Fort Lauderdale, you're about to get caffeinated. Warsaw Coffee Co. is gearing up for a grand opening later this month, and the innovative coffee shop has a few surprises up its sleeve to make the opening day that much more poignant.
The 3,800-square-foot building will stand as one of the area's most impressive coffee shops and bakeries with indoor and outdoor lounge-style spaces, an on-site pastry kitchen, walk-up and drive-through barista bars, and rentable office "flex" space.
Warsaw Coffee will open Sunday, March 29, says founding partner Scott Ojeda. The grand-opening announcement comes on the heels of news that the company has also enlisted the help of two team members who will bring an elevated level of service to their cutting-edge coffee shop, added Ojeda.
That includes South Florida pastry phenom Jason Morale, who has come onboard as both a partner and executive pastry chef for Warsaw Coffee. Morale has worked as executive pastry chef for the Ritz-Carlton in Miami Beach, the Four Seasons in Palm Beach, and Miami's Bocce and Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill.
At Warsaw, expect to find Morale creating a number of from-scratch, fresh-baked goods prepared in Warsaw's in-house kitchen. The opening menu will include classic and Florida-inspired fare, everything from cookies, biscotti and tarts, to scones, muffins, cakes, and pastries. Sample the guava and cheese pastries, or homemade Pop-Tarts — complete with frosting — for $3 apiece. Or the affogato, a coffee-based beverage typically made with ice cream or gelato and a shot of hot espresso. At Warsaw, it will consist of three scoops of ice cream with an espresso shot for $6.
Ojeda is also excited to announce another special hire: Camila Ramos, a former Panther Coffee employee who stands as the 2014 Southeast Barista Champion, and ranked fifth in last year's United States Barista Championship. Ramos, who is also an Eater Young Gun award recipient, will be training staff to ensure customers receive unparalleled service at Warsaw's specialty coffee bar, says Ojeda.
Of course, coffee will be Warsaw's main focus, offering patrons a number of custom fresh-roasted beans prepared by nearby Argyle Coffee Roasters. On opening day, expect to find several single-origin picks including an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Kochere Kore, Costa Rican Cerro Paldo, and a Guatamala Antigua Los Volcanes.
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The drink menu will include espresso shots and the standard selections like Americanos, Macchiatos, cappuccino, and lattes. If you're looking for fresh-brewed offerings, take your pick of various pour-over methods including Clever, French press, and Kalita. For those who like it cold, the cold brew comes in concentrate to take home as well. All selections are priced from $2.25 to $5.
Warsaw Coffee is located at 815 NE 13th St. in Fort Lauderdale. Visit warsawcoffee.com.
Nicole Danna is a food writer 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.