Brewing Buddha, New Pinecrest Coffeehouse

Pinecrest has a new quiet, funky hangout that serves unique coffees and teas in a Greenwich Village-inspired environment. Its grand opening came mid-July and it was none too soon for people who have grown tired of that “S” word coffeehouse.

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“We wanted to bring a local coffeehouse vibe to Pinecrest. There’s nowhere to hang out like this nearby,” explains co-owner (with his brother, Jordan) Cassidy Athos. “I’m also a photographer by trade and this where I hang my work and create my own personal art gallery.” Yes, they are for sale...

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The coffeehouse has several Buddha drawings and statuettes inside and it is mixed with a fake ivy that clings to the wooden-clad walls. The industrial chic look is just what you’d expect from a laid-back brew house.

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The proud menu sports drinks with names like Marshmallow Coconut Cupcake Cappuccino and Campfire S’Mores Latte. “They taste like they sound,” remarks Cassidy, who is the main brew master. “We are able to take a drink and shape it to a customer’s personal preferences. We really know our beans.”

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There is already a decent following at the store. Mothers in between errands tend to congregate here for a relaxing break. Online reviews are stellar, with one claiming: ‘Take my $$$$$$ this place deserves it!!’

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Brewing Buddha takes delivering fresh and delicious coffee seriously. The store’s roaster gets fresh beans from his family’s farms and brings the roasts to the store within 24 hours. Cassidy explains, “This is very different than most other places and it definitely reflects in the coffee.”

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Customer Cherie Edmonds, who was enjoying a Pistachio Cupcake Cappuchino and a Pistachio Walnut muffin, shared, “I love the atmosphere. It’s low-key and beautifully done and the coffees and teas are very high quality. It’s a nice place to sit back and relax with good people.”

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Visit Brewing Buddah Café & Arthouse at 8219 SW 124th Street (across from Evelyn Greer Park) Monday through Thursday 8:00am - 7:00pm, Friday 8:00am - 8:00pm and Saturday 9:00am - 8:00pm. Cassidy only rests on Sunday when the store is closed. You can call them at 786-842-3342 or peruse their unique offerings at www.BrewingBuddha.com.