Little Haiti now a destination for quality ‘Java’
Up until recently, Miami failed in comparison to other regions as a destination for a quality cup of java, but as the culinary scene in South Florida begins to flourish, snagging a cup of locally made joe has become more and more enjoyable. Newcomer to the coffee scene is Great Circle Coffee, a small-batch, single-origin roaster that has set up shop in the town of Little Haiti in Miami. The company, founded by Sergio Boppel, offers a variety of blends including La Calle, a smooth espresso blend; Finca Teanzul, a Guatemalan-based fusion of orange, chocolate, and brown sugar; and Deep House, a cold brew with a cocoa and citrus aftertaste. “Things have come a long way in terms of the specialty coffee scene in South Florida,” Boppel says. “There is a growing community, and we’re getting a lot of attention. Miami is so diverse, and is visited by so many people from around the world who love to try new things.” Many of Great Circle’s beans are sourced in East Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia. Great Circle also offers blends designed for cold-brew-style coffees, perfect for Miami’s year-round warm weather. All beans are roasted on a Loring Smart Roast, an environmentally conscious roaster that consumes less energy and produces fewer carbon dioxide emissions than traditional machines.