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Buddy Brew - Tampa

Old E. May 18, 2010 07:58 AM

Just wanted to let folks know about a new place on the corner of Kennedy and Albany (2 blocks East of Howard) in S. Tampa. Finally, a place in Tampa that roasts their own beans in small batches! Stop in, the owner is really nice and will walk you through what they have and what they do. Get a fresh cup and some fresh beans to go. I think they have been there a month, but I just made it in today. Glad I did, it is a welocme addition!

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    austinjh May 29, 2010 05:03 PM

    really looking forward to evaluating this place to see if they measure up to kahwa in st. pete. i went this morning, but they're closed for memorial day weekend

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      Miss E May 29, 2010 07:20 PM

      We tried to stop by today, and I must say, I was a bit annoyed to find it closed. I know it's Memorial Day weekend, but the St. Pete Times ran a little piece on Buddy Brew in the Friday edition--and he's closed the next day?? In fact, he's only open "some" Saturdays (according to all the press I've read)? If the coffee's great, I'll forgive the eccentricity, but at the same time, even if the business is your pocket pet, either you're serious about it or you're not.

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      1. re: Miss E
        UptownKevin May 30, 2010 10:53 AM

        Miss E - I have to agree with you on that one. I would love to give the guy the benefit of the doubt and figure that the "coffee shop" is just kind of a joke and not his main line of business. Otherwise the business would fail miserably within a few months (or whenever he ran out of money). It's really only open a couple of hours a day and there's rarely anyone in there, plus there's really no parking. The sign on the door pretty much says "open when we feel like it." I have a business down the street so I pass it almost daily.

        So either (A) their main line of business is wholesale/internet or (B) they have no clue how to run a coffee shop. Hoping for option A.


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          Old E. Jun 1, 2010 10:06 AM

          The hours are odd. my only guess is that the coffee shop is secondary to the mailorder/ commercial business. I think it is out there for people like me who probably wouldn't order without tasting it first.

          First time I tried to go he was closed too. I would just think weekday mornings.

        2. Mild Bill May 29, 2010 08:18 PM

          I look forward to trying a few of their offerings....
          I'm getting ready to do a mail order--- maybe they can save me the hassle...

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            CFishman May 30, 2010 04:12 AM

            I was there last week. Our first micro-roaster is certainly a welcome addition to our culinary scene. For the moment they are only focusing on drip coffee. Apparently they will be adding an espresso machine and an espresso blend down the line. I had a cup of coffee but I am not really in a position to assess its merits as I am strictly an espresso drinker (Intelligentsia- Black Cat from Fresh Market and Kahwa when I make it over to St. Pete). The owner is very nice and seems passionate about coffee. Once they get the espresso up and running I can imagine that this will be a place that I will frequent regularly.

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              austinjh May 30, 2010 10:51 PM

              hey cfishman, totally spotted you at acapulco last week. i was there getting the daily special and there was one other white person, eating huaraches. i thought to myself "he probably posts on chowhound" and when i went outside you were getting into a work van with the the logo "Fishman" emblazoned across the side

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                CFishman May 31, 2010 08:49 AM

                That's funny. I wish it were me. That was Mild Bill. You should have said hello. He would have loved the company (me too for that matter). I hope he liked the huaraches better this time around. He and Todd didn't rave when they went before. Every time I have had the tripa huaraches they have been insanely good.

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                  Mild Bill May 31, 2010 12:22 PM

                  Yup, that was me!
                  I knew eventually the FishMan thing was gonna be confusing 'round these parts!
                  Darn Austin! --- missed opportunity--- and believe it or not I remember having the same quick thought about CH...

                  CFishman, it was some of the other items last time that I/we thought were not spectacular, but still very good...
                  But I LOVED the Huaraches con Tripa that you recommended...

                  At the time, I wrote; "-------and CFishman, the Huaraches con Tripa was as excellent as you said...
                  I LOVED them...
                  Most of the other stuff was good, and authentic, but not incredible..."

                  This time I got one 'Tripa' and one 'Lengua'...
                  I was the happiest boy in Tampa ------ and I was wishing I had your cell number to see if you were in the area, or to send a taunting photo...

                  I wanna get that if I could... I'll PM you on FB...

                  Let's try again, da tree of us (or more) and meet up there for lunch...

                  The other day, as soon as I was hungry again, I wanted to go back...


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                    austinjh Jun 3, 2010 08:52 AM

                    haha, well alright, mild bill is also a fishman. i'm always down to get some eats, so just give me a heads up anytime and i'll try to make it.

                    buddy brew, by the way, has awesome coffee and the owner/operator is very nice. just went there a half hour ago.

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                      Mild Bill Jun 3, 2010 02:40 PM

                      I tried to get to the coffee place this morning but circumstances pulled me in another direction...
                      Very good news! ---- re: the coffee and the dude...

                      I'll try again for tomorrow...

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                        EdC Jun 4, 2010 12:30 PM

                        Went this morning and must say that the coffee is spot on. Although the parking situation could drive the Pope to profanity, I got lucky and caught someone leaving on Albany that had a nice curbside spot. Otherwise, it's gonna be parking somewhere you're not supposed to and hoping no one nosey (e.g., cops) drives by.
                        Owner is definitely friendly and very passionate about his joe. I got the Brazilian roast -- the one he said had the most caffeine, and boy did I need it this a.m. -- and it was fresh and fragrant. Bottomless cup for 2 bucks means you can bring your own mug, I guess. Not much room to sit and chat but that didn't matter since I was headed to work.
                        I'll be stopping in more often since my own summer hours are changing and I won't have to be in 'til 8. Today was an exception.

          2. Mild Bill Jun 21, 2010 07:11 AM

            As I'm sitting here trying to sip my cup of Costa Rica Naranjo coffee brewed on 6/7/10 I figure it's a good time to say that I made it in last week as I was in the vicinity a couple minutes before 12...
            It popped into my head and I yanked the wheel east on Kennedy...

            Damn, cup's empty...
            Note to self: learn how to sip...

            As I approached there was a specials board out front and a lighted sign in the window and it looked like Christmas to me...

            First, it's true... In just a couple minutes I felt like a regular...
            Like they've known me for years... (Damn you America's Most Wanted!)

            I tasted the 3 offerings he had prepared (all you want for $2.00), which was fun, and when I decided which I liked the best I bought a bag-o-beans---- which is what I'm digging on now...
            (French Press)

            When I got there that day he was finishing up after a busy morning hosting some kind of community function and he 'said' he only had a half a bag left of the beans I wanted but I saw through this ploy to get me to come back sooner, which I will tomorrow I think...

            In other countries, Libya for example, they'll often have short hours like Dave does...
            We're simply not used to it, but I decided to adjust by leaving the house a little earlier and/or calling ahead... Planning...

            I think they're working on the hours, but the important thing is to not read the hours sign on the door with a Jersey accent, like I did at first...
            'We're open when we're opennnnnn!"

            ---- because when you walk in the door you're in Mayberry, which is where I always really wanted to live...

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            1. re: Mild Bill
              Old E. Jun 21, 2010 07:20 AM

              I'm due for a trip. I ran out of beans yesterday.

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