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Turkey & Indonesia: Two Nations Serving a Unique Coffee Brew

I find myself writing about coffee quite a bit lately.  It turns out that my travels around the world have made me appreciate a nice cup of coffee in the morning. Naturally, I prefer one that both tastes good and gets the perk-me-up job done.

My newfound appreciation has also made me keep a closer eye out on travel blogs to spot whenever the word “coffee” is tossed about.

I’m on a continuous search for what’s new and great when it comes to the drink, and even though some locations have definitely left me yearning for more (Nescafe, really?), others, such as the following, have left me intrigued and wanting to try a cup for myself.

Turkey: Turkish coffee is a unique brew since it uses very finely ground coffee beans that are served in the coffee cup instead of strained out.  You can order a cup with varying levels of sweetness, which is added during the brewing process.  To brew, grounds (and sugar) are mixed with water that is then left to heat slowly so as to extract the flavor.  Once the coffee starts to boil, the pot is removed from heat and the mixture is poured into cups.  The dregs of coffee are left to settle to the bottom and not drunk.

Furthermore, it is said that the grounds of coffee left behind can tell your future.  Fortune tellers place a saucer over the cup when empty, flip and turn it around and then read the patterns created.

Indonesia: Indonesia is home to a special type of coffee known as Kopi Luwak, a brew that sells for upwards of $50 per cup.  The beans for this type of coffee are said to be very aromatic and taste far less bitter, pleasing the palettes of a wider audience.

However, the way this coffee gets it’s flavor might stop the unadventurous in their tracks.  You see, a little weasel-like animal, the luwak, eats the coffee berries.  The outer, fruit part of the coffee cherry is digested while the rest of the bean is defecated, collected by locals, cleaned, dried and roasted.  Yes, the Kopi Luwak is a coffee made from previously ingested coffee beans!

 

OneTravel can help you expand your coffee horizons with plenty of discount flights to Turkey and Indonesia.

 

Flickr: caffeinated_zeitgesit

 

So coffee lovers, which of these unique brews is on your list to try?

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