Coffee… dark, bold, sweet… however you take it, coffee is often the juice that powers our busiest days. A great coffee spot also offers a chance to unwind with a good book or meet with friends. Central Florida has many must-visit coffee shop corners aside from Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. Here are a few we love:
With three locations located in and around Downtown Orlando, Downtown CREDO offers a friendly environment and a broad range of direct trade, locally roasted coffee beverages. Downtown CREDO also operates as a non-profit with proceeds going to local community outreach in Orlando. There are no set prices at this coffee shop, as customers are asked to donate according to their conscience. They feature art from local artists at their College Park and Florida Hospital locations and offer up their space for rent, just in case you’re looking for a venue for your next office meeting, bridal shower, or birthday party.
Lineage Craft Coffee Roasters
Located in Audubon Park’s East End Market, Lineage is a small coffee bar offering big coffee flavor. They pride themselves in offering ethically sourced, limited runs of craft coffee beans, with unique and wide ranging flavor profiles. Their space is every bit as aesthetically pleasing as their coffee is delicious. Their staff is well trained and extremely knowledgable on the subject of coffee – so don’t be afraid to ask. The espresso beverages at Lineage are top notch – but their pour overs is where the flavor really shines. Although if you’re looking for a cool, sweet treat on a hot Florida day, try their White Cold Brew in a bottle. It’s a customer favorite and it does not disappoint.
Located in Oviedo, Kaioen Coffee is a non-profit shop committed to crafting you the perfect cup every single time with the highest quality fair trade ingredients. If you are looking for something different, try a special like the Black & Gold: local salted caramel mixed with a very unique and fresh Cold Brew.
Duo 58 Café
Duo 58 is another coffee shop with a cause. Located in Oviedo, this nonprofit, social enterprise cafe was developed in tandem with the catering company of the same name. For every meal catered, they donate a meal to a Haitian child in need. They offer a laid back, welcoming atmosphere, perfect for a coffee date or afternoon of studying.
Vespr Craft Coffee & Allures
Located on the east side of Alafaya Trail, just across from the Waterford Lakes Town Center, craft coffee spot Vespr has a surprising and often changing menu of creative coffee concoctions. Their friendly staff is always serving up coffee in new and exciting ways – and they’re always happy to explain the process to patrons. They have a wide range a delicious flavors and syrups, as well as brew methods. For something different that your typical cup of coffee, try their nitro cold brew – a bubbly, refreshing glass of coffee flavor.
Located just around the corner from Plant Street Market, Axum Coffee Roasting is bringing the sights, smells, and tastes of craft coffee to Downtown Winter Garden. Axum is named after a city in Ethiopia, where the coffee shops profits go to support the sourcing of clean water, improving medical care, and housing orphans. The shop also offers a variety of teas, smoothies, pastries, and panini sandwiches. If you’re stopping by on the weekend, make sure to get there early or get ready to wait in line. It’s a Plant St. hot spot.
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