New specialty coffee bar Bad Mother opens inside of St. Pete’s Station House

Guests can expect lattes, pour overs and baked goods provided by Pete’s General.

click to enlarge Bad Mother's Coffee Director Katie Nanami Kosharek. - c/o Bad Mother
c/o Bad Mother
Bad Mother's Coffee Director Katie Nanami Kosharek.
Don't let its true crime-like name deter you; this newly-opened speciality coffee bar is anything but "bad."

Located inside of downtown St. Pete’s Station House, a multifaceted co-work building, Bad Mother celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, Aug. 6.

The coffee bar is now open out of the first floor location that speciality tea spot Tebella  occupied before moving to its own storefront in St. Pete's Edge District. The coffee bar offers a variety of seating on the first floor, which also houses different co-work spaces and private offices.

Bad Mother is a multi-roaster cafe, meaning that its espresso and coffee options will be in a constant rotation, featuring beans from Tampa Bay and beyond. Every six weeks, the newly-opened cafe will feature a different roaster behind its bar.

Currently, St. Pete’s newest cafe is using beans from Eastlick Coffee Co.—a speciality roaster based out of Pinellas Park—for its drip coffee and espresso.

"They're great people and do amazing coffee, so it's extra special to keep it local for our debut. We currently have exclusivity to two of their coffees, both anaerobic naturals, which are unique, modern and ethically sourced," Bad Mother co-owner Chris Reynolds tells Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.

In addition to local brews, Bad Mother also offers a curated pour over menu that features five speciality coffees from around the world. These exclusive coffees are presented on a tray with a glass carafe, sparkling water and an information card, so its customers can learn more about what they're drinking.

Guests can order a variety of espresso-based drinks like lattes, americanos and cortados alongside drip coffee, iced coffee and teas like Thai iced tea, matcha and oolong chai.  Sweet treats and other small plates available at Bad Mother are provided by The Burg’s resident bagel slinger, Pete’s General.

Parfait bowls, quiches with goat cheese, feta and sundried tomatoes, everything bagel buns, scones, overnight oats and different types of cookies are currently available.

Owners and partners Chris Reynolds and Emily Demikat both work full-time jobs outside of coffee, but regard Bad Mother as their passion project. Pinellas born-and-bred Reynolds tells CL that the duo plans to host different events at Station House once their coffee bar is fully up and running, wanting to contribute to "St. Pete's bright future."

Bad Mother isn't the only new concept you can expect from Station House either. New fusion restaurant Good Fortune will soon open out of its basement space that Ichicoro Ane most recently occupied, and will offer Asian-inspired dishes, a private karaoke room and an extensive sake list.
Downtown St. Pete’s newest coffee shop is now open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. For the latest information on the newly-opened Bad Mother, follow its Instagram at @badmother_stpete.

Bad Mother joins the ranks of several other coffee shops in downtown St. Pete, including spots like Craft Cafe, the newly-opened Coffee Grounds, Kahwa Coffee, The Blend, Paradeco Coffee Roasters and Beans & Barlour.

Location Details

Bad Mother

260 1st Ave. S, St. Petersburg St. Pete

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Kyla Fields

Kyla Fields is the Managing Editor of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay who started their journey at CL as summer 2019 intern. They are the proud owner of a charming, sausage-shaped, four-year-old rescue mutt named Piña.
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