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Kahwa Coffee Roasters Opens Drive-Thru Location

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After years of anticipation, Kahwa Coffee Roasters has finally opened its new drive-thru location at 6601 4th St N in St. Petersburg. This milestone marks a significant expansion for the beloved local coffee roaster, which has been a staple in the Tampa Bay area for 18 years.

The opening of the drive-thru cafe coincides with Kahwa’s 18th anniversary, making it a double celebration for the company and its loyal customers. To commemorate this special occasion, Kahwa is offering an 18% discount on orders placed through their Rewards Mobile App or online ordering until the end of April 18th.[1]

While the drive-thru location is a recent addition, the plans for this expansion have been in the works for quite some time. According to reports, Kahwa first announced their intentions to open a drive-thru cafe in St. Petersburg back in 2021.[1] The unique shipping container design and convenient location on 4th Street North were likely key factors in the decision-making process.

Owners Raphael and Sarah Perrier expressed their gratitude to the community for their unwavering support over the years, stating, “We couldn’t have made it here without you! From St. Pete to Tampa to Sarasota, your loyalty and support mean the world to us.”[1]

The new drive-thru location offers Kahwa’s full range of award-winning coffee and other beverages, as well as their popular menu of baked goods, sandwiches, and snacks. Customers can now enjoy the convenience of a drive-thru or walk-up counter, with the cafe operating daily from 6 AM to 6 PM.[1]

As Kahwa Coffee Roasters continues to expand its footprint in the Tampa Bay area, this new drive-thru location is sure to be a hit among coffee enthusiasts and busy commuters alike, providing a seamless and efficient way to enjoy their favorite Kahwa offerings.

Based on the provided search results, here is a summary of the history of Kahwa Coffee:

Origins and Founding

  • Kahwa Coffee Roasting Company was founded in 2006 by Sarah and Raphael Perrier in St. Petersburg, Florida.[2]
  • They started as a wholesale coffee roaster, but opened their first retail cafe in downtown St. Petersburg in 2008 with the goal of creating a community meeting space.[2]
  • The name “Kahwa” is similar to the Arabic word “qahwah” for coffee, which originated in the Kaffa region of Ethiopia over 1,000 years ago.[3]

Rapid Growth and Expansion

  • In 2008, Kahwa received approval from renowned French chef Paul Bocuse to serve their coffee at his restaurant in Epcot, providing a major boost.[2]
  • By 2019, Kahwa moved into a new 20,000-square-foot roasting facility to support their rapid growth.[12]
  • As of 2022, Kahwa had grown to 15 retail locations in the Tampa Bay area, including 5 drive-thru locations.[11] They are the largest independent coffee roaster in Florida.[14]
  • Kahwa has over 800 wholesale customers across multiple states as far as Utah and the Turks and Caicos Islands.[3]
  • They have plans to continue expanding beyond the Tampa Bay region, with new locations coming to Bradenton, Casey Key, and Dunedin.[3][11]

The search results highlight Kahwa’s origins as a small local roaster that rapidly grew into a major regional player in just over 15 years through quality products, community focus, and strategic expansion.[2][3][11][12][14]

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Citations:
[1] https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/india-coffee-lost-culture-mughal-empire
[2] https://kahwacoffee.com/pages/about
[3] https://www.tampabay.com/news/business/2020/01/23/kawah-coffee-has-no-plans-to-slow-down-with-four-new-shops-in-the-works/
[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kahwah
[5] https://kahawa1893.com
[6] https://kopiluwakdirect.com/middle-east-history-culture/
[7] https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-22190802
[8] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_coffee
[9] https://qataramerica.org/the-tradition-of-qahwa/
[10] https://www.visitsaudi.com/en/eat/guides/qahwa-culture-101-how-is-saudi-coffee-made
[11] https://www.tampabay.com/news/business/2022/09/02/coffee-chain-kahwa-looking-to-expand-beyond-tampa-bay/
[12] https://ilovetheburg.com/lucky-13-kahwa-coffee-celebrates-anniversary-with-move-into-20000-square-foot-warehouse/
[13] https://yelp.com/biz/kahwa-coffee-roasting-tampa-2
[14] https://ilovetheburg.com/kahwa-big-papi-blend/
[15] https://www.amazon.com/live/video/0ff18368d25642239720231d6e09db6e
[16] https://www.visitsarasota.com/article/sarasota-coffee-fix-caffeine-fiends-guide-roasted-bean-scene

Citations:
[1] https://ilovetheburg.com/kahwa-drive-thru-4th-street/

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