A friend of mine in Seaside turned me on to this wonderful gem! Knowing I'm a coffee aficionado, he promised they pulled the best shot and brewed the best coffee not just in Pensacola, but arguably the entire Southern Gulf Coast! So of course, I had to go!
I've been to The Leisure Club now a dozen times since and every time, it is worth the 45 min drive to try their latest single origin coffee or have a delicious cappuccino. They recently upgraded their bar to include the impressive La Marzocco GB5 espresso machine paired with a slick Mazzer grinder. They don't play! For the average person, the equipment may mean little but the quality and consistency of the cup they produce is unparalleled. For a coffee geek like me, it is the closest thing to nirvana I have found. (-:
This little shop has created the most amazing atmosphere and continue to raise the bar on their coffee offerings. They seem to really take the art of coffee seriously, respect for the bean and the cup...even the pour. Most of their baristas can pour a decent rosetta or heart, which adds that extra touch that really puts the entire experience over the top for me. I'm really bummed that one reviewer thought their latte was not up to par, as they are using Intelligentsia espresso which is incredible...not as heavily or over-roasted tasting as some may be used to perhaps...and when steamed properly, normal milk will sweeten naturally in the steaming process so perhaps it was a palette thing. Who knows?! I'm sure they would make it up to you if given the chance!
I'm really rooting for this local place to grow and become a staple of good coffee in downtown P'cola. I highly recommend going by on a visit. If you're fortunate enough to be a local, you probably already frequent the spot. They serve great food too, small gourmet plates and such and bake everything in-house. Wine and craft beer menu is also nice if you're in the mood for some libation. Cheers!
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October 18, 2012
Hello Shelly T-
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Wow! Thanks for the in-depth review of our Intelligentsia coffee bar and our menu items. We genuinely appreciate your feedback and it sounds like you know what you're talking about on the coffee side! :-)
We hope to see you again soon on another visit our way. We are a local business and survive and thrive by making our customers happy!
Denise Berry, Owner
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