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Miami's Best Coffee Houses: Ten Places to Rev Your Caffeine Engine

Miami's Best Coffee Houses: Ten Places to Rev Your Caffeine Engine

Miami is famous (or infamous) for its beaches, toned bodies, and hot nights filled with music. But dancing until dawn, then trying to make it through the day requires massive doses of caffeine. Thankfully, the Magic City is home to some wonderful coffee houses.

From the little walk-up windows of downtown and Calle Ocho serving up dark and sweet cafecitos to cafes where men and women clad in designer duds with designer dogs sip lattes and espressos, Miami has its fair share of coffee houses. There's even a growing group of boutique houses that roast, grind, and brew beautiful beans for a cup of java that will knock your socks off. Nube Coffee won our Best of Miami award for 2011. Here are ten more to try.

Miami's Best Coffee Houses: Ten Places to Rev Your Caffeine Engine

10.; Roho Cuban Coffee
Outside,

downtown Miami bustles as workers, students, and lawyers scurry to their

respective appointments with a computer, a class, or a judge. Inside,

you've just walked into a movie set for a film based in Havana circa

1958. Wood blinds that keep the hot sun out? Check! Potted palm trees?

Check! Bamboo furnishings in the muted colors of a tropical rainforest?

Check! As with any nod to Cuba, the proof is in the colada

($1.25/1.95). Served hot, dark, and sweet, it pairs well with a

pastelito ($3.85) or some flan. Turn off the iPad for a moment, savor

the coffee and the moment.

Miami's Best Coffee Houses: Ten Places to Rev Your Caffeine Engine
Nespresso

9. Nespresso Cafe
Is

it a cafe or a shop selling high-end celebrity-endorsed espresso

machines? Yes to both. In the front of this futuristic rainbow-colored

shop, espresso and coffee drinks are served, along with a limited and

expensive light fare menu (grilled cheese sandwich for $16, anyone?). Skip the

food and go straight for the coffee. Choose from

16 different crus with notes like spicy, floral, woody, malt, cereal,

and honey. You'd almost think you were perusing a wine list with all

the talk of terroir, blends, and origins, but the folks at Nespresso

want you to become pod people -- literally. The entire cafe seems like a

way to get you to buy one of their Euro-styled machines which brew a

perfect cup of espresso from exclusive pods. Espressos are around $3.50,

cappuccinos and lattes range from $4.50 - $6.50.The machines run from

$250 - $2,000.

 

Miami's Best Coffee Houses: Ten Places to Rev Your Caffeine Engine

8. Europa Car Wash & Cafe
We're

not sure when the trend of combining gas stations and car washes with

restaurants and bistros started, but we're down with the program.

Instead of staring at your car while it's being washed, step into

Europa's welcoming lounge-like cafe and order a perfectly steaming

cappuccino, topped with caramel and whipped cream ($4.00), while your

car is hand-washed (starting at $20). Free WiFi and fresh sandwiches

like the Andy, smoked salmon on pumpernickel with cream cheese ($6.99)

make this a great place to multi-task while still getting your caffeine

fix.

Miami's Best Coffee Houses: Ten Places to Rev Your Caffeine Engine
Fort Lauderdale Event Seeker

7. La Olas Cafe
This

little cafe tucked away on a non-touristy side street in South Beach

offers some of the best cafe con leche this side of Havana ($1.50).

Small, clean, and welcoming, locals flock for their morning colada

($2) and pastelito ($2.50), before heading out to work or the beach.

 

Miami's Best Coffee Houses: Ten Places to Rev Your Caffeine Engine
WallyG via Flickr

6. Versailles Bakery
Step

back in time to a place where men in guayaberas talk politics over a

cortadito. Evaporated milk is added to the extra strong coffee for

sweetness and depth ($1.75). Famous for being the place where people

gather at every rumor of Fidel Castro's death, Versailles is as close to

Havana as most will get for a while.

