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chocolada Jun 8, 2007 10:29 PM

Where do you find your perfect cup?

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  1. lax2mia RE: chocolada Jun 11, 2007 06:39 AM

    Out of the Blue on NE 2nd Ave. and 24th St. Only place in Miami with Intelligentsia coffee. Friendly staff. Cool place, wish it was in an area with more bustle though.

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      chocolada RE: lax2mia Jun 11, 2007 08:11 PM

      I'm a fan of that place. I've been going there since they opened. They're packed at lunch.

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        gimmecarbs RE: lax2mia Mar 5, 2008 07:40 PM

        they do have good lattes...but....they open when they feel like it....if it weren't on my drive to work, i would find myself dissappointed to head there and find it not open. also, the coffee sizes are smaller than at other places...still its good every now and then, but not as an every day stop.

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        mialebven RE: chocolada Jun 14, 2007 12:21 AM

        For coffee, I recommend Tinta y Cafe in Brickell, Cafe Demetrio in Coral Gables, Segafredo or Cafetto in South Beach.

        There are some other places that I want to try - including Gourmet Cookie Cafe (or something like that on 37th Ave and Grand) in Coconut Grove? The area looks sketchy though.

        Out of the Blue is definitely in the plans for me to visit!

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          taiga RE: mialebven Mar 2, 2008 11:00 AM

          For all the talk about the revival/renewal/uptick/renaissance occurring in the Design District -- try to find a cup of coffee after 4:00pm. It took several tries until I found someone gracious enough at Out of the Blue to serve me. Had they not rescued me, who knows if I would have been able to get home. Sweat Records also had coffee, but no one else was there.

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            Auger RE: taiga Mar 2, 2008 09:02 PM

            Does Out of the Blue still serve Segafredo coffee, or did they switch back to Intelligentsia? I used to go 30-40 min out of my way to get coffee there. But when they switched to Segafredo, tried them 3 times, terrible coffee. Haven't been back since. Their website states that they serve Intelligentsia.

            Another place that serves Intelligentsia coffee is Kiki's close to Brickell. But it's not a full coffee bar. Its a restaurant that serves coffee, and they just have cappuccino, espresso, and latte. But I wasn't impressed the 2 times I tried the coffee there.

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              lax2mia RE: Auger Mar 3, 2008 06:12 AM

              I drove by the other day and the Segafredo sign was still on the door.

              It was hilarious the first day they switched. I went religiously for Intelligentsia and they day they switched I asked what happened. The owner said that it wasn't worth the extra cost to get Intelligentsia for a clientele that had to be educated about it. I said I'd appreciated it and as I said it a person walked in and said "Alright, you're serving Segafredo now. Great!". So it goes in forward-looking Miami.

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                taiga RE: lax2mia Mar 5, 2008 11:19 AM

                I was unaware of the dilemma, but received a delicious piece of carrot cake and two cappucinos that were fine. It was not Intelligentsia but I didn't care. They rescued me politely and graciously with good service after the Orange place in the Design District would not. (I don't blame them but Out of the Blue didn't have to either.)

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            gimmecarbs RE: mialebven Mar 5, 2008 07:41 PM

            tinta y cafe is probably my favorite coffee place in miami...but i find myself craving it at times when they are closed........!

          3. karmalaw RE: chocolada Mar 2, 2008 04:21 PM

            I am more of a fan of cuban coffee...a cortadito or cafe con leche is what makes me happy: best: El Nuevo Siglo. Good: Versailles, Esquisito.

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              mialebven RE: chocolada Mar 3, 2008 03:38 AM

              Did a new coffee place open up on NE 2nd Avenue and 36 St? I wonder if anyone has gone yet... it looked complete when I drove by it the other day, with outdoor seating.

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                karmalaw RE: mialebven Mar 3, 2008 10:02 AM

                where Stop used to be? or on the Corner near W?

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                  mialebven RE: karmalaw Mar 3, 2008 10:26 AM

                  Not sure where Stop used to be or where W is at... it's 2 or 3 stores up from Petunia, the flower shop? Does that help?

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                    miaedu RE: mialebven Mar 3, 2008 02:11 PM

                    could it be where Cane á Sucre was?

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                      karmalaw RE: miaedu Mar 3, 2008 03:29 PM

                      Cane á Sucre was in the same building as Stop.

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                  taiga RE: mialebven Mar 5, 2008 11:21 AM

                  It was open Saturday until 4:00, but closed at 4:01. People were sitting happily outside on the SE corner. It is not the most scenic view.

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                    mialebven RE: taiga Mar 5, 2008 07:21 PM

                    I figured the view isn't scenic. But at least I hope the coffee is good! We always need more good coffeehouses especially here in Miami!

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                      jessierandall RE: mialebven Mar 5, 2008 07:33 PM

                      Ah, you are referring to Kaffa. I passed by today. It looked a little desolate but now I'm curious.

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                        taiga RE: mialebven Mar 6, 2008 07:24 AM

                        For sheer flavor, the best cup of coffee I've had locally is at the French Bakery in Pinecrest. They make a great cappucino in a real cup if you request it. If it is in paper, I downgrade it. If it is in styrofoam, I kick myself and get it over with. At our beloved coffee windows, when the espresso comes in the Pilon cup, it tastes better. "Para aqui"

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                          tangelo RE: taiga Mar 6, 2008 07:39 AM

                          Which French Bakery, the one off US1 next to the bagel shop? Everything there is always good.

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                            taiga RE: tangelo Mar 6, 2008 03:34 PM

                            US1 and 144th. There is also the expected parking lot view as well just to take the flawlessness out of the experience.

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                            mialebven RE: taiga Mar 7, 2008 01:05 AM

                            I agree with you wholeheartedly, taiga! A real cup for my real joe is in order! I like something that clinks, and on top of a tiny cute little plate that would clink too, please!

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                              taiga RE: mialebven Mar 7, 2008 04:33 PM

                              Let's make it a crusade for the refinement of the community!

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                        gimmecarbs RE: mialebven Mar 5, 2008 07:43 PM

                        kaffa cafe....nice people running it. coffee is good and the whiskey vanilla cake was sooo heavenly!

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                          winegirl1973 RE: gimmecarbs Aug 19, 2008 09:39 AM

                          Where is Kaffa? I'm having a hard time pulling it up online.

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                            Frodnesor RE: winegirl1973 Aug 19, 2008 10:21 AM

                            I'm betting that was supposed to be Kafka's Kafe on Washington Ave. in South Beach.

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                              Frodnesor RE: Frodnesor Aug 23, 2008 11:02 PM

                              Correction (possibly) - there is also a Kafa Cafe on 2nd Ave. just south of 36th St. (in the location that used to be Cane a Sucre?).

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                        winegirl1973 RE: chocolada Aug 13, 2008 03:45 PM

                        Just FYI: Went to Out of the Blue this AM and found out that they have new summer hours and don't open until 10:30 AM. And yes, they're still serving Segafredo, but the soup is from scratch...

                        Also note that if you eat in before 11AM (so for the summer, from 10:30 - 11AM) and order a pastry, regular coffee is FREE according to their takeout menu and I confirmed it with my server.

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                          lax2mia RE: winegirl1973 Aug 14, 2008 06:32 AM

                          WTF? Do locals not get up before 10:30 in the summer? When I drive by in the mornings there are always people there.

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                            2cooks5eaters RE: lax2mia Aug 14, 2008 07:57 AM

                            I love that aspect of Miami. Time is enjoyed. Every minute counts toward making every day count. When in Miami do as the Miamians do. Breathe. Drink. Eat. Laugh. Live. Take that flavor with you back to LAX as a souvenir.

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