Best Of 2018

Best barista: CURT HENSLEY at UNION COFFEE & TEA BY COMMUNE + CO.

Best barista

Maybe I’m under the spell of the drum work he does for Tampa emo band Blacksmith. Maybe it’s the coffee, or his co-workers at his current spot inside Heights Public Market, but I love it when Curt Hensley’s face is handing me a cup of coffee in the morning. He’s always good for a killer band recommendation and one of the nicest guys ever. I’ll follow Curt (formerly of Foundation Coffee Co. and headed for King State when it opens at Floribraska Avenue and I-275) wherever he goes. Armature Works, 1910 N. Ola Ave., Tampa. 813-250-3725, communeandco.com. —Ray Roa