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A Brewing Trend: Your Quick Guide to the Best Coffee Shops in Miami
September 11, 2018
When you think of Miami’s signature drinks, a mojito or daiquiri might come to mind first—but coffee is a must no matter where you are. From craft coffeehouses to Cuban ventanitas, Miami’s coffee scene is on the rise. Whether you’re looking for a new morning joe spot or you’re a coffee lover looking to discover the next big thing, this list is for you.
When discussing local coffee shops in Miami, it’d be a serious java faux pas if we didn’t start with Panther Coffee. Established in 2010, Panther Coffee’s founders Joel Pollock and Leticia Ramos Pollock essentially launched Miami’s craft coffee movement.
It started as a cold brew cart on a bike and now there are Panther Coffee locations all over Miami. With five coffeehouses—in Wynwood, South Beach, Coconut Grove Little Haiti and MiMo—the Panther legacy is set. The local chain is known for sourcing coffee beans from small farms in places in Brazil and Nicaragua. From cold brews to nitros to cortados, the menu has something for everyone. While the lines can get long, the freshly roasted coffee and delicious croissants make the wait worthwhile.
Downtown Miami’s All Day is the latest obsession of craft coffee lovers. It was started by Camila Ramos, a former competitive barista and a Panther Coffee alum. Lauded by Vogue and the New York Times, every single cup of All Day’s coffee is clearly a labor of love. Ramos and her staff carefully choose beans from a rotating list of small roasteries and only use milk from local dairy farms and Florida cane sugar. Choose from pour over, hot drip, cold brew, nitro and seasonal options. If you can’t choose, go for their house rosemary cold brew limeade.
All Day’s space is made for Instagram. The bright, airy space features sleek mid-century modern seating and neon green signs for the menu. All Day is the perfect spot for grabbing a drink to go or relaxing for an afternoon (…or all day!). Plus, it’s located a few blocks from the Brightline Miami station.
You can’t do a full Miami coffee tour without talking about Cuban coffee. Cortaditos, made with espresso and pre-sweetened milk, are a Cuban specialty. While cortaditos are plentiful all over Miami, Versailles Restaurant is a Cuban staple in Little Havana for good reason. Versailles is a must-try Cuban restaurant; it also has a beloved bakery known for its powerful Cuban coffee. With a classic 1950’s diner feel and a tempting pastry case, Versailles is a one-of-a-kind experience.
If you’re going for the full Cuban order, make sure to pair your cortadito with pastelitos de guayaba, a classic guava puff pastry. One word of warning: this isn’t a place to get a quick cup of joe to go. It’s a destination for locals and tourists alike, so there’s almost always a line. Make it part of your trip or a weekend excursion. You won’t regret it. (And, if you miss it, look for one of the Versailles outposts at Miami International Airport.)
Tinta Y Café
Don’t worry—you don’t have to always trek to Versailles for a great cortadito. Tinta Y Café is a standout Cuban-inspired coffee shop in Coral Gables. Known for their coffee, extensive sandwich menu, and eclectic décor, Tinta Y Café is a spot you shouldn’t overlook. You can frequent the walk-up counter and get a coffee to go or find a spot in the cozy interior. If you’re not in the mood for a potent cortadito, try an iced café con leche. It’s simple, refreshing, and receives rave reviews.
If you’re hungry, you can’t go wrong with a classic Cubano—but if you want to try something new, go for their self-named Tinta Y Café sandwich. Filled with pork, prosciutto, Manchego, roasted red peppers and caramelized onions, it’s an ideal lunchtime pick-me-up.
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