What is it that elevates a simple cup of coffee to that exceptional, memorable and comforting cup of Joe when you travel in a foreign country? The quality of the beans, of course, is important, but what else? Would you add the ambiance, the cup, the aroma, the dessert that comes with the coffee, the server, the music and the artwork?
Ordering a cup of coffee while traveling in South America can be daunting if you don’t speak the language. Their variations of coffee are different from North America, like the bombons in Argentina, tinto in Ecuador and cafe-curto in Brazil. Coffee drinking in South America was a memorable and exceptional experience that we’ll cherish forever. Here are 21 iPhone snapshots of our coffee experiences in South America converted into illustrations.
Brasil Cacau is a chain of coffee shops found throughout Sao Paulo. They specialize in chocolate and coffee. This is the same company as Kopenhagen Chocolate, but Brazil Cacau is much cheaper than Kopenhagen. Coffee is served with a piece of chocolate. What a delightful experience.
McCafe in Punta Carretas Mall Montevideo Uruguay is not only stylish, it has cozy seats and coffee. It is served in a ceramic cup and saucer.
When taking a road trip between Florianopolis and Sao Paulo we stopped at a Graal rest stop. There are many Graal chain shops located along Brazil’s motorways. The above was at Rod Regis Bittencourt (CBR 116), km 461, Pariquera-Acu, SP.
Jack’s Cafe is a very popular coffee shop in Cusco, Peru. It is run like a western-style coffee shop. Read 17 Coffee Shops in South America.
Read more about Cafe Brasilero Montevideo here.
Cups and saucers with gold rims are what you will be served with if you visit Mamushka in Bariloche, Argentina.
Which is your favorite coffee art here? Let us know.