Miami's Best Coffee Houses: Ten Places to Rev Your Caffeine Engine

Categories: Best of Miami
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Miami is famous (or infamous) for its beaches, toned bodies, and hot nights filled with music. But dancing until dawn, then trying to make it through the day requires massive doses of caffeine. Thankfully, the Magic City is home to some wonderful coffee houses.

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.

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10.; Roho Cuban Coffee
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.

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Nespresso
9. Nespresso Cafe
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.

Location Info

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Roho Cuban Coffee

2 W. Flagler St., Miami, FL

Category: General

Nespresso

1035 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: General

Europa Car Wash & Cafe

6075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Las Olas Cafe

644 6th St., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Versailles Restaurant

3555 SW 8th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Segafredo L'Originale

1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: General

Moloko

3201 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Alaska Coffee Roasting Co.

13130 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, FL

Category: General

Panther Coffee

2390 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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MIA20
MIA20

Jimmyjam, after reading your ignorant comment I felt the need to reply.  Since Europa is "in the hood" and you live near-by you also live in the hood and further reason we should disregard your comment.  It's on the main strip of Biscayne Blvd, along with Soyka Station and Andiamo, which also are clearly in the hood then. (Disregard all the 'high class' people that eat at these establishments on the regular)  Secondly, it doesn't have comfy seating because there are "10" chairs?  That makes a lot of sense, because everyone wants to be crammed together and right on top of each other in non-leather cushion chairs.  Thirdly, do you have any idea what kind of coffee they brew or beans they use?  You also used the word 'jest,' which is concerning in and of itself.  But since you are obviously a coffee connoisseur how could I disagree.  Proper Equipment?  Again, the huge blue top of the line machines from Italy are not the proper equipment, how crazy of me to think so. You must be a jest yourself sir, and we are all now dumber for reading your comments.  Have fun in the hood, where I also live.  Because Morningside is also apparently located in the hood.  Makes sense. 

I frequent Europa almost everyday and could not agree with its position on this list.  It's places out of the ordinary like this that we all look for.   

Info
Info

Lester's! Hello, amazing beans fresh fromguatemala, the most real atmosphere and beer and wine at night!!

cranked up
cranked up

What about Pasion Del Cielo?  You really not going to include them.  I kept clicking through to #1 to see if they would be... but no... Bastards.

Jimmyjam
Jimmyjam

It's a pretty sad indictment of a city when one of the 10 Best Coffeeshops is located in a car wash.

Cup A JOE
Cup A JOE

If you've ever been there you would realize that the interior is FAR superior to that of a gas station. Comfy seating, large TVs, fresh baked goods and premium coffee don't sound like a dirty ass car wash to me.  "It's pretty sad" that you are not very open minded or adventurous.

Jimmyjam
Jimmyjam

 I've been there. I live close by. It's in the hood. It's FAR from being superior to anything. Comfy seating? There are about 10 chairs, hardly comfy. Fresh baked goods? The croissant I had was clearly made a few days ago. Premium coffee? Surely you jest, Sir.

I can agree with Panther and Eternity. Now those are two damn find shops that could compete with the best coffee houses in the nation. Intelligent baristas, top-shelf beans, proper equipment; that's good stuff.

Europa Car Wash and "Cafe", on the other hand, simply cannot compare.

swagv
swagv

A Nespresso Cafe. Seriously? From the same company that brought us Nescafe? Right.

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