Part of the fun of going on vacation is bypassing national chains in favor of local spots. While we were in Fernandina on vacation Amelia Island Coffee became my go to place for java. The shop is located at 207 Center Street in one of the brick buildings that line the main thoroughfare of the historic district. A large chalk board sandwich sign advertised specials while wrought iron furniture provided outdoor seating.
The last morning of our stay it was overcast and chilly with a light mist falling. The outside of the shop was bare as patrons sought out Amelia Island Coffee’s cozy interior for their morning jolt of caffeine. The store is deep with a line of tables running down the left side. To the right are several refrigerated cases, espresso makers and a food preparation area. High ceilings provided amble wall space for a variety of art work. Alcoves lining the walls also held prints and books of local interest. Towards the front a couch and coffee table provided a comfortable looking spot to sip coffee and read a paper.
On my visits to the shop I ordered coffee and skipped the food. Their dark roast was nice and strong without being bitter. Their latte was very nice and served at a good temperature along with a respectable foam to coffee ratio. The staff behind the counter was very attentive and friendly. They managed the morning rush of coffee seekers with ease and were slinging cups of joe at a quick pace. When I noticed the pot of cream was empty while preparing my cup they quickly addressed the situation with a smile. The bathroom at the back was also clean and both kids used it without a hazmat suit.
Amelia Island Coffee is open on Monday 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Their phone number is (904) 321-2111, and Amelia Island Coffee can be found on Facebook.
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