TAMPA BAY: Showcasing “Latte Art”
Checkout this cool blog about homey US coffee shops…oh ya, we just happen to be one of them!!! Thank you A LONG WAY FROM HERE!
In our continued quest to not only Brew Good but to also Do Good, our Co-Founder, Dave Ward, will be heading to the Dominican Republic on a Sports Mission Trip with South Tampa Fellowship, September 13th through 20th. Want to get involved? Want to make a difference? We need your help. Please read Dave’s letter below for all the details.
As most of you know, coffee is grown in the most impoverished areas of the world and the Dominican Republic is no exception. We have been developing relationships with farmers and their villages there over the past several years by investing in their local communities through mission trips like Dave’s. Our goal is to promote sustainability by improving farming standards and the quality of their coffee and the price it commands. Hopefully, the fruits of our efforts along with the extraordinary efforts of our Dominican farmers will be featured on our cupping table and in our stores in the near future.
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TAMPA — Buddy Brew Coffee’s expansion plans for 2014 are underway, with its roasted beans now being stocked in several Florida Whole Foods Stores.
The company, started in 2010 by Dave and Susan Ward, previously sold coffee only at their Kennedy Boulevard cafe, at Oxford Exchange and at Duckweed Urban Market in downtown Tampa.
Whole Foods began stocking the seven styles of Buddy Brew coffee in its Tampa and Carrollwood stores in mid-December. Stores in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale now carry the line as well. Depending on sales, the brand could go statewide. Whole Foods operates 20 stores in Florida.
The expanded retail presence is part of an expansion of Buddy Brew’s Kennedy Boulevard store. The shop will grow to 4,700 square feet from 1,300 square feet, allowing the company to expand the menu, offer more seating space and provide room for a new roaster that will increase production capacity.
“It’s huge for us,” Dave Ward said. “This is our first true, big step into the grocery market. AIl I can tell you is that the potential is enormous.”
Maria Gumina, a Whole Foods marketing team leader, said the grocery is always looking for new local product providers. Other Tampa products include beers and a new line of salsa made by Cigar City Brewery.
In this case, local grocery workers who were Buddy Brew fans alerted local buyers.
“So many team members were talking to our coffee coordinator, we had to take a look at them,” Gumina said.
Buddy Brew spent about six months working to meet Whole Foods’ packaging and ingredient specifications. The grocery retailer has a policy of carrying foods with no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners, no preservatives and no hydrogenated fats.
“This could turn into a growth model for us in how we move out of the state,” Ward said.
The coffee company took over its current building at 2020 W. Kennedy Blvd. in August. The expansion originally had been expected to be finished in November. Ward said plans came to a halt when the city realized that the building, which was constructed in 1915, had never been assigned an official use by municipal planners. Almost 100 years of paperwork for everything from architecture to electrical and plumbing to parking layout had to be updated before construction could start.
Workers are scheduled to start renovation this month. The expanded cafe should be finished about six weeks later. The current cafe will continue to operate during the project.
“Right now, for us, the sky is the limit,” Ward said.
Check out our newest and most exciting holiday gift option, the Holiday Brew Box Gift Set!
Each gift box set comes with a Buddy Brew Diner Mug & a 12oz bag of the coffee of your choice for only $39.
For an additional $3 you have the option of replacing the diner mug with a second 12oz bag of coffee.
We’re so excited to roll out the new mason jar refill program!
It’s exactly what it seems…make the initial $4 investment in to your BBC Mason Jar, and you can keep bringing it back for refills at the discounted price of $1 off each 12oz purchase of the coffee beans of your choice.
What happens when bartenders and baristas meet for drinks?
~Your Morning Cocktail
Barkeeps need coffee breaks and coffee kids need cocktail hours. Dean Hurst, Director of Spirits for the Berns family of restaurants, is a regular at Buddy Brew and we are regulars at SideBerns “Happy Hour”. One of our SideBern’s favorites are the ‘rested’ cocktails Dean specializes in. It took barely a suggestion to get Phil, our head roaster, to experiment with ‘rested’ Buddy Brew beans. Taking a spent Three Amigos cocktail barrel, adding green coffee beans, time and careful roasting resulted in a remarkable coffee/cocktail hybrid.
Wow, the Barrel Brew is better than we hoped! The aromatics are all cocktail. Milagro Resposado Tequila, Hudson Baby Bourbon, Balvenie ‘Double Wood’ 12yr Scotch and some Averna Amaro with a note of Bitter Truth ‘Jerry Thomas’ Bitters makes for a head spinning brew sure to make you think booze. Rest assured though, the high heat of roasting renders it coffee for a teetotaler… this is not a new process, only a revisiting of an age old tradition of reuseing barrels used to finish spirits then store, ship and impart character to coffee and spirits.
Get some now! Supply is very limited and look for some more ground breaking(cocktail shattering) Barrel Brews to come.
Buddy Brew Coffee.
SideBern’s Three Amigos Barrel Brew
Coffee: Colombia Huila
Tastes: Sweet Bourbon-Amaro-Soaked nose
with a Tequila kick. The Boozy smell gives way to
the delicate acidity and balance of the Huila.
Finishes with a long lingering woodsy-spice of scotch
and pleasant drying brought on by the barrel.
All the caffeine none of the hangover…drink-up!
It’s that time of year again… Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay. You can vote for us now as “Best Coffee Shop.” We have never won this award and we think it would be awesome to finally win. So, don’t miss your chance to vote! The polls close on August 29th at 1:59pm. Let your voice be heard and make your vote count! Click “Vote Now” below to head over to the polls! Thanks!