Miami…The Best Coffee In America?February 19, 2013
Nobody could ever have predicted how enormous the coffee franchise business would become, large enough to rival corporate giants like McDonalds for example. If you’d told people 50 years ago that coffee houses would become so popular that people would spend hours sitting in them drinking expensive coffee they’d probably have laughed at you, but then again they probably laughed at Richard and Maurice McDonald and Ray Kroc too.
The beauty of the coffee scene in Miami is that you get to enjoy Cuban coffee – some of the very best in the world and it’s almost always served in outdoor cafés and at a fraction of the cost of the more expensive, lower quality, franchise coffee joints. The difference also comes from the fact that you’re drinking coffee prepared in a more traditional way and regardless of whether you’re ordering a cafe con leche (basically a latté),a cortadito or the caffeine-loaded colada you’ll never have tasted coffee quite like this before.
A lot of people believe that Cuban coffee beans actually contain more caffeine so you get a bigger caffeine “kick” when you drink it. The reality is though that the preparation method for Cuban-styled coffee involves a whole pile of sugar mixed into the original coffee “paste”. What you get from this is the massive kick of an espresso and then a sugar rush on top of it. This means you’re getting an overall body rush from drinking coffee in any of these cafés, which is what makes them so popular in the first place.
Don’t assume that these cafés are all traditional “sit down and drink coffee” type places because you’ll see plenty of people strolling around sipping coffee as in any other major city. Then again if you’ve just ordered a colada you’ll have no choice but to sip it – the coffee is that strong (but SO tasty) you could wind up wired for days!