Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Caffeine Around the World

Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
Eric and I spent a lot of time in coffee shops around the world.  I was impressed everywhere we went with how pretty a cappuccino can be.  Here's a round-up of some of the most attractive coffee I had the opportunity to drink.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Hotel de la Paix serves their coffee with delicious cookies
and complimentary bug spray.
Okay, this might not look special, but in Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia,
people mix sweetened condensed milk into coffee instead of regular cream and sugar.
It's amazing.
Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
This was extra beautiful because of the view - see that boat in the background?
Same one in Koh Phi Phi - I could barely stand to drink it, it was so pretty.
This is tea in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia, but I'm counting it.
A Mocha in Bali, Indonesia
Toffee nut cappuccino, Bali, Indonesia
The Turkish flag, Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Turkish coffee at an Istanbul Starbucks
At the time it felt like a great mix of cultures, but as you might expect
Turkish coffee is better at a traditionally Turkish café
Paros, Greece - it came with a doughnut hole!
Paris, France - I mean, when it's served in an antique-style demitasse...
Oxford, England
My first pumpkin spice latte of the season, Oxford, England
Brasov, Romania - the best hot chocolate of my life
The winner for taste was hands-down the cappuccinos at Turl Street Kitchen in Oxford, England.  Somehow I never got a picture, even though they were frequently beautiful.  (Yes, it's hard to believe that there was a drink/meal I didn't photograph, and yes, I am annoyed at myself, but hey, now I have one more excuse to go back to Oxford.)  Here's one in the corner of this photo of bread and butter pudding:

And you thought you were going to get through this post without any gratuitous dessert photos
Cheers to the talented baristas whose concoctions I had the good fortune to sample!

So, which of these wins "most attractive coffee/espresso drink"?

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