When traveling I undoubtedly must check out cafe’s and coffee shops. I drag my travel companions (mostly they are willing) with me. Sometimes we hit up two or three a day. Maybe this qualifies me as a coffee snob, but I like to think of myself as a coffee explorer. I do this to inspire thoughts for the Unicorn and to sample coffees from other roasters. I like to discover what people in other regions consider to be “the best”.
Here are some of my favorite spots. If you are heading to any of these cities check them out.
I grew up in Waukesha WI and there were no independent coffee shops at that time. The addition of the Steaming Cup to downtown Waukesha is a stroke of brilliance. I am impressed with their latte art and truly great coffee every time. The atmosphere is relaxing and I sometimes wish I could work there. http://steamingcupwaukesha.com/default.aspx
When visiting my Dad in Michigan I insist upon visiting JP’s coffee and espresso bar. They are hardcore about coffee and even more hardcore about being a quality barista. They have an entire separate store for espresso training with multiple espresso machines. That being said every drink is made with great care and all their work is evidenced by a truly delicious drink. http://www.jpscoffee.com/
On a recent visit with my sister in Boston I tried numerous coffee and tea spots. My favorite, however, was a cafe in the south end, The Buttery. It was a quaint place in a quaint neighborhood and made me feel good. They also served up a mean cinnamon scone. http://www.southendbuttery.com/site/
When visiting San Pedro, Belize it was more difficult finding a coffee shop. I suppose that when you live in such a beautiful place the last thing you want to do is sit in a cafe all day. After a bit of searching The Hummingbird cafe was discovered. It was a truly unique experience. Their espresso machine is maybe as big as a lunch box. The drink was unexpectedly tasty. They added coconut flavoring to my latte and I thought this was fitting and delicious.
New York City has a lot of great cafe’s but my favorite is 71 Irving Place. This coffee shop is inspiring; from their waffles to their coffee it is a tasty experience. http://www.irvingfarm.com
Share your coffee shop travels with us and let us know where we can get a good coffee when we are away from the Unicorn.