Look, we're all about eating and drinking all sorts of things over here, but in today's fast-paced society -- yes, we're busy too -- one consumable reigns supreme: coffee.
No, it's not good for you; however, caffeine is an absolute necessity (and yes, we're well aware that it's an addiction).
Even so, we're not about to stick just any caffeinated beverage down our gullets. No matter what, food and drinks should be savored; it needs to be enjoyable in the process.
Today is National Iced Coffee Day. And to celebrate the best morning (and midafternoon and evening) drink in the world, we compiled a list of the five best places to pick up a cool cup of brew in Broward and Palm Beach.
Brew Urban Cafe, Fort Lauderdale
With two easy and laid-back Fort Lauderdale locations (one in Victoria Park and another inside Next Door at C&I Studios), this local coffee shop offers a number of iced options. We, however, prefer to stick to the cold brew, which is less acidic and more caffeinated than hot coffee drinks.
Green Bar + Kitchen, Fort Lauderdale
Panther coffee is one of South Floridians' favorite local roasteries (it was one of the first to sprout up). And this Fort Lauderdale vegan/gluten-free hot spot sources its beans straight from the Wynwood shop. Here, you can get one of Panther's famous cold brews without the nightmarish trek down I-95 to Miami.
Coastars Coffee Bar, Lake Worth
When it comes to anything of a high caliber, you need to start with ingredients of the highest quality. This Lake Worth shop offers an entire cold brew menu comprised of some of the best beans in the country. It sources from Counter Culture Coffee in Durham, North Carolina, and MadCap Coffee in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to ensure that every cup is the best it can be.
Subculture Coffee, West Palm Beach
Recently opened by nightclub and restaurant empresario Rodney Mayo and local coffee connoisseur Sean Scott, this Clematis Street roastery and hangout offers the ultimate locavore option for chilled coffee (the beans themselves are obviously sourced from overseas). The shop starts by roasting small batches of beans, then hot-brews and chills down the java for a unique-tasting blend of cool coffee.
Harold's Coffee Lounge, West Palm Beach
We (that is, the proverbial we) are always in a rush nowadays -- that's why we need so much coffee. This West Palm Beach takes its time with its iced coffees (don't worry; you don't need to wait). It uses a "Kyoto" style brewing system that takes about 14 hours to make a smooth and sweet cup of chilled brew.
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