Coffee drinker's guide to Tampa Bay

"This is - excuse me - a damn fine cup of coffee."

In the words of Twin Peaks Agent Dale Cooper, "this is - excuse me - a damn fine cup of coffee." 

Whether you're looking for a good "cup of Joe" or a artfully-crafted latte, these local coffee shops are brewing "damn good coffee. And hot!"

BANYAN CAFÉ AND CATERING 689 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St., St. Petersburg, 727-896-6100, A noted spot for local writers, Banyan Café and Catering brews hot and fresh Kahwa Coffee everyday (they offer Mighty Leaf tea too). Their vanilla bean waffles and Cuban-toast breakfast sandwiches warm the soul. And a plentiful selection of house-made scones (including a weekend-only bacon variety) always hit the spot.

BUDDY BREW 2020 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa; 420 W. Kennedy Blvd. (inside Oxford Exchange). Get the Cortado, two shots of espresso plus a splash of steamed milk. You won't find it anywhere else. 

BREW...MOSTLY 15024 Madeira Way, Madeira Beach, 727-393-2233. Madeira Beach's Brew Mostly features gourmet coffee, craft beer, wine, food, and dessert. 

BREW D LICIOUS 667 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-741-2249. Once housed inside the Hollander Hotel, owner Brigitte Whitaker has moved her No Name Java coffee shop to St. Petersburg's bustling 600 block. The locally roasted No Name Java is a favorite about regulars. 

MAZZARO'S ITALIAN MARKET 2909 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-321-2400, The St. Petersburg Italian market got its start roasting coffee. Over twenty years later, father Sam and son Kurt Cuccaro (owners) still roast each batch of beans in-store. The Ambex roaster is located right in the coffee bar, so you can watch while sipping your freshly brewed espresso. 

CREATIVE SOUL STUDIO AND CAFE 2425 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-575-7977, When art and coffee mix, something magical happens. For many local artists, Creative Soul has become a central force in morning collaborations (and a bona fide caffeination station). 

CAFÉ HEY 1540 N. Franklin St., Tampa, 813-221-5150, Downtown Tampa's coffee shop gives locals "shelter from the norm," as they say. Homemade goodies, Buddy Brew Coffee, and a relaxed coffee shop vibe make for the perfect spot to finish that novel or plan the next great creative collaboration. 

CAFÉ KILI 5731 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, 813-988-2879, The owner of Café Kili is originally from Kenya. The shop offers a choice of coffees from all around the world, from Ethiopia to Columbia.

ECO-BEAN ORGANIC COFFEE HOUSE 501 N. Pinellas Ave. Tarpon Springs, 727-937-1967, Tarpon Springs locals rave about their raw/vegan/gluten-free coffee shop. Coffee beans are all organic and fruit juices are plentiful. 

EL MOLINO 2012 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa. Home to Naviera Coffee Roasting, El Molino is the oldest and longest running coffee shop in Tampa Bay. Started in 1921 by cigar factory worker Carlos Menendez, Naviera's coffee gets shipped all over the world, right from Ybor City.

FELICITOUS COFFEE HOUSE 11706 N. 51st St., Tampa, 813-988-2828, Located in Bulls Country, Felicitious coffee shop prides itself on a comfortable atmosphere that hosts poetry slams, open-mics, and game nights. Beans are roasted on-site. 

GENARO COFFEE COMPANY 1047 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-202-6956. Coffee, lattes, espressos, cappuccinos, and some tasty food items as well. Enjoy the free wi-fi. Genaro hosts art and music events as well. Beer and wine available.

HATTIE'S CAFE AND BEANERY 17695 N. Dale Mabry, Lutz, 813-898-2777. A cafe with St. Petersburg roots (although now located in Lutz), Hattie's sources farm-to-table coffee beans. They also offer a variety of baked goods, vegetarian and gluten-free items.

KAHWA COFFEE Kahwa Coffee, St. Petersburg: 475 Second St. N.; 204 Second Ave. S.; Bayfront Medical Center. Tampa: 400 N. Ashley Drive; 3928 Henderson Blvd.; 808 N. Franklin St., Suite 117. Kahwa established itself in St. Petersburg circles with its two downtown locations, Kahwa North and Kahwa South. Since then, Kahwa has continued to serve the movers and shakers with quality roasted beans and coffee drinks. 

KING CORONA CIGARS CAFÉ & BAR 1523 Seventh Ave., Tampa, 813-241-9109, Grab a cafe con leche in the heart of Ybor City. The al fresco seating is a great for people watching too. 

LA TERESITA 3248 W. Columbus Drive, Tampa, 813-879-9704, La Teresita is a great spot for a homemade cafe con leche and some delicious Cuban food and pastries. 

MIKEY'S ON CENTRAL 6114 N. Central Ave., Tampa, 813-234-3755. The Seminole Heights bakery and coffee shop is beloved for good coffee and quality baked goods. 

SACRED GROUNDS 4819 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa, 813-983-0837, One of the original coffee shops in Tampa Bay, Sacred Grounds has been home to numerous artistic and political gatherings. Sacred Grounds continues to serve the community with quality barista-crafted coffee and an eclectic atmosphere. 

SOMBRA COFFEE 9342 Oakhurst Rd., Seminole, 727-400-6956. The Seminole-based coffee roastery and cafe prides itself on good coffee. They also offer live roasting classes and a menu of delicious coffee paired edibles.

STEAM COFFEE SHOP 7410 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 727-360-8080, This family-owned and operated shop has been open for a little over a year. In that time, this unique cafe has quickly become one of St. Pete Beach’s favorite.

THE CAMPUS GRIND 121 Seventh Ave. S., St. Petersburg, 727-823-5282. University of South Florida St. Petersburg students rely on the Campus Grind for a non-Starbucks coffee alternative. And since it's right on campus, literally, you'll be able to grab a cup of Kahwa coffee without missing any class time. 

THE LIBRARY COFFEE HOUSE 3201 S. Dale Mabry, Tampa, 813-837-5282, The Library Coffee House is South Tampa's spot for espresso-based drinks made using the Hario V60 and Chemex brew methods. Food includes homemade baked goods, made-to-order sammies and more. 

TRE AMICI @ THE YBOR BUNKER 1907 19th St., Tampa, 813-247-6964, Tre Amici is what Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper calls the "unofficial Tampa Bay Times Ybor City Bureau." He gets a "regular old coffee, but one day I got a French press and it was unreal!" Enough said, Ernest. We're sold. 

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