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FEB-MAR 2018

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42 barista magazine with amazing food, La Caretta boasts several locations all over Miami, so no matter where you're staying, you'll be able to fi nd one close to you. Heck, even Miami International Airport has multiple locations, and every one is delicious. It gets harder and harder to leave Miami every time I'm there. When I'd visit years ago, I could pull myself away from the sun with the promise of great coffee comfortably located on pretty much every corner of my neighborhoods in Chicago, San Francisco, or Brooklyn. Now it's become easy to fi nd quality, hand-crafted coffee in my hometown. Still, while I'm grateful for the growth of specialty coffee in Miami, I fi nd myself craving the simple experience of going up to the ventanita, ordering my coffee, and enjoying a sickly sweet espresso as I stare at what feels like every Tom, Dick, and Jane (or to be more accurate, every Alexis, Luis, and Jacqueline, some of the most popular baby names in Cuba this year) pass me by in the warm, humidity-soaked air. To some, that might sound awful. But for me, this experience is a part of who I am. Coffee isn't a drink in Miami—it's an experience, a rite of passage, the only way you know what's happening in your neighborhood. So stroll up to the window, take an elbow, and refrain from asking for your espresso sin azucar; we know you'll want to, but that's not the point. Listen in on a con- versation, take a bite of your pastelito, and feel it. The sun. The culture. The sudden jolt you'll get from the caffeine and the sugar. And when your server asks, "¿Esta bien?" (Is everything good?) you can just say, "Perfecto." MIAMI COFFEE CITY GUIDE Panther Coffee: multiple locations; All Day: 1035 N. Miami Ave.; Salty Donut: 50 NW 23rd St. #112; Blue Bottle: multiple locations; Vice City: 1657 N. Miami Ave. Unit C; Zak the Baker: 295 NW 26th St; Eternity Coffee Roasters: 117 SE 2nd Ave.; Alaska Coffee Roasting: 13130 Biscayne Blvd.; Macondo Coffee Roasters: 2494 NW 89th Pl; PerLa Specialty Roasters: 4657 SW 71st Ave.; Relentless Coffee Roasters: 11965 SW 142nd Terr., #109; Versailles Restaurant: 3501 SW 8th St.; La Caretta: multiple locations; PHOTO COURTESY OF PANTHER COFFEE Panther Coff ee's fourth location is in the MiMo neighborhood of Miami, just north of the Design District. In MiMo, you'll see hundreds of beautifully preserved Art Deco buildings and old hotels with amazing neon signs.

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