Buddy Brew is a specialty coffee roaster with a passion to Brew Good and Do Good. We believe coffee should be extraordinary. We believe in challenging the status quo. Our coffee is carefully selected from farmers who diligently grow and process the beans to their highest quality, and treated with tremendous care by artfully hand roasting each bean to its individual perfection. We believe coffee is best enjoyed when it is freshly roasted and meticulously prepared.

 

 

How

How

So you have an unyielding desire for the most deliciously satisfying coffee on the planet? Then join us in our passionate quest for coffee excellence! We start with sourcing the highest quality beans from the best farmers across the globe. We follow that with the beautiful, messy craft of hand roasting, combining art and science, to bring out the full flavor of individual deliciousness in each batch. Next, we commit unwaveringly to bean freshness. We want to change the way the world drinks coffee. It is, after all, an agriculture product, just like the produce you eat. We believe it should be treated as such. We record roast dates on each bag so that you can enjoy your coffee at its best, at its peak flavor, within the first weeks of roasting. We believe in coffee without compromise. And we do it for you.

Why

Why

Because it’s about more than just getting a jolt or quenching thirst; it's about more than a sleek business plan or just making a profit. Our love for coffee, people and the pursuit of excellence runs as deep as our desire to make a difference in the world. The opportunity to make an impact on someone’s day, on someone’s life, through the good we invest into every cup, is the driving force behind everything that we do. We believe in challenging the status quo and doing things differently. We believe the details matter. We believe in creating exceptional coffees, delivering unmatched service, and building community. Because success is not a goal, it is a byproduct of intentionality, of a family sticking together and investing all they are into the common goal, Brew Good. Do Good.

Dave and Susan Ward

Our Founders

IMG_2203The first gift Dave Ward gave his wife Susan during their dating days was a coffee maker—and the rest is history. Dave and Susan spent years on the pursuit of great coffee, trying different coffees, joining different coffee clubs, visiting different cafés around the world, exploring different brewing methods and endless different coffee equipment—until they discovered that nothing beats coffee made from freshly roasted beans. Inspired and impassioned, they began roasting their own beans. One Christmas, as they gave bags of their home-roasted beans to friends, they jokingly created a label for the brew, named after their dog Buddy. People fell in love with the coffee, the name stuck and Buddy Brew Coffee was born. They bought a Diedrich IR-7 commercial roaster and started roasting right out of their garage with an online business. They opened their first roastery/coffee bar in Tampa, Florida in 2010. What started with one employee (Dave) and a coffee can on the counter as a register with a self-service cup- “put $2 in and help yourself to a bottomless cup of coffee”, has grown into a local phenomenon. In September 2012 the Buddy Brew Coffee bar at Oxford Exchange was opened. Buddy Brew is proud to be part of this legendary Tampa institution. Thanks to the enthusiastic support of many loyal customers they have a growing network of wholesale partner cafes and restaurants, two retail coffee bars, and an amazing team of coffee fanatics working together with one single united goal to Brew Good. Do Good.

Josh Bonanno<br>

Josh Bonanno

Corporate Training Manager| Master Barista

Favorite coffee bean:
I love a good Yirgacheffe, washed or natural, as long as it is a fruit bomb.

Favorite brew method:
I drink a lot of Kalita Wave, but on my day off I’ll treat myself to a nel-drip so I think that is my favorite.

Favorite expression:
"Easy as pie"

Who inspires you?
My wife makes me a better person and great chefs like Thomas Keller and David Chang make me want to create.

Unknown fact:
Six of the cocktail “Death In The Afternoon” will kill you.

Hidden talent:
I can hold a broomstick in both hands and move it all the way around my body like a jump rope without letting go.

Away from the office:
I'm either eating or cooking.

Never leave home without:
An idea of what I'm doing for lunch.

How do you “do good”?
I take every opportunity to encourage others to slow down and to share a meal with friends and/or family.

Follow me:
Instagram: @joshwbonanno
Twitter: @JoshwBonanno1

Gigi Brudno

Gigi Brudno

Assistant Manager, Oxford Exchange

Favorite coffee bean:
I’ve always been a fan of African coffees, particularly from Kenya. There’s such a beautiful savory brightness that I can’t get enough of.

