How Far Would You Travel for Coffee

via della Murata rome Italy ©pennysadler2013

taking an espresso

I know there are a lot of caffeine addicts reading this post – “caffeinated blogger, writer, mother, father,” etc., I read the descriptions in the profiles of blogs and social media pages. So tell the truth, how far are you willing to go for a great cup of coffee?

While I’m not a habitual coffee drinker, I’ve been known to drive six miles or more for a good cup of java.

In the U.S., Starbucks has become synonymous with coffee. You’ll often hear someone say, “I need a Starbucks.”
Personally, I do not understand how anyone who has ever had an Italian coffee could enjoy Starbucks.

I don’t claim to be an expert. I’ve already told you I’m not even a habitual coffee drinker. What I know is a good coffee should be smooth and not biting on your tongue. It should be the correct temperature not too hot, not too cold, and it should smell good.

I know of one place in the Dallas area that has real Italian coffee. They use only Segafredo Zanetti coffee from Italy. It’s twenty miles from my house, but I swear it’s worth it. I’ll even set up business meetings there just so I can get a great cappuccino.

I took this photograph outside one of my favorite bars in Rome. It’s not really near where I stayed when I was there, but they consistently make a nice frothy cappuccino – totally worth a twenty minute walk. Besides, walking in Rome is one of lifes great pleasures. Can you imagine how early I had to wake up to take this photograph?

Admittedly, I’m crazy for anything Italian, but I’ve also had delicious coffee in Spain, Mexico, and probably some places I can not recall at the moment.

So tell me, how far will you go, literally or figuratively, for a good cup of coffee?

All materials ©pennysadler 2012 – 2013

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13 thoughts on “How Far Would You Travel for Coffee

  1. I’ll go as far as it takes to capture that next great cup of coffee. I’ve taken day road trips recently hundreds of miles away from home to checkout a place(s) that have caught my eye!

  2. Penny, I’m with you on the Starbucks, but I will go as a last resort. To tell you the lengths I will go, once there was a early morning power outage in my area, so I couldn’t make coffee at home, and no shops had power either. My solution: I pounded beans with a ball-peen hammer (it took almost 45 minutes to even approximate a Melitta grind) on a brick slab. Out of the garage, I grabbed one of those small camping stoves that rests a pot on angled wire braces and fired it up. It hadn’t been used in years; it sputtered and spit white gas, sometimes flaming, onto the counter. It took well over an hour, but I ended up with some miserable brew at least related to coffee, enough to quell my tremors. You gotta do what you gotta do…

  3. Once I went Aeropress I could never go back to Starbucks. Only the higher-end coffee shops could get my attention, and I still drink most of my coffee at home anyway. I got my own grinder, upgraded to the reusable stainless steel filter, and now every cup is like drinking coffee-flavored chocolatey candy. I don’t even have the fancy shmancy setup of in-house espresso machines, but even a few basic tools make a ridiculous difference. I’m thinking of trying out a couple other methods as well. A moka pot seems like a good idea. But I’m happy to wander into a coffee shop and hang out there for a while if the drinks are good, as I’m an atmosphere junkie as well.

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