.
- What: Brazilian coffee beans brewed with cardamon. This is the most unique coffee I've had that is incredibly warming and delicious. The cardamon taste makes you want to curl up in bed on a rainy day with a big cup of this heavy Turkish style coffee.
6. Philz Coffee
- Where: San Francisco, CA
- What: Environmentally friendly and handcrafted coffee using the highest quality beans. Philz must be spelled with a "z" because you get so cracked out on this ridiculously strong coffee.
7. Blue Bottle
- Where: San Francisco, CA, USA (and now NYC)
- What: Similar to Philz, this is more like crack in a bottle, as some of the strongest slow drip coffee I've ever had. Even though it's filtered, it is stronger than even the Turkish coffees from my travels. It tastes like straight tar! So why do I love it so much?...