Cayman’s first internet coffee house opened in 2001, with Café del Sol. Owner Brad Bargman explains: “The whole idea behind the company was to provide an inviting yet relaxing ‘third place’ for our customers (home being the first and work the second).” Eighteen years and a few new locations later, Café del Sol holds true to its founding intentions — it is a popular place to chat with friends, have an informal meeting or enjoy a moment to yourself.
Café del Sol has a large selection of coffee with daily specials from around the world, including Canada and Jamaica. Bargman boasts: “Not only do we offer the best prepared coffee in the Cayman Islands; we also offer a delicious selection of sweet treats and savoury snacks, as well as an assortment of teas and other beverages.” In March, Café del Sol is opening a new location in Country Corner Plaza, Savannah. “It will feature an indoor tree where customers can sit on a swing and enjoy their drinks and snacks,” Bargman adds. Whilst Cayman had coffee before Café del Sol, the impact of them opening rippled through the island, changing the coffee culture.
Brewing to Last
After the internet coffee house was established, many others followed suit with their own unique spin. Full of Beans Cafe, located in Pasadora Place, Smith Road, is known for its in-house art gallery, which rotates several times a year. Its bright seating area surrounded by the art is one of the Islands’ best breakfast and lunch spots. Insider tip: Arrive early to get a table.
Paperman’s Coffeehouse, a local franchise, has several convenient locations around the Island. It’s known for its sandwiches, baked goods and karma book library. Paperman’s also features large leather recliners in most of its locations that are perfect for reading. Kaibo Espresso, located adjacent to Kaibo beach bar, is bringing quality coffee to the Island’s North Side. And finally, Cayman Coffee Club in George Town is known for its scooter rentals, fully stocked bar and merchandise shop.
Taking a health-conscious focus, Island Naturals Café opened its doors in July 2013. Island Naturals’ spin is to improve the health of everyone on Grand Cayman by offering all-natural, chemical-free, vegan cuisine. As Lindsay Allen, owner and founder, explains, “It was my dream to make natural and chemical-free health and nutritional products easily available to the Island.” Staying loyal to her dream, Island Naturals takes this philosophy down to each individual coffee bean.
Allen continues: “Our coffee is a single-origin Brazilian coffee roasted exclusively for Island Naturals. Our farm is the first in the world to receive Level A certification in sustainability from the Rainforest Alliance and is at the forefront of sustainable farming.” Island Naturals’ signature blend is smooth with sweet notes of pecan, hazelnut and black currant with a light cocoa aftertaste. Island Naturals Café also has a large vegan food menu with many mouthwatering choices.
Whether you like tall, grande, extra hot or decaf, one of Cayman’s coffee houses has the perfect cup waiting for you.
Fast Facts on Coffee
– The drink dates back to A.D. 800.
– Coffee beans are technically seeds.
– Arabica and robusta are two main types of beans.
–Brazil grows the most coffee in the world.
– Espresso means “pressed out” in Italian.
– Coffee comes from the Arabic word for “wine.”
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Author: Stacie Sybersma