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About us

It was all a dream

Our dream started while searching for an answer to a question “Why am I drinking scalding hot coffee in the Florida heat?”. Our founder, Michael Rideout, wanted an answer and thus began the search for a brew with that perfect combo of taste, refreshment and energy. Set the scene in early 2015. We began with humble beginnings of Cold Brew and Nitro Brew poured from taps on the back of a coffee bike. Our product was on draft at local bars and restaurants…but we needed more.

Was the answer a Cold Coffee Cafe? No, there had to be another way. A way to bring the product to the Florida masses. Our first love was beer, so taking a que from our brewery friends, Mike partnered with St. Petersburg fabricator Brew Fab to design a proprietary brew system built for high volume production without a compromise in quality.

Next, we needed a home for this equipment. Build-out on our production facility, affectionately dubbed “The Cannery” began in late 2016. Months of branding decisions and vendor sourcing later, our Cannery was completed and “Florida’s Original Canned Cold Brew” was born. We now roast, brew and CAN our coffee in this production facility in the downtown district of St. Petersburg, FL. Why the can? All about convenience. Cans are welcome anywhere, the boat, the gym, the beach. Why the name Made? We wanted to embrace the process. Our journey has been hands-on from the beginning and we will continue with that mantra in mind.

With a brew system from Florida, a roaster from Idaho and a canning line from Colorado, we’ve assembled the best our country has to offer. Our promise is unwavering: Source, roast, brew and package only the best in specialty coffee and never falter in taste. Our focus is clear: make quality cold coffee perfect for an active, warm weather lifestyle and bring it {conveniently} to our Florida community. Above all, we are Made for Florida.

“No matter where this journey takes us, we will never falter in quality and we will always be transparent in our processes.”

– Michael Rideout

MICHAEL RIDEOUT

FOUNDER/BREW GURU

The Man Behind the Can. A St. Pete native, Mike’s entrepreneurial spirit led to the inception of Made Coffee. No production run too big, no work week too long, don’t tell him no, because he CAN.

TAYLOR PRATER

CO-FOUNDER/ BRAND MANAGER

With an eye for all things aesthetically pleasing and a “It CAN be done” attitude, Taylor handles the day to day operations and marketing ventures. Hailing from St Augustine, Florida, her favorite place is still in a hammock with a can in her hand.

Chris Dowd

Co-Founder

Serial entrepreneur hailing from the frozen north. Chris works behind the scenes to keep the navigational coordinates locked on growth. He believes Made is best served on a boat with a fishing pole at dawn.

RICHARD TRAVIS

PARTNER

Don’t let the stunning good looks fool you. Richard is a Jiu Jitsu World Champion and always has the right advice and an encouraging smile to get the team through the long days.

Grace Fredlake

DIRECTOR OF SALES

Hailing from Notre Dame D1 student-athlete fame, Grace spent time with General Mills before bringing her talents to Made Coffee. She brings to us her passion for all things food + beverage as well as a quick wit and hustle hard spirit.

BRIAN TRAVIS

SALES & LOGISTICS NAVIGATOR

AKA B$. Back in Florida after a recent stint on the West Coast, Brian doubles down as sales support and logistics coordinator. Outside of Made, Brian can be found kicking butt in the boxing gym and spending time with his fam.

Brennan Rodriguez

RoaSTAR & QC, Lady Roaster!

Brennan brings to us her passion for every aspect of the coffee industry, from cafes to roasting to culture. An award winning barista already, she is now slaying our whole bean and roasting program.

BRYCE ANNE TIEFER

SALES SORCERER

Our Ray of Sunshine. Bryce Anne, yes two first names, comes to us from Seattle, WA, lending a West Coast vibe to our array of Floridians.

RACHEL JOLLEY

CONTENT COORDINATOR

Rachel is the founder of Social Media Marketing company, H2H Social. When she is not behind her Nikon, she can be found on the soccer field or at the beach.

Michael Mayer

JUNIOR BREW GURU

Michael doubles down as our Production Assistant and Delivery Driver. Always ready with a helping hand, he makes sure all deliveries go out on time and with a warm smile. When he’s not hustling at Made, you can find him at a Lightning game or in the gym.

REGGIE

ROASTAR EXTRAORDINAIRE

Resident Stud. Reggie is responsible for the quality roasts of all our coffees. He was born at Diedrich Roasters in Ponderay, ID but has made a comfortable home with us in the South.

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