We have become a café society, or, to be more accurate, a coffee society and here in Australia, our expectations of the best cared for beans are really high.
Australians have long been known as passionate global pioneers when it comes to the specialist coffee craft. It’s a country where coffee isn’t a practicality but part of a lifestyle where drinkers also care about where their food comes from and which designers they support.
Our baristas continue to hone their coffee making skills, and now, once simply a ‘job’, being a barista is a career, and one that is highly sought after. The best of the best baristas go to competitions to vie for the title of the best coffee maker, the best milk frother and the best milk artist.
And we’re now seeing increasing numbers of coffee connoisseurs learning the roasting process and mastering the entire seed to cup process. In fact, each year BeanScene magazine monitors the growing number of coffee roasters in Australia and more than 700 were recorded as active businesses across the country last year. Sydney in particular has seen an influx of roasters conducting classes, workshops and cupping sessions – all in the name of creating a better cup of coffee.
Melbourne has the famed reputation for Australia’s best coffee but today, Sydney’s coffee scene is arguably among the most dynamic in the world with award-winning roasters and baristas setting up in the Harbour City to great acclaim.
Our love of coffee has become part of our culture, and for many, the type of brew we drink reflects a lot about our personality. As our lives continue to speed up we are grabbing coffee ‘to go’ with increasing frequency, in the car, rushing to a meeting, hurrying so as to not miss the train. We are so entrenched in our coffee lifestyle that it is hard to imagine life without it and this is where we can find ourselves suffering withdrawal symptoms if we are forced to travel outside of our ‘coffee comfort zone’, or worse still, sipping on a ‘bad’ cup of coffee.
International travel authority Lonely Planet has worked with a worldwide network of coffee-loving travel writers (and well-travelled coffee journalists) to select great cafes, roasteries and plantations that caffeine-addicted travellers can visit in 37 countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.
Aside from Sydney and Melbourne, the incredible variety of coffee experiences across Australia is also represented in the book. Sip a cold-drip brew in the middle of a 19th-century gold rush town, take part in a pour-over sampling at a vineyard or grab a take-away filter coffee from a capsule café made partly from the remnants of Perth’s first General Post Office.
To celebrate the launch of Global Coffee Tour, Lonely Planet has teamed up with JOCO, the original glass reusable cup, to create 100 limited edition stylish, eco-friendly coffee cups.
Available for free to the first 100 people to buy the book on lonelyplanet.com/shop from 7th June 2018.
How to use Lonely Planet’s Global Coffee Tour
Within each of the countries in the book, Lonely Planet has organised the best coffee shops and roasteries to visit by city, or in the case of plantations, by region. In each entry authors have suggested the coffee you should taste or buy while there, and also recommend local sights and things to do so ‘coffee tourers’ can explore the local area, as well as the coffee.
This wonderful book will teach you how to order coffee in different languages, and how to get involved in the local coffee culture wherever you may be – there is no need to ever suffer through a bad coffee.
Lonely Planet’s Global Coffee Tour – $29.99 AUD