Getting your caffeine fix in the Florida Keys means more than just strolling into a Starbucks and ordering up a venti Frappuccino. From Islamorada to Key West, walk-up windows at Cuban cafes and mom-and-pop shops that roast their own beans offer a sense of time and place that no chain store could ever duplicate. Institutions such as Sandy’s, Cuban Coffee Queen and Five Brothers honor the Cuban culture of Key West, offering up high-test brews with no fuss, no muss. Step up to the window and order a colada, an espresso-style shot to share, or a café con leche, a Latin latte with steamed milk. Coffee houses like Baby’s, Cafe Moka and Midway Cafe take pride in roasting their own blends with fun names like Hemingway's Hair of the Dog and Conch Republic Coffee. For the health- and earth-conscious individuals, Lush Bar and Help Yourself both serve up organic and Fair Trade roasts with specialty sweeteners and milks to meet all dietary needs. The Coffee Plantation and the Original Coffee and Tea House both provide a cool oasis to sit a spell, read the newspaper and catch up on the local gossip. Match one of these ten java joints to your mood, and start your day off right.
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