Missouri-based Shortwave Coffee soft opens at Sparkman Wharf

The new cafe soft opened in downtown Tampa earlier this week.

click to enlarge Missouri-based Shortwave Coffee soft opens at Sparkman Wharf
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Sparkman Wharf is a go-to spot for street tacos, Asian fusion and gourmet hot dogs, but the downtown Tampa hotspot's newest addition is of the caffeinated variety.

Shortwave Coffee, a Missouri-based specialty roaster, soft opened at  Sparkman Wharf earlier this week at 615 Channelside Dr. The cafe serves a range of espresso-based beverages, pour overs, tea, and a variety of pastries and casual breakfast items.

According to its website, Shortwave's signature drink is the "Mint Mayday," a sweet and creamy cold brew complete with muddled mint. 

Photos show that this newly-opened cafe has lofty ceilings, sleek and minimalist decor, and large,  floor-to-ceiling windows. In the far corner, guests can watch its coffee roasting machine in action.

The first Shortwave opened in Columbia, MO in 2014, and the only other cafe besides Tampa's is located in Minneapolis, MN. The specialty cafe and roaster has obtained many accolades, like shoutouts from Food & Wine magazine and awards from the "The World's Largest Coffee Roasting Competition," Golden Bean.

Shortwave is now open from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. daily during its soft opening phase. Water Street Tampa's Instagram says that an official grand opening will happen sometime in the near future, in addition to an expansion of hours.

For more information, follow @shortwavecoffee Instagram.
Location Details

Shortwave Coffee

615 Channelside Dr Suite 106, Tampa Tampa

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