ALL DAY

A lovely Ethiopian pour-over through the Kalita Wave, roasted by Per'La and served at ALL DAY in Miami.Of all the places I visited in Miami, ALL DAY, which opened in the Park West neighbourhood in May 2016, felt most like a British coffee shop, perhaps because, as the name suggests, it serves an all-day breakfast menu (while a staple of American diners, I find it rate in speciality coffee shops). Options include various egg dishes (plus some interesting egg-based sandwiches), along with several non-egg based dishes. ALL DAY also helped itself no end by dispensing with the American curse of counter service, instead bringing your coffee and food to you.

Talking of coffee, this is equally impressive, starting with a bespoke, five-group La Marzocco espresso machine, serving a house-blend from Wisconsin’s Ruby Coffee Roasters, which continues a link between Midwest roasters and Miami. Refreshingly, ALL DAY has dispensed with coffee names, instead going for a simple choice of espresso, espresso with milk and espresso with water, while offering a range of sizes.

Ruby is also available on filter, either through batch-brew or pour-over via the Kalita Wave, where it is joined by various guest roasters. While I was there, this included local roaster, Per’la Speciality Roasters, and Roseline from the Pacific Northwest, which was supplying the decaf.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • Head north on North Miami Avenue and you'll reach ALL DAY...
  • ... seen here coming the other way, south along North Miami Avenue.
  • The windows at this end open onto the counter, doubling as a takeout ordering point.
  • This is what ALL DAY looks like in th evening, from my first visit on the previous day...
  • ... and here it is in complete darkness, the green neon menu shining to its full potential.
  • The doors to ALL DAY are on the right-hand (southern) side.
  • A panoramic view from just inside the doors.
  • The seating is in the right-hand section, while away to the left is counter and kitchen.
  • The seating starts to the right of the door with this long, padded bench...
  • ... which runs all along the right-hand wall, complete with round, two-person tables.
  • There is more seating in the middle of the room, leading towards a large staircase...
  • ... at the back, which, sadly, is off-limits to the public. However, it does make...
  • ... for an excellent spot to take photos from. This is the view back towards the door.
  • The seating in the centre of ALL DAY, as seen from the stairs.
  • Here's the view looking across from in front of the kitchen (at the back on the left)...
  • ... while a potentially awkward pillar is turned into a feature, holding cutlery and the like.
  • A final view of the seating, this time from in front of the counter.
  • However, that's not all. Around the back of the counter, you'll find these four bar stools...
  • ... offering a great view of the counter itself, in particular the espresso machine.
  • Talking of espresso machines, these look like they are plaster casts of Linea Minis.
  • There's more interesting decoration in the form of this, which looks like...
  • ... an installation made from dead tree branches hanging from the ceiling.
  • This awesome wallpaper, meanwhile, is in the toilets!
  • There is a small retail selection on the pillar next to the counter.
  • Nice to see reusable cups catching on in America. Here's old friend, Frank Green.
  • There's also chocolate for sale on shelves to the right of the counter.
  • On a more pratical note, there are power outlets if you know where to look!
  • The counter is a remarkably open and uncluttered affair.
  • There's a cake/pastry display case off to the left...
  • ... while the pour-over area is off to the right, with the espresso machine...
  • ... on its own island counter behind/inside the counter.
  • The drinks menu, in green neon, is on the wall behind the counter...
  • ... while there are plenty of paper menus as well.
  • The larger one is the ALL DAY all-day breakfast menu...
  • ... while the smaller one is an expanded version of the green neon drinks menu.
  • Back to the espresso machine, a rather awesome bespoke five-group La Marzocco.
  • If you sit at the back of the counter, you get a great view of it in action. No prizes for...
  • ... guessing where I sat! The house espresso is from Ruby Coffee Roasters.
  • Here's the barista making my 5oz with milk. Step one, grind and tamp the coffee...
  • ... then attach it to the group head, flick the paddle, and...
  • ... off we go!
  • I love watching espresso extract, particularly into glass.
  • Almost done now...
  • ... and here's the finished article, my 5oz with milk.
  • I paired this with the baked double yoke, two eggs baked with leeks & spinach, plus toast.
  • I returned for breakfast the following morning and had the Eggs Florentine.
  • This was pretty much perfect, with lots of rich, creamy hollandaise sauce.
  • I wanted a pour-over to go with it, but what to have? Decaf? Not first thing, thank you.
  • This Ethiopian, from local roaster, Per'la, looks more promising.
  • First step, fill the kettle from the Uber boiler...
  • ... then rinse the filter paper.
  • The coffee is then ground and placed in the filter paper...
  • ... before the kettle is refilled, ensuring that the water is at the correct temperature.
  • Next step is to pour on a small amount of water to allow the coffee to bloom.
  • Then, about 30 seconds later, comes the main pour...
  • ... where the Kalita Wave is filled almost to the top.
  • Almost done.
  • The coffee is then left to filter through...
  • ... for about 45 seconds...
  • ... before the second pour fills the Kalita Wave back up again.
  • Almost done (a second time).
  • Then we just leave the water to filter through...
  • ... before serving in the carafe, a glass on the side. Perfect.
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ALL DAY stands on the east side of North Miami Avenue, equidistance from downtown (south) and the bay (east). Accessible by metro and in the shadow of I395, there really is no excuse for failing to visit. In a parade of shops/cafés/bars, there’s plenty of outdoor seating, with round two- and three-person tables sheltering under the projecting upper floor of the building. Three line the front wall, while with several more are on the opposite side of the pavement by the road.

