Coffee. One of the world’s most loved beverages that serves a multitude of purposes. Whether you’re after a quick caffeine hit or morning boost to help you wake up, coffee is that willing friend to push you through the day. And with a wealth of tastes and flavours to choose from, never before have you had this much luxury.
But, where in the world is the best coffee really produced? Let’s take a look at some of Asia’s favourites and if you can, try to sample the local produce on your travels.
Let’s start our coffee journey in East Asia and principally, Taiwan. You may be surprised to find this relatively unknown country in the mix – but it’s for good reason they’re making the cut – historically known for their love of coffee. They make a great beverage with freshly roasted beans and a slow, labour intensive brewing method, as unveiled by USA Today.
Coffee production is taken very seriously in Vietnam, with homegrown crops that taste amazingly good. In fact, take a stroll through Hanoi (the country’s capital) and you’ll see mugs of coffee at every turn, so much is their love for the stuff. If you fancy a taster, try the highly recommended ca phe sua da – translated as iced coffee with milk.
As the first non-African country to produce coffee, it’s little surprise you’ll find the world’s largest democracy on the list. However, it’s those hidden little treasure troves where you’ll find the country’s best coffee beans – far from the major coastal cities and bustling markets. If you have the time to venture off the beaten track, we promise it’ll be well worth the effort.
Singapore is one large city, without the rural dynamic you’d expect from a coffee country. But in fact, great coffee has always been an integral part of the country’s DNA, as Café Hopping Sinapore’s Jovena Look says: “Coffee has always been an integral part of Singaporean life, but we’ve only recently embraced modern espresso technology. Locals have become so obsessed with latte art that it has become basic criteria for a good café.” Fancy a beverage? Then try a latte, mocha or cappuccino.
However, it’s the Philippines where many argue you’ll find the world’s finest coffee – all because of the digestive system of Asian Palm Civets. They eat the sweetest coffee cherries they can get hold of, before droppings are collected by local farmers – washed, sun-dried and roasted. They’re sold as Kopi Luwak or Wild Civet Coffee – so keep your eyes peeled for both.
Written by Erin Adams.