For all you Starbucks fans in Miami, a new drive-thru is on the way.
The store on the corner of Biscayne Boulevard and NE 69th Street will close soon, and a new place with a drive-thru lane for cars will open at 64th and Biscayne. The spacious 1,750 square foot shop will have plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. The interior will feature local vintage imagery, intricate ceiling elements, wall screens, and a double-height ceiling.
The new store will also employ two "coffee masters" who are being trained in a three-month course. These folks will be experts in all things coffee and will be eager to demonstrate their extensive coffee knowledge to all their loyal customers.
In addition to the core coffees that are currently offered, this store will sell Starbucks Reserve, part of a special collection selected from small farms worldwide that have been discovered by Starbucks' coffee masters. All will be prepared with the Clover Brewing System, which is designed to unravel the beans many layers of aroma, flavor, body, and acidity.
Starbucks plans to open the drive-thru location in March 2015. The employees at the 69th and Biscayne Starbucks set to transfer to the new spot have already begun a training program.
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Just across the street from the new Starbucks will be a new location for the Miami-based hipster hangout Panther Coffee. Panther is also planning openings in Little Haiti and Coconut Grove. The MiMo location will open in the next 12 to 18 months.
Panther's husband-and-wife owners, Joel and Leticia Pollock, are planning the company's growth slowly and strategically. They're staggering the openings to ensure that staff members are trained properly and that quality is consistent. "As we expand, we want it to be slow enough to maintain the quality," Leticia says. "Anyone who goes to any Panther Coffee will find that the culture and the experience are consistent."