The 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 in 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. 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 Dave as the lone employee, a coffee can as a cash register, and a single product – a $2 self-service “bottomless” cup of coffee -- has grown into a local phenomenon.
All our products originate from beans that are carefully selected directly from the best coffee farmers throughout the world, artfully roasted in our own facility, and meticulously prepared. We love people and we love coffee. That has always been core to what Buddy Brew is all about. As a result, our proudest accomplishment is having created a beloved brand that resonates with our customers, because our brand represents how those two foundational loves have come together to create joy. In a crowded consumer marketplace, creating a strong brand is no small feat. We attribute our success to three elements. First, our Brew Good Do Good mission drives how we run our business, from sourcing beans, to building the team, to giving back. Corporate responsibility is important to consumers, who have become increasingly savvy about determining when that behavior is genuine. Second, we are committed to great coffee, which means freshness and a craftsmen ethos – every time. Third, we set out from the beginning to make craft coffee accessible, without the pretense and edge that unnecessarily permeates much of the movement.
Vision and Values
To share joy and inspire hope, that transforms our community and our world.
Always know, we is made of "us" and them". It is all the people we serve and work with. We are at our best when we are family. Our first act is kindness. BBC is a family of employees, customers, suppliers and farmers.
— Kinship Kindness —
Passion is our heart
Put your heart into it! We are people, coffee and community served with a side of pride and a dash of "high five’.
— Enthusiastic Discovery —
Integrity is our drive
Look for goodness in everything we do. We have a steadfast determination to seek the high road and do the work the right way.
— Steadfast Pursuit —
Excellence is the rule
It is how we honor our talent and develop our craft. You must know it to be it. We are students of the people we serve and the stewards of the products we share.
— Honor Purpose —
Hospitality is our soul
Everything we love and cherish is held within our house. When we truly open our doors we share the best we are and foster humanity, binding us to each other.
— Generous Welcome —
Empowerment is the nourishment
We feed each other what we need to succeed. In all we do, opportunity underlies our steps towards self-determination and shared victory.
— Nourish Opportunity —
Innovation is our impact
We imagine the possibilities are possible. Why run when you can fly? We seek to satisfy the articulated and unarticulated needs around us.
— Imagine Life —
We cherish each and every one of our amazing team members, from our sales team, to our baristas, to the amazing team of food professionals we have making and creating our amazing menus. Our employees are our family. We take pride in their ability to uphold all of the values that Buddy Brew brings to our consumers. Our team members are the first people are guests interact with. We take the time to train each individual employee in customer service, Buddy Brew missions and visions, and of course, preparing delicious coffee. This training is ongoing and never-ending for each of our amazing team members. Come meet us on your next visit in!