9 Essential Coffee Shops in Orlando: 2019

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Austin’s Coffee

West Fairbanks Avenue, Winter Park
Open 24/7, Austin’s live music, open-mic poetry nights, local art and locally farmed produce augment the micro-roasted coffee, made one pound at a time. Owners Sean and Jackie Moore import raw, organic fair-trade, shade-grown coffee beans, and roast practically per cup to ensure quality and freshness. “Our roaster is right on the counter,” Jackie says about their always-working, steam-punky red machine, “and after 15 years, people still ask what it is and want to touch it. It’s hot—not a good idea.” Orlando’s Deadly Sins Brewing has made a dark porter from Austin’s coffee. austinscoffee.com


Downtown Winter Garden
Owners Renaut and Brooke van der Riet run Mosaic Community Church, a worldwide mission that adopted the village of Axum, Ethiopia, one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in Africa and now one of its poorest. Profits from the coffee business provide clean drinking water, orphan support, medical care and education to the people of Axum. It has branched into two Winter Garden locations, supplying the Orlando Cat Café in Clermont, Ocoee’s nonprofit House Blend Cafe and kiosks at AdventHealth and the Dr. Phillips YMCA. Crooked Can Brewing makes an Axum Coffee Stout. axumcoffee.com

Barnie’s Coffee & Tea

Downtown Winter Park
Born in Orlando in 1980, Barnie’s has gone through roller-coaster changes, yet remains committed to great coffee. Supervisor of coffee Dustin Fleming relates the current business to fine wine—beans that are traceable to specific growers and seasons. Its latest initiative, called Crop•Ex, sources “extraordinary crops” from family farms, including beans from 508 women growers who are a chapter of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance in Burundi, rebuilding the coffee economy after decades of civil war. “Instead of buying bulk coffee for the least amount of money,” Fleming says, “buy one bag from a local roaster. Give it a try.” cropexcoffee.com

Downtown CREDO

3 Downtown Orlando locations
The model for which all in the coffee biz should strive. Founder and director Ben Hoyer opened the nonprofit, pay-as-you-please shop in College Park in 2010, benefiting both Guatemalan coffee growers, among others, and Orlando charities. Hoyer says, “We’ve been working with a co-op of former Sandinista fighters in Nicaragua since 2012.” Coffee director Jason Moore says, “We’ve established a relationship with a grower who only distributes in
Mexico.” CREDO is now the only direct outlet for beans from Café Tacaná, sourced from independent farmers in Southern Mexico. There are plans to locate a small-batch roaster at the Credo Conduit co-working space in downtown Orlando.

Foxtail Coffee Co.

13 Orlando-area locations
Foxtail co-Founders Iain Yeakle and Alex Tchekmeian are using high-end equipment and responsible sourcing to take on the big coffee boys, and at lightning speed since the first shop opened in 2016. Embracing a plethora of models, Foxtail has coffee shops, drive-throughs, outlet mall stores, the food-and-cocktails-plus-coffee Farmhouse in Winter Park and spots at UCF, DoveCote restaurant and the new terminal at Orlando International Airport. Their roasters are an integral part of the hang-out-and-work community atmosphere (weekend roasting classes are held at the Farmhouse), as is the story behind each bean, obtained from organic farms growing without pesticides. foxtailcoffee.com

The Glass Knife

South Orlando Avenue, Winter Park
Primarily a pastry and savory bakery, The Glass Knife has committed to coffee in a big way, with owner Steve Brown journeying to Colombia to see the process first-hand. “I wasn’t aware about what goes into a cup of coffee at all to start,” he says, calling his trip “sourcing with purpose.” Now, he gets beans from growers collective La Palma y El Tucan, a cooperative of some 200 small family farms, through Arkansas’ Onyx Coffee Lab, and he launched a Glass Knife-exclusive “Colombia Carlos Diaz” coffee this year. theglassknife.com

Golden Hills

Groveland roaster
Owner Frank Garofalo began his business with a half-pound roaster on his back porch. He now roasts on demand in a 20-pound machine, buying green beans through Royal Coffee in New York, which deals directly with small farms and co-ops. “I create blends,” he says. “Getting beans from Royal lets me get the best from all across the coffee belt.” His superb espresso blend took two years to develop and is served at Sanctum, Market to Table, Sugar Buzz and other locations in Central Florida, and is available for sale at Fresh Market. goldenhillscoffee.com

Lineage Coffee

Mills 50, East End Market
Born in 2013 and matured at East End Market (they’re the serious ones doing the slow pour-over at the end of the hall), Lineage is a big player in our small field of coffee roasters, with a very popular line of bottled cold brew. Jarrett and Justine Johnson opened their larger café in 2017, adding a sparkling white hand-built espresso machine from Seattle and small bites. lineageroasting.com


Clay Cass, owner and head roaster, has been working with beans since 2015, moving with his wife, Michelle, into the small-town-casual-vibe café the following year. Organic, ethically grown and rainforest-certified coffees are packed in biodegradable ziptop bags. Nearby Persimmon Hollow Brewing makes a fine porter with Trilogy brew. trilogycoffee.com

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