When you walk into this place, you know you're walking into the real thing. Gorgeous accents and it's brimming with Italian tradition and culture. Not even overtly or all in your face, but that's what made it so great. The two guys at the coffee machine (it was super fancy and high tech!) were both originally from Europe, one (I'm pretty sure) from Italy and the other from Amsterdam. Very helpful and very friendly. They helped this out of towner feel at home and like I should be coming down there every day just to visit them!! And then the coffee....yes. It was so good. I can just imagine it right now. The perfect amount of froth and espresso and cream. Absolutely divine.
I also met an older man who has retired and moved down to florida from New York with his wife and he was saying that this was the real deal. It was as authentic as you'd get in Marco Island. All around great place, wish I could have stayed around longer to try out the food, but as you know, (if you've read my other posts of course :) ) I love my coffee and I love my ambiance and this place had both. Can't wait to make my trip back!
Very cool vibez here. Definitely a very "Austin-y"/"grown-up hipster" spot to get stuff done. Brew & Brew is in a building that has apparently houses a handful of local businesses so there's a cool back entrance that they all use (and that's where the extra restrooms are). This is a meeting place of the Austin entrepreneur. And if you can have beer and coffee in the same spot, it's definitely not a bad place to schedule a not-so-formal meeting and get some work done. The coffee itself isn't my favorite. A little too flowery of a taste for my liking, but I really do enjoy the feeling there and having the beautiful Texas sun shining through the huge windows coaxing me through each of my tasks for the day.
You can ask to see the menu which has a few listings on there. Beware of their Chex Mix offering as it's not slightly spicy, it is spicy. I don't do spicy so you can imagine my disappointment. But I will be going back to try out other items. I saw a few people eating some sandwiches that looked pretty delicious. I will update the next time I go back but for now, Brew & Brew = good vibezzz.
Decent coffee. Decent danish. And I'm sure it's pretty obvious that I'm all about the atmosphere of the places that I visit and this place was just too big. Too much space and not enough balance. It was cold and not the type of place I would stay and work at or anything. I honestly did not even finish up the danish or coffee. The place really reminded me of something that would serve well as a Cheddars or Chuy's but not a coffee shop/cafe type deal. If you like your bubble extra large, this may be perfect for you, but not what I look for in a comfortable place to sip coffee and live on the internet.
Some coffee shops have the perfect atmosphere to work in all day and that was Second Cup for me. I was in Naples, Florida a couple of weeks ago and spent almost every morning here taking in the beautiful palm trees and people watching. Lots of "mature" folks in Napels, I might add. But it was lovely. And this carmel corretto was the absolute perfect start to my day.
Sending lots of love to Robin, one of the barista's there who I got to talk to a little bit on my last day in sunny Florida. Great place and it's in the middle of an outdoor shopping mall. Definitely worth the visit!
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