Kahwa pours free coffee in honor of opening at Tampa's International Plaza

It's tradition.

Tampa's International Plaza serves as the first shopping mall to house a Kahwa Coffee. - Todd Bates
Todd Bates
Tampa's International Plaza serves as the first shopping mall to house a Kahwa Coffee.


Kahwa Coffee has secured its place among the big-name brands at Tampa’s International Plaza. Now up and running at 2223 N. Westshore Blvd., the newest cafe for the St. Petersburg-based roaster is celebrating its opening with free coffee during regular business hours on Thursday, Oct. 4.

It’s tradition, in case you’re wondering.

The location operates 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Specialty coffee drinks and beans by the pound are highlights of the menu, as are French pastries and organic cookies.

International Plaza serves as the first shopping mall to house a Kahwa. The second, Sarasota’s University Town Center, will see the launch of its own later in the fall.

Kahwa operates 15 locations throughout the state. The roaster’s wholesale list features more than 800 hospitality partners, grocery chains and other destinations. 

“Even with 12 cafes and dozens of restaurant partners in the Tampa Bay area, the new location provides a level of foot traffic that will expose even more people to the Kahwa Coffee brand,” said co-owner Raphael Perrier in a statement. “We also appreciate that malls bring many tourists, lots of them international, which can drive opportunities in other markets as well as online sales for new fans of our coffee.”

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