I’ll admit, I don’t ever read Lonely Planet. All that consists of our relationship are a few pocket language guides sitting on the middle shelf of the travel section of my bookcase. Even though I’m not huge on tangible guides, I still love the feeling of flipping through a published book, so I thought I’d give Lonely Planet’s Global Coffee Tour book a chance. I also wanted to see if it was better than any advice I could provide the hundreds of people who ask me, “where’s the best coffee spot in ______?”

And dammit. It is.

This is one of the best coffee books I’ve ever read, and here’s why:

They Included Only the Best

At first, I was pretty skeptical about seeing the coffee shops they included. I raced through all the regions I had previously visited and looked for what I thought were ‘excellent’ coffee shops by my standards. And I am thoroughly surprised to report, they are almost all listed in this book. This means I finally have a place I can refer people to for the best coffee shops in every country. Not that I don’t like guiding my own readers to these places, but this book has so much more information than my brain could ever hold. It’s an amazing resource for the average millennial traveler!

Lonely Planet Just Curated the Ultimate Global Coffee Tour

Stunning Photographs

Quite possibly my favorite part of this book are the stunning photographs. The photos are all gorgeous and high-quality. A lot of the photographs feature the people behind the scenes that are the true backbones of their trade. While I adore Instagram shots and highly-styled photography, the photos in this book were a breath of fresh air. They reminded me that so much more goes into the latte that you order to photograph for Instagram. These photos are the real deal and I could swipe through them for hours.

Sought After Information

Another favorite part of mine is the extensive information this book provides the reader. I almost feel bad pointing people to coffee shops now because I feel like I know nothing! Here is the information you receive on each country:

  • Discover each country’s top five, must-drink coffees
  • Learn how to order a coffee in the local language
  • Explore each area with our itinerary of local things to do
  • Find coffee classes and learn about roasting and brewing

Lonely Planet Just Curated the Ultimate Global Coffee Tour

Coffee by Region and Country

Even though this is a global coffee tour, I never expected them to organize everything by region. It makes a world of difference when you’re traveling to a single country and trying to find where to grab the best latte. Within each region are single countries, with Europe taking the cake for the most robust list. The regions are:

  • Africa and the Middle East
  • The Americas
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Oceana

High-quality materials

When you hold this book in your hands, you can feel the amazing love that went into creating this guide. The pages are a crisp white and the design elements were well thought out. The book itself is a good size, and smaller than your average gigantic coffee table book; it’s the perfect topper for all your other coffee table books! I really wasn’t expecting to read through something this modern and eye-catching, but that’s exactly what it was. I’ll be honest, the cover isn’t my favorite due to reasons of personal taste. But what’s inside makes me completely forget about it, so I don’t mind.

Lonely Planet Just Curated the Ultimate Global Coffee Tour

A Steal for the Price

Hello $19.99. Yes, this book is only $20! I was shocked when I saw the price because of how excellent the content and quality is. I can only assume from working in content myself and based on the amount of information provided, that this book took a long time to curate. Giving travelers access to coffee information around the world at this price is really amazing.

I am literally over-the-moon with Lonely Planet’s Global Coffee Tour. If you like to travel and drink coffee, then this book needs to be on your shelf, stat!

Order the Lonely Planet Global Coffee Tour here

A huge thank you to Lonely Planet who kindly sent me this book because clearly, I have an obsession that cannot be tamed. I was so pleasantly surprised by this book that I wanted to share it with my readers. All opinions are my own.

36 Comments

    1. Haha I know so many people who say that! I love the smell of coffee too. And I also LOVE my Starbucks. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Author Reply
    1. I think they are well known for their Asia guides! Their India guide was the first one that blew up in the late 80’s I think? Super neat!

      Author Reply
    1. Thanks Alyssa! I cannot imagine giving up coffee, but I know what you’re saying about the smell. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Author Reply
    1. Nice! I think I may go back to looking through guidebooks. It kind of changed my mind to how valuable they can be!

      Author Reply
  1. It’s pretty cool that you got to try out the Global Coffee Tour! I like that it meets your standards and it’s neat that you learned so much during the session. Coffee is such an essential in all parts of the world and it’s neat that they have a different taste. Thanks for sharing your experience!

    Nancy โ™ฅ exquisitely.me

    Reply
  2. Gosh, I haven’t read or reply on a travel guide book since forever because everything has been a few clicks aways through Google. Good to know this book got your approval, Emily.

    Reply
  3. I’ll be honest that it’s a become a bit of ritual to buy a lonely planet book for each country we visit! I’m sure if it’s mostly just because I like seeing them together all on the shelf…

    That said – I reckon they should have just hired you to write this book! It’s like it was MADE for you! You could certainly give them a run for their money with this blog anyway! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Musings & More

    Reply
    1. I used to make that my ritual as well, but then stopped somewhere along the way. I kind of want to pick it back up now! And yes, they should have ;)…

      Author Reply
  4. OOOH!!!! I haven’t heard of this book, but I will definitely check it out. I’m always in search of the best cup of coffee when I’m travelling. I just posted one on San Francisco’s best cafes and bakeries – you know that list is long!!

    Hope you’re having a great start to your week
    Lyndi
    http://www.stylecalling.com

    Reply

Post Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.