Kahwa’s Roasting Facility

Kahwa Owners

Leon and I recently had a chance to meet with Raphael and Sarah Perrier, the owners of Kahwa Coffee, at their roasting facility in St. Petersburg.

Kahwa Coffee Roasting Facility

Kahwa Owners

They graciously opened their doors to us and spent time showing us around. We really enjoyed learning about the history of Kahwa and their deep-rooted love for coffee. Kahwa opened in 2006. They wanted to provide people with high quality coffee and a place to enjoy it. Aside from the big chains, there weren’t many local coffee shops at the time. They opened their first cafe in St. Pete in 2008 and had great success. Today, they have 7 cafes with plans to open more in the near future.

During our tour of the roasting facility, we were able to see the production process from start to finish. They had large burlap bags filled with green coffee beans that had been shipped in from locations around the world. The raw beans were poured into the large roaster and cooked to perfection. Once the beans were roasted, they were released into a massive cooling pan. The aroma throughout the warehouse was incredible!

Kahwa Roaster

After cooling, the beans were stored in large containers; ready to be packaged, stamped, and shipped.

Kahwa Packaging Stamp

Kahwa offers four brands of coffee. Sirroco is a medium dark roast; rich and powerful in flavor. Mistral is a signature espresso blend; medium roasted, smooth, and perfectly balanced. Boreas is soft and mellow; a lighter roast. And Zonda is a decaffeinated medium roast that packs a strong aroma and flavor.

We were lucky enough to try some of their espresso during our visit. Raphael made us a fresh cup and it was smooth and delicious.

Kahwa Tasting

We had a great time touring the roasting facility and getting to know Raphael and Sarah. We can’t wait to share their amazing coffee with our subscribers.

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