Alaska Coffee Roasting Co. In North Miami Offers Much More Than Coffee (Video)

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Charismatic Alaska Coffee Roasting Co. owner, Karen Tuvia, recently invited us not only to a tasting at her North Miami shop, but also to watch her roast coffee beans in the coolest contraption since the flux capacitor. This isn't VIP treatment -- patrons are also invited to watch on select dates via the coffee shop's Facebook page.

We sampled various menu options, from the handmade pizzas with Italian 00 flour, to savory sandwiches, to scrumptious desserts..

Tuvio demonstrates the flux capacitor, ahem, air coffee roaster:

There are many qualities that elevate ACRC over other popular coffee spots such as Panther Coffee or Pasion del Cielo, but we're going to stick to one -- the food is delicious.

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The prosciutto, mozzarella, and pesto sandwich. 

The tuna salad is made with white albacore and makes a tasty salad or sandwich. All sandwiches (half $5, whole start at $7.95) are made on bread baked in house. We highly recommend the the prosciutto, mozzarella, and homemade pesto sauce sandwich and the "Karen", named after the owner, which consists of fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar, served in a fresh baked pocket bread.

ACRC's pizzas ($8.95 and up) are also divine. We tried a sausage and pepperoni pie as well as a veggie option, of which there are many. You could taste the freshness and quality of the ingredients in every bite. ACRC also offers several vegan pizza options. 

ACRC's bombastic bread pudding.

When it comes to desserts ($1.95 - $4.95), ACRC's plethora of options doesn't slow its roll. We had a small sample of each, but the ones that particularly astounded our sense of taste were the bread pudding (made with cinnamon rolls), the Key Lime pie (best this side of the Keys), and the carrot cake (moist and rich, but not overpowering).

The staff is mostly made up of culinary students from nearby Johnson & Wales University and the knowledge and passion they exhibit makes your dining experience that much more pleasant.

Barista Madison Grossfeld says, "ACRC is different from other coffee houses because we specialize in single origin coffees from all around the world and we roast all of them in house. Not only do we have amazing coffee, they spoil us [employees] with home baked goodies and the most amazing pizza. Working at ACRC is enjoyable for me because since it is a small company, it feels just like family. One of my favorite drinks definitely has to be a French vanilla chai tea, or coffee from Timor Leste."

Barista and baker Kathryn Raubach says, "We roast our own coffee beans in-house which makes the coffee extremely fresh and flavorful. We also offer many more food and drink options than other coffee houses and we make everything from scratch in-house. Working at ACRC is a lot different from working at Starbucks. We are like a family here, and we have a more personal, friendly atmosphere that you don't always get at chain stores."

She adds, "My favorite food item is the veggie sandwich on homemade pocket bread; my favorite dessert item is our homemade Oreo, and my favorite beverage is cafe au lait -- coffee of the day and steamed milk."

A daily lunch special is offered, consisting of pizza or half sandwich and a bag of chips, with a small coffee or Italian soda ($7.95). Breakfast is also available and we plan to visit again soon to find out what ACRC has in store to get our day going -- besides coffee, of course.

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Location Info

Alaska Coffee Roasting Co.

13130 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, FL

Category: General

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cjohns84
cjohns84

Best place to get coffee in north miami! You will want to stop by here every time your out and in the mood for a good cup of joe. Try your roast without cream or sugar first to really appreciate the coffee, then add what you like. Trust me, it is THAT good! And their breakfast pizzas on the weekends are amazing. Skip Starbucks and visit Alaska for the best coffee in town!

hneal0011
hneal0011

Their breakfast sandwiches taste amazing and the portions are huge :). The quiche is pretty good too. 

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Spell check. 

ily.goyanes
ily.goyanes

@hneal0011 Thanks for the tip! I'm actually planning to go back and review the breakfast. 

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