Hi, we're Kevin & Gee: the duo behind Tempo. We're based in Raleigh and started Tempo in 2020 with the intention of exploring the full potential of cold brew. We handcraft small batches of cold brew concentrates using locally roasted coffee beans and spring water.
With our starting lineup of three products—Tempo Original, Tempo Cinnamon, Tempo Vanilla—we aim to expand cold brew coffee beyond the single line-item it often currently occupies on café menus. All our flavored cold brew concentrates contain only natural ingredients—no added sugars or preservatives.
Every ingredient that goes into making Tempo has been purposely selected. Our search for the perfect coffee beans began with creating a list of local coffee roasters that share our values, most especially Fair Trade.
After six months of small-scale R&D in our kitchen during the pandemic - and testing multiple coffees from over half a dozen roasters in the Triangle, NC - we found the perfect coffee blend for the Tempo concentrate.
For each trial, we blind tasted the cold brew, to make sure we weren’t biased by the coffee origin or name of the roaster during our tastings. Once we had a shortlist of coffees that we liked, we shared them with a panel of coffee addicts, and finally landed on the coffee bean blend that makes Tempo today. #approvedbycoffeeaddicts.