Ten Best Coffee Shops in Broward and Palm Beach Counties
4. Harold's Coffee Lounge
Candace West Learn about the art of coffee preparation at Harold's Coffee Lounge in West Palm Beach.
Coffee snobs looking for an artsy hang and Intelligentsia-brand beans, this is your spot. This eclectic coffeehouse plays the perfect host for painting exhibits and photographer meetups, and it's great for just hanging out. It's also on top of the latest coffee trends. Special-order a siphon brew that results in a beautifully mild cup of coffee. Or be all made-to-order cool with a hand-pour java. And you can always keep it simple with a plain ol' cup of espresso. Get a coffee education while you're here: The well-informed staffers will tell you how a French press creates a unique flavor or how to detect notes of floral, caramel, or toast in your roast. This specialty shop uses the Blue Bottle Kyoto-style cold-brewing system, a fancy-looking and somewhat costly setup composed of tall, fragile, glass drip towers, traditionally called an Oji machine in Japan. Drip by drip -- 48 drips per minute, to be exact -- the Oji produces a six-cup batch after around seven hours. If this sounds highly specialized, that's because it is. Small batches with extremely high caffeine content means the drink is typically prepared by pouring four ounces over ice for an exceptionally deep, smoky, and light-bodied coffee experience.
3. Habatat Coffee Co.
Habatat Coffee Habatat Gallery houses an eponymous coffee shop, which serves Counter Culture coffee.
Habatat co-owners Sean and Natalie Scott are passionate about good coffee and good people. Originally from the Northeast -- she's from New Hampshire, and he's from Massachusetts -- they longed for a South Florida coffee shop that served a good cappuccino along with a great atmosphere. The idea to open Habatat Coffee developed alongside Habatat Gallery, co-owned by Sean's brother, Jay Scott. "[My wife and I] knew that the South Florida market needed good coffee," said Sean. "We have found that serving coffee that is sourced, roasted, and extracted the way it should be surprises even the most 'blue collar' of coffee drinkers." Habatat has become a local meeting hub of sorts, where people gather to enjoy specialty coffee beans, like the one they serve now from Kochere, Ethiopia, from a single farmer named Mammo Boki. For standard drinks, the shop serves only Counter Culture Coffee and brews using a La Marzocco espresso machine or Chemex and Bonmac for slow-pour coffees. Beans are roasted fresh each week and served in traditional sizes that allow the true flavor of the beans to shine. The most popular drink on the menu: Habatat's own brown sugar coconut cappuccino or latte. Keep an eye out for a partnership of sorts between Clematis Street kingpin Rodney Mayo -- owner of Longboards and Hullabaloo in West Palm Beach and the Dubliner and Kapow! in Boca Raton -- who will join forces with Habatat to begin brewing a specialty coffee. The coffee will be served at each of Mayo's restaurants and will be roasted fresh at a new coffee shop known as Cafe Tabac, opening later this year in downtown West Palm Beach.
441 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL