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Nov 20, 2011 07:29 AM

Good espresso in Miami?

Visiting Miami in January. I'm from Seattle, which is to say that my espresso standards are high. :-)

Are there any places worth checking out, or will I have to settle for Starbucks? (The horror, the horror.)

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  1. Achain, but try Nespresso on Lincoln Road

    1. In order of preference:

      Panther Coffee
      2390 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL
      305 677 3952

      Eternity Coffee Roasters
      117 SE 2nd Ave
      Miami, FL 33131

      haven't tried yet:

      Nube Coffe Bar
      475 Biltmore Way
      Coral Gables, FL 33134

      Alaska Coffee Roasting Company
      13130 Biscayne Blvd
      N. Miami FL 33181
      786 332 4254

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      1. re: miaedu

        I would add Pasion de Cielo to this list and if you order an espresso anywhere or a cafecito sin azucar, it should be quite delicious. If you do go for the cortaditos which we specialize in, it is true -- you may never go back. Para aqui should get you real cups/china in most places.

        Panther, Eternity, and Nube are all great.

      2. Let's not forget we have Seattle to thank/blame for Starbucks.

        Panther Coffee in Wynwood is excellent.

        I've not tried Eternity or Alaska yet but have heard good things.

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        1. re: Frodnesor

          Appreciate the recommendations. And point taken on Starbucks. We have a lot to answer for in the Pacific Northwest, from metastasizing national coffee chains to buggy software. :-)

        2. Do take the time to seek out a good "cafe Cubano" -- a specialty of Miami (sorry, no recs - I haven't been in Miami in a few years)

          Cafe con leche isn't your typical cafe au lait, either -- both are specialties of the Miami area and well worth trying.

          (you may never go back to "regular" espresso!)

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          1. re: sunshine842

            For Cuban espresso you could go to Tinta y Cafe on SW 8th Street in Brickell. They get their coffee from somewhere else, and is not the typical Bustelo / Pilon that typifies the bitter Cuban coffee throughout Miami. It's supposed to be a better class of coffee.

            1. re: mialebven

              Appreciate all the recommendations! Looking forward to trying some Cuban coffee.

          2. You brought back some great coffee memories from Seattle. I spent July in Seattle. There seem to be independent coffee shops in every neighborhood. My favorite was Fonte's at their cafe downtown. And the hot chocolate at Dilettante on Capitol Hill is an all time best. Enjoy some of our cafe con leche or café cubano. It will be different from the Emerald City.