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Bad brew suit: Buddy Brew sues Idaho company over huge, faulty …


It’s massive, unwanted and now the subject of a lawsuit. The elephant in Buddy Brew Coffee’s shop is a 1,000-gallon cold brew coffee machine that, a recent lawsuit says, doesn’t work and has been impossible to return.

Buddy Brew, a Tampa-based coffee roaster with four locations in Tampa, filed a lawsuit in Hillsborough County Circuit Court earlier this month. It claims CoffeeWorks Inc., an Idaho coffee machine supplier, saddled it with an expensive machine that doesn’t work, was delivered late and continues to cost Buddy Brew money.

In early 2017, Buddy Brew agreed to buy the custom machine from CoffeeWorks, whose website claims it provides “the new standard in cold brewed coffee equipment.” Buddy Brew got a discount on the machine, paying $164,550 for it in exchange for hosting monthly demonstrations of the device for prospective customers.

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