I lived in the Tampa Bay area from 1994-1998. It was during that time that I first became an espresso drinker. I give a lot of credit to Jet City Espresso, which resided in South Tampa. They are long gone, but I will always remember and be grateful for the many outstanding espresso drinks I had there. I learned a lot about coffee from Jet City.
The owner of the coffee house was originally from Seattle, which is why it was named Jet City Espresso. I even recall they used Seattles Best Coffee for their roaster. That was long before Starbucks acquired SBC.
Today I was digging through some old backup files looking for something completely unrelated when I stumbled upon this graphic. It was July 1996. I scanned in a newspaper ad they had published and then using Microsoft Paint (Windows 95!), I added some color.
UPDATE JUNE 2011: Jet City Espresso has returned to Tampa! 318 S. Edison Ave., Tampa, FL 33606 Jet City on Facebook.
Jun 6, 2011 — 4:47 am
You ROCK MAS!!!! Thank you so much 🙂 Can’t wait to see you back in Seattle or have you visit us here in Tampa~