For our family, and so many others, coffee has become a big part of our lives. It’s what we drink when we are with family and friends. It’s the comforting cup that gets us through the day. It’s the smooth, warm – or cold, delight. So many flavors, aromas, roasters…so much to taste. Coffee is an experience. One that we have always enjoyed.
The idea for Tampa Coffee Club started around the kitchen table during a Sunday family dinner “how can we put good, local coffee, into the hands of our community members?” There are so many roasters in the Tampa area that are crafting the perfect beans. These are people, just like you and I, that have a dream and a passion. That passion is reflected in the coffee they serve to their customers. Coffee that is much different than the months old bags sitting on the grocery store shelves.
We decided we would curate a box with high-quality, small batch, artisan coffees from different local roasters. Each month these freshly roasted beans would make their way to your doorstep. This would allow everyone to enjoy these delicious coffees and would also help spread the word about the roasters we have right here in our own backyard.
Once our concept was born, we got to work on making it become a reality. First, we had to share our idea with the roasters, create partnerships, and work one on one to select only the finest, high quality, beans to share with our members. In just a few short months, we had built relationships with many roasters in the community.
We then had to determine the most effective way to get the beans into the hands of our members. We started meeting with different businesses in the community to create our box. It was important to us that every material in our box be locally sourced. This proved to be quite a challenge, but we were finally able to find manufacturers right here in Tampa that could help us create our design. Our final product included a small box filled with two 5 ounce bags of whole bean coffee from different roasters. Each bag contained a label with specific information about the coffee. The tasting notes, process, region, roast level, and growing conditions; the stuff you don’t get in the grocery store aisle. We also wanted to showcase the roasters and highlight their businesses. We achieved this by designing a Vitals card with each roaster’s story.
Within 60 days from our discussion around that kitchen table, we had created a product that we were extremely excited to share with the community. Our first box shipped on June 30th, 2015.
Everything since then has been a whirlwind. We received an overwhelming amount of support from our community and our idea was embraced with great interest. We were awarded “Best Doorstep Delivery” by Creative Loafing in September 2015. We were approached by countless roasters in the Tampa Bay region who wanted to become a part of our monthly box. We supported many events in the community and helped spread the word of the great coffee right here in our area. Our idea had become our reality. A reality that had the potential to be more than we had ever imaged.
Throughout our first year in production we learned so much. We did so many things right, but we quickly realized we had to make some improvements. Just like any new business, you learn. over time, how you can make it better. We began to take note of some changes that would not only help our product grow, but would also allow us to make this experience more personal for every member. In May 2016, we decided to relaunch Tampa Coffee Club and make the necessary improvements to help take our company to the next level. As a part of this re-launch, we created a brand new box that would be easier to ship, resealable bags, and a fresh logo design that would stand out. We also revamped our website to make it more user friendly and allow our customers different options to buy and receive coffee. These changes have helped us to deliver even more coffee and showcase our local artisan roasters.
As we continue to grow Tampa Coffee Club, we couldn’t be more excited for the future. Being involved in our community and putting fresh, delicious, coffee into your hands is our sole purpose.
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