Top 10 Coffee Shops of the World according to Routes Coffee. During 2013/14 when dreadlocks and bleached blonde hair was cool, Jim & I found ourselves travelling through the Eastern hemisphere, visiting some of the coolest coffee shops, cafes and coffee roasters we could find. We were lucky to meet so many amazing and talented people along the way, many we are still friends with today. We visited hundreds of places and drunk thousands of coffees but these are the stand out coffee shops that influenced us the most. If you get an opportunity to visit these coffee shops, DO IT!
10. Trafalgar Street Espresso, Sydney, Australia
The Little Marionette’s, Trafalgar Street Espresso was my introduction into specialty coffee. With a unique view on espresso extraction, owner Eddie took Sydney by storm. Full – bodied, velvety flat whites & piccolos are the go to drink. Mad vibes, awesome baristas and epic pies. This is where I first learnt to make coffee, big love.
9. Satan’s Coffee Corner, Barcelona, Spain
The coffee here is fucking insane! It’s a welcoming hub for Barcelona’s misfits, musicians, creative and ravers. The food matches the coffee; Japanese inspired breakfasts, homemade kimchi and tasty cakes and cookies.
8. La Viet Coffee, Da Lat, Vietnam
Vietnams coffee capital is full of hidden gems, but La Viet Coffee is a real stand out. Owner and head roaster, Tran Nhat Quang is very welcoming, sharing stories of the Vietnamese coffee industry and how far it has come. He took us to visit our first coffee farm, eat cherries from the tree and learn about Kopi Luwak (Civet) coffee. Does coffee taste better when the fermentation process happens inside a Civet’s intestines? I’ll let you decide.
7. The House, Sydney, Australia
It’s not always about the coffee. Owners Pete and Josh are the real highlight. Always up for a good chat, great chill spot and awesome brews. Growing a great reputation with their small outlet in Chippendale, you’ll now find the boys in Newtown at The House Dining.
6. Doubleshot, Budapest, Hungary
Budapest has a strong coffee scene, but Doubleshot founders Tamas and David knew it could be better. I have seen Doubleshot grow into one of Budapest’s go to locations. Quirky vibes, consistently great tasting espresso… Local heroes and local hippies.
5. Southpaw Coffee, London, England
The next big thing to hit London, we’ve teamed up with Southpaw founders Orlando & Charlotte to bring you something beautiful. You’ll find our coffee being brewed to perfection, espresso and filter available. Wild vibes, yoga nights and other events are being held here regularly. Make sure to check it out!
4. Ristr8to, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Ristr8to has become one of the world’s most renowned coffee shops after founder Arnon Thitiprasert became world latte art champion in 2017. Our first visit to Ristr8to was in 2014, nothing compared to it in Northern Thailand at the time, loved it. Can’t wait to go back.
3. Soloist Coffee Roasters, Beijing, China
One of the best times of my life was walking the Great Wall of China with my man Jimmy. What better way to finish off the day then sinking some beautiful espressos and home brewed lager, made by Q Grader, Phil Ma, at Soloist Coffee. If you find yourselves walking the streets of Beijing anytime soon, make sure to drop in.
2. Bear Pond Espresso, Tokyo, Japan
Life is espresso at Bear Pond, unreal experience here. The Angel Stain is legit, one of the best things that ever happened to coffee. A 30 second espresso extraction is a story of drama, with lots of pages, Bear Pond capture only the most exciting and beautiful parts.
1. Roots Coffee, Bangkok, Thailand
What’s the best coffee you’ve ever had? Mine was a Guatemalan ‘Buena Vista’ as a piccolo. Orange & cashew nuts with a silky mouth feel. Made by 2014, Thai Barista Champion and founder of Roots Coffee Roasters, Varatt Vichit-Vadakan on 28th April 2014. Some things you just don’t forget!
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