Kahwa Coffee Roasters Announces First Drive-Thru, Free-Standing Location in Tampa Recent Addition Makes Six Locations for Fast-Growing Local Coffee Roaster
August 12, 2013 [St. Petersburg, Florida] Kahwa Coffee Roasters today announced plans to open their first drive-thru location at 3928 Henderson Blvd in Tampa. This will be the sixth location for the fast-growing locally-owned coffee roaster. The newest location is expected to open this Fall.
“We want to avoid the cookie-cutter mold by making each location a unique experience,” said owner Raphael Perrier. “This new location will feature large indoor and outdoor seating areas but will be distinctly Kahwa in style.”
In addition to being the first drive-thru, this will also be the first free-standing and largest location for Kahwa topping out at 3,000 square feet.
Founded by husband and wife team Raphael and Sarah Perrier in 2005, Kahwa’s European style cafes have become a favorite among locals seeking the “office away from the office,” a casual business meeting spot or to network with other business owners, city council members or reporters from the Tampa Bay Times.
Voted the “Best Coffee in the Bay” by Creative Loafing readers three years running, Kahwa began roasting in St. Petersburg in 2005 and continues to roast all of its beans at a local production site. Its first café opened in downtown St. Pete in 2008, and a second opened across town two years later. In 2012, Kahwa crossed the Bay with two locations in downtown Tampa, and its fifth location opened at Bayfront Medical Center in early 2013.
All cafés offer specialty drinks, Kahwa coffee by the pound and a selection of French pastries, organic cookies and muffins as well as indoor and outdoor seating and free WiFi. Kahwa Café South in downtown St. Pete and Kahwa Café at Rivergate Tower in downtown Tampa offer a lunch menu of fresh sandwiches and salads. Kahwa Café at Rivergate also provides catering services to area businesses.
In addition to cafés, Kahwa Coffee is served as the brand of choice in nearly 430 local and national restaurants and five-star hotels across Florida and the US in Washington DC, Pennsylvania and California. A partial list of area retail partners includes Parkshore Grill, 400 Beach, Cassis, Eckerd College, Tropical Smoothie – 6 locations (St. Pete, Largo, Tampa), The Club at Treasure Island, Mise en Place, Datz, The Bricks of Ybor and Ciro’s Speakeasy.