On my recent visit to my hometown of Miami, FL, I made a concerted effort to take my parents and older brother to a café I desperately wanted to visit: Panther Coffee. Voted Florida’s Best Coffeehouse in recent years, receiver of two Good Food Awards, and home to USBC finalist Camila Ramos, Panther Coffee is serious business in the specialty coffee industry and I couldn’t wait to go….
When we saw Camila Ramos’s routine at the Big Eastern Barista Competition back in January, we knew it was championship material. After claiming the top spot in the Southeast, Ramos went on to take fifth place at the US Barista Championship. Now the lead barista and trainer at Miami’s Panther Coffee has been selected for Eater’s exclusive Young Guns Class of 2014. Restauranteur Michael Schwartz comments,
If she was a cook, she’d be who I want on my team. She’s a little cocky, very creative. She’s fast, she makes a mean coffee.”
We’ve been following Eater for several years now, and it’s the first time we’ve seen them select a coffee professional for this coveted who’s who of the service industry. We couldn’t be more excited to see the specialty coffee industry receive more attention from the larger culinary arts world, and we can’t think of a better ambassador for specialty coffee than Camila Ramos.