Wake up and smell the coffee: Aromas of freshly roasted beans are wafting through the air from Boca to Tequesta. Throughout the area, baristas are pushing the boundaries of caffeine:
Café Boulud in Palm Beach (561-655-6060) takes coffee seriously and uses Seattle’s Fonté Micro Coffee Roaster as its sole supplier for regular coffee, decaf and espresso. The beans are sourced from Africa and South America, roasted to Fonté’s specifications and delivered in small batches.
“We have a staff training on coffee every other month,” says Maitre d’Hotel Martial Tilan. “The coffee needs to be ground for a very specific period, and we use the same amount of water each time. It’s more trouble than using pods, but the result is worth it. The key is consistency.”
Subculture Coffee (561-318-5142), with two locations (West Palm’s Clematis Street and Delray’s Atlantic Avenue), roasts small batches of sustainably grown beans from countries like Sumatra, Ethiopia and Brazil. The café provides complimentary cupping classes and is known for its slow pour, a precise method of filtering coffee into a mug over four to five minutes.
The motto is, “More than coffee, it’s a movement” at Harold’s Coffee (561-833-6366), a quirky, art-covered café in West Palm’s Northwood Village. Besides being a coffee shop, Harold’s is also a performance venue, home to events like film screenings, yoga classes, drum circles and a meditation series.
Tequesta-based Oceana Coffee (561-401-2453) bills itself as the county’s only specialty-grade roaster, selling a dozen varieties. In addition to its roasting house, which is also a café, the company recently opened a lounge and shop with conference rooms for private bookings and coffee education classes.
Rabbit Coffee (561-252-2028), found at the West Palm Beach Greenmarket and other venues, specializes in cold brews. Enjoy it straight from the bottle, serve it hot or mix it with other drinks.
Coffee junkies will find nirvana at Gizzi’s Coffee Shop in Delray Beach (561-266-9797): The menu offers 50 types of organic beans, including Jamaican Blue Mountain and an assortment of blends.
Miami’s Panther Coffee is much closer to home at Delray Beach’s The Beat Cup Café (561-330-4693), which brews the Wynwood-based roast. The shop’s beatnik vibe matches the artistic grunge theme of RESTA hair salon next door, under the same ownership.
Friends Rachel Eade and Carly Altier—a coffee lover and juice aficionado, respectively—partnered to open The Seed (561-430-5640), a coffee shop and juice bar in Boca Raton. For Eade’s part overseeing the coffee side, the shop supports its hometown by brewing beans from Wells Coffee, an artisan roasting company based in Boca.