This week started off as National Coffee Day. Every week, there is National something day, but this is one I enjoy celebrating. The caffeine is a nice upper to the day, but the taste is what I fein. Gourmet coffee shops are becoming the new microbrew in this town and in-house roasting is now sought after. Whether it’s the atmosphere, the smell of freshly roasted beans or the need to break away from the mundane coffee chains; there’s a personal void for coffee lovers that needs to be filled. While traveling I want to try the city’s best or newest brewery, but lately we’re doing the same for coffee shops. Move over continental breakfasts, there’s fresh beans to be explored! Yes, there’s Starbucks, but there’s also Bud Light, know what I mean? Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still drink Starbucks for that comfort, no-surprise taste, but it’s not my first choice when I have these options.
1. Buddy Brew: This coffee shop pretty much rules Tampa. They have their home base location off Kennedy at the Albany cross section. They recently expanded and revamped the interior because they simply couldn’t hold their patrons, their coffee is just that good. If you visit other local cafes or bakeries you might have tried Buddy Brew and didn’t know it, they’re giving and spread caffeine dust all around town. 2020 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606
2. Oxford Exchange: This is one of those places Buddy Brew has sprinkled its grounds; if you live in Tampa and haven’t been here yet, you’ve at least heard about this “feels-like-you’re-not-in-Tampa” experience. Ever wanted to pretend you live in Restoration Hardware and sip your morning caramel latte on those expensive leather couches? You know you have, and this is where you can do it. 420 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606
3. Jet City Espresso: They use organic milk and have amazing homemade pastries, muffins and everything gluten (and non-gluten). Their newest location is in my neighborhood so we’re lucky enough to take family walks or ride bikes there some mornings. 5803 N. Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
4. Tre Amici at The Bunker: Also referred to as Ybor City’s living room, if you’re a FRIENDS lover you’ll enjoy this spot. I’ve had many lunches here and a refreshing iced latte after Ybor’s Saturday market. 1907 N. 19th St., Tampa, FL 33605
5. El Molino at Naviera Coffee Mills Inc.: Literally, have a taste of history as you watch the roasting process that’s been in production since 1921. It’s even more of a treat since it’s located in Ybor and the coffee is naturally cuban style. If you’re visiting from out of town this is a piece of Tampa’s history that not many people know to explore. 2012 E. 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605