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Review of Cafe Moka

Cafe Moka
Ranked #2 of 22 Restaurants in Tavernier
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$15
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast
Reviewed 23 May 2012

Great coffee, excellent ice-cream, and pastries that could be really made in France (owners are French).

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Reviewed 8 May 2012

Pacific northwest residents like us have come to assume that designer coffee vendors are like gas stations in the 60's: you can't go 100 yards without passing one. Imagine our sense of alienation when, in the 100 miles between Tavernier and Key West, we could not find a single vendor (having for some reason missed Cafe Moka just down the road from our start point.) We did notice it at the last second on the way back and, brakes screeching, veered off the road and slid across the gravel shoulder coming to rest in front of the oasis. A few minutes later, we were contentedly sipping primo lattes served in thick clay mugs and gazing fondly at the enticing array of pastries and gelatti in the cases before us.

Make no mistake: this establishment would easily hold its own in Seattle or Portland where the competition is, to say the least, fierce. In the caffeine Sahara that (evidently) is the Florida Keys, it was a sight for sore eyes.

In more ways than one: the pastries ranged from croissants (plain or adorned with ham and cheese or chocolate) through biscotti, raisin buns, cookies and tartatin to the usual French confections with sugar in various pastel colors spread on top. Everything we sampled was simple, fresh and delicious. After several days of consuming way too much really good fish swamped in various sauces that seemed to be made entirely of bad cholesterol, the simplicity was welcome, as was the sense that our arteries might actually live to fight another day. (Having this feeling about French pastry is a pretty good indication of what the rest of our diet had consisted of.)

Turns out that the pastries are made in France, flash frozen and shipped in refrigerated containers. We couldn't believe it at first but the owners are from Narbonne and the husband used to work for the company that does this. They apparently have a global market for this stuff so they can ship in enough volume to make it economically possible. While this would not normally seem to me to be an indication of high quality food, I do have to say that the stuff was as good as what is available in the best local bakeries in Portland (or, for that matter, in Switzerland, where I grew up.) Wonder of wonders!

We went back for breakfast the next day and then, unfortunately, had to leave and go home but if we ever get back there, Cafe Moka will be one of our first stops.

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Reviewed 6 May 2012 via mobile

Awesome coffee and specialty drinks (I had a cafe mocha, my husband had a coffee). The pastry is out of this world. It is a quaint and welcoming atmosphere. A MUST if you are a morning coffee and pastry lover like me!

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Reviewed 4 May 2012

My son and I found Cafe Moka on our first morning in Tavernier, it was very clean, great assortment of pastries and breakfast items and of course coffee and tea! The patio outside was beautiful, and will visit again on our next trip to the Keys!

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Thank Ann A
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

I suspect the reason they don't post their hours is they like to open when they feel like it. They saw us standing outside the door several times befor they finally let us in at 7:05- we had to rush to make it to our fishing charter. Coffee and pastries were expensive but good- though I've had better for less. Service was OK, but I felt we were putting them out by our "early" arrival.

In retrospect, I regret not visiting Cuban restaurant in the strip mall adjacent to the property- theywere doing a trhiving business
by 6:30 am..

Thank razzle55
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bellionpm, Owner at Cafe Moka, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2012

Hi, thanks for posting a review on your experience at cafe moka.
i am sorry to hear that you had to wait for our staff to open the doors. we do open from 7am to 4 pm , 7 days and it has been so for the last 365 days.
you are absolutely right, some other breakfats locations and this includes the Cuban restaurant next door do open earlier, which might have suited your fishing scheddule better that particular day. i understand your frustration and hope next time you will visit the keys, you will not be pressured by any planed activity early in the morning so that you can enjoy a more relaxing experience.

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