Ready to Roast: Third-Wave Coffee Arrives in South Florida

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.

They say necessity is the mother of invention. In the case of craft and specialty coffee in South Florida, this is certainly true. For many of South Florida's growing community of small-batch coffee roasters, the quest for a good cup of coffee is what propelled them into the business.

"You could say most great ideas start in a garage," says Oceana Coffee Roasting (221 Old Dixie Highway, Tequesta) founder Scott Angelo, who began roasting from home first as a hobby. "That's where it began. Now, it's much more than a hobby. Today, it's a mission to share with people what truly good coffee is all about."

See also: Independent Coffee Shops in Broward and Palm Beach Counties