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!
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
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
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.
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!
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.