It's wild that 15 years ago, our bud (and wonderful customer) Gillian Britt and her husband, Jim, had a hunch that something like this would be a great way for restaurants from around the state to get some more butts in seats at the slooooowest time of year.
It was very slightly thrilling but mostly terrifying. It's a small miracle no one barfed on their shoes.
As firm believer that coffee is the adhesive that holds the universe and our collective good will together, I am forever grateful to the folks at Tandem for their incredible work.
Portland based Tandem Coffee Roasters was started by Kathleen and Will Pratt in 2012. Tandem offers a rotating list of single-origin coffees and seasonal blends. In 2014 they opened their second location in Portland's West End, Tandem Bakery and Cafe. Along with serving their fresh roasted beans they put a spot light on incredible baked goods. Sticky buns with the optimal level of perfect ooey-gooeyness and a biscuit breakfast sandwich whose subtle alchemy eludes accurate description. (It's insanely good.)
Just a couple things in this short holiday newsletter.
1. Collecting for La Colaborativa and Preble Street. This year we will be collecting items for our friends at La Colaborativa (Chelsea, MA) and Preble Street (Portland, ME) to help address food insecurity this winter. They have asked for specific donations of black beans, sugar, salt and vegetable oil. If you wish to contribute please leave these items out and your driver will collect them. We are hoping to get 300 of each!