Best Fresh Roasted Coffee Beans in Tampa Bay?
We are running low on our quality Portland beans and I am looking for a local roastery who makes a quality espresso bean. I am betting there are some Cuban ones around. Anyone know any brands and locations to buy? I need to get a lb. by TOMORROW! I live in St. Pete, so over here is better, but I will drive into Tampa if need be!
I picked up a "Mokha Java blend" the other day from The Caffeine Gourmet. The beans have an almost sour smell, so I thought something was wrong. However, it tastes great when brewed.
I don't know know about spending $22.00 a lb from Stumptown Roasters.
I guess I didn't really read your original post. However, i was in a Cuban/Puertorican grocery the other day, and I noticed that 6 out of the 10 coffees they had, were roasted in Tampa.
Ok, there is this place I have been driving by and meaning to stop at.
Finally, I made it in there today. The Caffeine Gourmet in Largo . . . .
Anyhow, I talked with the owner for a little while who was very nice. Her husband roasts
the beans on site - (I took a peak in the back at the equipment).
Roasting is done in the early morning in order to keep the neighbors happy. I sampled a few different coffee's, all good. It looked like they had 40 or so different coffee's.
Took home a pound of the Columbian . . . I will see how it is in the morning
The Caffeine Gourmet
220 W. Bay Dr. Largo FL 33770
re: Little T.
Little T--what did you think?
We got 4 lbs from Stumptown Roasters in Portland a few days ago, thank the lawd! I gave up after driving to New Harmony and it was closed.
But--as an aside--I drove up to Cabana del Tio and ordered a lb of tortillas and a couple of carnitas tacos----DELICIOUS! They are now tied with the Taco Bus in fantastic tastes of Mexico.
re: Little T.
Well, the Stumptown Hairbender roast is great for espresso. We got 2 lbs of Hairbender, a lb of Rwanda Musasa for espresso and a lb of Brasil Coe #3 Pedra Preta. Our friend is the head roaster there and we trust him to send us the other lbs on top of our usual Hairbender order--he never lets us down! www.stumptowncoffee.com
It is a little bit of a Trek, but El Molino on 7th in Ybor city is a fine little coffee roaster, and even though it is a bit yuppified over the past decade, visiting Ybor city for a day is still a fun day trip from the area. Lunch at The Columbia might make it worth your drive.