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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Coffee Roasters: Buddy Brew in Tampa

Meet the people behind the beans

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 4:02 AM

HAVE BEANS, WILL TRAVEL: Buddy Brew owners Susan and Dave Ward. - TODD BATES
  • Todd Bates
  • HAVE BEANS, WILL TRAVEL: Buddy Brew owners Susan and Dave Ward.

Buddy Brew coffee roaster Phillip Holstein leans into the roaster, ear to the beans. He’s listening for the first crack. Buddy Brew roasts its beans for 10-15 minutes, a medium roast.

“You can manipulate the flame and bring out brighter acidity with citrusy aspects,” Holstein says. “You can highlight different undertones.”

Owners Dave and Susan Ward began roasting at home for themselves and friends in 2002. Soon, the home roaster was traded in for a Diedrich 1R-7 commercial roaster to keep up with the demand of their new online store. And by 2010 the self-proclaimed “coffee freaks” had enough business to open up a shop on Kennedy Boulevard.

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