Shots of coffee around the world

We like to joke about our caffeine dependency. Being from the Seattle area, it’s a pretty accurate stereotype that we are helplessly addicted to coffee. Of all our travels across the globe, our most difficult to date was our trip through the southern states of the US where there was no coffee to be found for hundreds of miles. It should be noted that “sweet tea” and Coca Cola are, in fact, not substitutes for coffee. You may remember this from our last round of coffee pictures. Both Tawny and I would gladly trade sleep, laundry, and comfortable bus seats for a cup of coffee on the road.

As such, it should come as no shock that our collection of joe around the world has grown recently. Without further ado we give you our newest photos of coffee around the world.

Coffee RTW with Captain and Clark

So far, coffee in Bangkok has been as much about the latte art as it has about the flavor. Watch out, this powerful metropolis has everything your heart desires.

Coffee in Colombo, Sri Lanka

All of our coffee experiences in Sri Lanka were on the road. For a culture more fixated on Ceylon tea (endemic to the area), we have to say that the coffee was more powerful than anything. It was designed to get you up and moving, not sitting in the cafe.

coffee culture in Rome, Itlay

Rome is all about the etiquette of coffee. A waiter once refused to serve us a cappuccino as an after dinner coffee. Espresso is the drink of choice to finish up a meal. Cappuccinos are exclusively for breakfast.

Coffee in Croatia

The coffee in Croatia is not only delicious, but theatrical. The idea is to set up shop in any of the outdoor, street-facing coffee shops and people watch as the day goes on. Coffee culture in Croatia is a chance to see and be seen. So dress up, and get your arm candy ready.


coffee in Ljubljana

Ah, Ljubljana, hard to spell and easy to fall in love with. More than anything else, it was the street art in Ljubljana that made us fall so deeply in passion with this city. From ballerinas to Spanish guitarists, the buskers in this Slovenian city really raise the bar. Grabbing a latte on the forum walk is a sweet way to pass the day.

Greek coffee in Athens

Athens has all of the coffee styles under the sun of Apollo. However, to truly taste Greece you should grab Greek coffee. This delicacy has a finely ground layer of coffee at the bottom of your espresso cup that provides a huge kick to your cup. Just don’t drink that layer of coffee grounds. It’s not appetizing and the locals might scoff at you.

Turkish coffee

Not unlike their neighbors in Greece, the people of Turkey offer small espressos with a thick layer of grounds on the bottom. We found the coffee in Turkey to be sweeter though, and served with an extra helping of sunshine.


The Greek island of Rhodes has all the coffee you could want, and usually a menagerie of animals to help you drink it. My macaw friend here strolled right up on my shoulder and tried to help himself to my cappuccino. When I refused, he settled for eating the button off my sleeve instead.

Captain Chris Staudinger.

Cheeky parrot.


All of the coffee shops we found in Serbia had smokers galore, and every cappuccino had the most perfect foam we’ve ever seen. The cups are served extra dry, meaning that they have a thick layer of foam on top.


Still though, some of the best coffee we’ve ever had was from Iceland. These creamy cups of liquid happy come with rock sugar and a view of Viking paradise.


Are you as obsessed with coffee as we are? Let us know your favorite caffeinated beverage in the comment section below. Also be sure to check out our newly launched instagram account dedicated to our favorite coffees from around the world- @CoffeeRTW

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  1. Pam @Skinny chick travelling
    November 20, 2014 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Hahaha I love this post πŸ˜€ I’m a real Balkan meaning addicted to black (we call turkish coffee). Happy to hear that u had a good experience in Croatia, we are a real coffee nation for sure, sitting and enjoying. That’s the reason no coffe to go places like Starbucks or smth were never successful here πŸ˜€
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    • Captain & Clark
      November 20, 2014 at 10:40 pm - Reply

      That makes perfect sense. Why would you hit up a Starbucks when you have such awesome alternatives.

