New coffee shop brews in Winter Park

UCF coffee lovers flocked to their new hub as Foxtail Coffee Co. hosted its piping hot grand opening in Winter Park Saturday.

Foxtail may already be a household name as the company has been promoting its opening for months around Orlando.

Camille Gonzales, a third-year UCF nursing student, saw the company tabling at last month’s Orlando Pride Parade downtown and made sure to come to Saturday’s event.

“It has a great environment,” Gonzales, 20, said. “The woodsy and homey atmosphere caters to young adults and college students.”

Gonzales said Foxtail may be a bit of a drive for UCF students who live near campus, but she said the atmosphere was worth it.

The company has also gained a following on social media, brewing over 13,600 Instagram followers since its account setup in February.

Foxtail is also a great hangout for Winter Park locals.

“I just had to check it out,” Samantha O’Donnell, who recently moved right around the corner from Foxtail, said. “The shop is beautiful inside and out and the industrial and vintage coffee machines make Foxtail a cozy place to get a drink.”

Foxtail offers a variety of caffeinated delights, including cold brews, espressos and teas. The company specializes inĀ Central American, South American, and East African organic coffees and has already built relationships with small producers in Ecuador, Colombia, and Ethiopia, according to the company’s Facebook page. The company upholds “ethical and quality standards” in ensuring all aspects of coffee making are environmentally friendly.

The store’s manager Michael Severn takes pride in Foxtail’s values and indoor aesthetic.

“The earthy tones along with the high-quality coffee welcome anyone who is interested in the idea of coffee,” Severn said.

He has worked in the coffee industry for 10 years and said that the pleasing and relaxing environment of the shop, as well as the time and care put into each cup of coffee, are what set Foxtail apart from its contenders.

“We love coffee and the craft of it.”

Foxtail Coffee Co. is open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. at 1282 N Orange Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789.