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When it comes to grabbing a cup of coffee at the airport, there's typically okay options and then there are great options. Sometimes a craving goes beyond just caffeine; travelers are increasingly requesting specially sourced beans and freshly roasted offerings and, luckily, airports are listening.
Here’s some of our picks for the best coffee shops alternatives—independent and otherwise—at airports across the country:
Kofe by Intelligentsia: ORD Terminal 5
This spot from the Intelligentsia folks has regular roasts, monthly specials, and it’s all done in a European-style stand-up coffee shop. Find it past security in International Terminal 5 at Chicago-O’Hare.
Klatch Coffee: LAX Terminal 7
Thanks to a reader for mentioning this one. The newest location of this LAX option can be found within Terminal 7, and they have some great goodies to go along with their award winning beans and brews—think freshly baked scones, cookies, and cappuccino muffins.
Abica Coffee: ATL
Okay this place might not have the same pedigree as some of the other independent options, but it’s a nice alternative to Starbucks—grab a cup at Atlanta’s Airport over in Concourse A near Gate 27.
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It’s time to celebrate the season, and we only know way to best do things—with Starbucks and the autumnal delight known as the Pumpkin Spice Latte. The seasonal spiced latte concoction is back for year eleven, and there’s nowhere better to enjoy one than in a climate-controlled concourse. Here’s some of our favorite airport Starbucks across the nifty fifty where you can enjoy one too:
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
Go with the Starbucks in Concourse A near Gate 40 within the McNamara Terminal—that’s the one where all the Delta flights do their thing. It’s near the airport’s main fountain, and the big windows here give a good view of the 747s heading overseas. There are two lines, so you can score a drink even when in a hurry.
Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
There’s a newer airport Starbucks at Atlanta’s Concourse F. Of course they have Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but they also offer up those new Fizzio Handcrafted Soda things. There’s decent seating here—and comfortable couches in the level below—and the concourse is a little quieter during the day before the international flights depart.
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Happy National Donut Day! Aside from giving everyone a reason to justify a visit to the sweeter end of the baked goods counter, National Donut Day allows us to reflect on the many other treats we turn to when a donut just won't do. Blasphemy, right? Well, travelers soon find that donuts are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to anytime indulgences.
Here, our 17 favorite donut alternatives from around the world:
Above: Hong Kong's Flagstaff Museum of Tea Ware
Both Hong Kong and South Korea love their tea, although they have quite different styles; the Chinese prefer black teas like oolong, while Koreans love green and flower teas and Hong Kongers are known for their obsession with milk tea.
Though we’re not going to take a side on which tea we like the best, we did visit tea museums in both cities, and we’re ready to advise you on which one’s more worth a trip:
In a new weekly Friday column, we'll explore street food and other culinary specialties and customs from around the world. Last week, it was smoked-meat sandwiches in Montreal. This week, we head to Sweden for a cup of coffee.
As anyone who has been out of the country understands, coffee is drank differently in other places than it is here in the States. Traditionally, if you asked for a coffee "to go" across the Atlantic, the Europeans would be confused. In America, coffee is a drug that wakes us up and keeps us going. In other countries, it's an experience, a timeout, never to be drank while driving. You "take" a coffee, you don't "drink" it. In Sweden, this concept is taken so seriously that they have an official name for it.
Cat Cafes are nothing new, but you'd think so with all the talk this week surrounding the rumors that Boston and San Francisco are locked in a race to open the USA's first such cafe full of felines. The Atlantic reported that while "Miaou Boston" and "KitTea San Francisco" have launched social media channels and filed approvals, neither has yet appeased authorities when it comes to allowing animals and food to peacefully coexist for commerce.
While we patiently wait for a resolution, Canada has however succeeded in making progress towards the debut of what will be the first cat cafe in North America: Café Chat l’Heureux in Montreal. The grand opening, which isn't excepted until this summer, will naturally be step one towards the cafe's goal to "facilitate the adoption of cats, promote the awareness of animal issues, and hopefully better the lives of customers with calming 'cat therapy.'"
