I didn’t start drinking coffee until I hit 40-somthing. I guess I was naturally hyper enough in my younger days and didn’t need the stimulant to jump-start me. But now, if I don’t have a cup of coffee in the morning, I simply cannot get in gear. I try some days to not have a cup and I am okay with it, but by the next day I feel it is somewhat crucial to down a cup.
I love to explore unique coffee shops, especially while traveling and often times settle on out of the norm places, because of the type of coffee they use to create their blends, the style in which the coffee is served, and the ambiance and decor. The type of music emanating from their speakers helps as well.
My favorite coffee shops are of course throughout Europe, mostly France and Italy and while there, it is really difficult to turn any corner without seeing a unique coffee shop or coffee bar. What is most enjoyable for me is the fact, they are served in cups and saucers, whether fine china, mostly porcelain or some creative glassware, which is a clear indication that coffee is an experience meant to be enjoyed rather than rushed off in a “to go cup”. Although, more and more places are starting to use “to go cups” in Europe, go for the sit down experience.
Anyway, there are a few amazing coffee shops around San Francisco and Napa, (listed at the end of this blog entry) where you could actually experience some European flare and service, but I would like to also hear about coffee shops which you think is worth a mention most anywhere you have visited. So drop me a line or a link.