Coffee. Java. A Cup o’ Joe. Whatever its moniker, most of us can agree that a good cup is practically a requirement for a good day. Coffee’s most magical ingredient, caffeine, can help you to focus, increase your energy levels, and can even curb appetite. And because of its popularity, here in the United States, you’ll find it everywhere—from gas stations and fast food eateries, to your hotel room and lobby. But is that the best Joe that you can get? Maybe not so much. Here in Central Florida, the local coffee scene is exploding with delicious varieties of the strong stuff. If coffee is your passion, we heartily suggest that you seek a few of the following out. I promise: they’re worth the trip.
This cozy, neighborhood hangout located in Winter Garden began as a mission to provide community, but also to bring hope and help to underserved parts of the globe. As such, all profits from its locations are funneled back into philanthropic efforts—specifically in Axum, Ethiopia, the store’s namesake. With every latte purchase, customers are making the world a better place.
Founded in 2016, the coffee company is committed to responsibly sourcing and roasting its coffee, and to providing fabulous workspace for its customers. The micro chain has expanded to six stores throughout the area, but we love the flagship in Winter Park. The adjacent Foxtail’s Farmhouse serves a Shakerato with notes of orange that provides the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. foxtailcoffee.com
Tampa-based Joffrey’s Coffee will be familiar to anyone who has recently visited Disney; the Florida company is the official specialty coffee of both Walt Disney World as well as Disneyland. Here at the ‘World, you’ll find kiosks dotting the parks, resorts and at Disney Springs. Specialty coffees, blended specifically for many of the resort’s restaurants, are available for purchase online. Here in town, we never miss the chance to order a French press of their Kona Blend at the Kona Cafe.
Homegrown Lineage is committed to sharing its love of coffee, as the owners pride themselves on revealing the subtle characteristics of the coffees they source from all over the globe. You’ll find Lineage on the menus of several local restaurants and independent coffee spots throughout the area. When I visit the Mills/50 location, I like to ask the barista for his or her recommendation that day. It’s always a solid choice. And if you find yourself falling in love with their coffee, check out their subscription program.
Located in up-and-coming Sanford, Palate is a coffeehouse with a mission: fighting human trafficking. But while you might come to help the cause, you'll keep coming back for their espresso, nitro cold brew and inventive cold drinks.
Its very name feels like a party! Zaza’s bright, festive atmosphere and comfortable diner mugs make this a favorite comfort food spot (if your idea of comfort food involves picadillo and ropa vieja. And ours does.) The local favorite also serves breakfast all day and offers a tempting menu of cafe favorites, using its own, locally roasted Cuban-style espresso. Pair their divine cafe con leche with a guava con queso for a sublime experience. Can’t make it to one of their three spots in town? Grab a cup to go at one of three locations at Orlando International Airport.