Favorite brew method:
Depends on what bean I’m brewing, but I’ve always been a Chemex kinda girl.

Favorite expression:
“Come to the dark side, we have coffee”

Who inspires you?
Both of my parents have been huge inspirations for me. My Mom always taught me to never settle for less, and to always chase my dreams. Dad always taught me to keep my head up, and to muscle through. Last, but not least my boyfriend inspires me everyday to be a better person!

Unknown fact:
  From the age of 13-19 I did competitive martial arts.

Hidden talent: 
I’m pretty good at imitating accents. When I was younger I wanted to be a voice actor, and have my own radio show.

What do you do away from the office:
  I love being outside, especially when the weather is cooler. If I’m not drinking coffee (which is rare!), I’m reading, or cooking something tasty!

Never leave home without: 
A good matte lipstick, a bottle of water, and a good book. Never know when you’ll need one!

How do you “do good”? 
I’ve always tried to practice true empathy towards others. The ability to listen, and understand where someone is coming from is more valuable than gold.

Instagram: halcyon_daze_

Jason Childs

Jason Childs

Wholesale Sales Representative

Favorite coffee bean:
Love a good Yirgacheffe or Kenya

Favorite brew method:
Kallita Wave.

Favorite expression:
Ah c’mon lads

Who inspires you?
Thats a tough one theres loads of people.
Paul from the bible, My coworkers, My Wife and Kids(not the show)

Unknown fact: 
Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland(not sure how unknown that is)

Hidden talent:
Accents, impersonations

What do you do away from the office: 
Doing life with my wife and kids, skateboard, music

Never leave home without: 
An album to listen to

How do you “do good”?
Love People, Love Coffee

Jennifer Guinan

Jennifer Guinan

Position
Wholesale Coffee Service Integrator (WCSI for short)

Favorite coffee bean:
African and Indonesian 

Favorite brew method:
Weekdays: Pour over 
Weekends: Areopress & Chemex 

Favorite expression:
If you're going through hell, keep going. 

Who inspires you?
My husband, he's the hardest working person I know and is fearless. 

Unknown fact: 
I love horror movies.

Hidden talent: 
I can drive a manual transmission. 

What do you do away from the office: 
Travel any chance I get and spend time with my dogs Trooper and Raudi.

Never leave home without: 
My phone and a snack

How do you “do good”? 
I'm a stickler for recycling and I try to be a kind human being. 

Follow me:
Instagram: @jenniguinan

Tess Hipp<br>

Tess Hipp

Marketing Assisant

Favorite coffee bean:
I am currently into the African coffees-Ethiopia and Kenya.

Favorite brew method:
A.M.- Brewed Coffee
P.M.- Iced Pour Over

Favorite expression:
~Inquire Within~ I’m a soul-searching enthusiast.

Who inspires you?
I find inspiration everywhere I go. Specifically speaking-Mother Nature is a daily motivator and Olivia Pope is total inspo.

Unknown fact:
I have two screws in my feet from double-digit years in competitive soccer. I’m also fluent in Spanish.

Hidden talent:
My intuition is pretty remarkable and scarily on point.

What do you do away from the office:
Long, romantic walks on the beach with my....four legged daughter, Harper.
Exploring, researching and kayaking with a camera in tow.
Writing down things I’m going to do away from the office.

Never leave home without:
Besides the essentials and before I leave the house, I triple check that I have my journal, crystal and essential body oil. I’m all about the Brew Good, Do Good & Smell Good.

How do you “do good”?
I wake up in the morning and center myself with a heart full of gratitude. I’m a lover and a giver of all and to all. I’m active in my church and spiritual organizations, I donate to many local and national charities and I have a pure heart with good intention to help others in any way, shape and form. I’m all about sharing and caring.

Follow me:
Instagram: @sunfreckles
Facebook: SunFreckles

Phillip Holstein

Phillip Holstein

Director of Coffee / Master Roaster

Favorite coffee bean:
Wow, such a tough question. I could never pick just one, but if I had to lock it down to one country it would be Rwanda. To me Rwandan coffees have great acidity backed up by lots of sugar and hints of spice, and when the roast is really nailed this bean can finish with arisen and fig. What else could you want????

