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T.S. Eliot, quite possibly the greatest English language poet of the 20th century, oh-so eloquently reflected on the passing of time by saying, "I have measured out my life with coffee spoons." So have we Thomas, so have we. From the borough of Brooklyn to Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Tokyo, and every other hub buzzing with creative productivity, we suspect that if they're not all jump starting their days with Nespresso at the crack of dawn, they're fueling their weary world with the rich, velvety, caffeinated goodness of some damn good direct trade, shade-grown beans roasted on vintage gear, pulled by an expert hand.

We've rounded up some of the most beautiful purveyors of coffee around the world in virtual guide form, meaning not only have we included the eye candy you know and love, but we've also added addresses and handy links to Google Maps. Bookmark it. Share it. Re-post it. Set the ultimate nomadic coffee lover's goal and try to hit each and every one at least once in your life. From a charming shop in a 19th-century Portuguese townhouse to a converted orange-packing factory in Tel Aviv, click through to check out some of the most beautiful coffee shops in the world.

Zmianatematu by xm3 - Łódź, Poland

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This Polish town's name literally means "a boat," so what did the young architects from Warsaw create? A stunning CNC cut plywood blob-like design that's in stunning opposition to the historic building.

Piotrkowska 144, 90-056 Łódź, Poland. Map.

D'espresso by Nemaworkshop - New York, New York

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Designed to resemble a library turned on its side, this espresso bar near Grand Central Station was inspired by the Bryant Park Library.

317 Madison Avenue, New York, New York. Map.

Coutume Café by CUT Architectures - Paris, France

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One part coffee roastery, one part laboratory, this Parisian café offers the best coffee in Paris and -- according to their site -- a great selection of organic delicacies.

47 Rue de Babylone, 75007 Paris, France. Map.

Loveat Jaffa by Studio Ronen Levin and Eran Chehanowitz - Tel Aviv, Israel

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Converted from an orange-packing plant, this colorfully industrial coffee shop fits into the corner of a former hangar. As the designers explain, they were "inspired by the building's history, so they divided the cafe into small boxes of different sizes, stacked like crates. The kitchen has been placed inside a steel cargo container while the toilet is hidden inside a box of timber planks."

Nahalat Binyamin 37, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel. Map.

Handsome Coffee by WoodSmithe - Los Angeles, California

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A relative newcomer on the West Coast coffee scene, Handsome's Downtown Coffee Bar and Roasting Works already sports a regular line down the street. The space is awesome. The coffee is even better. And, the three founders are guys you just really want to support.

582 Mateo Street, Los Angeles, California 90013. Map.

Coffee Collective - Frederiksberg, Denmark
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The Coffee Collective's first local space is an elegant match to their cult favorite coffee.

Godthåbsvej 34B, 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark. Map .

Koppi Kaffe & Roasteri - Helsingborg, Sweden

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According to one of the best coffee touring blogs on the web, there's "a La Marzocco on the bar, a daily brew in the airpot, and a slow bar where you can try coffee from an AeroPress, Chemex, or V60." Roasting royalty in Sweden, Anne, one of the owners, has been on the Swedish national team at the Nordic Barista Cup four times and she won the Swedish Barista Championship in 2006 -- finishing 4th at the World Barista Championship that same year. Charles, her partner, was crowned Swedish Barista Champion in 2005.

Norra Storgatan 16, 252 20 Helsingborg, Sweden. Map.

Kayaba Coffee by Yuko Nagayama & Associates - Tokyo, Japan

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This one's situated in a 100-year-old house that's been updated with stunning a stunning mix of mid-century modern design and traditional Japanese elements, like tatami mats. There's coffee during the day, cocktails at night, and video art on the wall.

Little Nap Coffee Stand - Tokyo, Japan

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The simple, friendly exterior is the face of a small, carefully considered space with worn wooden floors and touches of retro Americana.

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