Caffeine Roasters is strategically located at the corner of Kennedy Ave. and Armenia in South Tampa. The location means that their drive through will not suffer from a lack of available traffic.
What makes them unique:
Orange Cold Brew
Sparkling Coffee (Ginger ale adds the sparkle)
Ginger Spice Latte
At the height of the morning rush, just before 9 am, when the drive through line was almost to the street, the feeling inside Caffeine was calm and serene. Patrons lounged and sipped or worked on their laptops.
Two employees bustled behind the counter filling orders, but didn’t seem rushed. It’s a place I could be happy meeting a friend at.
Caffeine Roasters was launched in downtown Tampa in 2016 by four friends who wanted to make specialty coffee more accessible in Tampa.
More accessible in terms of what they call a “democratic approach” to specialty coffee, which I take to mean sharing what they think makes the best of the beans without holding themselves out as know-it-alls who tell people what they should like.
More accessible also in the form of a drive thru serving a full range of specialty drinks and food.
They call their Kennedy Ave. location that I visited “The Mothership.” I haven’t been to their original Cass St. location, but I suspect it is smaller.
I have tried the Ginger Spice Latte, which has an added spicy kick of jalapeno. It was almost too spicy for me, but I would try it again before giving up, because I love ginger.
I also had a plain cup of house coffee. I found it very smooth and rich. It made me want to buy some beans next time.
Check it out for yourself and leave me a comment below with what you like best.
Location(s): 2420 W Kennedy and 212 E Cass St
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