Ten Best Coffee Shops in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Candace West
Harold's Coffee Shop owner Keith Palagye.
It used to be that a cup of coffee was just that: a paper cup of liquid caffeine. Nothing special, it tasted relatively the same from your local greasy spoon, to your favorite diner. Heck, you'd even suffer through 12 ounces of gas-station sludge if it meant getting your morning pick-me-up.

Today, specialty coffee is quickly becoming the next craft craze, from organic beans and eco-friendly, Fair Trade farms, to small-batch roasting and a whole slew of fancy brewing methods. Take Panther Coffee in Miami, South Florida's very first small-batch coffee roaster. It's paving the way for more spots that offer up the same attention to detail, as South Florida restaurateur Rodney Mayo and the owners of Habatat Coffee Company plot to open Palm Beach County's very own specialty roasting shop off Clematis Street in West Palm Beach later this year.

Sure, Starbucks changed the game with its fancy lattes and complicated ordering lingo. But do they have house-roasted beans and fresh-drip coffee made-to-order? A few spots -- even here in South Florida -- do, however. From the hand-drip cups at Coastars Coffee Bar in Lake Worth, to the banana split latte at Undergrounds Coffeehaus, here's our top spots for the best coffee shops in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

See Also: The Quest For The Perfect Iced Coffee

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Stork's Bakery and Coffee House in Wilton Manors.
10. Stork's Bakery and Coffee House
Not only is it among the best coffee spots in South Florida but in Wilton Manors, Stork's is also at the top of the list for "best" coffee bar with a great gay crowd. With obscenely rich and delicious baked goods, aromatic fair-trade coffee drinks, and fresh sandwiches and salads, Stork's owner Jim Stork -- who served as mayor of Wilton Manors in the early 2000s -- has created a place that all can love. Today, a second Stork's operates in Davie, not far from the airport, at 3325 S. University Drive. No matter which location you choose to visit, the draw here is definitely the coffee. Stork's is known for serving several varieties of coffee daily. As for food: You'll find everything from big, chewy, chocolate-chip cookies to a clever orange-caramel mousse cake.

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St. Bart's is located off A1A for an ocean view with your morning java.
9. St. Bart's Coffee Company
Located off A1A in Fort Lauderdale, St. Bart's Coffee Co. is a cozy little coffee shop where you'll find a great view of Fort Lauderdale Beach, friendly coffee shop people, and a menu to please everyone in your crowd. It may not serve gourmet beans or make fancy drinks, but what makes this place special is the location and the morning scene. So good, in fact, we voted it Best Breakfast on the Beach, as it serves it up all day long. And good breakfast means good coffee. St. Bart's opened 17 years ago and continues to draw a strong mix of locals and tourists. Here, you can be guaranteed the coffee is always hot and fresh. Just snag a sidewalk table to soak up the sunshine and ocean view.

Location Info

11th Street Annex

14 SW 11th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: General

St. Bart's Coffee Company

441 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Coffee District

325 Northeast Second Ave., Delray Beach, FL

Category: General

Stork's Cafe and Bakery

2505 NE 15th Ave., Wilton Manors, FL

Category: Restaurant

Undergrounds Coffeehaus

3020 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: General

Habatat Galleries

608 Banyan Trail, Boca Raton, FL

Category: General

Harold's Coffee Lounge

509 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Coastars Coffee Bar - CLOSED

12 S. J St., Lake Worth, FL

Category: General

Brew Urban Cafe - CLOSED

209 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: General


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4 comments
factchecker
factchecker

11th st annex doesnt do high or low teas regularly, though it is worth going just for lunch  & that brew urban location is closed, only the victoria park location remains.

jcw_mini
jcw_mini

Interestingly none of these places are roasting their own coffee !! You definitely did not look much around Palm Beach County, there is an Artisan Specialty coffee roaster in Tequesta. You guys ought to check them out, they also have their coffee in some of Palm Beaches most recently awarded best eateries, Coolinary Cafe and the like. Check out Oceana Coffee up in Tequesta, they roast it all in the shop.  

GovtMule
GovtMule

@jcw_mini I buy all of my coffee beans from Oceana at their PBG location. They typically have 5 to 8 roasts available at all times. They brought back the Bali Blue Moon and the new Honduras is awesome! The Food Shack also uses their coffee, a dark Sumatra. I think they have roasting demos on Wed or Thurs nights around 6'ish

NicoleAlyssDanna
NicoleAlyssDanna

@jcw_mini I did not make it to Tequesta, and this place sounds like it is deserving of its very own feature. I will check it out, and thank you for the suggestion. 

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