Pensacola, Florida
Tuesday August 14th 2018


Coffee Talk

A Guide to Navigating the Grounds of Pensacola
By Hana Frenette

Finding the perfect cup of coffee can be a troublesome task.  You’ll encounter the overly bitter, the watered down, and the syrupy sweet- or perhaps the ultimate offense; coffee grounds in the cup. Thankfully there are a quite a few places around town that know how to pull a good shot of espresso or prepare a decent cup of coffee.

The Drowsy Poet Coffee Company
86 Brent Lane

Although slightly out of the way, the Drowsy Poet offers what may be the best macchiato in town. A true macchiato is sometimes hard to find because the traditional preparation is often ignored. Espresso is poured over the top of a drink, once the milk and possibly syrup has been added to the cup, versus a latte, where the espresso, syrup and milk are all stirred together and then topped with milk foam.  The Drowsy Poet prepares them the traditional way, which is called “layered,” but also offers you the option to have it stirred. The Drowsy Poet also roasts all of their own beans in their roasting room near the front of the shop.

End of the Line Café
610 E. Wright Street

End of the Line Café has one of the better drip coffees in town. Always a blend of some organic, fair trade bean, their coffee is usually rather smooth and of a medium roast. It’s only $1.50 for a bottomless cup. The only thing is, they don’t have half and half, or any other kind of creamer. They have soy milk, which still tastes good, but takes more of, so you’ll end up drinking a cup of half coffee, half soy milk, if you’re trying to get the flavor right.  Or, you can cowboy up and drink it black. Their coffee is one of the easiest to get down without any of the popular amenities, so if you’re looking to cut out some sugar from your day, or just hate having to stand at the mixing counter, fumbling to find a clean spoon or some fresh milk, this is the place to do it.

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