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Jun 8, 2007 10:29 PM

Coffee in Miami

Where do you find your perfect cup?

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  1. 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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    1. re: lax2mia

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

      1. re: lax2mia

        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.

      2. 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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        1. re: mialebven

          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.

          1. re: taiga

            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.

            1. re: Auger

              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.

              1. re: lax2mia

                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.)

          2. re: mialebven

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

          3. 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.

            1. 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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              1. re: mialebven

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

                1. re: karmalaw

                  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?

                  1. re: mialebven

                    could it be where Cane á Sucre was?

                    1. re: miaedu

                      Cane á Sucre was in the same building as Stop.

                2. re: mialebven

                  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.

                  1. re: taiga

                    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!

                    1. re: mialebven

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

                      1. re: mialebven

                        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"

                        1. re: taiga

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

                          1. re: tangelo

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

                          2. re: taiga

                            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!

                            1. re: mialebven

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

                      2. re: mialebven

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

                        1. re: gimmecarbs

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

                          1. re: winegirl1973

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

                            1. re: Frodnesor

                              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?).

                      3. 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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                        1. re: winegirl1973

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

                          1. re: lax2mia

                            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.