The aroma of freshly brewed coffee is one of the most recognizable smells in the world, a scent that seems almost as eye-opening as the inky liquid itself. Perfectly made, coffee is an artful balance of its natural bitterness and acidity, somehow managing to become something bold, smooth and rich. Simple though it might seem at first blush of the humble bean, coffee is complex and unique with the brew of every cup, and its styles are as diverse as the regions in which it grows. And whether you insist on a no-frills cup or order yours with a long list of adjectives that fancify it to the highest degree, coffee is an undeniable part of culture all over the world. And with so many great cafes and coffee houses in Panama City Beach brewing up these beautiful beans, it’s easy to see that this is one city that loves a good jolt.
Keeping every step of the process in house, Deja Brew Coffee Shop goes straight to the source to get the best beans and roasts them on-site, then uses their Roasters Edge blends to create each cup of their dark beverages. Open since 2013, owner Jerry Williams and his team of baristas are busily brewing customer favorites like lattes and macchiatos — though with a selection of premium beans from 15 different companies to choose from. It’s little wonder that a fresh-brewed cup of the classic stuff is one of their top perks. One taste of the coffee at Deja Brew, and you’ll want to do it all over again for some major déjà vu.
Building on their shared love of coffee to get into the grind, Finns Island Style Grub owners of Justin and Karen Buxton poured out that passion to launch Finns Barista Bar & Snack Shack in 2016. Sourcing their beans from Amavida Coffee Roasters, each cup created by their highly skilled baristas is a truly organic experience, from their house-made cashew milk to the made-from-scratch organic syrups that sweeten their custom creations. Naturally, the purer the drink, the better it tastes; and Finns makes a cold brew coffee that’s straight-up addictive. So much so that it’s their most popular drink — especially when it’s been sweetened and “creamified” with their organic add-ins. Topping the list of faves and raves are the Madagascar vanilla and the black salt mocha, though combining a few of their fabulous five syrups will create a truly unique drink that’s unlike any other. From icy cold brews to steamy and creamy cappuccinos, Finns goes all in for the killer cup.
LAGUNA BEACH COFFEE AND CREAM
Located on the campus of Laguna Beach Christian Retreat, Laguna Beach Coffee and Cream has been offering an eye-opening experience for coffee lovers for the past three years, brewing up Amavida coffee to create bean-based favorites for all their fans, such as their signature iced caramel macchiato and their sweet vanilla latte. Using only the finest ingredients, like premium Ghirardelli caramel and mocha syrups, owner John Haas and his team of baristas at Laguna Beach have more on their minds than just crafting a cup full of flavor — they’re also set on serving spirit-filled love.
A great cup of java is always a good idea, and the baristas at The Pour definitely know the power of a good pour. Using fair trade beans from local coffee roaster Amavida, the coffee loving team at this café handcrafts all the traditional brew-based beverages as well as a wide selection a of buzz-inducing drinks that show quite the creative flair. Perfect to chase away the wintery chill, the honey bee latte combines locally roasted organic espresso and freshly steamed milk and sweetens it with honey, vanilla and a dash of cinnamon. For some flower power in your cup, the Woodstock latte features vanilla, creamy white chocolate and a soothing hint of lavender. Open since 2012, The Pour has been creating works of sippable art that not only get the day going, but also raise funds needed for the various ministries and outreach programs of The Ark. From espressos and lattes to mochas and frappes, everything they serve is a good deed overflowing.
Since opening the original joint as a donut and snack shop back in 1971, the Thomas family has not only kept their finger on the pulse of Panama City Beach with their freshly made sweets and lunch and dinner classics, but they have also made that pulse race with their specialty coffee and espresso drinks. They brew up everything from straight-up shots to cappuccinos, lattes, iced coffees and lattes, frozen coffees and, of course, good-old cups of joe. Using a Columbian blend of beans called Laguna Beach Blend, exclusively made just for them by Amavida, each jolt of java at Thomas is fair trade and organic. And while their beverages have kept up with the times, a fresh-baked Thomas donut is one accompaniment that won’t ever go out of style. So sip and dunk to your heart’s content — owner Mike Thomas and his crew at Thomas Donut & Snack Shop will gladly fill your cup and serve whatever you need to get some pep in your step.