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Cafecito and Beyond

Where to get the best coffee in Miami.

 

 

Though it’s long been a mecca for café cubano, Miami’s specialty coffee offerings were fairly limited until recently. Thanks to local small-batch roasteries Panther and Eternity, Miami’s coffee ante has been upped significantly. The cafecito—an espresso-sized shot of strong coffee brewed with sugar—is still the Magic City’s iconic beverage. Other Cuban specialties to try include colada (a big cafecito meant to be shared), café con leche (cafecito served alongside a pitcher of steamed milk) and cortadito (cafecito cut with just a bit of milk). Here are some places to check out for your next cup.

 

Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop

Enriqueta’s, in the up-and-coming Wynwood neighborhood, is known for its Cuban sandwiches (especially pan con bistec) and cheap breakfasts but also for what some consider some of the best café con leche in town. 86 NE 29th St., 305-573-4681

 

Eternity Coffee Roasters

Launched in 2011, this small-batch roaster and pour-over bar in the Brickell neighborhood of downtown showcases beans from around the globe, including from co-owner Cristina Garces’ family farm in Colombia. 117 SE 2nd Ave., 305-350-7761

 

Mercadito

Mercadito’s Miami location (in Midtown) offers an array of spirited takes on the cafecito on their dessert menu. Try the cafexata (coffee-infused reposado tequila, housemade horchata and nutmeg) or a cafecito with your choice of house-infused spirits, such as Mexican-spiced mezcal. 3252 NE First Ave., 786-369-0430

 

Panther Coffee (pictured)

When Panther Coffee was launched in Wynwood in 2011 by husband and wife duo Joel Pollock (formerly of Stumptown Coffee) and Leticia Ramos Pollock, it changed Miami’s coffee culture for good. Now with a second location in Miami Beach and a third in the works, they still artfully roast their direct-sourced beans in an antique Probat Perfekt, then brew them to order however you like—Chemex, pour-over, French press, vacuum pot, espresso or cold-brew. 2390 NW 2nd Ave.; 1875 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, 305-677-3952

 

Ten Fruits

This downtown juice and coffee bar, launched in 2013 by a pair of Vancouver natives tired of rainy winters, serves up exotic South America­–inspired juices and smoothies alongside Panther coffee.143 NE Third Ave., 305-373-7678

 

Urban Oxy

From Shake Shack veteran Emmanuel Garcia Coll comes this café that aims to be “a coffeehouse of the people,” serving up high-quality, inexpensive eats and Panther coffee in South Beach and downtown. French press, Chemex, vacuum pot and espresso, along with Panther cold-brew, are among its many coffee offerings, and the baristas are all Panther-trained, which means they’re among the best in Miami.101 NE Second Ave., 305-579-0015; 1260 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-604-0084

 

Versailles

The walkup window (la ventanita) at this iconic Calle Ocho restaurant is considered the hub of Little Havana, and you can get what many locals deem the tastiest café cubano or cortadito around, brewed from La Carreta beans—classically Miami. 3555 SW 8th St., 305-444-0240

 

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