Though it’s long been a mecca for café cubano, Miami’s specialty coffee offerings were quite limited until recently. Thanks to local craft roasteries Panther and Eternity, Miami’s coffee ante has been upped significantly. Of course, the cafecito—an espresso-sized shot of powerful coffee brewed with sugar—is still the Magic City’s iconic beverage. Other Cuban specialties to try: 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).
Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop
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 around. 86 NE 29th. St., 305-573-4681
Eternity Coffee Roasters
Launched in 2011, this small-batch artisanal roaster and pour-over bar also has a wholesale and retail business, selling beans sourced from around the globe, including from co-owner Cristina Garces’ family farm in Colombia. 117 SE 2nd Ave., 305-350-7761
When Panther Coffee opened in 2011, it changed Miami’s coffee culture for good. The carefully sourced beans are roasted on-site in an antique Probat Perfekt, then brewed to order however you like—Chemex, pour-over, French press, espresso, Clover or cold-brew. 2390 NW 2nd Ave.; 1875 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, 305-677-3952
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 and Panther coffee. 143 NE Third Ave., 305-373-7678
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. 3555 SW 8th St., 305-444-0240