3. Joel and Leticia Pollock of Panther Coffee

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First-rate food cities need great java. And, with Panther Coffee, owners Joel and Leticia Pollock gave Miami just that.

Panther Coffee, available at their Wynwood and Miami Beach shops, or at restaurants around town, works intimately with growers and roasts beans on-premises.

Remember when the words "cold brew" sounded like something suds-related? Or when clever drippers, Hario V60s, and chemex filters evoked memories of high school chem lab? The Pollocks introduced Miami to meticulous brewing methods. Now, walk around town and overhear folks chatting about their coffee preferences by grower and method: Ecuador's Grupo Changaimina from a clever or Nicaragua's Grupo Las Cuchillas from a chemex.

Panther Coffee's staff travels nationwide for barista competitions. The brand's Finca El Ventilador was awarded the 2013 Good Food Award, a national prize for responsibly produced and delicious food.

The Pollocks' passion is coffee. It's a sentiment they've spread across Miami.

The most influential person in our career has been:

Joel: Bruno Souza, Brazilian coffee producer and coffee educator living now in Belo Horizonte, Brazil after many years in the Pacific Northwest (Portland, Oregon). He's crazy passionate, a barrel of laughs, and an encyclopedia of coffee -- Brazilian style.

Leticia: Manoel Beato, wonderful sommelier and exquisite taster. He's my former boss and wine mentor back in Brazil.

When we're alone and in need of comfort (and no one is there to watch or judge) the one food or drink we turn to is:

Leticia: Chocolate

Joel: Pastor tacos and a hoppy IPA

What does Miami need more of?

Joel: Quality driven purveyors of food and drink.

Leticia: We agree on that, and I'll add bowling alleys.

You get to vote one food or beverage trend off the island forever -- what is it?

Joel and Leticia: Poorly rendered pork belly

You have unlimited funds to open a restaurant or bar -- what's the name and what do you serve?

Joel and Leticia: Lucy's Tavern -- classic yet inventive cocktails and artisan house-cured meats

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Joel and Leticia: Traveling and running a healthy and fun family business, for the benefit of all those involved.

Dream dinner party for six: Who (living or dead) are you inviting?

Joel and Leticia: Our grandparents and our daughter Lucy

New Times' Best of Miami 2013 issue arrives June 13. To celebrate, Short Order is serving up the top 30 tastemakers in the 305. These people have helped shape the Miami food scene into what it is today. We began with number 30 and will lead up to the county's number one. A Q&A session is included in each post.

2013 Tastemakers

30. Allegra Angelo

29. Aaron Brooks

28. Danny Serfer

27. Sam Gorenstein

26. Todd Erickson of Haven Gastro-Lounge

25. Keith Kalmanowicz of Earth N' Us Farm

24. Victoria Nodarse and Aimee Ortega of Spice Galore

23. Tom Wilfong and Vanessa Safie of Copperpots

22. Robert Montero of the Cypress Room

21. Frodnesor of Food For Thought

20. Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House

19. Matthew Sherman of Jugofresh

18. Peter Schnebly of Schnebly Redland's Winery & Miami Brewing Company

17. Margie Pikarsky of Bee Heaven Farm

16. Muriel Olivares of Little River Market Garden

15. Brian Mullins of Ms. Cheezious

14. Suzy Batlle of Azucar Ice Cream

13. Freddy and Danielle Kaufmann of Proper Sausages

12. Robert Tejon of Misfits Home-Brewers and Gravity Brewlab

11. Paula DaSilva of 1500° at Eden Roc

10. Andres Tovar of Con Sabor a México Carnitas Estilo Michoacán

9. Zak Stern of Zak the Baker

8. Larry Carrino of Brustman Carrino Public Relations

7. Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi of Broken Shaker

6. Kevin Cory of Naoe

5. Gabriele Marewski of Paradise Farms

4. Lee Brian Schrager of Southern Wine & Spirits

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