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The Grossest Coffee on the Planet?

The Grossest Coffee on the Planet? Oct 9th, 2013 at 4:15PM: davidd, Flickr We've covered crazy high-end coffees before. One of the world's most expensive coffees, kopi luwak, comes from Indonesia, where the beans are harvested from the feces of the wild civet. Apparently something amazing happens to the beans in the digestion process, or at least the coffee world would have us believe so. Then there's Black Ivory Coffee, which of course comes to us...

Tourists In Venice Shocked By €100 Coffee Bill

Tourists In Venice Shocked By €100 Coffee Bill Aug 21st, 2013 at 4:30PM: Richard, enjoy my life! Flickr It's no secret that Europe is an expensive travel destination, but sometimes even Europeans are shocked to discover just how pricey their homeland can be. A group of tourists from Rome got a nasty shock after enjoying a caffeine fix at a café in Venice. The travelers had taken a seat outdoors at the well-known Caffe Lavena in St. Mark's Square where they...

Is This The Tree That Gave Birth To The Multi-Million Dollar Coffee Industry?

Is This The Tree That Gave Birth To The Multi-Million Dollar Coffee Industry? Jul 30th, 2013 at 12:00PM: David Farley The man standing on the mule road between the four-wheel drive I was in and, supposedly, the tree that gave birth to the global multi-billion dollar coffee industry, bore a striking resemblance to actor Jimmy "J.J." Walker of the 1970s sitcom "Good Times." So much so that I almost didn't notice the 2-foot-long machete in his hand. "Dyno-mite," I sarcastically muttered to myself, as...

Got Granita? Savoring A Summertime Sweet In Italy

Got Granita? Savoring A Summertime Sweet In Italy Jun 18th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Chris, Flickr It will officially be summer in just a few days, and who doesn't associate long, hot days with ice cream? Or, depending upon your preferences, lactose-digesting capabilities, and what part of the world you're in, gelato, sorbet, paletas, kulfi, faloodeh, bur bur cha cha or other sweet, frozen treats served around the world. Gelato is obviously past its tipping point in the U.S,...

The Best Cup Of Coffee In Uganda

The Best Cup Of Coffee In Uganda Jun 6th, 2013 at 11:00AM: David Farley, AOL Knowledge, as they saying goes, is power. True. It also leads people to become annoying know-it-alls, Nobel Prize winners, dictators and/or plumbers. For me, though, it just made me a coffee snob. Let me explain. I've always appreciated good coffee but I didn't really know what made coffee good and not good. But in December 2011, a magazine sent me to Ethiopia to discover why...

Layover Report: Where To Eat At Miami, Lima, And Bogota International Airports

Layover Report: Where To Eat At Miami, Lima, And Bogota International Airports Apr 13th, 2013 at 11:00AM: I just returned from three weeks in Bolivia and Paraguay. In that time, I had 12 flights, five of which were required to get me from my home in Colorado to La Paz. Now why, you may ask, in this age of expedited air travel, does it take so many connections to travel 4,512 miles (or nine hours by air)? Budget, baby. I'm also horrifically flight phobic, so for me to fly various Third World...

An Insider's Guide To Exploring Uppsala, Sweden

An Insider's Guide To Exploring Uppsala, Sweden Apr 6th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Most people that go to Sweden for their first time head to Stockholm, a beautiful city that is well worth a visit. But just outside of Stockholm you will find another Scandinavian gem: Uppsala. It's a university town, and founded in 1477, the university is the oldest in Scandinavia. The fourth largest city in Sweden, Uppsala has managed to keep its quaint feel, the center a mixture of...

5 Destinations For Excellent Coffee Culture

5 Destinations For Excellent Coffee Culture Mar 27th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Cafes are often a travelers hub, not just because you can kill your jetlag with a cup of espresso, but because they are inevitably the place where you go to sit and do some people watching and, while you're at it, take a moment to get immersed in the local coffee culture. If you're a coffee drinker, finding the best cup in town is often an adventure in and of itself, sometimes leading to a...

An Unforgettable Coffee Tour At Finca Rosa Blanca In Costa Rica

An Unforgettable Coffee Tour At Finca Rosa Blanca In Costa Rica Feb 18th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Coffee! It's the most addictive drug in the world. Many of us could barely function without it, but have you ever toured a coffee plantation? I hadn't until I stumbled upon a coffee plantation and inn called Finca Rosa Blanca near San Jose last week. We were set to arrive in Costa Rica just before nightfall and the idea of immediately heading south to our first stop, Manuel Antonio National Park,...

Classic Scandinavia: Celebrate Fat Tuesday With Swedish Semlor

Classic Scandinavia: Celebrate Fat Tuesday With Swedish Semlor Feb 11th, 2013 at 11:00AM: For coffee lovers, Scandinavia is a bit of a mecca. In the heart of winter, there's nothing better than stepping into a warm cafe, brimming with people and their stacks of winter layers next to them, the windows steaming up as friends meet over coffee. In fact, in Sweden, coffee is such an important part of local culture, that there's even a specific word for coffee break: fika. A verb and a...

