28 essential Tampa Bay coffee shops that aren't Starbucks

Drop your allegiance to Starbucks and pledge it to local shops brewing up some damn good espresso around Tampa Bay. From hole-in-the-wall to trendy af, these coffee joints will make you wonder why you ordered a venti anywhere else.

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King State
520 E. Floribraska Ave., Tampa.
The specialty roaster’s first brick-and-mortar cafe will fuse coffee, beer and food under one roof. 
Photo via Jenna Rimensnyder

King State


520 E. Floribraska Ave., Tampa.
The specialty roaster’s first brick-and-mortar cafe will fuse coffee, beer and food under one roof.
Photo via Jenna Rimensnyder
Buddy Brew  
1605 W Snow Ave, Tampa, 813-575-2739
As if you need another reason to visit Hyde Park Village. This dog friendly coffee spot is packed on the weekends, but if you can snag a seat, you’ll want to stay all day. Locations are all throughout Tampa Bay.
Photo via Buddy Brew/Facebook

Buddy Brew

1605 W Snow Ave, Tampa, 813-575-2739
As if you need another reason to visit Hyde Park Village. This dog friendly coffee spot is packed on the weekends, but if you can snag a seat, you’ll want to stay all day. Locations are all throughout Tampa Bay.

Photo via Buddy Brew/Facebook
Bandit Coffee Co.  
2662 Central Ave, St. Pete
With one of the most Instagrammed murals, Bandit has recently begun serving beer and wine. Get all types of buzzy with a visit to Bandit.
Photo via Bandit Coffee/ Facebook

Bandit Coffee Co.

2662 Central Ave, St. Pete
With one of the most Instagrammed murals, Bandit has recently begun serving beer and wine. Get all types of buzzy with a visit to Bandit.

Photo via Bandit Coffee/ Facebook
Black Crow Coffee  
722 2nd St N, St. Pete, 727-580-7200
Now with two locations, this super lowkey joint has an eclectic atmosphere. A vintage typewriter, lots of greenery and art from locals. 
Photo via Black Crow Coffee/Facebook

Black Crow Coffee

722 2nd St N, St. Pete, 727-580-7200
Now with two locations, this super lowkey joint has an eclectic atmosphere. A vintage typewriter, lots of greenery and art from locals.

Photo via Black Crow Coffee/Facebook
Caffeine Roasters  
2420 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, 813-644-7245
The second location of Caffeine is also referred to as “The Mothership.” Hosting 40+ seats and a drive-thru for those on the go. The shop brews up specialty coffee beverages, house-made breakfast, lunch and pastries.
Photo via Caffeine Roasters/Facebook

Caffeine Roasters

2420 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, 813-644-7245
The second location of Caffeine is also referred to as “The Mothership.” Hosting 40+ seats and a drive-thru for those on the go. The shop brews up specialty coffee beverages, house-made breakfast, lunch and pastries.

Photo via Caffeine Roasters/Facebook
Kahwa  
204 2nd Ave. S., St. Pete, 727- 821-1942
Have you seen this little yellow bus around town? Other than multiple brick and mortar locations sprinkled throughout Tampa Bay, Kahwa also has a Kahwagon that buzzes around to local events. Never leave a Kahwa without a ham and cheese croissant.
Photo via Kahwa/Facebook

Kahwa

204 2nd Ave. S., St. Pete, 727- 821-1942
Have you seen this little yellow bus around town? Other than multiple brick and mortar locations sprinkled throughout Tampa Bay, Kahwa also has a Kahwagon that buzzes around to local events. Never leave a Kahwa without a ham and cheese croissant.

Photo via Kahwa/Facebook
Blind Tiger Cafe  
901 E. 7th Ave., Tampa, 813-977-4101
Locations are throughout Tampa Bay, but this one is in the heart of Ybor. It has roaming roosters to prove it. Grab a coffee and play board games that are stocked up in-house.
Photo via Blind Tiger Cafe/Facebook

Blind Tiger Cafe

901 E. 7th Ave., Tampa, 813-977-4101
Locations are throughout Tampa Bay, but this one is in the heart of Ybor. It has roaming roosters to prove it. Grab a coffee and play board games that are stocked up in-house.

Photo via Blind Tiger Cafe/Facebook
Tre Amici at The Bunker  
1907 N. 19th St, Tampa, 813-247-6964
A hub in Ybor City, The Bunker hosts art shows, live music and events. Grab a cup of coffee and browse around.
Photo via The Bunker/Facebook

Tre Amici at The Bunker

1907 N. 19th St, Tampa, 813-247-6964
A hub in Ybor City, The Bunker hosts art shows, live music and events. Grab a cup of coffee and browse around.

Photo via The Bunker/Facebook
Ginger Beard Coffee  
1208 E Kennedy Blvd #112, Tampa, 813-434-0795
Specializing in creating nitrogen infused cold brewed coffee, Ginger Beard also has a big lounge area to read, write, talk or play pool.
Photo via Ginger Beard Coffee/Facebook

Ginger Beard Coffee

1208 E Kennedy Blvd #112, Tampa, 813-434-0795
Specializing in creating nitrogen infused cold brewed coffee, Ginger Beard also has a big lounge area to read, write, talk or play pool.

Photo via Ginger Beard Coffee/Facebook
Pineapple Espresso  
3045 Dr. M.L.K. Jr St N, St. Pete, 727-202-8862
New to the scene, this joint offers up a drive-thru for those who need a freshly brewed coffee on the go. You can also grab healthy snacks alongside your espresso.
Photo via Pineapple Espresso/Facebook

Pineapple Espresso

3045 Dr. M.L.K. Jr St N, St. Pete, 727-202-8862
New to the scene, this joint offers up a drive-thru for those who need a freshly brewed coffee on the go. You can also grab healthy snacks alongside your espresso.

Photo via Pineapple Espresso/Facebook
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