One may envision Seattle or New York City when asked where the best coffee shops reside. Tampa Bay may not be a stand-out in the coffee scene on a national level, but that doesn’t mean you should turn your cheek. It’s time to spill the beans — coffee beans, that is.
While Tampa’s food scene is on the rise, its coffee culture ain’t doin’ so bad either. Yes, you can find a Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts on every corner, but Tampa possesses more than just your ordinary coffee and bakery franchises. After touring the city and sampling what Tampa coffee does have to offer, I hand-picked a select few where you can grab a cup of coffee shop culture in Tampa— and these spots are definitely worth the caffeine shakes.
Buddy Brew Coffee
Buddy Brew is sure to impress even the most sophisticated coffee connoisseur. They get their beans from top farmers across the world and ensure that they provide the freshest beans, packed with flavor, so that each batch meets their standards of excellence. The cafe’s rustic interior makes for a unique coffee-drinking experience.
The staff is always friendly and visibly passionate about what they do. In addition to whatever type of coffee or brewing method you’re craving, they also offer breakfast options and a small selection of fresh juices.
In the heart of Temple Terrace, Felicitous Coffee is a gem that encompasses community coffee culture. This quaint cabin-like shop is on a little road near the University of South Florida where it can be easy to miss, but once you find it you’ll keep coming back. A quiet cafe with bold flavor, it’s perfect for studying, working, or just relaxing with a coffee and a book. Their signature coffee ice cubes make for a delectable iced coffee that lasts until the stress is gone.
If you’re hungry for more, their sandwiches options are out of this world. There’s nothing like a hot panino with melted cheese and a coffee while you write a research paper.
Zeal Coffee Roasters
The newer of the bunch, Zeal Coffee, is a little ways away from your usual, swanky South Tampa scene. Bringing some flare to a relatively rural area, Zeal is a force to be reckoned with. Their coffee crew is passionate about growing Tampa’s coffee culture and are certainly achieving their goal. Their coffee is of the highest quality and their differing brewing methods cater to all of your preferences.
Their coffee is handpicked, blended and brewed and their selection of bagels, pastries and muffins are all homemade as well. Similar to the rusticity displayed at Buddy Brew, their wood floors and tables serve as an eye-pleasing contrast to the modern, white counter tops at their coffee bar.
Can’t make it to these three choice coffee shops? Here are a few other Tampa options to quench your coffee craving:
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About the author: Christina Valenziano is a twenty-something foodie and fitness fanatic on a mission to live a healthy balanced life. She believes that living healthfully doesn’t mean sacrificing the little joys in life – follow her fitness journey on her blog, The Blissful Balance!