In an unexpected reversal of fortunes, Aroma di Roma (4708 E. Second St. and 444 W. Ocean Blvd.) is a mom ‘n’ pop coffeehouse that has thrived in a space that was once home to a Starbucks. Going beyond excellent coffee, the place is a happening scene for its breakfast and lunch menu, too.
Across the bridge in Naples, Carmen’s Coffee Company is a mobile coffeehouse — on the move in a charming old Chevy van that can be found parked most every morning outside the car wash at 5790 E. Second St. Many of Carmen’s drinks boast a unique Spanish flavor, like the mocha with espresso and chipotle.