Miami's Best Coffee Houses: Ten Places to Rev Your Caffeine Engine
Segafredo

5. Segafredo L'Originale
The

place to see and be seen on Lincoln Road, this coffee house/bar is

perfect for watching the world go by with a latte. Beautiful people and

their beautiful dogs sit on red velvet couches, sipping on espresso

macchiatos ($2.50) by day, and espresso shakerados (espresso spiked with

booze) at night ($6).

 

Miami's Best Coffee Houses: Ten Places to Rev Your Caffeine Engine
Laine Doss

4. Moloko
This

new midtown coffee house offers a welcome vibe in which to escape the

Miami sun with a carefully crafted coffee drink. Coffees and teas are

served in over sized ceramic mugs to your liking at prices cheaper than

the chain around the corner. Order a breve, a cappuccino made with

steamed half & half ($2.75/$3.25) or a New Orleans-inspired cafe au

lait made with a chicory-blended coffee ($2.25/$2.95/$3.55), sit on one

of the lounge chairs or at the coffee bar and enjoy as you surf the net

on their free wifi. Soy and almond milk can be substituted in any drink,

making this a good choice for the lactose-intolerant who still want their

caffeine fix.

Miami's Best Coffee Houses: Ten Places to Rev Your Caffeine Engine
Alaska Coffee Roasting

3. Alaska Coffee Roasting Company
Owner

Michael Gesser started the Alaska Coffee Roasting Company in (where

else) Fairbanks, Alaska in 1993. The coffeehouse, which finishes its own

fresh beans in a Sivitz small batch roaster, opened a second location as

far away as possible from the flagship store -- in North Miami. Though

this new location is as far away as possible geographically, the

philosophy remains the same. Coffee beans from the far corners of the

earth -- Kenya, Tanzania, Ethopia, Sumatra, and Nicaragua to name a few

-- are hand selected and roasted on premises. What results is a

beautiful cup of coffee at a fair price. Coffees start at $1.50 for a

small brew blend.

 

Miami's Best Coffee Houses: Ten Places to Rev Your Caffeine Engine
Lee Klein

2. Panther Coffee
Owners

Joel and Leticia Pollock talk about their coffees like they were their

children. Each one has its own story, most starting with "Once upon a

time at a little farm in Brazil or Peru, a coffee plant was born...."

The Pollocks hand select the beans on buying trips and roast

them in their Wynwood location. Panther coffee is sold to discerning

restaurateurs around Miami, as well as in-house. A 12-ounce, fresh-pressed coffee is $2.50 and a cold brew is $3.50. Coffees by

the pound average around $19.

Miami's Best Coffee Houses: Ten Places to Rev Your Caffeine Engine
Lee Klein

1. Eternity Coffee Roasters
If

you love coffee, you owe it to yourself to attend one of

Eternity Coffee Roasters' Sunday morning cuppings. Think of it as a

wine tasting for coffee, complete with note taking, sniffing, and sipping. Coffee lovers and collectors of knowledge love

the fact that the beans they're drinking come with dossiers and

pedigrees from small farms in Colombia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. Free WiFi

and a selection of sandwiches make you want to linger longer. Coffees

by the cup range from $2.50 - $4.50.

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Eternity Coffee Roasters

117 SE 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33131

www.eternitycoffeeroasters.com

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Europa Car Wash & Cafe

6075 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33137

305-754-2357

www.europainmiami.com

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Las Olas Cafe

644 6th St.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

305-534-9333

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Versailles Restaurant
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Moloko

3201 N. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33127

786-395-5919

www.molokomiami.com

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Alaska Coffee Roasting Co.

13130 Biscayne Blvd.
North Miami, FL 33181

786-332-4254

www.alaskacoffeeroasting.com

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Panther Coffee

2390 NW Second Ave.
Miami, FL 33127

305-677-3952

www.panthercoffee.com


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