Pasion de Cielo coffe shop in Coral Gables
I tried this place twice just to confirm the "awfulness" of it. I could not get a decent cup of coffee: the espresso was just bitter with no varietal characteristics. The cappucino and latte were either made with too much milk and flavorless or bitter. They have a large variety of coffee, each with it's own grinder. But the gimmick doesn't work if the staff can't manage the equipment to make a good coffee. The single variety Mexican coffee I tasted was watery. And the staff had an attitude that indicated they did not care. I rarely write negative reviews but Pasion deserves every word.
Can someone recommend a good coffee shop and roaster in Miami?
Hi Marley! I asked a similar question when I arrived in South Florida a few years ago here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/505307
Most of the places mentioned in that thread have closed or are likely not what you are looking for. I went to the Roasted Bean once and while they roast their own beans, they also sell a lot of flavored coffee (think Gloria Jean's circa 1993) and I don't recall that they do a lot in the single origin arena.
Senior Coffee is fine but not worth the trip if it's not nearby.
Brew in FTL is inconsistent but carries Intelligentsia. I like their downtown location for the fact that it's part bar with a good selection of interesting beer. I'm not much of a drinker, so it's a nice middle ground for my husband (who is) and me. Similarly, Coffee District in Delray is in the same part-bar, part-coffee shop vein. They don't roast, though, and if you're in Miami, it's not so close.
I don't know how or why, but this area (save Key West...would you drive three hours for coffee?) doesn't seem to want to support independent coffee shops.
The Whole Foods closest to me (Boca Raton) roasts on-site, so I alternate between that and picking up Counter Culture at Fresh Market. I go in and out of phases where I order online, but right now I'm into instant gratification.
2640 S Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33133
Thanks to the SOFLA hounds for helping me out. I live in the Jax area and we have a few decent roaster/coffee shops. I am stunned that a city as large as Miami and the surrounding area has such a shortage of decent coffee. I recently spent three nights in Coral Gables and had five great meals. So clearly the area is great for food...but not for coffee. I did see a Cafe Bustelo kiosk in downtown. I guess I'll have to try that on my next visit.
This is one of the few independent coffee places that I know of in Miami and you're right, they have no idea what they're doing. A Nespresso machine pulls a better shot than they do. Everything I've had there has been watery as well. I really want to give this place my business, but it's "awfulness" keeps me away. Think I was delusional the first couple of times I went and wanted to like it, but I've seen the light on subsequent visits.