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Many of us could not get through our day without a cup of our favorite coffee or tea. And much of the world is the same way.

Here are some great places to visit while satisfying your caffeine-loving cravings….

Rome, Italy
From Rome to the smallest Italian villages, Italians love their espresso, cappuccino and everything else coffee-related. Coffee drinking here is serious business—no paper “to-go” cups or drinking on the run—Italians drink their strong, dark coffee at leisure in the café. So be prepared to sit down (or stand at a high counter) and add a little cream and sugar to your "cuppa" to enjoy its rich, robust flavor. And if you need a little local gossip or conversation, they serve that too.

Paris, France
What could be more delightful than sipping cup of coffee and nibbling a decadant pastry while seated in a charming outdoor café in Paris? The carefree pace and friendly ambiance, combined with (hopefully) a sunny day make this an outing to be savored.

Vienna, Austria
Indulge in an Austrian coffee, accompanied by a slice of Sachertorte, followed up by a walk around the Ring, the boulevard the encircles the city center. This historic area is filled with open plazas, majestic churches, welcoming little shops and blissful gardens.

Havana, Cuba
Cuba has several coffee growing regions, so coffee beans are harvested and roasted, then ground and mixed with cane sugar. Discover a small café with lively Cuban music and settle in to embrace the surroundings—there is no finer way to pass an afternoon.

Istanbul, Turkey
Turkish coffee houses are famous for their hardy coffees served in traditional copper pots. Locals and visitors alike gather to enjoy sweetened coffee served with light snacks or desserts (including the famous candy, Turkish Delight). Spend some time here and get a true sense of the rich history and culture of this beautiful country. 

And if tea is more your style…

London, England
High tea is still a prominent British tradition. Served in the late afternoon, this fortifying medley of teas, sandwiches and sweets is a truly English experience. A true tea experience ranges from simple and casual to formal and extravagant.

Tokyo, Japan
Tea is the heart of Japanese culture, and it's infused into everyday life. Tea shops sell every variety of tea and accoutrement imaginable, and friendly shop keepers can explain the history, traditions, and rules that accompany this essential part of everyday life. For a memorable experience, attend a Japanese tea ceremony—where thousands of years of history and ritual provide visitors an experience unlike any other.

Beijing, China
Chinese culture also embraces tea, but processes and drinks it differently. Traditional tea houses feature a diverse menu of tea options, along with snacks and world-famous entertainment—everything from shadow plays to acrobatic performances and local folk-art shows. 

Dublin, Ireland
Like their British neighbors across the channel, the Irish love tea—perhaps to help stay warm on those chilly, windswept days. Often taken in a pub alongside light snacks and live music, a good steaming cup of tea does help one get through a damp morning or rainy afternoon.  

Buenos Aires, Argentina
For something quite different, try maté—the national drink of Argentina. Enjoyed by much of South America, this highly-caffeinated beverage is made from dried maté leaves ground into a powder. It's often then served in a communal traditional gourd, and shared by a group of friends, accompanied by local delicacies and great conversation.