Caffeine Dreams: Seven Miami Coffee Drinks to Get You Going

Vice City Bean at the Citadel
Vice City Bean at the Citadel Photo by Daniella Mía
Once upon a time, ordering coffee was simple.

You got a steaming cup of black and choosing your cream-to-sugar ratio was about as creative as things got. Today, coffee comes in endless iterations. You can get it cold-brewed, steamed with a variety of nut milks — even made with lemonade.

In honor of National Coffee Day, which lands on Wednesday, September 29, here's an alphabetical list of seven local coffee purveyors whose creations go beyond the latte.
Bebito's fluffy "Cloud Latte"
Photo courtesy of Sofia Perazzo and Bebito's Cafe

Bebito's Cafe

1504 Bay Rd., Miami Beach

The idea of sipping on a cloud sounds magical; and while you're not actually sipping on a cumulus nimbus at Bebito's, the "Cloud Latte" ($5) still lives up to the fantasy. The fluffy, espresso-based drink is festooned with cold foam and finished with a garnish of cocoa powder.
Vanilla hemp latte at Brewing Buddha
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Brewing Buddha Cafe

8219 SW 124th St., Miami

At first glance, you might think the baristas at Brewing Buddha are performing alchemy behind the counter with burning wood and flames. But that's how every hand-smoked, vanilla-hemp latte ($10) is created. Each sip transports you to a cozy cabin in the woods with notes of fragrant burnt oak and mouthwatering vanilla bean. Other outrageous flavors include midnight coconut ($6.50), a raven-hued blend of coconut sugar and activated charcoal; and the Cap'n Crunch latte ($7), wherein coffee meets your childhood favorite breakfast cereal.
Cafe Grumpy's cardamom rose latte
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Cafe Grumpy

2516 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables

Head to Brooklyn-based Cafe Grumpy for a luxurious cardamom and rose latte ($6). Concocted with espresso, your choice of milk, honey, and a dash of cardamom, this beautiful beverage brings a mild sweetness with unassuming floral notes.
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Tres leches latte at Cortadito Coffee House
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Cortadito Coffee House

1656 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach

Living in Miami means you've developed a taste for tres leches, so it only makes sense that Cortadito Coffee House would turn the beloved dessert into a latte. The espresso-based drink is a creamy, caffeinated treat that mimics its namesake confection's flavor and silky texture. Grab yours hot, iced, or even frozen. Prices range from $4.75 to $6.25 depending on size.
Motorcycle culture meets coffee at Imperial Moto.
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Imperial Moto Cafe

7299 NW Second Ave., Miami

Motorcycle culture meets coffee at this eclectic hangout in Miami's Little River neighborhood. Snag yourself a cup of Imperial's turmeric latte and make it dirty — for coffee newbies that means add an espresso shot ($5). The golden drink touts a piquant punch sure to rev your engines. For those who prefer a traditional caffeine hit, Imperial recently launched its own "Cafe Racer" coffee blend, which boasts hints of rum, blackberry, and chocolate.
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Grab a refreshing nitro coffee lemonade at Sabal Coffee.
Photo courtesy of Sabal Coffee & @ambassadorofmiami

Sabal Coffee

140 NE 39th St., Miami

Lemonade and coffee may seem like an unlikely combination, but at Sabal Coffee in the Design District, it's a match made in heaven. Crafted with house-made lemonade and Sabal's nitro-cold brew, this oddly satisfying combination marries the bitterness of coffee and the sweetness of lemonade for one delectable sip ($6.25).
Espresso meets tonic in this refreshing cup at Vice City Bean.
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Vice City Bean

1657 N. Miami Ave., Miami

Vice City Bean is crafting the "Spro and Tonic" ($4.50): a double shot of espresso topped with East Imperial Burma tonic and served over ice with a citrus peel. The vibrant citrus and coffee flavors dance around your taste buds by way of the crisp tonic — an unexpected caffeinated delight that's liable to get you ordering another.
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Attorney by day, foodie by night, Elena Vivas is a regular food and beverage contributor for Miami New Times. She was also an expert columnist for Foodable TV and a food editor for
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