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Destinations That are Legendary for Their Coffee Beans

Coffee is the third-most popular drink in the world behind only water and tea. Today, the mighty coffee bean is cultivated in over 70 countries. While coffee beans have traditional been grown and cultivated near the equator, a greater understanding of agriculture is leading to more countries throwing their hats in the ring. Still, Central America, Southeast Asia, and Africa continue to lead the charge in terms of coffee bean cultivation. But where is coffee the most popular around the globe?

Italy

Everyone who really loves coffee and can’t wait to race downstairs to get that first cup going should definitely consider visiting Italy at least once. The country has literally centuries of coffee history under its belt, and Italy is renowned for its cappuccino and espresso. What surprises most people, though, about Italy is that coffee there is incredibly affordable because coffee in Italy is seen as a social lubricant of sorts and it seems to be a ubiquitous part of life on the other side of the Atlantic. Considering the fact that Italy boasts nearly 200,000 cafes and coffee bars, you won’t have any trouble grabbing a cup!

Columbia

Columbia is located in South America and an essential part of any roundup of the best coffee spots from around the world. Columbia is one of the primary spots for growing and cultivating coffee partly because of the variety of microclimates that allow for year-round cultivation of myriad different coffee beans. The implications for tourists is that they can drop in whenever they like and get a world-class tour of a coffee growing facility without any fear that the region will be seeing a bunch of fallow fields. There’s so much biodiversity in the Columbian countryside and beautiful people to curate you around the sites that you’ll wonder why you didn’t visit Columbia sooner.

Hawaii

Another island that sometimes gets overlooked when doing this kind of roundup is Hawaii. That’s somewhat understandable but less so once you consider how popular Kona coffee and Kauai coffee have been recently. Hawaii boasts literally millions of coffee trees and thousands of acres dedicated to growing the spectacular Kona coffee bean. Hawaii is unique among coffee destinations due to the growing conditions: volcanic soil, trade winds, year-round tropical weather, and tropical rain.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is in Central America, and the coffee juggernaut has been growing and cultivating coffee since at least as far back as the 18th century. Costa Rica is a tourist destination par excellence because of its wonderful tropical weather, but you’ll find quite a bit of hospitality among Costa Rica’s coffee farmers. Aside from the opportunity to take day tours of hundreds of different coffee fields, you’ll have the chance to take classes on brewing your own lattes once you set down your bags and reflect on the trip from the comfort of your home. The organic coffee movement has recently made Costa Rica’s coffee growing practices even more attractive to health-conscious consumers from all around the globe.

Our Favorite Nature Photography on Instagram This Week

It is time for another round-up of some nature images we saw on Instagram that were so amazing that we needed to make sure you saw them as well.

Venice Begins Plan to Crack Down On Over-Tourism

Tourists have been flocking to Venice since the days of the early 18th century. According to the Port Authority, Venice had over 36 million international visitors in 2017, nearly a 10% rise over the previous year. Between April to October, an estimated 32,000 cruise ship passengers disembark daily, according to the Port Authority. The National Tourism Agency adds that in August, 465,100 day-trippers add an additional 2.2 million overnight tourists.

Small Town Festivals You Need to Know About

Come and discover the joy of small-town America by attending one of the many diverse festivals held each year throughout the country. Regardless of if your interest is local food and drink, stunning displays of nature, or arts and cultural offerings, you will find something to suit your fancy at one of the nation’s quaint festivals. Here are four of the best festivals to consider for your next weekend getaway:

Exploring The Hidden Moscow

Moscow is a cornucopia of sights, sounds, and smells. As the premier city in Russia, Moscow is the cosmopolitan heart of the country as well as its cultural backbone. A trip to Russia’s capital city will be unlike anything else that you have ever experienced. From stunning architecture to historical palaces to a dazzling array of arts and cultural experiences, Moscow represents the spirit of Russia in every detail. Here are just a few of the reasons why a trip to Moscow should be in your travel future: