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Solo Travel Ideas For Coffee Enthusiasts, a Guest Post by Jane Roberts-Coffee is one of the best loved beverages in the entire world, and over 400 million cups are consumed yearly by people all over the globe. Not only is it a drink that can revive you in the morning, but it’s also an effective social lubricant, as it helps people feel more at home at events and gatherings. This explains the presence of coffee shops in metropolitan areas and popular destinations as coffee culture has spread all over the world. Some coffee enthusiasts have even made it a point to travel to coffee-centric places as they search for the best and most unusual brews. As a result, coffee tours are now being offered in these destinations, and it allows fanatics to see the whole coffee process from start to finish. If you’re a coffee drinker and are looking to gain more knowledge about your favorite drink, here are some solo travel ideas for the coffee enthusiast.
Ethiopia has produced some of the best Arabica coffee beans that you can find in premium coffee houses and luxury coffee boutiques all over the world. If you’re heading to this destination, then a visit to the Gesha Village Coffee Estate is a must. The farm is divided into eight blocks, and these sub-farms are where different varieties of coffee are grown. After touring the farm, you can participate in a coffee picking session, then see how freshly harvested coffee cherries are processed and roasted. Afterwards, you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor as you go “cupping,” which is an activity where you taste different blends. Before you leave, don’t forget to buy some coffee beans from the farm. These would make excellent holiday presents for coffee enthusiasts, so if your family and friends share your love of coffee, bring home a few bags and make a coffee-themed gift basket for each of your loved ones. Make sure to personalize each one to make the gift more special. For instance, you can put together a basket with coffee beans, a basic French press and a coffee mug warmer for a retired grandparent or a friend who works from home.
One of the main things that supports Guatemala’s economy is its coffee production, and the country is where you can find one of the most adventurous coffee tours in the world. Go on the Chicoj Coffee Tour and prepare to go on a trek to learn all about the cultivation and coffee milling process. Before you leave, you’ll be offered iced coffee, espresso or brewed coffee to energize you for your walk. After trekking, if you want a change of pace, try the zip line tour, which will give you a bird’s eye view of the coffee plantation and lagoon. At the end of the tour, you’ll get to taste more iced or hot coffee, and buy coffee beans as a souvenir of your trip.
Cavite, The Philippines
The Philippines hardly ever comes to mind when coffee enthusiasts think about destinations that produce coffee, but this Asian country has a local coffee culture that is growing in popularity. Head to Amadeo, Cavite, which is just a few hours’ drive from the nation’s capital, Manila, and go on the Amadeo Coffee Tour. Learn how they grow Liberica coffee, known as barako in the country, and explore to your heart’s content. If you’re lucky, you might get scientist-farmer Teodoro dela Cruz as your tour guide as you go around the coffee farm, then pick up a few bags of beans from Cafe Belardo, which only carries Amadeo-grown coffee.
In the coming years, it is expected that coffee tours will continue to be popular as coffee enthusiasts all over the world celebrate their favorite beverage. Try going on any of these solo coffee travel ideas for an eye-opening experience that you’ll never forget.
For other guest posts by Jane Roberts, see “Perfect Adventure for Solo Cyclists Amsterdam and Beyond“
and “Solo Wine Tasting“.