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In Tampa, Buddy Brew’s Flagship Cafe is Now a Victoria Arduino ShowroomDaily Espresso Information by Roast Journal

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A view into the brand new Buddy Brew Academy Powered by Victoria Arduino in Tampa, Florida. All pictures courtesy of Buddy Brew Espresso.

Tampa, Florida-based Buddy Brew Espresso has partnered with Simonelli Group, the guardian group of Italian espresso tools model Victoria Arduino, to create a showroom and low coaching middle.

Known as the “Buddy Brew Academy, Powered by Victoria Arduino,” the power lately opened behind a glass wall in direction of the again of Buddy Brew’s 1,700-square-foot flagship cafe in Tampa. It options absolutely put in Victoria Arduino industrial tools organized in a gallery fashion, each for present and for work. 

Visitors to the lately renovated house can browse, take a look at and place orders for Victoria Arduino on the spot.

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Buddy Brew Founders Dave and Susan Ward with Buddy Brew Espresso Coaching Supervisor Josh Thomas inside the brand new Buddy Brew Academy. 

At the moment put in is a 3-group volumetric Victoria Arduino Black Eagle Maverick espresso machine that includes the corporate’s new Pure Brew know-how, a 2-group volumetric Eagle One machine, and the E1 Prima and Prima EXP machines.

Grinders paired with the machines embody the Victoria Arduino Mythos MYG75 and My75, and a Eureka Atom 65.

“Our collaboration unites the strengths of each corporations, leveraging Victoria Arduino’s efficiency and Buddy Brew Espresso’s espresso experience,” Marco Feliziani, CEO of Simonelli Group, Italy, stated in a joint press launch. “Collectively, we intention to ship unparalleled worth, pioneering training and an enhanced espresso expertise for purchasers.”


Buddy Brew Espresso plans to make the most of the power as a coaching hub for baristas working at its eight retail places, its cellular espresso truck and the espresso bars of its wholesale companions. The espresso firm additionally plans to supply public courses inside the house. 

Based as a roasting firm by Dave and Susan Ward in 2007, Buddy Brew as soon as housed roasting operations on the West Kennedy Avenue constructing. Roasting has since moved off web site, however the location stays the Flagship Buddy Brew cafe. 

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A view into the cafe from the Academy.

The partnership with Simonelli Group expands the Italian firm’s rising footprint all through the world. In partnership with totally different distributors, the group has opened Victoria Arduino “Expertise Lab” showrooms in Jakarta, Barcelona and London (UK) lately. 

To inaugurate the U.S. facility, Italian Barista Champion and 2023 World Barista Championship runner-up Daniele Ricci visited as a “visitor barista,” demonstrating his newest methods on the tools.

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Daniele Ricci at Buddy Brew Academy.

“This distinctive partnership with our pals at Simonelli Group in Italy is a dream come true,” Dave Ward stated within the joint announcement final week. “You’ll be able to anticipate extra company like Danny to be part of our espresso training courses and product launches sooner or later.”

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Buddy Brew Academy, Powered by Victoria Arduino is positioned inside Buddy Brew Espresso at 2020 W Kennedy Blvd in Tampa. Feedback? Questions? Information to share? Contact DCN’s editors right here



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