Do you remember the first time you saw the green mermaid logo?
Or the first time you ordered your delicious pike place coffee topped with whipped cream and drizzled caramel? If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m talking about Starbucks Coffee. I still remember the first time my lips pressed against the white coffee lid and I ingested a delicious pumpkin-spiced latte, topped with whipped cream and a dash of pumpkin spice. However, that was many years ago and times have changed. Now, you can find coffee houses trying to compete with the giant, right here in Fort Lauderdale. Below is a list of the best coffee houses you’re missing out on!
The Flower Bar
This quaint coffee shop is located within a flower shop so not only can you enjoy the fresh coffee aroma, but also appreciate the beauty and delicateness of fresh flowers. Fahad H. wrote on Yelp, “We almost missed our flight trying to go back here. The coffee is really good, but the service is even better. Each Barista was superbly friendly and helpful. The prices are that of any Café that’s got something extra to it. Reasonable.”
The Grind Coffee Project
The Grind Coffee Project prides itself in its artisanal coffee-brewing craft, reassuring its customers that no cream or sugar is needed for their delectable coffee. In an interview with the Miami New Times, owner Yoni Martin said, “Coffee is a fruit, and the natural flavor should shine through. It would be like if you got one of the finest wines and added Sprite to it — it’s just wrong to our principle here.” The “After Dark Menu” incorporates liquor to spruce up the already lively coffee drinks.
Colada Cuban Coffee House and Eatery
This self-proclaimed hip coffee shop offers authentic Cuban pastries and sandwiches, as well as outdoor seating and happy hour. Kris left a review on Facebook stating, “We just moved to the area and discovered this place when we were looking around to find Cuban coffee. We love to ride our bikes to Colada for coffee and breakfast sandwiches on the weekend. The food is good and the people who work there are always nice.”
Warsaw Coffee Company
Locally roasted American coffee and pastries baked in-house aren’t the only items you’ll find in this coffee shop. Warsaw Coffee Company also serves craft beer and wine, as well as breakfast and lunch. “Loves this place!! It’s hard to find a good coffee joint, especially when you’re not from the area. Enjoyed the atmosphere!” said Yelp user Marjee B.
Selected by the New Times as 2016’s Best Coffee Shop of Broward and Palm Beach Counties, The Alchemist offers an array of specially mixed coffee drinks, as well as small sandwiches, are known as “slicers,” which help to compliment the fresh brew. Yelp user Nicolas L. said “Dining at The Alchemist was one of my best breakfast experiences in Florida. I had The Alchemist’s “Iced Coffee” and the Avocado Slider with Smoked Salmon and Eggs. The coffee was amazing, full of flavor and had the perfect amount of sweetness…Overall, The Alchemist is one of those places you should go out of your way to visit.”