Ten Best Coffee Shops in Broward and Palm Beach Counties
6. The Beat Cup
Nicole Danna The Beat Cup's eclectic interior has everything from consignment clothing to a used-book shelf for light reading.
The Beat Cup in Delray Beach isn't your average coffee shop or café. Walking in, you're not quite sure what it is. An art gallery? Consignment shop? Bookstore? But that's the point. After opening in May 2011, the Beat Cup has undergone many changes and only recently began selling food and Panther coffee. Today, it is what can only be described as a quiet artists enclave that also just so happens to serve some pretty damned good coffee. Delray Beach resident Pablo Sole came to South Florida 15 years ago from Argentina. Growing up in Brazil, he was used to a different cultural scene -- one he longed to re-create here. Today, the Beat Cup serves a short menu of cakes, pastries, salads, and sandwiches that cover both breakfast and lunch, all made from scratch by Sole and his mother. Their specialty: handmade empanadas and a family recipe for savory corn pancakes, stuffed with vegetables or chicken. And what started with a single espresso machine grew to a menu that today serves a variety of Panther coffee drinks, from a regular cup of coffee, to cold-brew iced coffee, iced yerba mate tea, and lattes. Our favorite: the frozen coffee blended with milk, ice, and your choice of vanilla, caramel, or chocolate. Go early: the Beat Cup serves breakfast and lunch only, open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
5. Coastars Coffee Bar
Nicole Danna Coastars Coffee Bar owner Chris Palacio pours a cup of coffee at his shop in Lake Worth.
The next time you and your friends get into an argument over which is better -- the double D's or Starbucks -- throw them a curve ball and wager there may not be a cup of coffee better than the one you'll get at newly opened Coastars Coffee Bar in Lake Worth. When co-owners Chris Palacio and Elizabeth Brach opened Coastars off J Street in January in the heart of downtown, part of their vision meant making a cup of coffee that is more than just a cup of steaming hot caffeine, sugar, and cream. To do so, that means using specialty ground coffee and employing a brewing process that we guarantee you won't see happening anywhere else in South Florida. The process begins when your brew "master" weighs and measures the perfect amount of coffee beans for just one cup. Next, a special grind before water -- brought to boil in a kettle to an exact temperature -- is slowly poured until the rich, aromatic liquid fills your cup. The coffee Palacio swears by: Counter Culture Coffee, the shop's signature product. Based in Durham, North Carolina, Counter Culture Coffee globally sources USDA organic coffee cultivated using only sustainable farming methods. At Coastars, it's used to make both hand-drip coffee and espresso drinks.
14 SW 11th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL
441 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL