Places to ‘Gill’ Out: Juan Valdez Café

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NSU is a unique and lively campus, but that doesn’t mean Sharks can’t band together and take an afternoon to explore the South Florida area — even if that just means finding a quaint place to study.

For local coffee buffs looking for an international taste, Juan Valdez Café is only a short trip down Pine Island Drive. The Colombian franchise offers an authentic taste of the culture’s coffee; their products come exclusively from Colombian growers.

While still offering all the beverages one might expect, such as lattes and flat whites, Juan Valdez Café offers a slight twist by allowing patrons to choose the strength of brew used for their beverage — strong, medium or mild. They also offer sweet and salty snacks, many of which are Colombian favorites, like almojábana and a carrot and nut coffee cake.

The cafe has indoor and outdoor seating for Sharks to enjoy their visit and is open Sunday through Wednesday until 8 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday until 9 p.m.

Juan Valdez Café

8751 Stirling Rd., Cooper City, FL 33328

Sun. 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Mon. – Wed. 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., Thurs – Sat. 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Price range: $3-$10

Photo Credit: J. Kopec

Caption: Juan Valdez Cafe offers many traditional coffee staples.

Caption: The cafe offers a modern feel of larger chains, yet maintains its own atmosphere.

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Jenna Kopec is a junior communication major at NSU. She began as a contributing writer for The Current in 2015, became features editor in 2016 and is now co-editor-in-chief.

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