It is no secret that wherever I am in the world, coffee is my lifeblood. It has allowed me to meet fascinating strangers, connect with passionate baristas and reunite with long lost friends from all corners of the globe. There is something uniquely special about the comfort and familiarity that it provides.

Whether it is a frosty morning of farming in New Zealand, teaching English to teens in Colombia or touring a coffee farm in Costa Rica, this caffeinated delight will endure as a critical connecting force of my travels.

Buy me a cup. It just may lead to my next great encounter. Buy me a second cup, and I’ll pay for the stranger next in line. Thank you!