The French Press, a European-style bakery café, is now open on the waterfront at Cape Harbour in Cape Coral, Florida, offering coffee, treats, and a much-needed antidote to the pace of modern life. 

With the rise of “grab-and-go” coffee culture in America, many crave an experience that makes the café more a destination than a drive-by. Many customers have already discovered a fresh perspective at The French Press, which is brewing roasted coffee, crafting pastry, serving breakfast and lunch, and dishing out dozens of flavors of homemade gelato.

The French Press is located at 5789 Cape Harbour Drive #101 in Cape Coral and is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. The café is operated by Executive Chef Benjamin Voisin and his wife Valeria, both of Hoffman Group Holdings LLC, which recently opened neighboring Fathoms Restaurant & Bar.

Several varieties of fresh-brewed coffee are served, as are classic coffee drinks like espresso, cappuccino, and the namesake French press, along with inventions like the Dirty Banana, Snicker Doodle, and Filthy Coconut. Smoothies and fine teas are also offered to accompany fresh-baked breakfast staples like bagels and croissants, and egg sandwiches and wraps filled with bacon, sausage, cheese, or smoked salmon.

No Old World-inspired café would be complete without crepes, and The French Press proudly offers a wide array of savory and sweet versions made to order, from Nutella, strawberry and dulce de leche, to classic ham and cheese, veggie, and the Norwegian (featuring smoked salmon, herbs, lemon sour cream, and capers). The fruits and veggies for the crepes, gelato, smoothies, and other specialties arrive daily at The French Press from local growers.

The staff is always happy to fulfill an order of a dozen fresh-baked croissants and coffee for a quick morale boost among your office staff. However, the elegant, yet cozy ambience at The French Roast is a major draw for those seeking a change of pace or a great new place to meet with friends.

The French Press is currently putting together a calendar of events to include musical performances by local singer-songwriters, book readings, stand-up comedy, and events held in association with the other businesses at Cape Harbour, including its neighbor Harbour View Gallery, the only artist-owned co-op gallery in Cape Coral.

The selection of freshly baked pastry changes daily, and includes eclairs, macarons, pies, banana bread, muffins, cinnamon rolls, cookies, and tartlets. Any that remains unsold in any given day is donated to a local charity.

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