Favorite brew method:
Pour Over

Favorite expression:
Like I Said....... And lots of curse words.

Who inspires you?
The Taste Makers, living and past.

Unknown fact:
My spirit animal is a Manatee. It’s not a sexy animal, but it's true.

Hidden talent:
Is still very well hidden...I haven't found it yet.

Away from the office:
I’m always trying to find a way to spend time by the water with my wife and little girl.

Never leave home without:
A bottle of COLD BREWED Coffee. It’s Florida, it’s HOT plus It refreshes and rejuvenates all at the same time.

How do you “do good”?
I always look for a way to tell our customers YES, regardless of the circumstances.

Follow me:
Instagram: @Phillip380

Jonathan Keeman

Jonathan Keeman

Kitchen Manager, The Shop

Favorite coffee bean:
Ethiopian

Favorite brew method:
Pour over

Favorite expression:
“Work smarter, not harder”

Who inspires you?
My dad, Alton Brown, David Chang, and the guys from “The Buried Life”

Unknown fact: 
Double jointed in my fingers and toes

Hidden talent: 
Used to sing opera

What do you do away from the office: 
Sleep and experiment with new recipes

Never leave home without: 
A smile and a pocket knife.

How do you “do good”? 
I try to stay positive in any situation. You never know who is watching you or what a stranger might be going through and sometimes just seeing a smile on your face can make their day better.

Jeremy Martin<br>

Jeremy Martin

Sarasota Shop Manager

Favorite coffee bean:
Ethiopia Harrar

Favorite brew method:
Iced pour over

Favorite expression:
“Do small things with great love”

Who inspires you?
Selfless people. Society drives us to focus so much self. It’s refreshing to meet those who focus on others.

Unknown fact: 
I only grow facial hair because I hate shaving.

Hidden talent: 
I bake a crazy good banana cake.

What do you do away from the office? 
Love to be outside. Biking, kayaking, hammocking, laying on the beach.

Never leave home without: 
IPhone headphones. I hate holding a phone up to my face.

How do you “do good”? 
I do my best to fill others with joy. Even in the simplest tasks, we can show others that we view their lives as important and full of meaning. Love being able to do that every day, just by serving a great cup of coffee.

Follow me:
Instagram: jeremylmartin

Cassidy Nova <BR>

Cassidy Nova

Web Content Manager

Favorite coffee bean:
Guatemala and Costa Rica

Favorite brew method:
I love me an Aeropress, great for one cup and for travel!

Favorite expression:
And so it goes.

Who inspires you?
Hunter S. Thompson, Kurt Vonnegut, Peter Thiel, and my Mother, Brother and Father

Unknown fact: 
My father was born in Colombia and I lived there for 2 months before moving home to apply for a job at Buddy Brew!

Hidden talent: 
I am pretty good at soccer

What do you do away from the office: 
I love to read, mainly classics, science fiction, fantasy, beat literature and anything by Hunter S. Thompson. I love spending time with my two dogs and my girlfriend. I also love to surf and just be near the ocean in general.

Never leave home without:
A good book!

How do you “do good”? 
I love to volunteer when I can. I volunteer with Southeastern Guide Dogs and the Suncoast Animal League. My goal one day is to further Buddy Brew’s direct trade relationship with Colombian farmers so that we can support them more directly and therefore enrich their lives.

Casey Odom

Casey Odom

Cold Brew Manager

Favorite coffee bean:
Matalapa, El Salvador or Ethiopia.

Favorite brew method:
Cold brew

Favorite expression:
“I’ve seen people try to change and I know it isn’t easy, but nothing worth the time ever really is.”

Who inspires you?
My future wife, Meghan, inspires me daily with her boundless dedication to animals.

Unknown fact: 
I have never broken a bone.

Hidden talent: 
I can play the ukulele.

What do you do away from the office: 
I am always thinking of foods to cook or eat. I also love camping with Meghan and our two dogs, Chaoui and Tamale.

Never leave home without: 
Pocket knife, handkerchief, pen, notebook.

