Miami's Best Coffee Houses: Ten Places to Rev Your Caffeine Engine
From the little walk-up windows of downtown and Calle Ocho serving up dark and sweet cafecitos to cafes where men and women clad in designer duds with designer dogs sip lattes and espressos, Miami has its fair share of coffee houses. There's even a growing group of boutique houses that roast, grind, and brew beautiful beans for a cup of java that will knock your socks off. Nube Coffee won our Best of Miami award for 2011. Here are ten more to try.
Outside, downtown Miami bustles as workers, students, and lawyers scurry to their respective appointments with a computer, a class, or a judge. Inside, you've just walked into a movie set for a film based in Havana circa 1958. Wood blinds that keep the hot sun out? Check! Potted palm trees? Check! Bamboo furnishings in the muted colors of a tropical rainforest? Check! As with any nod to Cuba, the proof is in the colada ($1.25/1.95). Served hot, dark, and sweet, it pairs well with a pastelito ($3.85) or some flan. Turn off the iPad for a moment, savor the coffee and the moment.
Is it a cafe or a shop selling high-end celebrity-endorsed espresso machines? Yes to both. In the front of this futuristic rainbow-colored shop, espresso and coffee drinks are served, along with a limited and expensive light fare menu (grilled cheese sandwich for $16, anyone?). Skip the food and go straight for the coffee. Choose from 16 different crus with notes like spicy, floral, woody, malt, cereal, and honey. You'd almost think you were perusing a wine list with all the talk of terroir, blends, and origins, but the folks at Nespresso want you to become pod people -- literally. The entire cafe seems like a way to get you to buy one of their Euro-styled machines which brew a perfect cup of espresso from exclusive pods. Espressos are around $3.50, cappuccinos and lattes range from $4.50 - $6.50.The machines run from $250 - $2,000.