Founders Leticia and Joel Pollock have over 30 years of combined experience in the coffee industry. They met in a coffee convention in Minneapolis and married in Oregon soon after. They decided to join their experience and open a wholesale and retail coffee company. Visiting Miami in 2008 they quickly realized that although there was an abundance of Cuban style coffee shops, the specialty coffee scene was nonexistent. They thought this would be a lovely place to call home and to build what is now known as Panther Coffee.
In the Fall of 2010, Panther Coffee began roasting and developing their wholesale program in the Wynwood neighborhood in Miami. Shortly after the coffee shop was opened to the public who quickly embraced it.
Each single origin coffee we serve have been selected for taste as well as individuality and origin. From those we also craft coffee blends. We benefit from long standing relationships with coffee producers throughout the world, and these friends and colleagues not only possess generations of knowledge and passion, but they produce some of the finest lots of coffee available anywhere.
After the selection of green coffee, the roasting team defines the specific roast profile to be used. Their goal is to achieve full development and caramelization of the sugars present within the coffee bean, without the conversion of these precious caramelized sugars into carbon, which can result in an ashy or smoky taste.
We roast at two locations: Our first store in Wynwood and our Headquarters in Little Haiti. In both shops you can see our rare 1920’s vintage Probat Perfekt roasters in action most days.
Great care is taken to expose the magnificent natural sweetness and the most subtle flavor nuances often lost in the roasting process. Furthermore, Panther Coffee is proud of it’s extensively and continuously trained team of managers, educators and baristas who daily showcases these wonderful coffees and the people behind them.
The hard work the Panther Team has put in has led to growth, including a second retail store in the Sunset Harbour neighborhood in Miami Beach, which opened May of 2013 and a third retail store in Coconut Grove, Miami which opened in May 2015. Also a fourth location in MiMo district and a new Wholesale facility, Education Lab and Coffee Shop in Little Haiti neighborhood respectively in December 2017 and January 2018.