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In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.
The Little Thing: Business Class passengers on Austrian Airlines experience a spectacular onboard coffee service, choosing from the 10 most popular Austrian specialties.
What do you think of when you think, "Austria?" Not Australia, but Austria, that magical and musical country of mountains, castles, 'Sound of Music' tours, and Viennese coffee. Hopefully that last one comes before all others for you, because flying there on Austrian Airlines means a taste of the best before you even land.
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Providence, RI is a classic New England town - delicately restored 18th and 19th century buildings, autumn leaves, and steaming bowls of chowder. But when we were recently caught in an afternoon rainstorm in "Lil' Rhodey," it gave us an excuse to peruse the city's notable coffee shop scene. Here are a few of our favorites:
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Chicago, you're the best.
While many airports focus on installing new wine bars or sticking as many iPads as possible in the faces of passengers trying to grab a bite, Chicago's O'Hare and Midway Airports are refining the basic offering of an airport coffee by opening serious coffeeshops backed by local roasters.
Kiss that calorie-heavy, caffeine-light caramel frappuccino with whip cream goodbye, or at least until you arrive at your destination airport. Chicago will see you off (or welcome you) with a proper fresh cup, made with beans sourced from exotic destinations and then roasted and ground right in town.
First up is O'Hare's Terminal 5, which houses Rick Bayless' airport outpost of Tortas Frontera and has just opened Kofe by Intelligentsia, a European-style stand-up coffee shop past security. In addition to Intelligentsia's regular roasts, Kofe will also feature a monthly special. Right now, according to The Moodie Report, it's a Yirgacheffe coffee "with notes of jasmine and lemongrass from southern Ethiopia." Yes, there will be souvenir mugs and coffee beans for purchase (and Black Cat espresso!).
Perhaps it was the years of waving the French flag, or maybe it's the need to be mentally prepared to face the hectic traffic, but whatever the reason, Vietnam loves its coffee. And, if you've ever sampled the super-sweet and milky Vietnamese style of coffee, you know what a treat it can be. Still, this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the morning beverage in the country.
On a trip to Ho Chi Minh City, we were told by numerous people to check out Trung Nguyen Coffee, a home-grown coffee shop found in numerous neighborhoods. While we aren't always keen on the idea of hitting up a chain shop, Trung Nguyen is a far departure from your typical Starbucks. Here, coffee is a serious matter with plenty of variety and unique blends.
Last September, Denver coffee fiends rejoiced over the opening of Black Eye, a hip new coffeeshop in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Lower Highland.
Housed in an old Coors tavern (which then became a barber shop, which then became a Mexican liquor store), the site's industrial past is now proudly referenced with tables made out of old barn doors, and daily menu specials scrawled onto a salvaged mirror. In short, Black Eye is a DIY masterpiece. But luckily, the appeal of this place goes way beyond Instagram-worthy decor.
Prior to the cafe's opening, co-owner Dustin Audet admitted he was routinely driving 30 minutes out of his way just to find a good cup of coffee. "The neighborhood needed a full-on, good coffee shop, and community space," he told us.
So that's exactly what he, along with two other co-owners built. Here's what we recommend ordering when you go:
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Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.
Yes, Istanbul has Starbucks. Inside those Starbucks, as in every other cafe in the city, you'll be able to order the thick, deep umber of Türk kahvesi, or Turkish coffee. Starbucks won't offer it in anything more than a plan white espresso mug, but elsewhere you'll likely lift exquisitely styled cups decorated in copper or even more precious metals, each with its own lid.
The bazaars of Istanbul offer sets of these mugs, often with a matching sugar bowl or carrying tray. They're beautiful and make excellent hostess gifts, but resist the urge to keep them away in a curio cabinet; they're best appreciated in use!