[review: di coffee bar]

Photo Credit Sarah Van Blaricum
Since my Examiner.com page wanted to play games and keep telling me I needed to either use Firefox or Chrome to publish (even though I tried to use both), I decided to move my coffeeshop reviews over here to avoid further headache. Today I visited DI Coffee Bar, a place which opened on Davis Island in May of last year. When I still lived on the Island, I would walk there to study over a cup of coffee and a pastry, or just hang out and read. I liked the relaxed vibe, friendly staff – and the coffee wasn’t bad either.

Fast forward to today, when I decided to visit while in Tampa. The vibe was still the same, but with a few extras. In addition to coffee and pastries, DI Coffee Bar now offers beer and wine, sandwiches, yogurt parfaits, and cheese samplers. Being lunchtime, most of the indoor seating was taken, so I decided to grab a seat at the counter outside and enjoy some lunch. The menu: a large cold brew coffee with almond milk, an avocado and Caprese sandwich, and some S. Pellegrino sparkling water:

Photo Credit Sarah Van Blaricum

So how did it hold up? Albeit tasty, my sandwich was a bit on the lukewarm side. I’m not sure if that’s because I didn’t start eating until a couple of minutes after it was brought out, if the fact I was eating outside cooled it down faster, or if it just wasn’t heated up all the way, but it wasn’t as warm as I was expecting it to be. The quality was alright, but I feel you could get just as good a sandwich, if not better, elsewhere for the same price ($6 bucks and some change). The coffee, however, was still on point. As mentioned, I ordered my cold brew with almond milk, sans sweetener (I’m slowly weaning myself off sweetened coffee), and it was delicious. It had a nice, roasted flavor with just enough bite to let you know you were getting your caffeine fix. DI Coffee Bar supports local and Florida-based businesses by using both Panther Coffee and Ybor’s own Naviera Coffee Mills in its brews, so if you’re looking for a way to “shop local,” it has you covered (they also feature TeBella Tea Company teas if that’s more your speed). It also has free WiFi, so you can work while you sip.

While I wouldn’t recommend this place for a lunch spot, I highly recommend it as a place to go for great coffee, quality pastries, and an atmosphere that is conducive to both catching up on work and catching up with friends. Here’s what you need to know:

My rating: 4 stars

Address & Phone: 214 E. Davis Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606 | (813) 915-5998

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