That’s the motto of what is a coffee shop institution in the Tampa, Florida area, Buddy Brew.
This was my first, and hopefully one of many, visits to this side of the sunshine state. I literally got to town and my dear friend had a few places we thought we should go. And Buddy Brew was on the list. But which location?
I honestly don’t remember which of the shoppes we were exactly but I believe this was the third Buddy Brew that we came to and decided this would work. I honestly was just grateful and happy to be a part of something new and hopefully something special.
When you go away, you want to get as much in as possible. But at the same time you don’t want to go too crazy that you don’t fully appreciate what is going on.
This was my first tea related experience on my trip, and will be nowhere close to the last. I have so much to write about but I had told myself and my friend that this would be the first and it would be going up today.
Of course leave it to me for another coffee shop (which does carry their own selections of tea, more on that in a bit) to be my first of many tea experiences, that will hopefully be conveyed properly. Some are going to be loaded with enthusiasm. Actually many of them will.
So will this one but maybe not at the heightened level it deserves. I just got here, I have no idea what I’m doing. But in honor of National Iced Tea Day which was on June 10th, I decided to do one of many belated celebrations here by ordering myself a glass (or plastic to go cup) of Iced Sweet Mango Tea. Should that all be capitalized? Well I did it anyways.
The tea was sweet, but not overly sweet that it you might think wouldn’t be genuine. But honestly, I was sweating, I was thirsty, and just about anything within reason would be refreshing. I also sampled coffee and pastries at a couple of places prior (there’s the part about not doing too much already rearing it’s something head) so maybe my taste buds and mind were all over the place.
But in all seriousness I enjoyed this tea. I tasted enough mango mixed in with black tea that I appreciated this greatly. It’s hard to truly appreciate and review iced tea though. It’s a different beast then drinking teas hot and fully immersing yourself in all the flavors, the leaves, the dried fruits, and all the scents it has to offer, versus an iced tea which leaves it open to interpretation even more so.
Or maybe we shouldn’t take it too seriously and enjoy the chilled tea, enjoy the spring, the summer, and the warm weather.
I make it a point on my trips to live in the moment, appreciate life and the surroundings all around me without sharing too much with the rest of the world. I took pictures yes but then I turned my camera off, and put the phone down to just feel good about where I was. I had great company, a great iced tea, and was already on a roll and I had just landed.
The pastry is a gluten free vegan brownie that tasted exactly as advertised. And in this inviting and welcoming weather, it paired perfectly with my tea.
This is only the beginning though. My early fandom of Buddy Brew is only just beginning. I mean look at their logo. How can you not love that? Happy looking dogs, cats, and just about any other animal will always win me and many others over.
I didn’t get an additional coffee, but my friend did, and it didn’t stick out with me as anything out of this world. But I will gladly try another cup again. This is a tea blog so that isn’t too much of a concern.
But what I must do, because I didn’t give myself a chance on this go around, is to sample their own teas, either by ordering online, or by making a return to one of their locations, which I’ll hopefully remember next time.
And of course here is their coffee selection.
I’m just getting warmed up. I’ve got to come back here and talk about other things. I’m just excited to recant bits and pieces of my getaway. I want to profess my love for Buddy Brew because I know there’s so much to love.
But like with any trip, no need to do (or in this case say) everything. Oh man but I love where this is going.
I will be back again…