Best Asian Places for Coffee Lovers

Do you know what is one of the world’s most valuable commodities, one that evokes such intense passion and debates that its consumers are sometimes labelled snobs (yes, I am one of them!) It’s coffee, of course, and here’s a handpicked list of the best places for coffee lovers.

Golden Triangle, Thailand

Beating Kopi Luwak, Northern Thailand’s Black Ivory Coffee Company has come up with a $50-a-cup coffee – made from beans eaten by elephants and then collected from their dung a day later! The elephant’s stomach acids give the coffee a unique flavour and a smooth aftertaste. The coffee is produced at the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation and is currently available in a few luxury resorts such as the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort.

Coorg, India

Known as India’s Coffee County, Coorg (Kodagu) district in Karnataka is dotted with several coffee plantations – both private as well as those of coffee companies. Find a home-stay with an attached plantation and savour freshly ground coffee every morning with your breakfast. If you visit during the berry-picking season, you can help out on the plantation as well. Try the Tata Coffee Plantation Trails Heritage Bungalow for an unforgettable stay.

Bali, Indonesia

Fancy a coffee made from beans that have passed through an animal’s gut? Then try Kopi Luwak in Bali – one of the world’s most expensive coffees. This coffee is brewed from beans that have been eaten by the civet cat. The enzymes inside the cat’s stomach extract the bitterness from coffee giving Kopi Luwak a mild and sweet aftertaste. The $25-a-cup coffee is available all over Bali, but for a complete experience visit the Bali Pulina plantation, where you can see the civet cats, roast and pound some beans and also sample a variety of different blends.

The Vatican City – The Smallest Country in the World

Ever since Dan Brown’s protagonist Robert Langdon made his way into the Vatican Secret Archives in the bestselling book ‘Angels and Demons’, the place has caught the imagination of travellers to this tiny country. While St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum are open to the public, the Secret Archives remain resolutely closed. Containing documents, manuscripts and publications accumulated over 800 years and held in 85 kilometres of shelves, this library is out of bounds to most people, except some research scholars.

Also known as the Holy See is located in the very heart of Rome. It is the pulse of Catholic life. It attracts millions of pilgrims from all over the world, who come every year to gather in prayer and seek the blessing of the Pope.

The history of the Vatican City State is colorful, controversial and complex. The world’s smallest country at just 109 acres.

Places/ Things of Attraction: St Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums.

Literacy Rate‎: ‎100%, Language(s)‎: ‎Italian, Latin.


Sunrise Glow on St Peter’s Basilica (the Vatican), Pont St Angelo Bridge,

Sunrise Glow on St Peter’s Basilica, St Angelo Bridge, Italy

Tweety Vatican House


Trastevere Appartment


Emmhouse Appartment


The Swiss Guard serves as the de facto military of Vatican City


5 most liked things to eat by Vaticans:

Cannoli is a dessert dish

Fettuccine Alfredo. Fettuccine Alfredo is a pasta dish made from wide, flat noodles tossed with cheese and butter.

Tiramisu


Gelato

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Chicken & Mushroom Risotto


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