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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/ MARKETING MAVEN

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/ Business Navigator

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

CO-FOUNDER

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.

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.

JOEL EASTLICK

GREEN COFFEE GOVERNOR

Tampa Bay native and Founder of Eastlick Coffee Co, Joel trained as a coffee roaster at one of New York City’s best espresso bars. He returned to our neck of the woods to join us as supervisor for Made’s coffee sourcing and roasting program.

RENATA EASTLICK

SENSORY STRATEGIST

Born in Rio De Janeiro and raised in the 305, Renata has been a coffee lover for decades. Having traveled the world, she has a palette for unique coffee origins and is the co-founder of Eastlick Coffee Company.

Brennan Rodriguez

RoaSTAR and 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.

Michael Mayer

Coffee Tank Commander

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.