Just last month, the owners of Argyle Coffee Roasters, a new micro roastery in Fort Lauderdale, were telling us about the relative dearth of high-end coffee being roasted and brewed in South Florida, with the notable exception of Panther Coffee.
Now comes word that the owner of Fort Lauderdale’s popular bar and restaurant Tap 42 is behind a new retail coffee concept, Warsaw Coffee, that will occupy a 3,800-square-foot downtown building and include a roastery, a scratch pastry kitchen, a walk-up bar with pourovers and espresso, a drive-through bar, and numerous flex spaces for meetings and events. It’s a lot of things that have largely been missing in South Florida, all in one space.
The Broward/Palm Beach New Times shared details about the concept yesterday, including interviews with Tap 42’s Blaise McMackin and business partner Scott Ojeda. Here’s what they said about the in-development coffee program:
Warsaw Coffee has plans to do its own in-house roasting, but will be opening and serving a locally-sourced brew. Custom-order roasts will be made as needed by Fort Lauderdale’s Argyle Coffee Roasters. The coffee shop’s drink menu will feature the standard line-up of lattes, cappuccino, and espresso, but will also offer drip coffee, Chemex pour-overs, French press, and more.
In the future, Ojeda and McMackin plan on featuring and brewing small-batch roasters from around the country…
Warsaw Coffee is currently under construction at 815 NE 13th St., with an opening planned for early 2015.
The game is changing in Fort Lauderdale, if not all of South Florida. Along with Argyle and Warsaw, multi-roaster cafe The Grind Coffee Project has been working to fill the specialty coffee gap, and look for more from Boca Raton’s Wells Coffee Company, a small-batch roaster that just got an $18,000 financial kick.
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