Posted by: travelrat | August 7, 2013

Stuff About Coffee

Caffe Florian, Venice

Caffe Florian, Venice

Every so often, an old argument rears its head. What is the most expensive coffee in the world? Some say it’s a Colombian one; it’s reported that it’s so good that export from that country isn’t normally allowed. In ‘Immediate Action’, Andy McNab tells how one of his colleagues asked one of the Colombian policemen they were training where he could get some, and received the reply:

‘Oh, we don’t drink that s***; we prefer Nescafé’

For a lot of people, a cup of coffee is a cup of coffee is a cup of coffee. Most folk, though, can tell the difference between brewed coffee and instant, and distinguish between good coffee and bad coffee in both cases, but that’s usually as far as it goes.

As far as I’m concerned, brewed coffee has a slight edge, but I don’t disdain Nescafé if I’m in a hurry.

A warning, though! In some countries, ‘Nescafé’ is used as a generic term to describe any instant coffee … not necessarily Nescafé … and some of it is pretty dire!

For the most expensive cup of coffee, my hat’s in the ring for the Caffe Florian, in St Mark’s Square, Venice. A look at the menu was enough … €7 for an espresso that barely wetted the bottom of the thimble-sized cup!

I didn’t go in, though, for I had a good idea what the interior looked like. Earlier in the year, I’d cruised on the Costa Atlantica, the décor of which is based on Fellini films. One of the bars is called the Florian, and it’s based on the original in Venice.

But, the coffee is much cheaper … and has the added bonus that you can enjoy your coffee without a lot of tourists who can’t afford to come in peering through the window!

Florian Bar, 'Costa Atlantica'

Florian Bar, ‘Costa Atlantica’


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