- Josh Wright
Bold Bean Coffee Roasters
Bold Bean’s small batch coffees are roasted on site in their gas-fired San Franciscan SF-75 drum roaster, which grants the staff control over every aspect of the roast. They are also committed to sustainable and direct trade agreements with their producers, from whom they source for ‘clarity, sweetness and uniqueness.’ It is for these reasons that Jacksonville Magazine chose them as the best coffee in the city. They also offer homemade syrups, ranging in flavor from vanilla to cardamom, to complement their already top draw coffee.
869 Stockton St, Jacksonville, FL, +1 904-855-1181
This small neighborhood coffeehouse has been owned and operated by Matt and Marcy Staley since 2009 and has a motto appropriate for a family business that prides itself on knowing their customers by name: ‘friendship begins with a cup of kindness.’ In addition to the warm welcome, you can also choose from one of three drip coffees here, as well as a French press, a chai latte blended in house, and a range of some 26 flavors to be added to your chosen beverage, which include English toffee, graham cracker, cinnamon, and blueberry.
7643 Gate Pkwy #101, Jacksonville, FL, +1 904-928-0048
The Coffee Grinder
Over 60 types of coffee beverages are available for purchase at The Coffee Grinder, including café au lait, a chocolate mint latte, and the Coconut Cream, which comes with chunks of real unsweetened coconut. They serve coffee from esteemed Pacific Northwest roasters Panache, as well as blends of single-origin coffees. The Kenya AA, for example, has a medium body with notes of fruit and a wine-like acidity, while the Colombia Supremo Roast is a premium variety which has a rich flavor and aroma. The café also exhibits artwork from local artists and hosts DJs who spin trance and progressive house.
9834 Old Baymeadows Rd, Jacksonville, FL, +1 904-642-7600
Vagabond Coffee Co.
Originally operating out of a caravan in Jacksonville’s Hemming Park, Vagabond Coffee Co. have now expanded to a permanent brick and mortar location thanks in part to a crowdfunding campaign started by proprietor Will Morgan. Using a top of the range Diedrich roaster, Morgan and his team serve up cold brews, cappuccinos, agave lattes, cortados, and everything in between. Accompanying the coffee on the menu are homemade pop tarts and delectable peanut butter and sea salt cookies dipped in chocolate, which can be enjoyed in chic surroundings that feature tables and counters made from repurposed materials.
934 Edgewood Ave S, Jacksonville, FL, +1 904-402-2373
BREW Five Points
Here at BREW Five Points they blend the classic Italian espresso tradition with the advances made possible by new brewing technology. The friendly and knowledgeable baristas have faith in the purity of their coffee’s flavor; as such they don’t offer any flavored syrups and only use whole milk (if any at all). As a craft beer and espresso bar they have a rotating selection of coffees from the country’s top roasters, as well as five microbrews on tap at any one time. Stop in for a drink and a plate of artisan toast from local bakery Community Loaves.
1024 Park St, Jacksonville, FL, +1 904-374-5789