Miami's Best Coffee, on the Rocks

August 23, 2013 | by liana lozada | Food & Drink News

Panther Coffee, Miami
Hot summer mornings call for Panther Coffee cold-brew. 

Miamians are savvy about their coffee, especially when it's served over ice. However, many local cafés serve iced coffee all wrong, pouring steaming hot coffee over ice to create a watery mess. For a proper cup of cold-brew, Panther Coffee can always be relied upon. After all, iced coffee is the spot's best-seller. 

Owners Joel and Leticia Pollock go the extra mile to brew their iced coffee overnight. Made from Panther's East Coast Espresso roast (boasting notes of chocolate, black cherry, and sugarcane) coffee grounds are combined with equal parts room temperature water and then paper filtered. The mixture is then cloth filtered and left to settle for nine hours, allowing for flavor and caffeine extraction. 

To keep up with demand, Panther pumps out the signature mix in high volumes. In South Beach, the café has at least six gallons on hand daily. "We've sold out before," says one barista. "It doesn't happen often, but it has happened."

Loyal patrons can pick-up refillable Panther Coffee cold brew jugs, ranging in size from a pint to a quart. "We've had regulars come in and purchase [jugs] for business trips. They won't have their iced coffee from anywhere else." 2390 N.W. 2nd Ave., Miami; 1875 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, 305-677-3952

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