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Tips to find the best place for Enjoyable and relax with coffee

Melbournites will insist that their coffee is the best in the world (it certainly is up there) however, we recommend travelling to the source for the best brew.

Generally speaking, quality rises alongside altitude and consequently some of the best coffee can be found in the most remote and spectacular of places. Your personal travel manager will be delighted to help arrange your trip to the origin of your favourite pick me up.

The Blue Mountains in Jamaica are famous for many things. It is home to the world’s second largest butterfly and its coffee is amongst the most sought after in the world. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is grown at elevations over 914 metres, and famed for a mild flavour free from bitterness.

If you’re feeling energetic after sampling the Caribbean’s best bean, we suggest exploring Blue Mountain Peak. It is the island’s highest point and can be accessed via a walking track. On a clear day you can see both the north and south coast and even the outline of neighbouring Cuba.

Columbia produces over 10% of the world’s coffee, generating income for over 500,000 families with different regions producing different blends. Medellin coffee has a heavy full-bodied flavour, while Bogota is lighter and less acidic. The city of Bogota has an abundance of quaint café’s that serve the country’s best cup for those that don’t have time to hike the Andes.

Indonesia is home of the most expensive and bizarrely produced coffee in the world. Fetching up to $600 a pound, Kopi Luak can sell for $50 a cup in any café audacious enough to include it on their menu. Kopi Luak are the coffee beans that have passed through the Asian Palm Civet, a small weasel like mammal.

The animal is native to countries throughout Asia and consequently Kopi Luak is readily available throughout the continent, but unsurprisingly the coffee struggles for popularity in the West. The reasoning behind the strange method is that the Civet’s notoriously picky and will only eat the best coffee beans of the crop. The beans also begin to germinate inside the Civet, which apparently removes bitterness.

Indonesia consists of around 17,508 islands, each carrying their own unique flavour. Sumba has a particular rich cultural heritage thanks to its solitude, while Pulau Weh boasts pristine beaches and sublime diving.

The word ‘coffee’ originated in Turkey, poetically adapted from the Arabic word for ‘wine of the bean’. While coffee does not readily grow in Turkey, the Turkish have been the key importer of beans into Europe and consequently have a rich coffee culture.

Turkey can trace their coffee culture back to the early 17th century and have trademarked their own unique method of preparation. With Turkish coffee, the beans are ground into a fine powder and then left to simmer, avoiding boiling. The dark gloopy mixture is then decanted into cups where the bean residue is left to settle, the coffee is then drank at searing temperatures with the sludge at the bottom left behind. Tradition has it that fortunes can be read from interpreting the patterns of the residue.

Tips happiness to visit in sydney

images (11)Ever found yourself in a new city wondering where best to grab a drink without getting stung with bad service, high prices or an average experience? Deciding where to enjoy a relaxing beverage can sometimes become a stressful decision. We’ve decided to take the edge off and give you some advice on one of Australia’s drinking capitals, Sydney. Besides the golden beaches, iconic structures and sensational nightlife, Sydney has some sneaky watering holes that must be experienced. Speak to your personal travel manager to discover more of the best places to excite your taste buds.

Some of the best spots for a quiet catch up are the places that only the cool kids know about. Shady Pines Saloon is a quirky little western-themed bar located in a back street in Surry Hills. With its unique décor and music, you’ll feel as though you’ve have taken a step into a western time capsule. From interesting taxidermy and free peanuts to a cocktail list specialising in tequila and whisky, ‘The Pines’ will leave you feeling pleasantly country right in the heart of the Sydney.

Stitch Bar is another treasure to be discovered. It’s quite easy to miss this intimate gem even though many have probably walked past it many times. Boasting a plush ambiance and some of the best burgers and hotdogs in town, Stitch is the perfect place for after work drinks or a casual catch up.

Pocket Bar is another small, stumble-upon bar that’s been satisfying the Darlinghurst crowd for several years. Pocket offers a range of cocktails and crepes that will leave you begging for more. Stashed away on Burton Street, Pocket throws out an old fashioned, laid back, bric-a-brac vibe with a modern day edge. As one of the first small bars established in Sydney, Pocket has paved a very nice path for the other small bars of Sydney to follow.

Overhanging Miller Street in North Sydney, we have the Tree House. This brilliant bar is in a lovely location for post-work drinks or a catch-up on the northern side of the bridge. An open-air balcony brings on a childhood nostalgia of being hidden away in a secret cubby above the rest of the world… except this cubby has a funky décor, delicious food and an excellent wine list. The Tree house is another place to get together and discuss past, present and future adventures.

What beats a night admiring Sydney’s iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge? How about a drink while soaking it all in? Opera Bar is one of those venues that locks itself way in your memory with its breathtaking views over the harbour, beyond the bridge and across to Luna Park. Regardless if it’s to wind down from the working day or just take in those glistening Sydney lights, Opera bar commands your attention and is about as iconic as it gets.