Kiev is hooked on caffeine. Americanos and flavored lattes are served on every corner. You can get your daily fix from a snail-shaped cart, a blue-and-orange kiosk of a local franchise, or even a minivan parked by the subway.
In recent years, Kiev’s coffee scene has undergone a transformation. Now, coffee lovers are flocking to hip coffee shops where baristas geek out over beans and wouldn’t add syrup to a latte at gunpoint. Seasoned coffee snobs head to Kyiv Coffee Festival to join a cupping or watch a latte art contest. And the quality of coffee is improving, too.