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Drawing its name from the French slang word for coffee (and its original African name), Kahwa Coffee roasts and brews here in St. Petersburg.

The roasting process began in 2006, with the first cafe opening in the St. Pete downtown area the same year. Since then, the company has grown significantly. Several cafes scatter throughout St. Petersburg and beyond into the greater Tampa Bay area. It has also expanded into online shopping, selling its coffee to buyers around the continental United States. In a little more than a decade, Kahwa Coffee has become a fierce competitor with Starbucks and other industry giants.

Company Overview

Company Name

Kahwa Coffee

Year Established


Number of Employees



Kahwa Coffee Roasting Company opened its doors in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida in 2006. All our roasting is done at our production site here in Tampa Bay. We bring over 15 years of experience in the coffee industry to combine passion and expertise in our process. You can enjoy our coffee at discerning establishments in the Tampa Bay area as well as all over Florida and nationwide. Proudly roasted in Tampa Bay, Kahwa Coffee only selects 100 percent Arabica beans of the highest quality that are roasted and packaged on demand to guarantee freshness.

Awards & Accolades

Creative Loafing Reader’s Choice for “Best Coffee Shop” 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

Core values/mission statement

We are passionate about great coffee. Our goal is to bring our customers a consistent product that will delight any palate from amateur to connoisseur.

Company Leadership

Raphael Perrier


Raphael Perrier is a co-owner of Kahwa Coffee. He holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Temple University, and is trilingual, possessing fluency in English, French and Spanish. Perrier has a wealth of business experience, having worked as an account executive, and as the owner and operator of a bar and club prior to founding Kahwa.

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