Kegs of Cold Brew on Tap From Rabbit Coffee Roasting Co.

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Bottled cold brew from Rabbit Coffee.
Nitrogenated cold brew on tap could be coming to a bar or restaurant near you, and it's all thanks to a Riviera Beach coffee roaster.

Right now, the operation behind the small-batch, cold brew movement in South Florida is thanks to Rabbit Coffee Roasting Co., the first of the growing number of Palm Beach and Broward County roasters to bottle and keg their craft.

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The Chosen Bean: Small-Batch Coffee Roaster in Coral Springs

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The Chosen Bean is a coffee-roasting company based in Coral Springs.
Moshe Ruza has lived a number of lifetimes: He helped run his family's three-generation high-fashion accessory business in New York City, owned a resort in the Caribbean for close to a decade, and today is the founder of his own coffee-roasting company.

Ruza founded the Chosen Bean five years ago, a small-batch coffee-roasting operation based out of his Coral Springs home. At the time, Ruza was on a search for the perfect cup of coffee. He quickly learned that if he wanted fresh coffee, he would have to make it himself.

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Boca Raton's New Coffee Roaster: Wells Coffee Company

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Boca Raton resident Brandon Wells has a favorite saying: "drink deeply."

It's a fitting philosophy for the man who stands as the owner and founder of one of Palm Beach County's specialty coffee roasting companies. For Wells, "drink deeply" isn't a slogan, however. It's simply a way of life.

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Six Best Gifts for Coffee Snobs

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In every circle of friends, there's one brew snob who wouldn't touch a Starbucks cup with a ten-foot pole, one coffee fiend who's better at detecting notes of Arabica terroir than balancing a checkbook, one caffeine aficionado who worships at the altar of Chemex.

For this person, a Dunkin' Donuts gift card just won't do. Go the extra mile and show your favorite coffee snob some love. Here are six gifts sure to bring joy to their caffeine-fueled hearts.

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Stache to Add Morning Hours, Serving Panther Coffee and Rhino Doughnuts

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Coffee beans getting roasted at Panther Coffee in Wynwood.
Coffee is finally starting to become a "thing" throughout South Florida. Not that getting caffeinated hasn't been a thing for a while, and expensive espresso drinks are nothing new either.

But we're not talking chi-chi chain coffee places here. When we say it's becoming a "thing," we mean a thing to be respected, an art. We are talking about caring about where your beans come from, how they are roasted (locally, of course), and then the care with which they are prepared.

The signs are all there. First, craft-beer haven Tap 42 announces it is getting into the coffee clutch with soon-to-open Warsaw Coffee. And now, Bar Stache 1920's Drinking Den, downtown Fort Lauderdale's own version of a speakeasy, will be serving Panther Coffee.

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Argyle Coffee Joins Growing Roasting Community in Fort Lauderdale

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Chain coffeehouses continue to be all the rage -- after all, when it comes to pleasing American palates, consistency seems to be the most important factor, and chains certainly offer that. But slowly, in the same way we've changed our attitudes toward "craft" and "artisanal" products, coffee is having a quiet resurgence among connoisseurs and those who simply want to enjoy refined tastes and lend an economic hand to their immediate community and not the Seattle boardroom of a company that may or may have not started as a mermaid porn purveyor (according to this Robot Chicken sketch anyways).

With a growing population of roasters like the charity-oriented Restore Coffee Roasters within the Christ Fellowship church at the Boynton Beach mall and Calusa Coffee Roasters on Commercial Boulevard taking hold this year, this is a change that can't be ignored.

Joining in is Argyle Coffee Roasters, brainchild of Costa Rican owner Manny Carrera. He's looking to defrock the modern mentality of having coffee on the go with the Ticos' more casual approach to coffee drinking -- a pura vida culture revolving around the cup's power to bring family, friends, and strangers to a table for friendly conversation.

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Starbucks Releasing New Holiday Drink, the Chestnut Praline Latte

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For anyone who thinks pumpkin spice lattes jumped the shark this year, there's about to be a brand new novelty in town. Starbucks is releasing its first new holiday beverage in five years -- the Chestnut Praline Latte. Sounds fancy, right?

Best of all, this new drink can be made vegan! Add soy milk, skip the whipped cream, and it's a cruelty-free Christmas (or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or Festivus) treat.

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Starbucks to Food Babe: No Plans to Put Real Pumpkin in Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Only in America can a drink achieve pop-culture star status. And yes, of all the drinks in the world, the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte has gone there and owned it. With its own hip moniker (AKA the PSL), a Tumblr page all its own, and a Twitter account with close to 84,000 followers, it's basically become the Britney Spears of the beverage world: simultaneously loved, hated, and gossiped about.

And -- like anything extremely popular, delicious, and all-American -- the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte has also become the target of yet another Food Babe investigation by sensationalist food blogger Vani Hari.

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Restore Coffee Roasters: a Coffee Shop in a Church, in a Mall

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Restore Coffee Shop is part of Christ Fellowship Church at the Boynton Beach Mall.
Last April, the Christ Fellowship Church opened inside the Boynton Beach mall, a new permanent location for the nationwide worship center now located in the shopping center's old Dillard's department store space.

Today, members actually go to the mall for services, with access from the department store's old exterior and interior entrances. Despite the seemingly odd location, once inside it looks -- and feels -- like a free-standing church.

What makes it different from any other church, however, is its specialty coffee shop and lounge, Restore Coffee Roasters.

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Starbucks Releases Pumpkin Spice Latte August 25, if You Have the Passcode

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Here in the land of endless summer, we need all the help we can get remembering that -- at least everywhere else in the country -- cold weather is on its way. For Floridians, there's no better harbinger for the change of seasons than the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, lovingly referred to as the PSL.

If you're equally fanatical about all things festive and fall, this time of year can't come soon enough. Luckily, the nationwide coffeehouse has bumped up the seasonal flavor's official release date -- along with the salted caramel mocha -- for customers wielding a special code on August 25.

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