Neighborhood Joints

Wilton Manors' Alchemist Coffee Shop Opens in North Miami Beach

Wilton Manors' Alchemist Coffee Shop Opens in North Miami Beach
Photo by Clarissa Buch
Next to Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach, find the charming new coffee shop the Alchemist. Tucked inside a complex of unassuming houses on West Dixie Highway, the quiet retreat sits inside a barn-like structure, where it serves fresh-baked Belgian waffles and churns out 24-hour cold brew.

The space, which opened in February, is strikingly similar to the Alchemist's flagship in Broward's Wilton Manors.

Walking toward the entrance, you're greeted by a garden patio lined with trees and filled with intimate tables and large wooden banks. Inside, a coffee bar packed with laboratory-like flasks and beakers hold various teas and coffees. The baristas tending the bar are called "coffee scientists."

In an adjacent room to the left, a large communal seating area is filled with used books and magazines. It's a place for guests to sit back and relax or get some work done using the shop's complimentary Wi-Fi.

Back at the coffee bar, you'll spot a syphon, a contraption used to brew coffee in-house. For the cold brew, beans are roasted onsite and cold-steeped for 24 hours. Then the coffee is mixed with brown sugar and sweetened condensed milk for a rich, creamy flavor and poured into a giant glass dispenser where it infuses further. Order one for yourself, and a barista will hand-shake the brew using a cocktail shaker and pour it over fist-size ice cubes inside a Mason jar.
PHOTO BY CLARISSA BUCH
Photo by Clarissa Buch

The lab also whips up espressos, lattes, macchiatos, and hot chocolate, along with hot and cold herbal teas ($3 to $5). For something more experimental, try the Bulletproof, a unique blend of coffee, coconut oil, and ghee (a clarified butter used in traditional medicines).

But there's more to the Alchemist than coffee. The café's signature menu item is a slicer — an open-faced sandwich on Tuscan bread ($7.99). The varieties range from savory to sweet, including turkey and Swiss, smoked salmon, melted Brie, caprese, and Nutella. There's also an all-day brunch menu offering croissant sandwiches, a breakfast platter, and a waffle of the day ($5.95 and up), plus a selection of small pizzas and stuffed focaccias.

The Alchemist. 17830 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami Beach; 786-916-3560; thealchemist.cafe. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
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