Starting June 1, we will be able to scratch off "one-cup-at-a-time coffee shop" from the list of what Miami sorely needs. That's the date Eternity Coffee Roasters opens its doors downtown (just north of the Brickell Bridge, across from the Chase Bank building at 117 SE Second Avenue). Eternity will likewise be our first cafe that roasts its own coffee in house.
Owners Chris Johnson, a native of the San Francisco Bay area, and Cristina Garces from Medellin, Colombia, have enviable backgrounds in the coffee industry. Chris is the Roast Master and lead Barista. In 2006 he opened a specialty coffee import company emphasizing micro-lots from Colombia. He has studied under coffee guru Wilhem Boot (of Boot Coffee Consulting), and is versed in cupping, roast profiling, and advanced roasting techniques. Cristina comes from a long line of growers; her family owned farms in Concordia Colombia for 60 years. Her father was born on Eternity's namesake farm, Finca La Eternidad, which will supply the downtown shop with a specialty line of estate and micro lot coffees.
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"Micro roasteries are very popular on the West Coast and somewhat in the Northeast, but has yet to spread to the Southeast," says Johnson. "Eternity will introduce that coffee culture and bring a new coffee experience to Miami." Garces adds, "We can tell any customer exactlywhere their cup of coffee was grown, when it was roasted, and how it made it into his or her cup...I think that our customers will appreciate the transparency and quality of our product."
Eternity Coffee Roasters features a traditional Italian espresso menu, but the industrial interior is upscale, and, as we say, the custom designed pour-over-bar will ensure the robust taste of the beans -- from not only Colombia, but Kenya, Ethiopia, and other coffee-growing regions. Teas, juices, and panini sandwiches will also be on hand, along with free WiFi, outdoor seating, and Sunday morning cuppings (re: disciplined coffee tastings).
Cost for a cup will range from $2.50 to $4.75, depending on the roast. Hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.