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Growing up hispanic means growing up with a love for coffee. It's a big part of our culture. Whether it's after a meal, before bed, or in the morning, coffee has always been a staple in our homes. It is part of our daily routine. Every morning I get up before Duncan (I'm the early bird in the relationship), make us a cup of coffee, and we'll enjoy it together while starting our day.
That's why we love that Orlando's coffee culture is booming. On our days off we like to go to a coffee spot to eat, work, or just relax. There are so many popping up every month that it's almost impossible to narrow it down to our favorites. We've managed to come up with a list but we will continue updating this page as we explore more spots.
Duncan and I both love desserts but hate when they're too heavy. When we heard a place called "Light on the Sugar" was opening up, we knew we had to try it. There was so much on the menu that it was hard to choose, but we ended up going for the cream puffs. We got a strawberry and s'mores one. The bread was soft, the cream wasn't too sweet, and both flavors were delicious. If you hate feeling bloated after indulging in desserts, you have to check this place out. It's like they know the right amount of ingredients to put so that it's satisfied but not overly sugary.
Location: 4270 Aloma Avenue Suite 112, Winter Park, FL 32792
Hours: Sunday-Saturday 10am-8pm
This is a pretty popular coffee shop in Orlando and we can see why. Their decor alone is worth mentioning. They have a tropical wall with a pink neon sign, perfect lighting, wooden tables, and greenery throughout. We tried their small bites and the presentations are photo-worthy. You can tell they put a lot of thought into their appearance but that's just a bonus. We also love to eat and drink there. Duncan was a big fan of their smoked salmon dish and I would definitely order the caprese again. If you're looking to go there for coffee I recommend their cortado or cappuccino. It's the perfect spot if you need to get some work done or meet up with friends.
Location: 47 E Robinson St #100, Orlando, FL 32801
Hours: Sunday-Saturday 7am-8pm
I love going to this coffee shop to work. It's quiet, big, and has the most beautiful, rustic decor. Their food and coffee is also delicious. I love getting the cortado. It's small and has the right amount of caffeine to wake me up. Their Breakfast Sandwich served on a croissant is amazing (I replace the bacon for turkey). I've also heard good things about their Blueberry Balsamic Grilled Cheese. They work closely with Missions of Hope to bring life transformations to the people in Haiti so it's coffee with a cause. I definitely recommend coming here if you're looking for a place to work or hold a small meeting.
Location: 2842 S Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL, 32828
Hours: Monday-Wednesday & Friday 8am-6pm
This is a very popular coffee shop in Orlando. So many locations have opened. They now have 10 stores and continue expanding. What I like most about this place is the decor. Every location has a very vintage style with a modern twist. It's a great place to work or meet up with friends for lunch. They like to experiment with coffee by making things like coffee ice cream or coffee with lemonade. It’s definitely the place to go to if you have adventurous taste buds. We love going to the one at the Hourglass District because it shares a building with other food spots. We can get food from Tamale Co or Leguminati and end the meal with a warm cup of coffee.
Location: 10 locations
Hours: Vary by shop
We appreciate a good coffee spot with a latin theme. This small shop in Winter Park serves Colombian coffee and a full food menu. They have their worldwide arepas which are corn meal flatbread sandwiches inspired by hispanic flavors. Duncan got the Mexican which consisted of shredded beef, avocado, black beans, and pico de gallo and I got the Colombian which was an avocado chicken salad. Both were delicious and a must if you come here. The atmosphere is very cozy. You almost feel like you're at home enjoying a cup of coffee with your family.
Winter Park - 430 W New England Ave
Downtown Orlando - 54 W Church Street Suite 150
8am-7pm everyday (Winter Park)
7am-7pm Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm Saturday & Sunday (Downtown)
It's safe to say we love coffee. Something about the taste just feels like home. Let us know some of your favorite coffee spots so we can continue expanding our list!