Hey, guess what?! I had this great review all typed out, but because Examiner was being such an a-hole when it came to trying to create a slideshow, I had to end my session and ALL OF MY INFORMATION WAS LOST. ::facepalm:: Do you know how frustrating it is to want to be able to punch something in the face that is a website? AND it didn’t automatically save like it was supposed to. I have rage, guys, rage that is fueled by the coffee I just consumed. I’M NOT HAPPY.
Sigh…let’s try this again.
Today was one of those days that was completely open. I had no chores and nowhere to be. It was a day full of possibilities. I decided to start it off by getting a caffeine fix at Kahwa Coffee in downtown Tampa. Based in St. Pete, Kahwa has since expanded to two locations in downtown Tampa: the Rivergate Tower and the Element Building. It prides itself on roasting its own coffee, and its website claims that its baristas undergo “intensive training” to bring the best coffee experience to its customers. It lives up to its claims.
The Element location is the epitome of what I think an urban coffee shop should look like: industrial, with high cement ceilings and cement walls and floor; minimalist furniture and artwork by local artists dotting the walls; and the huge coffee bar front and center. It is the coolest place I’ve visited thus far.
I ordered a cafe mocha and a chocolate biscotti. The mocha was served to me with a little leaf design in the foam, and was perfect. It was sweet, but not too sweet, and it wasn’t crazy acidic. It was just enough to let you know that you were getting a dose of caffeine without that “burnt” taste. The chocolate biscotti was the perfect complement.
If you’re looking for something more substantial, Kahwa also offers sandwiches, salads, and other pastries, such as cakes and muffins. It also offers (excellent) WiFi so you can get a little work done. All in all, it’s a great addition to downtown and Tampa’s coffee scene in general.
Address and Phone
The Element building
Corner of Tampa and Polk Streets
Tampa, FL 33602