Panther's Joel and Leticia Pollock on Changing Local Coffee Culture: "There Aren't Baristas Falling Off Trees in Miami"
What began in a hip little shop in a once-blighted neighborhood has morphed into a drink that discerning diners seek in restaurants across Miami. First brewed in 2011, Panther Coffee has become required drinking for owners who aspire to greatness.
Photo by Stian Roenning Joel and Leticia Pollock: Caffeinated couple.
Sure, places might buy produce from Homestead and pork links from Miami Shores' Proper Sausages, but if the beans don't come from the Wynwood miracle, your place is unlikely to make the cut.
Panther owners Joel and Leticia Pollock have undertaken a Herculean effort to reform Miami, long a town solely of Starbucks and café con leche. Nothing is wrong with that more common stuff, but the Pollocks have built their business from nothing. They had to train locals before they could usher in a wave of change.
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