Don't get us wrong, there’s nothing wrong with a big cup of joe from big coffee corporations like Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts. But there’s something incredibly charming and homey about a well-run, mom and pop-type coffee shop that we'd be missing out on if we didn't look around.
They might not have the sleekest décor or amenities like drive-throughs that these big chains can afford, but done right, they can be a great epicenter of culture and camaraderie in the neighborhood.
Here are five coffee joints around Largo carrying that independent spirit in each of their own in unique ways.
9700 Ulmerton Rd., Largo, FL
Coffee and pastries are like beer and wings, milk and cookies, cokes and cheeseburgers. The combination of the two creates something greater than each of parts. What’s even better, is if these pastries are home made. Frida’s does just that every morning. With a slew of fresh baked treats from scones to danishes to cinnamon buns and macaroons, Frida’s will overwhelm you with their selection of edible, coffee accompaniments. And the coffee, Frida’s own house blend, comes in a variety of forms – espressos, americanos, iced, and even fresh by the pound – which will surely perk you right up in the dreary morning.
12199 Indian Rocks Rd., Largo, FL
One great thing about ground coffee is that it’s truly an art form. With so many flavors, from so many different corners of the world, you can have real taste bud adventure trying out new blends and flavors. Let the be your tour guide and drop on in for some unique coffee in both raw and prepared forms. With a seemingly endless list of different ground coffees and their own coffee bar as well, The Coffee Mill is sure to satisfy both conissuers and casual drinkers alike.
3690 E. Bay Dr., Largo, FL
It’s early in the morning. You’re leaving for work and the hankering for some coffee sets in. Problem is, you don’t have much time. Well, it’s hard to go wrong with a place that has “express” right in its title. From cappuccinos to iced coffees and blended coffee favorites, Moxie’s has a wide assortment of everyone’s favorite brown brew. True to their name, you can also order and pay ahead online then pick it up immediately in the store.
10500 Ulmerton Rd., Largo, FL
Another Largo coffee joint with baked goods made fresh everyday is Roasters. Roasters knows how to do coffee and the treats that come along with it. Located in the Largo Mall, they serve up a wide variety of European coffees prepared almost any way you can imagine as well as other drinks like smoothies and teas.
2601 Jewell Rd., Belleair Bluffs
For those who like to feel fancy while sipping their coffee, Jewel Cafe & Tea Room does just that. Their quaint antique style decor and smell of freshly brewed coffee sets the scene for a laid back morning. They also served breakfast and have early bird specials weekly.