One of the many things that downtown Fernandina Beach has in common with every other city is the chance to find a skinny latte with a double shot, only here you won’t be ordering it at any national chain restaurant. On Centre Street, you’ll find the sweet caffeinated relief you crave at Amelia Island Coffee. If caffeine isn’t your thing, don’t worry, because they’ve got organic teas, freshly baked pastries, gourmet ice cream, cold brew, frozen drinks, and a nice selection of craft beers and varietal wines. With so many options and free wifi to boot, Amelia Island Coffee is the perfect meeting spot for any time of day.
Having spent plenty of time downtown, on many days I have seen throngs of people spilling out of “the coffee shop” while the rest of Centre Street was still asleep. Late in the evening, I’ve seen students working and couples chatting, enjoying one another’s company in the comfortable and casual setting. Sometimes on Saturday mornings, there is even a string band pickin’ and grinnin’ in the pocket park next door.
On a recent cool spring Sunday, I wandered in with a couple of friends for a few laughs and a snack. I can count on one finger the cups of coffee I have had in my life, so I was delighted by the many beverage options. Since it was cool morning, I went with my favorite: a cup of Earl Gray with honey. It was still a little early for lunch, so I did what any logical person would do. I had both! While I sipped on my cup of tea, I enjoyed a chocolate-chocolate chip muffin, which is like having dessert rather than breakfast, but it was moist and delicious, with a beautifully tender crumb.
Not long after polishing off my muffin, our food arrived with big smiles and friendly service. We enjoyed a veggie wrap with hummus, cream cheese, avocado, peppers, onion, artichoke hearts, and feta, as well as a breakfast bagel with bacon, egg, and cheese. The bagel was fresh and delicious, and the wrap was a perfect vegetarian option for my friend. I chose the California BLT on toasted rye: the bacon was crisp and delicious, the lettuce and tomato fresh, and it was served with a dollop of mayonnaise and a bag of chips. As we enjoyed our food and conversation, the people never quit coming. The baristas took orders and delivered drinks with the kind of casual efficiency that keeps the line moving without making anyone feel rushed.
As I was telling a friend about my experience later that morning, she shared with me how much she enjoys the Live Trivia on Friday nights. How could you go wrong with a handful of friends, a bucket of beer, discounted snacks, and an evening of trivia in a fun, casual setting?
Amelia Island Coffee is located at 207 Centre Street and is open Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Come by and see why locals and visitors alike love Amelia Island Coffee.