Hawaii-based Bad Ass Coffee will open five new stores in Tampa Bay

The coffee chain offers a selection of coffee, espresso and Hawaiian-inspired food.

Photo via Bad Ass/Facebook
Today, budding coffee and tea franchise, Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii, announced the signing of a multi-unit agreement that will bring five of its franchise locations to the Tampa Bay Area.

Bad Ass Coffee is expected to open in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Treasure Island and Wesley Chapel by mid-2024. The chain already has Florida locations in Naples, Miramar Beach, Pensacola and Santa Rosa Beach, according to a press release.

Known for its no-nonsense sourcing and unique approach to the traditional flavors of Hawaiian coffee, Bad Ass locations currently serve an assortment of coffee, teas, espresso beverages, blended drinks like its signature "Koffee Kooler," smoothies, Hawaiian-inspired food and more.

Originally opened in 1989 on the Big Island of Hawaii, Bad Ass Coffee was eventually purchased by a Utah couple in 1995, who began franchising the company across the U.S.

Now, there are over 20 locations currently in business with around 70 locations in various stages of development.

"When looking at coffee brands, we knew we needed a competitive advantage and Bad Ass Coffee gives us just that," said Chris Bruckner, a co-franchisee of the preliminary Tampa Bay locations. "Bad Ass Coffee is different and a brand we can truly grow with. We are very active in the communities we operate in and as a resident of Trinity, the greater Tampa market is ideal for our development."
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