Owner Michael Gesser had a successful 22-year run in Alaska (hence the name) before opening up his Miami outpost three years ago. Serious about his beans and the equipment used to produce consistently excellent cups of coffee, Gesser has already made a name for himself in the South Florida coffee community. What’s more is he’s even imported a brick oven from Italy to make handcrafted breakfast pizzas.
This popular roaster started serving beans from a 60-year old farm set in volcanic mountains of Colombia, and also offer other sustainable coffees from Kenya, Ethiopia, and more. These purveyors are constantly talked about by anyone serious about coffee, especially the pour-over variety.
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Nearly hidden on a non-touristy side street in South Beach, this no-frills Cuban cafe has been serving up arguably the best cafe con leche in Miami for decades. Locals head here for this $1.50 morning wake up, or for the infamous colada—several shots of Cuban espresso with sugar mixed in during preparation. If this doesn’t wake you up, I’m not sure what will.
This industrial cafe in the heart of Wynwood is completed with a bit of European flair, thanks to owner Alexis Jacot’s Swiss roots. “Miam” means “yum” in French, used to express the pleasure at eating, and there will be no shortage of reasons to use this word liberally here. Everything is great here, but try their secret weapon the Miamcchiato.
This art deco-style coffee shop is immediately endearing. Offering straightforward beverages like iced coffee, cappuccinos and more, their pick me ups are consistently delicious. Take away or pull up a stool, read the morning paper, and let the caffeine kick in.