Miami's Best Cuban Coffee: Five Places to Fuel Up

It's the crack of dawn and somehow you are hearing roosters crow though you are nowhere near a farm. You have a crazy morning ahead dealing with an especially difficult client and you realize the rooster you hear crowing is actually your brain periodically sobbing inside your head. A cup of coffee would help, but el Americano no vale.

Coffee is an indelible aspect of Cuban, and by extension, Miami culture. Cuban coffee is usually made from Bustelo or Pilon, both owned by Miami-based Rowland Coffee Roasters, a company founded by a family of Cuban exiles. There is no shortage of places in the area to find an accept­able cup of coffee. But what do you do when just "acceptable" won't cut it?

You visit one of these:

Miami's Best Cuban Coffee: Five Places to Fuel Up
Photo by Kareem Shaker

5. La Carreta

Popular for its varying, yet very affordable specials menu, La Carreta has been stuffing patron's faces with delicious Cuban coffee since the first location opened its doors in 1972. Now with eight locations (including an airport café at Miami International) sprawled all over Miami and South Broward Counties, it's even more convenient to get your colada fix. Though not outrageous, La Carreta's prices are slightly higher than the remaining four on the list, but the stuff comes in larger cups.

Miami's Best Cuban Coffee: Five Places to Fuel Up
Photo by Kareem Shaker

4. El Pub

Family owned and operated in the heart of Little Havana, El Pub takes you from the streets of Miami to the heart of pre-Castro Cuba in just a few steps. Pictures of 1950's Cuba, a hand-painted mural of the island and baseball posters advertising assorted teams litter the walls. The coffee beans are cooked and ground on the premises for an unmistakably genuine flavor. The coffee and steamed milk always come separate in large cups, allowing you to mix and blend as you please.



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