Who knew coffee-making, like wine, was such an art? Susan and David Ward, that's who.
The couple, who own and operate Buddy Brew Coffee
in Tampa, recently opened a storefront at 2020 W. Kennedy Blvd. to accommodate their growing business.
and foremost we're a coffee roaster," says Susan. "But we found this
great space with big windows and a great door. So we ended up opening a
small coffee shop with a bar, a couch, tables and chairs. The roaster is
on a stage where people can watch the coffee as it's roasted."
couple's coffee passion drove them to abandon the corporate world a
couple of years ago and embrace their shared entrepreneurial spirit.
love the whole process of coffee," says Ward. "The taste and
experience, what happens around it and the community it creates," says
Ward. "Roasting coffee is the perfect combination of science and art."
and her husband began by giving out bags of coffee they roasted with
their home roaster to friends and family for the holidays. The reviews
were so positive, the couple decided to invest in a commercial
roaster and began selling online. They are passionately committed to quality.
can turn a bean brown," says Ward. "But to really bring out all of the
great natural flavors in each bean, it is a true art and science. How
you treat each batch of beans brings out different flavors in the bean.
Just like wine, there are so many nuances: body, finish and flavor. We
spend hours creating roast profiles for each type of bean we roast."
business is named for the couple's 13-year-old golden retriever. When
asked if Buddy's a fixture in the new store, Ward laughs. "He makes
guest appearances. He likes his time on the couch."
Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: Susan Ward, Buddy Brew Coffee