Pasion Del Cielo Supplies Discerning Gables Caffeine Addicts With Quality Product
Most impressive is its increasing success considering its location -- at the corner of Giralda Avenue and Galliano Street, just a couple blocks from the always-crowded Miracle Mile Starbucks.
In a place with few gimmicks -- only a few milkshake-type drinks to appease, no cutesy names for sizes -- the drink "gimmick" is this: First, pick your drink type. Then, pick your beans, and they're ground and brewed fresh for you.
|Pasion's wall of beans|
Coffees here are brewed espresso-style, which means an "American" coffee is really an "Americano," in which hot water is added to an espresso shot to approximate the volume of a cup of drip brew. As such, there's the usual selection of espresso drinks -- lattes, cappucinos, and so on -- as well as a selection of iced drinks, teas, and, wisely, Cuban-style cortaditos and coladas. (Okay, they're more expensive, and with the artfully swirled foam, definitely fancier-looking than the usual ventanita cup.)
|Pasion's slightly fancy cortadito|
To pile on some final words of praise, the staff here is friendly, knowledgeable -- and generous. On our last visit, for reasons unclear (test cup or something) we were gifted with a free cortadito! And if you want to be that person and sit for hours "working" on your Macbook, nobody will tell you to move it.
Pasion del Cielo is open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. 100 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables. pasiondelcielo.com; 305-448-0007
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