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Wicked coffee and good vibes in Key West

Wicked coffee and good vibes in Key West

Key West, Florida. Coconuts Cafe.

It was 10 AM and we needed coffee quick. Scooters flew by us playing Bob Marley as a slight breeze blew discarded strands of hair over my eyes. I didn’t mind it, or that it was taking us a bit longer than usual to find a coffee shop. For all it’s bells and whistles, Duval Street doesn’t have java.

My swetheart led me by the hand as we crossed Key West’s busiest street, a few bicycles rang their bells and we nearly tripped over a rooster. They’re all over the island, so it’s not exactly easy to avoid them. I put my hand over my eyes. Even with sunglasses, the island rays are unforgiving. And there we saw it, a coffee cup surrounded my neon lights and a bright poster that read ‘WICKED COFFEE’ and ‘I HEART GOOD VIBES’.

We made our way over, tip toeing to avoid a few more roosters. As Jaime ordered us a pair of iced coffees, I slipped into the quaint shop’s seating area. I love an islander’s version of cozy. It felt like I was in someone’s living room. Someone who lived on an island but had a flare for the eccentric. If this was a garage sale, I’d want mostly everything.

I wiggled through a few discarded chairs and began to run my fingers along one of the lamps. Such a vibrantly colored antique sitting right here on Duval Street. A few blocks down people are stapling dollar bills with obscenities on them, and yet here there is a flamboyant living room where one can quietly enjoy good vibes with their coffee. Key West is surprising like that.

I wish I had more time to sit and think, to let my mind remember what being a little girl in an adult’s room was like. It’s much the same feeling I have now touching the lamp and staring wide eyed at the island art. I want to sit with my laptop and write. 

I thoughtfully walked back and grabbed my iced coffee to go. The woman behind the counter smiled sweetly and gave us directions to a nearby beach. I never want to leave here.

I clutched my coffee, blew a kiss at her and took my vibes to go. I'll come back here to write soon enough, but today is for exploring Key West. 

A Key West photo album

A Key West photo album

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