Hangover Cures: A Global Primer

Hangover Cures: A Global Primer Dec 26th, 2012 at 3:00PM: New Year's Eve is fast approaching, so what better time to provide a list of hangover cures from around the world? Our friends at Alice Marshall Public Relations in New York asked some of their clients about local versions of hair-of-the-dog. Unsurprisingly, the preferred remedies all have a distinctly regional flavor. Here's to a headache-and-nausea-free January 1! St. Barts On this notorious...

Coffee Cupping In Colombia

Coffee Cupping In Colombia Sep 3rd, 2012 at 10:00AM: "A hint of chocolate, a whisper of citrus," he tells the barista. He's a foodie, so unlike me, he actually smells these aromas. This isn't a wine tasting - I'm at a coffee cupping in a coffee lab in Bogota, Colombia. Coffee cupping is a ritual taken very seriously by food and wine geeks, and an intriguing challenge for caffeine addicts like me. We're standing around a table in the pristine lab...

Highway Hypnosis And How To Avoid It

Highway Hypnosis And How To Avoid It Aug 31st, 2012 at 12:00PM: I've logged about 4,000 road miles (all solo) in the last few weeks, most of it in stunningly monotonous landscape. Fortunately, I've never fallen asleep at the wheel, but I've definitely had to pull over for a power nap on a number of occasions in the past. What I tend to get is "highway hypnosis," also known as driving without attention mode (DWAM), or "white line fever (I always thought that...

Photo Of The Day: Flying To Iceland

Photo Of The Day: Flying To Iceland Jul 12th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Today's Photo of the Day may seem a bit pedestrian: it's a cup of (likely) mediocre airplane coffee. But the napkin comes with a fun fact about Icelandic settler Ingólfur Arnarson, whose trip from Norway took four days, and there were no napkins. Too bad he couldn't fly Iceland Air, like Flickr user shapes of dreams, who snapped this on her way to Reykjavik. Bonus points for her stylish...

10 Great Wi-Fi Cafes In NYC's Lower East Side

10 Great Wi-Fi Cafes In NYC's Lower East Side Jul 6th, 2012 at 9:00AM: As a freelance writer without an office to call home, it was probably inevitable that I would become intimately familiar with the cafes in my neighborhood. Thankfully, the Lower East Side of New York City offers dozens of options, each with different atmospheres but all with great gourmet coffee and blazing fast Wi-Fi. In recent months, I've fallen into a steady rotation of these...

Colorado's Most Surprising Dessert: The Scrap Cookie

Colorado's Most Surprising Dessert: The Scrap Cookie Jul 3rd, 2012 at 9:00AM: While Colorado is home to many unique chocolate shops and bakeries, you usually know what you're ordering. Even if you purchase something unusual, like wasabi ginger dark chocolate or goat cheese and crushed black pepper buttercream, the name will give you a hint as to what the ingredients are. If you visit the old mining town of Ouray, however, you can stop in Mouse's Chocolates & Coffee for...

Five Things You Can Do On Earth Day To Save Natural Resources

Five Things You Can Do On Earth Day To Save Natural Resources Apr 21st, 2012 at 3:00PM: Earth Day is upon us, and even if you're not planning to celebrate our planet's making it through another year (what global warming?), there are still some simple measures you can take to show your gratitude. Love your Mother, you know? Whether you're on the road or at home, the following are smart rules to implement every day of the year: Do laundry at night, after peak electricity usage...

Summer Hotspot: Montreal, Quebec

Summer Hotspot: Montreal, Quebec Apr 10th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Hungry for some culture this summer? Skip the jet lag, high exchange rates and long museum lines in Europe for one of North America's most cosmopolitan and best warm-weather destinations: Montreal. The charms that contribute to Montreal's growing cultural reputation are already evident year-round, ranging from its cosmopolitan European-style cafes, a top-notch range of award-winning...

Seattle Ranked 'Best City For Hipsters' According To Travel & Leisure

Seattle Ranked 'Best City For Hipsters' According To Travel & Leisure Apr 10th, 2012 at 1:30PM: So Travel & Leisure has published a list of "America's Best Cities for Hipsters." This is amusing – and a wee bit annoying) to me for a variety of reasons – not least of which because Seattle makes the top of the list. I've lived here (actually "there," because as I write this, I'm in a sublet in Oakland) for nearly three years. Apparently, I'm reverse-trending, because San...

The best coffee for on the go travelers

The best coffee for on the go travelers Mar 27th, 2012 at 11:00AM: We all become time and sleep managers over the course of our travels. Whether shaking the grip of jetlag after a seven-time-zone-jump or getting over the sleep lost from a weekend trip to Hong Kong, managing our time in bed is critical to building future productivity, so we plan well – and we occasionally cheat. Our favorite way to stay ahead of jetlag at Gadling is with caffeine, ideally...

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