How I Travel: Nespresso Ambassador, Yassir Corpataux, on his favourite coffee-centric destinations

WT Writer
Aug 11, 2021

The coffee company ambassador shares his favourite ways to experience the world – including the best places to sip on a hot cup of coffee.

With evidence of its existence dating back as far as the 15th century (while folklore puts it as far back as the ninth century), coffee has been one of humankind’s favourite drinks for, well, a very long time.

Today, more than 70 countries grow and harvest coffee beans, while the elixir is enjoyed in various forms worldwide. What coffee and travel have in common is that, while there are similarities across destinations, each place has a unique flavour to offer. Something Yassir Corpataux – travel enthusiast, coffee lover, and brand ambassador across the Middle East and Africa for Nespresso – knows all too well.

From letting us in on his favourite coffee-centric destination to his foodie bucket list, Corpataux opens up on his travel rituals, memories and hopes.

Aerial views of Cape Town. Credit | Pixabay

The first place on my post-pandemic travel list is…

Cape Town in South Africa, to visit my close friends and favourite restaurants. Followed by the Mutasa District in the Eastern Province of Zimbabwe to see Midway Bhunu, the Midway Technoserve’s Coffee Farmer Trainer.

The thing I love most about travelling is…

Meeting new people and absorbing new cultural knowledge. I love travelling alone to get out of my comfort zone and (re)discover myself more. It’s a great confidence booster.

If you’re looking for a holiday with great coffee, visit…

My first recommendation would be Vienna, for its renowned coffee house culture. My second would be Tokyo. There’s so much passion for the art of brewing and serving coffee that the experience itself is worth the trip there.

My top three coffee-centric holiday destinations are…

Ethiopia, to discover the birth country of coffee along with its amazing people and vibrant traditions; India, to visit the magnificent coffee farms in the middle of the abundant forests of Karnataka and Kerala; And finally, Los Angeles and its surroundings, as it is the hub of innovation when it comes to the experiential coffee culture.

Nespresso’s sources coffee from around the world. Credit | Nespresso

The trip that changed my life was…

Japan. In 2017 I travelled there alone for three weeks. The level of politeness, kindness and respect showed to me during my stay made me realise why putting the ego aside for the greater good is beneficial.

My favourite city break is…

Berlin! Without any hesitation. This city never sleeps, and I love its constant movement. Plus, the coffee scene in Berlin is huge and is worth going out of the way just to experience it.

Berlin is Corpataux’s favourite city break destination. Credit | Unsplash

My travel essentials are…

My bamboo toothbrush; two to three graphic novels; and my passport. I also go prepped with an exhaustive list of fine-dining restaurants and mixology bars that I want to visit.

I keep myself entertained while travelling by…

Hopping on public transport on day one and riding for an hour to see where I end up. This is a travel tradition I established a decade ago. The goal is to be able to get back to the hotel without the use of technology – and most of the time with the help of locals.

On my bucket list is…

To be able to travel for a whole year and visit every single restaurant and bar featured on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and The World’s 50 Best Bars lists. Imagine the amount of culinary knowledge you’d get by tasting local specialities mastered by zealous chefs That would be a dream year!

When I travel, I pack…

Almost nothing! I am a minimalist traveller and I like to buy local goods if I do need anything.

Read more from our How I Travel series here.