How do you “do good”? 
Environmental stewardship is important to me. Whether I’m composting household food scraps or biking around town, I am always looking for ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Follow me:
Instagram: 0dom
Twitter: @codometer

Tami Power<br>

Tami Power

General Manager, The Shop

Favorite coffee bean:
Kenya

Favorite brew method:
Cold Brew- Kind’a Gal

Favorite expression:
WOOT WOOT!!!

Who inspires you?
My Mom and Dad ****

Unknown fact: 
I’m like an onion- lots of layers

Hidden talent: 
Natural Born shopper!!!

What do you do away from the office: 
Spend time with family, friends and of course our pups

Never leave home without: 
Kissing the Hubby and scratching the pups

How do you “do good”? 
Donate time/ resources to the Humane Society of the United States (and locally), ASPCA, PETA, SPCA- Rescues and or shelters in need- these things I am very passionate about along with helping out those less fortunate.

Follow me: Don’t want to be followed :o)
Instagram: No Thanks :o)
Twitter: I’m not a tweeter :0)

David Rodriguez <br> <br>

David Rodriguez

General Manager, BBC Hyde Park Village

Favorite coffee bean:
Ethiopia, Sidama

Favorite brew method:
Pour Over

Favorite expression:
“Get Real or Get Going”

Who inspires you?
My wife & her life story.

Unknown fact:
Had a pet pot bellied pig.

  Hidden talent:
 Real DJ’s spin vinyl, so can I.

What do you do away from the office: 
Discovering Tampa.

Never leave home without: 
Without a kiss from my wife.

How do you “do good”?
 I “Do Good” by mentoring young adults.

Follow me:
Instagram: @jazmarphotography

Twitter: @jazmarphoto

Wayne Thomas

Wayne Thomas

Chief Financial Officer

Favorite coffee bean:
Sumatra

Favorite brew method:
Pour Over

Favorite expression:
"Here's a fun fact..."

Who inspires you?
Jesus Christ

Unknown fact:
Can't be given because then it wouldn't be unknown

Hidden talent:
I can see into people's hearts

Away from the office:
I am actually a slender, good looking young man

Never leave home without:
Your house key

How do you “do good”?
I use questions to plant seeds in people's hearts that help them grow

Tina Torres

Tina Torres

Assistant Store Manager

Favorite coffee bean:
Nate Cochran took a batch of Kenya Kabare as his espresso to the SouthEastern Barista Competition this past year, and I loved the sweet molasses texture that was derived from it.

Favorite brew method:
This is a hard question! I've got a special place in my heart for iced coffee. Whether it's an Iced pour over or a Shot-on-the-Rocks, Florida's heat makes iced coffee all that more enjoyable to me. My favorite drink to prepare for customers however, is the iced cappuccino- from presentation to texture, I find it to be a deliciously beautiful drink.

Favorite expression:
It's a tie between "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day" (it really is though), and "Follow your heart" (Yeah it's cheesy, but I really mean it, and I say it about as much as I call people "homie").

Who inspires you?
Bruce Lee, as well as all individuals who aspire to be the best they can be.

Unknown fact:
When I was 18, I competed on the show Fear Factor Live, and won.

Hidden talent:
I have excellent penmanship. Practiced in calligraphy.

Away from the office:
In the gym.

Never leave home without:
FOOD. I eat a lot.

How do you “do good”?
I like to help others whenever the opportunity arises, but primarily I do what I can in assisting others with their health and fitness goals (from demos to co-training), and encourage and provide counsel to individuals on how to live an active lifestyle while simultaneously pursuing and prioritizing their career aspirations.

Follow me:
Instagram: fitness_tina

Max Weese<br>

Max Weese

Store Manager, Oxford Exchange

Favorite coffee bean:
Burundi Rugoma Two Hills

Favorite brew method:
Kalita Wave

Favorite expression:
Teamwork makes the dream work

Who inspires you?
People who are passionately doing what they love.

Unknown fact: 
I’m an Eagle Scout!

Hidden talent: 
I can play guitar.

What do you do away from the office: 
I’m an avid runner and reader, so I’m either out running or browsing my favorite local bookstores for my next read.

Never leave home without: 
A good pair of sunglasses and a good pocket knife.

How do you “do good”? 
I try my utmost to treat every with respect and dignity, and volunteer when I can at a local restaurant for the homeless.

Instagram: @maxweese
Twitter: @MaxWeese