Wednesday, May 21, 2003
The Best of South Florida: Best Coffee Shop
If coffee is your craving -- it's easy to find a fast fix. But if you're looking for the best brew in South Florida, then remember you can't rush a great cup of joe. Tonight, we''ve got the scorching details on the top hot spots to fill up your mug.
(WSVN) -- Scene from Miss Congeniality...
"Sir, aside please, it's an emergency. Official business, ma'am. Hey, hey, hey, get lost. FBI, you might want to stay out of this, alright sir? Alright, I would like...eight double tall lattes, one with no foam..."
Ahhh - the rush to get a coffee rush.
Some of us would do just about anything for that first fix of the day.
"It definitely wakes me up, gives me energy for the rest of the day."
And people are pouring in for that pick-me-up at Our Viewer's Third Choice -- Barnie's in the Fashion Mall in Plantation.
"It's just full-bodied, it has a better, stronger taste."
"I've tried others, I've tried others, I always come back to Barnie's."
"I'm getting quality coffee that I want at a convenient location for me."
But while it's close to home -- a journey to Barnie's can be a wordly experience.
"We've got coffee from South America, from the Islands, from Asia."
"It allows us to give everyone a variety that they might not have anywhere else."
But if you're looking for an extra-fast fill-up -- service is sweet at Our Viewer's Second Most Popular Spot - Einstein Brothers on South Beach.
"You get in, you get out, grab a quick shot of the newspaper and you're on your way to work."
This place has the pace...and the taste...of the big city....with small town prices.
"I'm originally from New York and it reminds me of New York coffee."
"I bought this mug, 99 cent refills, you know, a pretty good deal."
"We keep a basic flavor, four coffees every day and we have a rotating coffee every day."
And these blends are always freshly brewed.
"If we don't sell a batch within an hour we throw it out and make a fresh batch for people."
"This is one of my favorite places."
But there is one place that is so popular -- it even sizzles on the big screen.
Scene from Austin Powers- The Spy Who Shagged Me..
"Dr Evil, several years ago we invested in a small Seattle-based coffee company. Today Starbucks offers premium style coffee at affordable prices. Delish!"
From the silver screen to South Beach -- it's no surprise that Starbucks on Lincoln Road is Our Viewer's Pick For Number One Java Joint.
"It's the same everytime I get it, it's always good, it's consistent, always good coffee."
With blends from mild to bold -- from hot to cold - from simple to sinful - Starbucks has lots of flavors to savor.
"You can add anything you want to it to make it taste the way you want."
"We call it the third place, it's your place away from home and work."
"We were coming in town in a blinding rainstorm, the first place we saw was Starbucks."
"That was a welcome spot."
"Made me feel warm."
And that's why Starbucks --- is number one.
"There's others that come close but this is my favorite"
Next week, we're cracking into South Florida's Best Seafood Restaurants.
Also, you can now vote on the area's Best Golf Course.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
#1 - Starbucks
749 Lincoln Rd.
Miami Beach, FL
#2 - Einstein Bros.
1500 Alton Rd.
Miami Beach, FL
#3 - Barnie's
321 N. University Dr.