On the Town: St. Pete Coffee Tour blends coffee, community

By Sara Belsole, Reporter
Last Updated: Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 5:31 PM EDT

Get excited, Bay area java lovers. You can now satisfy your caffeine craving on a St. Pete Coffee Tour.

  • Tour provides stops at specialty coffee shops
  • Tour has three stops, spending 45 minutes at each
  • To register for a tour, visit stpetecoffeetour.com
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With specialty coffee shops popping up around Downtown St. Pete, coffee connoisseur Brendan Smith got an idea.

"Wouldn’t it be cool if we could just hop around and do a pub crawl but with coffee shops?" Smith said.

Thus, the St. Pete Coffee Tour was born.

"We usually go to about three different shops, spend 45 minutes at each shop, taste a couple of different samples, maybe compare a couple of different coffees, learn how to brew,” Smith said.

The Bikery—half bicycle shop, half coffee shop—is a frequent stop on the tour.

“It’s great to be part of the tour because Brendan is teaching people how specialty coffee is different,” Bikery co-owner Neal Norton said. “So he is providing a service to the community, but it’s also one of the main parts of what we want to do which is to teach how great coffee is different from your standard brew you get from the super market.”

For those sick of the daily grind, a coffee tour is for you.

"You’re going to learn what good coffee should taste like,” Smith said.

Other coffee shops that Smith includes on his tour include Intermezzo Coffee and Cocktails, Craft Kafe, Southside Coffee Brew Bar, Bandit Coffee Co., Black Crow Coffee Shop and Story Brooke Craft Coffee Bar.

To register for a tour, visit their website at stpetecoffeetour.com.