Coffee vacations are the next big thing for coffee-lovers
By Aimee Markwardt
You’ve heard of wine tours, and even cooking destinations. But as increasingly more people learn to appreciate the craft and art of our favorite breakfast beverage, coffee vacations are growing in popularity.
If you’re a coffee lover, here are a few ways to weave some good beans into your next vacation.
Visit a coffee school, such as the American Barista and Coffee School in Portland, Oregon. Sign up for one of the school’s one- or two-day roasting workshops, where you will learn everything you need to know about roasting, including home roasting. Even if you’re not a professional barista, this educational workshop can help you appreciate your beverage even more.
Incorporate coffee into another activity that you enjoy, such as art. The Austrian Airlines Vacation Center has offered a special vacation package called Coffee, Culture and Klimt, starting around $1,200 per person from New York (for a four-day package). Vienna’s 1,600-plus coffeehouses have a long history of being a hangout for Europe’s artists and writers, including famous artist Gustav Klimt. So it’s only fitting to incorporate coffee into a tour of the city.
Spend time in a quality coffee shop. VacationRentals.com named the top 10 coffeehouses in America. Leading the list: Intelligentsia in Chicago, Los Angeles or New York. This is a space for serious coffee connoisseurs — people not looking for a super-sized, gas-station-style guzzler, but rather a small, perfect cup.
Here, you can find whole bean coffee and various styles of brew. Beans are bought directly from the source. As the website says, “We want great coffee to be revered, yet democratic, approachable and accessible. By illuminating what is possible with coffee, we hope to change forever how you think about it.”
Want to learn more? Intelligentsia holds public tours of its Chicago facility for $20 per person. The hour-plus tour includes a live demonstration of roasting, a tour of the facility, all of the coffee you can drink and a half-pound bag of coffee roasted before your eyes in a vintage roaster.
Go straight to the source. From the rainforests of Costa Rica to the coffee plantations of Hawaii, a passion for learning more about coffee can bring you to some of the most beautiful places on earth. There are hundreds of coffee plantations in Kona, Hawaii, and many offer public tours.
Don’t miss the annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, which includes a coffee-picking contest, recipe contests, food, a parade and even the crowning of Miss Kona Coffee.
Tip: If you’re a big lover of Hawaiian coffee, check out these deals and coupons for Coffees of Hawaii, including 5 percent cash back.
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