From Australia to the US, here’s where to go for a great cup of coffee
Today is International Coffee Day! Yes, it's true.
Coffee connoisseurs, there is indeed a day dedicated to you and your love of a good java and 1 October is that day. Luckily for some of Aussies, particularly those in NSW, ACT and South Australia, it's also the October long weekend so you've no excuse not to make your way to your favourite coffee hole to celebrate. But just where is the best cup of coffee? We sat down with Jack Hanna, co-founder and head of coffee at The Grounds of Alexandria for his top destination picks.
The best city/cities for coffee
"Sydney and Melbourne are two of the best places in the world for coffee," says Hanna. While you'll always be able to find a quality coffee here and there in other cities, Sydney and Melbourne are meccas for the stuff and are where you're likely to be more hit than miss. Of Sydney's hot spots, Hanna pulls out Alchemy in Surry Hills, Gumption in The Strand and Paramount Coffee Project in Surry Hills as some of the standouts to tantalise your tastebuds. If you haven't already discovered them. Obviously, The Grounds of Alexandria is high up on our list, too. Of Melbourne's hot spots, Hanna recommends Proud Mary in Collingwood as "they work a lot with farmers" and Patricia Coffee Brewers in the CBD. "They've only got a small room," he says. You pretty much "walk in, get a coffee and walk out". But it's worth it. Another worthy contender is Dukes Coffee Roasters, which has shops in both Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. It's little wonder then that Melbourne has dedicated coffee walk tours to help you explore the city one cup at a time. If you're visiting Sydney, it too has coffee walking tours to pique your interest.
The best city to learn about coffee
According to Hanna, this one goes to Seattle - especially if you're searching to brush up on your specialty coffee knowledge. "Seattle has amazing history about third wave coffee," says Hanna. If you haven't heard the term "third wave" yet, it's a movement toward producing high quality coffee that views its creation as an art form. "There's tonnes of amazing cafes and innovations in Seattle," he says. For those interested in the scene, there are numerous coffee walking tours in the city that can introduce you to the best spots.
The best International Coffee Day events
Events will be held in coffee houses around the world today with many chains in the US in particular are offering free coffees.
As for The Grounds? It's celebrating with $10 espresso martinis in The Potting Shed and coffee donuts from the lane way. It's also expecting to sell around 3,000 cups of coffee today. Not that it doesn't push out close to that many coffees on a normal day across its venues, anyway.
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