5 Favorite Coffee Shops Near MacDill AFB
For coffee lovers, there’s nothing quite as welcoming as a perfectly blended cup of coffee when you’re settling into a new duty station, so finding a delightful coffee shop is the key to feeling right at home in the midst of PCS chaos.
Whether you’re looking for your new go-to spot for your morning commute or a destination to savor your pick-me-up, local coffee shops serve as escapes offering comfort and, of course, a boost in energy.
Great news! All over Tampa and the surrounding areas like Riverview and Lithia, you’ll find fan-favorite coffee shops to start the hunt for your new favorite near MacDill AFB. Here's a list to get you started on your latest coffee adventures!
1) Buddy Brew Coffee
- Armature Works
- Bay to Bay Blvd.
- Hyde Park
- Oxford Exchange
- Park Tower
- BBC Brewtruck
- Tampa International
What started as a simple homemade Christmas gift from coffee enthusiasts Dave and Susan is now a hot spot for locals searching for the perfect cup of coffee. Brewed from their freshly roasted coffee beans, you can be sure that each cup will not disappoint. Find their beans at Whole Foods and Publix to create the perfect coffee at home or visit one of the Buddy Brew cafes for a cup out. Buddy Brew is named after the owner’s pup, Buddy, and their slogan is Brew Good. Do Good. Generosity, hospitality, and love are at the root of everything they do.
Photo from Buddy Brew Coffee Facebook
2) Foundation Coffee Co.
- Ybor City
- Tampa Heights
Whether you're bustling by for your greatly needed cup of coffee or you’re gathering with friends, you can be sure that you’re getting liquid gold when you come to Foundation. Your coffee is freshly ground when you order, which is why they truly believe that they will be the ones to serve you the best cup of coffee of your life. With a cozy outdoor space to sit and relax, this is a fantastic setting to enjoy the sweet Florida sunshine.
Photo from Foundation Coffee Co. Facebook
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3) Kahwa Coffee
St. Petersburg locations:
- 2nd Ave. S.
- 9th Ave. N.
- 2nd St. N
- 6th St. S.
Tampa primary locations:
- North Tampa Street
- Henderson Blvd.
Founded in 2006 in downtown St. Petersburg, Kahwa has become Florida’s largest independent coffee roaster. Featuring 14 locations and over 800 wholesale consumers, a cup of coffee from Kahwa is a must. You can create the perfect cup at home, whether it's espresso, drip, French press, or k-cup coffee.
Bonus: They’re available for catering!
Photo from Kahwa Coffee Facebook
4) Caffeine Roasters
- Tampa Downtown
Just five years old, Caffeine Roasters has quickly gained momentum and community support with every pour of their delicious coffee. While their original location lies in downtown Tampa, the "mothership” is in Kennedy. This second location is the backdrop for all the good behind-the-scenes action. Here you’ll find a 1,800 square-foot facility where they roast all their coffee beans. Not only does this spot sport a quick drive-thru for when you’re in a hurry, but they can accommodate more than 40 guests inside. Add to that a fresh menu featuring breakfast and lunch favorites, and you might have a new favorite spot on your hands.
Looking for something new to try? Order their Aero Cappuccino, Orange Cold Brew, or Ginger Spiced Latte for a change.
Photo from Caffeine Roasters Facebook
5) Ginger Beard Coffee
- Florida Ave. (Magnanimous Coffee)
Created by Derek and Josh sporting—you guessed it, red beards—this coffee shop has personality written into its name. Together they decided to say goodbye to the daily grind associated with corporate life and dive into entrepreneurship. With coffee beans sourced from all over the world, they create a variety of delicious hot, cold, and nitro brew options.
Photo from Ginger Beard Coffee Official Facebook Page