  2. Bret Love
    November 20, 2014 at 9:21 am - Reply

    That parrot was insane! Glad you got a good pic. The coffee in Greece was alight, but I preferred the Caramel Macchiato on the ship! LOL
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  3. Sachi
    November 20, 2014 at 11:58 am - Reply

    I love having that morning shot or the evening too – can’t call obsessed. Loved this! Out of 2 of us, G is the one who is obsessed with coffee so this would be his field of expertise. I just want to add “Filter Kaapi” which is basically Indian version of filter coffee, made by froth, milk and coffee that’s grown locally.

  4. Michael
    November 20, 2014 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    It really is interesting to see coffee from all over the world. I recently had coffee in Mexico at several places. This was my first adventure out of the country. I was surprised by the richness of the coffee that I drank. Even the most typical of coffee places seemed to have a richer taste than what I’m used to.
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  5. Moi Petite
    November 22, 2014 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Being a self confessed coffee junkie this post definitely plays at the heart strings! It’s fascinating to see different variations from all over the world.

    Have you tried the coffee in vietnam? If not, add it to the list. It is unique.

    • Captain & Clark
      November 22, 2014 at 7:18 pm - Reply

      Glad you like it! We’ve really enjoyed sampling various coffees from around the world. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it πŸ™‚

  6. Melissa |
    November 23, 2014 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    For all the coffee shops in Korea, I’m surprised to not see them represented here. My favourite things at those shops though, wasn’t coffee but the sweet potato lattes. Mmm…

    The best coffee I’ve had so far while travelling has been in Costa Rica. So smooth tasting and incredibly local.
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    • Captain & Clark
      November 24, 2014 at 2:47 am - Reply

      You’re absolutely right! We have SO many coffee photos from Korea and we both thought we had included at least one. Looks like we’ll have to write another post featuring them soon.

      Looks like we’ll also have to add Costa Rican coffee to our list. It sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  7. Alisa Kennedy
    November 24, 2014 at 1:44 am - Reply

    Hello! This is my first time checking out your blog (I saw you guys speak at TBEX Athens) and I really like this post. I think the love of coffee is a universal thing, yet it is so personal as well. Everyone, and every country, has their way. Though I must admit – being from Texas, I do love me some ice-cold sweet tea! πŸ™‚

    • Captain & Clark
      November 24, 2014 at 2:48 am - Reply

      Ah, sweet tea! That’s a beverage that we just haven’t been able to get into yet. Is there a special way to prepare/drink it? Maybe we’ve been doing it wrong…

  8. hanoi food tour
    June 13, 2015 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    In Hanoi-Vietnam, I really recommend that special coffee renowned for long time, surely any foreigners tasting this coffee get impressed. EGG-Coffee, when you travel Hanoi, find the shop located on 39 Nguyen Huu Huan street.
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  9. Muhammad jamshaid
    July 2, 2015 at 6:55 am - Reply

    really coffee in Bangkok has been as much about the latte art as it has about the flavor. i like this art in coffee. really its looking very beautiful. i like to drink coffee.
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  10. louis
    August 16, 2015 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Being a coffee addict it one of the best articles i ever found.
    I found varieties of coffee from different corners of world ….This worked out as magic for me.
    I just liked Starbucks and that parrot is seriously funny πŸ˜€

  11. Robert
    November 5, 2015 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    This is my first time checking out your blog and I really like this post. I think the love of coffee is a universal thing as other commentator , yet it is so personal as well. Everyone, and every country, has their way. Though I must admit – being from Budapest.
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  12. Luminita
    February 23, 2016 at 6:05 am - Reply

    Whenever I go somewhere new, I always try to taste different types of coffee in various places. I have the best memories in coffeeshop, because you never know who you might encounter there and make new friends. Not to mention, the fact, that findind a tasty coffee makes any day better.
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  13. Jasi
    March 20, 2016 at 6:52 am - Reply

    Nowdays the coffee with the foam design over it are trending .. and i love having it.
    Being coffee addict its always pleasure to explore new new version of tasty coffee adding different flavours and making it more tasty.

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