Culinary Travel, Foodies, and Ethiopian Coffee Beans
As I sit here, I’m sipping on a piping hot brew of coffee that I made from grinding these Reko beans that I just received and then stewing them in my shiny new French Press.
It is said that Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, it was then introduced to Saudia Arabia, and from there the coffee bean was introduced around the world.
If you care to learn more about the coffee beans produced from the prized Reko Station in Ethiopia, then read this recent article from a travel reporter in Brazil. Note: you will need to let Google translate the article if you’re not fluent in Portuguese.
One of the rewarding benefits of travel is getting to sample the cuisine in various parts of the world, and coffee is certainly something that is cherished the world around.
I’ll never forget my first journey abroad when I was a freshman in college. I was in Rome, and I walked into a pastry shop for some local sweets and a cup of espresso, which I had never experienced before.
The sweets were glorious, but I turned up my nose at the espresso and marveled at the small size of the serving cup. It’s a funny thing, but today I never finish a fine meal out without a double-decaf expresso.
Coming Soon: Culinary Travel Experiences Here and Abroad
So, why all the talk about coffee beans and culinary travel?
Well, our Virtuoso Travel Network has just launched a culinary travel community to serve the nearly 18,000 travel advisors in the network.
Culinary travel is a big deal in the luxury travel segment, and this hyper-focused culinary community will help us keep you abreast of interesting culinary travel opportunities in the future.
So, as I raise my now second cup of Reko bean coffee, here’s to truffle hunting in Italy, wine-tasting in the Bordeaux region of France, or heck, even a fabulous gordita found right here in my own hometown.
Foodies rejoice, culinary travel is alive and well. 🙂
PS: I shot that photograph of Carol and a group of travel writers enjoying a morning Cortado in Spain as we traveled with Abercrombie & Kent a few years back. A cortado is a Spanish-origin general term for a beverage consisting of espresso mixed with a roughly equal amount of warm milk to reduce the acidity. The milk in a cortado is steamed, but not frothy and “texturized” as in many Italian coffee drinks.
If you’re interested in culinary travel and would like to learn how we might help you plan a fabulous culinary travel experience, call Roaming Boomers Travel Services at (480) 550-1235 or use our convenient online information request (click here) and we will reach out to you.
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