Our annual food guide, Taste, hits newsstands Thursday, February 19. In this year's issue, you'll find guides to local food neighborhoods; interviews with local coffee roasters, chefs, and chocolatiers; and a handy roundup of South Florida's breweries. Readers of Clean Plate Charlie don't have to wait. Here's a sneak peek from 2015's Taste Guide, and you can follow this link to see other Taste Guide posts you may have missed.
It's just a cup of coffee, right? That dark, bitter, caffeine-laden beverage that makes our morning commute more tolerable and our hangover headaches pound just a little less.
Sadly, for too long coffee has been the beverage that we don't appreciate as craft. But all that's changing now. As the country embraces everything local, fresh, artisanal, and craft -- why have we not yet done the same with coffee?
In South Florida, the third-wave coffee movement is catching on, transitioning coffee drinkers from nonfat vanilla lattes to more elevated brew so artfully crafted that it's meant to be savored black, without cream or sugar.
Finally, American coffee culture has arrived in the Sunshine State, and we're starting to wake up and smell the coffee. The real coffee. In the past year, a number of local roasters have raised the java bar for those who want more than what the big chain game players have to offer.
Here, we list the latest in local coffee shops across Broward and Palm Beach counties where you can get your fresh-roasted fix.
Palm Beach County Coffee Shops
221 Old Dixie Highway, Tequesta. Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Call 561-401-2453, or visit oceanacoffee.com.
509 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach. Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call 561-833-6366, or visitharoldscoffee.com.
509 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Hours: 7 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to midnight Sunday. Call 561-318-5142, or visit subculturecoffee.
The Coffee District
325 NE 2nd Ave #104, Delray Beach. Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to midnight Friday, 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Call 561-276-8995.
Gizzi's Coffee Shop
2275 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach. Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 561-266-9797, or visit gizzisdelray.com.
12 S. J St., Lake Worth. Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Call 561-318-8980, or visit commongroundscoffeebar.com.
The Beat Cup Cafe
660 Linton Blvd., Delray Beach. Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Call 561-330-4693, or visit thebeatcupcafe.com.
199 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton. Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 561-430-5640, or visit theseedboca.com.
Broward County Coffee Shops
2430 NE 13th Ave., Wilton Manors. Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call 515-981-6165, or visit the-alchemist.info.
Grind Coffee Project
599 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 954-774-0555, or visit grindcoffeeproject.com.
Brew Urban Cafe
638 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Call 954-990-5597, or visit its Facebook page.
Brew Urban Cafe Next Door
537 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Call 954-357-3934, or visit its Facebook page.
815 NE 13th St., Fort Lauderdale. Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Call 305-781-0047, or visit warsawcoffee.com.
3020 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Hours: Monday through Thursday, noon to 11:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday noon to 1 a.m., and Sunday 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Call 954-630-1900, or visit undergroundscoffeehaus.com.
Nicole Danna is a food blogger covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.