In anticipation of the upcoming Baker’s Dozen Coffee, Beer & Doughnut Festival happening March 12, Portland Notes set to the streets to pick the brains of this event’s organizers. We suspected that the kind of creative minds that would partner these delicious items together in an all-ages festival would also be introducing an entirely new level of artistry – so far, so great…every participant in this festival is a true artist, and we look forward to talking with them all!
Steven Shomler, author of Portland Food Cart Stories, Portland Beer Stories, and Coffee Stories and Doughnut Tales introduced us to this tasty festival and the participants. Steven hosts a show on Portland Radio Project called Tasty Tuesday, where he introduces listeners to the many aspects of enjoying Portland’s culinary delights. This festival, sponsored by Brian Yaeger Presents and hosted by Culmination Brewing, is creative, unusual, and thought-provoking…what a fun event – Portland Notes is so grateful to be included! Steven referred me to Todd Edwards in order to get an inside look at what inspires this one-of-a-kind local event.
I was energized by my coffee and conversation with Olé Latte founder and owner, Todd Edwards, who has a special part in the festival – the cooperative creation of a uniquely Northwest beer, born of coffee and a secret (revealed in the podcast below…) seasonal ingredient that will surprise and delight you! Todd also shared so much more besides Olé Latte’s delicious coffee. He shared his purpose and heart with us. It takes a great deal of trust and a spirit of community to bring an event like this to fruition. Todd exemplifies that spirit in all that he does with Olé Latte.
Todd Edwards was a joy to interview – I felt that there was still so much more to learn from him. The man is so loved and appreciated that we could not get more than a block without a pedestrian stopping to say hello! He has started posting “storytime” on the Olé Latte Facebook page, customers’ photos are seen all over the page – huge smiles on their faces as they drink local artisan coffee at one of the three thriving locations – City Center, PSU, and Happy Valley. We visited the cart on 10th and SW Alder – constant traffic with repeat customers, as well as tourists who had been advised to visit and try the seasonal Portland Pine signature latte. Olé Latte’s Suspend Coffee board allowed for customers to anonymously pay forward and provide coffee or a pastry for a future visitor. The sidewalk was a great place for all to get warmed up and have a nice moment of conversation.
In the interview below, Todd discusses the origins of his fascination with coffee, the brand new beer being created for the festival, his support and promotion of the heart and body-warming “Suspended Coffee” movement, and the importance of relying on local sources.
More stories on this amazing festival to follow – to be able to enjoy live music and sample 13 coffee beers and 13 doughnuts all in one place? My mouth is watering already! All-ages admitted (21+ for alcohol, of course). Tickets available. Proceeds to benefit Friends of the Children.