Kahwa coffee fans rejoice.
The local brew is now available in K-cup form.
Tampa Bay-based Kahwa Coffee Roasting Co. unveiled its new K-cup Wednesday, perfect for fans who want just one cup of joe at a time.
K-Cups are plastic containers that hold enough ground coffee for one serving. The cups were originally made for single-cup Keurig coffee machines. Starbucks, Panera and others now offer K-cups in grocery stores and coffee shops nationwide.
Kahwa Coffee roasters worked for nearly a year on the K-cup concept, owner Raphael Perrier said.
"It was important to us to get the right taste. It needed to be the same as if you were ordering at one of our cafes," Perrier said.
"The goal was always for us to expand and compete with bigger brands. In order to do that, we have to offer K-cups," Perrier said. "We've been talking to a couple of retailers, and they've pushed us to do it."
Customers have been asking for K-cups for years too, he said.
Kahwa Coffee K-cups are available for purchase in Kahwa stores around Tampa Bay and will soon be available online. A pack of a dozen cups sells for $9.99.
Kahwa opened its first cafe in St. Petersburg in 2006. The company now has four cafes and three espresso bars around Tampa Bay.