The Ten Best Independent Coffee Shops in Broward and Palm Beach: 2018 Edition

The Ten Best Independent Coffee Shops in Broward and Palm Beach: 2018 Edition
Photo by Nicole Danna

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6. Warsaw Coffee Company. Fort Lauderdale got its first highly-caffeinated coffee shop several years ago thanks to Warsaw Coffee Co. The 3,800-square-foot space has indoor and outdoor lounge spaces, an onsite pastry kitchen, walk-up and drive-through barista bars, and rentable office "flex" space. The in-house bakery creates delicacies from scratch: cookies, pop pastries, muffins, and cakes, to name a few. But don't forget the coffee, a full menu of hot and cold beverages featuring North Carolina's Counter Culture Coffee. Try the affogato, a coffee-based beverage typically made with ice cream or gelato and a shot of hot espresso. The drink menu includes espresso shots and the standard selections like Americanos, macchiatos, cappuccinos, and lattes. If you're looking for fresh-brewed offerings, take your pick of various pour-over methods including Kalita. On a hot day, the cold brew is where it's at — a special blend roasted just for steeping cold. It's even available by the bottle to take home. 815 NE 13th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-990-4189;
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Courtesy of Kay Rico
7. Kay Rico Coffee. Head into the Yellow Green Farmers Market in Hollywood on any given weekend, and you'll find a special caffeinated treat: Kay Rico Coffee. Here, a family has been brewing, blending, and mixing up some of the best coffee drinks around, using beans sourced from across the globe and roasted onsite. They've been so successful, it prompted a second brick-and-mortar location earlier this year. (It also won the 2018 best café con leche from Miami New Times.) The menu offers a dizzying array of options, and most customers are happy to grab a seat at the counter rather than take their coffee to go. That's because the order counter is also a slow bar offering a number of table service-style, pour-over brew methods. Menu highlights include the Chips Ahoy frappe, a take on the Bulletproof Coffee, the Kay-Vlar vegan coffee, or the authentic Vietnamese service coffee, also known as ca phe, a drip coffee that's brewed directly into the glass. And don't leave without the Coco Loco: cold-brew coffee naturally sweetened with coconut water sourced from fresh coconuts at a nearby Yellow Green Farmers' Market stand. 1940 North 30th Rd., Hollywood; 954-708-9695;
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8. Subculture Coffee. Before coffee shops were cool, former Habatat Coffee founder Sean Scott and South Florida restaurateur Rodney Mayo paired up to open Subculture, West Palm Beach's first specialty coffee-roasting facility. Today, their downtown shop is one of several downtown spots where you cab grab a cup of coffee, but it's still one of the best. Set right on Clematis Street, Subculture continues to roast beans onsite in small batches using a Diedrich IR-12. From there, it's bagged in-house and shipped promptly to subscription and mail order customers. Sipping in the shop? The cold-brew is done in a Japanese-style Oji machine, which creates a rich and flavorful liquid. It's one of just a few places in the area to use the elaborate process. Visit the original location or one of two additional shops that have since opened in Delray Beach and Jupiter. 509 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-318-5142;
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Courtesy of Sip Java Co.
9. Sip Java Co. Sip Java Co., now with two locations in Broward County, opened its first off Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. For the past two years, they've been serving up a large variety of hot and cold coffee drinks designed for the South Florida caffeine addicts. Coffee drinks get creative here, from the homemade frappes to the drink of the day whipped up by the team of highly skilled baristas. The shop also has an amazing cold brew; a specialty blend from Anodyne Coffee that's course-ground and brewed using an old-fashioned Toddy system, then steeped for 24 hours. The result is a smooth, balanced cup of cold brew available by the glass. Or, if you're feeling in need of some extra energy, take some home in refillable glass coffee growler bottles. 638 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-990-5597;
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Photo by Nicole Danna
10. Aroma Joe's. An adorable drive-through coffee shop in Pompano Beach is home to more than just a convenient cup of morning Joe. Sure, you can get your morning hot or cold brew coffee here from a shop that looks like a tiny home, but there's a lot to love if you're looking to do some serious caffeinating. Aroma Joe's boasts over a dozen flavored syrups that are used to make everything from a S'More Fantasy, Mudslide, or Coconut Joy iced latte to the Irish Kicker, Black Raspberry, or Perfect Pumpkin (yes, it's available all year round here). The coffee bar baristas will also prompt you to try one of their Flavor Rush infusions: iced blended smoothies with fruity flavors with a natural energy boost. Of course, there's frozen blended coffee, too, made with espresso and appropriately dubbed FroJoe. Get them in any of the signature flavors you can with the hot or cold coffee drinks. 1450 Powerline Rd., Pompano Beach; 954-532-0596;
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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
Contact: Nicole Danna