Miami's Ten Best Coffeehouses
September 27, 2019 | 1:20pm
Miami is famous (or infamous) for its beaches, toned bodies, and hot nights filled with music. Dancing till dawn and then trying to make it through the day requires massive doses of caffeine. Thankfully, the Magic City is home to some wonderful coffee joints.
From the little walk-up windows of downtown and Calle Ocho's dark and sweet cafecitos, to cafés where customers with designer dogs sip lattes and espressos, Miami has its fair share of coffeehouses, including a growing group of boutique spots that roast, grind, and brew beans onsite.
Alaska Coffee Roasting 13130 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami
Owner Michael Gesser started Alaska Coffee Roasting in — where else? — Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1993. The coffeehouse, which finishes its own fresh beans in a Sivitz small-batch roaster, opened a second location as far from the flagship as possible — in North Miami. The philosophy, however, remains the same. Coffee beans from the far corners of the Earth — Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sumatra, and Nicaragua, to name a few — are hand-selected and roasted on-premises. What results is a beautiful cup of joe at a fair price. Coffees start at $1.50 for a small-brew blend.
Next to Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach, find the charming coffee shop the Alchemist. 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, then 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-sized ice cubes inside a Mason jar. 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).
1035 N. Miami Ave., Miami