It’s not quite Mick Jagger’s mouth that stares at you from across the street but the similarity to The Rolling Stones’ infamous tongue and lips logo (created by English designer John Pasch) is unmistakable. Here, the lips spell out the name and the philosophy of the café — quite simply: I Love Coffee.

(Yes, that is a roasted coffee bean those pearly whites are in the process of chomping on.)

EspressoBar I Love Coffee is also perhaps Bruges’ most serious coffee bar, serving real flat whites and single-origin espressos instead of the usual weak cappuccino with a dollop of froth on top. No lacklustre Belgian coffee here.

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If you find yourself strolling along Ghuznee Street in Wellington, you’d likely catch a whiff of freshly brewed coffee. This can be enticing but more often than not, the promise isn’t matched by the product or the experience. Not so if you step into Customs Brew Bar, one of the best cafés in town.

Opened in 2010, Customs Brew Bar is the flagship store of Kiwi roaster Coffee Supreme. (We’ve already sampled their impeccable cuppas at their Auckland cafés, Good One and Supreme Seafarers.)

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Every time we visit Tokyo, we are drawn to the Shinjuku neighbourhood. Millions of people moving around, on the streets, in buildings and, of course, in the non-stop network of rail and subway. Little wonder that the Shinjuku station is the busiest train station in the world (used by an average of 3.64 million people per day, the station has 36 platforms and over 200 exits).

It’s not hard to find coffee here; there are coffee shops and cafes around every corner. But how about good coffee? Or even great coffee?

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