ALL DAY occupies what feels like two units, with glass double doors in the middle of the right-hand unit, flanked by large windows. The second unit, to the left, has a long, narrow, waist-height bar outside, windows above, the central pair of which act as a takeout counter, so to-go customers can order without coming in.

The split’s reflected inside, with the seating in the right-hand unit, the counter in the left-hand one. An upholstered bench-seat runs the full length of the right-hand wall, lined with small, round tables, with small wings front and back. Meanwhile, a selection of round two-person tables occupy the middle of the floor between counter and padded bench. Finally, to your left, is the counter, a rectangular affair occupying the whole left-hand side. There are stairs in the back left-hand corner, but sadly upstairs is not open to the public.

The long side (the counter’s front) runs along the front of ALL DAY, where you’ll find the takeout window. The short side, where you order, faces the seating and is remarkably broad and uncluttered. The tablet, which acts as a till, stands in the centre, a tall glass cake stand on the far left and a small pour-over area on the right, with its EK-43 and Uber-boiler. A pillar delineates the end of the counter, with retail bags of coffee on shelves facing the seating.

The bespoke five-group La Marzocco espresso machine with Strada-like group heads, complete with paddles, and an EK-30 grinder, occupy a stand-alone island inside the counter. Perhaps best of all, the back of the counter doubles as a four-person bar with really comfortable (fixed) stools. The espresso machine faces front, so there’s a great view of its business end, so you can watch the baristas making espresso to your heart’s content.

I visited twice, the first time in the evening, when, sadly, the Eggs Florentine was off the menu, so instead I had the baked double yoke, two eggs baked with leeks and spinach, served in a cast-iron skillet with sourdough toast on the side. As tasty as it sounded, it was extremely filling. I paired this with a 5oz with milk, made using the house espresso-blend from Ruby Coffee Roasters. This was very smooth, the coffee and milk in perfect harmony.

I returned the following morning for breakfast, ordering the Eggs Florentine which I was denied the evening before. This was excellent, with nicely-poached eggs, good multi-grain toast and lots of rich, hollandaise sauce. Definitely worth getting up for!

For my morning coffee, I looked to pour-over, with a choice of pair of Ethiopians and a Guatemalan. One of the Ethiopians was from local roaster, Per’la. Normally I’d jump at the chance to try a local roaster, but I’d previously had Per’la’s coffee at another (not-to-be-named) coffee shop and came away unimpressed. However, after chatting with the barista, who assured me that it was a light roast, I put my faith in ALL DAY and was rewarded with a lovely, full-bodied, fruity coffee, served in carafe with a glass on the side that was equally worth getting up for!


December 2018: ALL DAY was a runner-up for the 2018 Best Breakfast Award.

1035 NORTH MIAMI AVENUE • MIAMI • FL 33136 • USA
http://www.alldaymia.com +1 305-699-3447
Monday 07:00 – 19:00 Roaster Ruby Coffee Roasters (espresso) + Ruby & Guests (filter)
Tuesday 07:00 – 19:00 Seating Tables, Tables (outside)
Wednesday 07:00 – 19:00 Food Breakfast, Lunch, Cake
Thursday 07:00 – 19:00 Service Order at Counter
Friday 07:00 – 19:00 Cards Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Saturday 09:00 – 19:00 Wifi Free (with code)
Sunday 09:00 – 19:00 Power
Chain No Visits 27th, 28th January 2018

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