Coffee shops in Pensacola, FL
It is no surprise that this blog runs off coffee. Working full time and blogging every spare second, means late nights and sleep deprivation! I couldn’t do it without espresso! Luckily, my home-base keeps me well-caffeinated. Here’s a roundup of coffee shops in Pensacola, FL.
History of Coffee:
- Ethiopia: The coffee plant was discovered in the 11th Century. The leaves of this “magical fruit” were boiled in water and the concoction was thought to have medicinal properties.
- Yemen: Coffee spread through the Arabian Peninsula in the mid 14th Century. For 300 years it was consumed like the Ethiopians prepared it.
- Istanbul: Coffee was introduced in 1555 and the recipe changed. The beans were roasted over a fire, finely ground, then slowly cooked with water on the ashes of charcoal.
- Venice: Europeans got their first taste of coffee in 1615. The beverage was pedaled by lemonade vendors but in 1645, the first coffeehouse in Italy opened.
- Marseilles: In 1660, merchants began importing coffee to the city. The first coffeehouse opened in 1671, and initially catered to travelers and merchants.
- Vienna: 1683 was the end of the Second Siege of Vienna. The Turks retreated but left behind 500 sacks of coffee.
- London: England first became acquainted with coffee in 1637, when a Turk brought it to Oxford. It became popular among the collegiate and the “Oxford Coffee Club” was started.
- Germany: Coffee was introduced to Germany in 1675. The oldest coffee house in Europe beside the Parisian “Café Procope” is to be found in Leipzig, Germany
- America: Coffee reached North America in 1668. The first coffeehouse in New York, “The King’s Arms”, opened in 1696.
Coffee Shops in Pensacola, FL
1.The Leisure Club: Starting at the top is my favorite coffee house. The Leisure Club or TLC, is locally owned and operated by family. They serve Intelligencia Coffee and offer a variety of organic options. Visit during Sunday Brunch for amazing Southern fare. They are in the running for Best of the Bay, again, this year. 1151 Office Woods Dr a, Pensacola, FL 32504
2. Fosko Coffee Barre: This is my second favorite spot for espresso! They are located downtown on Palafox street, placing them in a prime location. This trendy barre is connected to a Pilates studio and offers childcare. Fosko’s just underwent a renovation and even more copper gleams from its interior!
They added a crepe bar making them my favorite Creperie in town. They whip up sweet and savory crepes but we recommend the strawberry and Nutella! This shop provides numerous games to enjoy with friends. Some of our favorites include, Cards Against Humanity, Memes with cats, Clue, and a good ole deck of playing cards. You can find us here on a Friday night, enjoying Iceland’s Einstok Stout and games! 8 Palafox Pl, Pensacola, FL 32502
3.Bodacious Brew: Also located downtown, the Brew is attached to an olive oil and balsamic shop. Baristas enjoy playing with Medieval coffee-rearing tools and practicing pour overs that rival science experiments. 407 S Palafox St C, Pensacola, FL 32502
4.My Favorite Things: A restaurant, coffee bar, and Knick knack shop, this place has something for everyone, hence the name. We love that they use Ghirardelli Chocolate powder when making their mocha lattes. It gives the latte a rich and earthy flavor. Grab a cup of Joe while you enjoy live music on their new patio. 2813 E Cervantes Street, Pensacola
5.The Drowsy Poet: A Christian-based company, local to Pensacola. Their logo is my favorite with Shakespeare centered inside a green oval. It might remind you of Starbucks at first glance, but inside you will find Poetchinnos instead of Frappes. The Poet has now expanded to 7 locations across town and even have a drive-thru only hut at a gas station. 86 Brent Ln, Pensacola, FL 32503
6.Constant Coffee & Tea: If you enjoy a floral brew or tea, this place is a must! The café is located on a shaded corner of Scenic Hwy, but the inside boasts picture windows and a full bar. The open concept café allows that Florida sunshine to flow throughout! 615 Scenic Hwy, Pensacola, FL 32503
7.Bad Ass Coffee: Though not my favorite, this coffee shop brews Kona Coffee of Hawaii. It is located across the street from Pensacola State College and does its business by keeping students caffeinated. Expect a Luau atmosphere served with macadamia coffee. 1014 Underwood Ave, Pensacola, FL 32504
8.Maximilian Coffee: My third favorite coffee spot in town! This shop is off 12th avenue and shares space with a California-style Cantina restaurant. Though a small shop, the baristas are friendly and patient, always award-winning each year. Our favorite is the Mexican café, blended with chocolate nibs and cinnamon. 3419 N 12th Ave, Pensacola, FL 32503
9.Solo Caffe: This little coffee bar is housed inside the West Florida Public Library. They offer a typical selection of snacks and lattes. I enjoyed their earthy flavors while I read another travel memoir. Library residents love the addition of this coffee bar! 239 North Spring St., Inside the Pensacola Library, Pensacola, FL 32502
10.Mojo’s Coffee Shop: Lastly, this shack/café is located in Perdido Key, about 20 minutes from Pensacola. If you are headed to Orange Beach or Gulf Shores, AL, I recommend fueling up here. The regulars that frequent the café are retired, soulful and keep you entertained with their past adventures! 13430 Gulf Beach Hwy, Pensacola, FL 32507
Health Benefits of Coffee:
- Lowered risk of Type 2 Diabetes Those who consumed 6 or more cups per day had a 22% lower risk of diabetes.From the Archives of Internal Medicine.
- Lowered risk of Alzheimer’s disease There is considerable evidence that caffeine may protect against Alzheimer’s disease.From the European Journal of Neurology.
- Reduces suicide risk and Depression A 10-year study of 86,000 female nurses shows a reduced risk of suicide in the coffee drinkers.From the Archives of Internal Medicine.
- Coffee drinkers have stronger DNA. A study published in the European Journal of Nutrition showed that coffee drinkers have DNA with stronger integrity since the white blood cells of coffee drinkers had far less instance of spontaneous DNA strand breakage.
- Longevity: Another study published in the June 17, 2008, issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that women who consume coffee had a lower risk of death from cancer, heart disease, and other factors, which therefore promotes a longer lifespan. Yet another study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that coffee drinkers were at less risk of dying prematurely from diseases like diabetes, heart disease and forms of cancer.
- The USDA’s new 2015 dietary guidelines recommend it for better health. They advise people that having 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day is good for their overall health and reduces the risk of disease. However, they report that adding sugar, cream, or flavored creamers quickly negates the potential benefits.
- A typical serving of coffee contains more antioxidants than typical servings of grape juice, blueberries, raspberries, and oranges.
When we want to save money, our favorite coffee is Lavazza Creme e Gusto and we prepare it at home on our Delonghi espresso maker!
Which of these coffee shops in Pensacola, FL are you going to try first? What is your preferred brew? We are latte/espresso drinkers, personally. Stay caffeinated my friends!
Be Well and Travel Often!
- History of Coffee: http://www.turkishcoffeeworld.com/History-of-Coffee-s/60.htm
- Health Benefits of Coffee: https://www.caffeineinformer.com/7-good-reasons-to-drink-coffee
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