Our team at Tiny Footprint headquarters is expanding! We just hired two summer interns to help us build our brand, sell coffee and more.


Today we sat down for our daily round of coffee with Marta Klopf, a junior hailing from Italy who studies at Minneapolis College of Art & Design and majors in Graphic Arts. She told us all about her school, hobbies and what she loves about Tiny Footprint Coffee.


Why Tiny Footprint Coffee?

I wanted to do what I love for a company that does good things for the world and the environment, and be part of something with a bigger purpose than myself.


What does a typical day in the office look like?
I am a graphic design intern, so I work on signage, graphics, and a lot of other fun things that involve images and text.


What do you do outside the office?
I love being by the lake, or outdoors in general. I like food and cooking. I like reading, especially mystery novels. I also like dancing and road trips.


Why do you love coffee?
I like that there are a million things you can learn and discover about it, and I definitely want to do more of that while I am at Tiny Footprint.


What is your background?
I was born and raised in Italy, but during my senior year of high school I participated in an exchange program in Hudson, WI. I loved it so much that I decided to go to college in Minneapolis. I am currently a junior at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where I study graphic design, which is pretty exciting.


What are you most excited for in working for Tiny Footprint?
Being part of a great group of great people.


Our team at Tiny Footprint headquarters is expanding! We just hired two summer interns to help us build our brand, sell coffee and more.

Today we sat down for our daily round of coffee with Annie Shapiro, a senior hailing from Los Angeles who studies at Macalester College and majors in Environmental Studies and Pre-Law. She told us all about her background, her hobbies and her journey to Tiny Footprint.


Why Tiny Footprint Coffee?
It’s delicious. Honestly. But I was also intrigued by its carbon-negative philosophy and its partnerships with businesses in the Twin Cities that are focused on natural, organic and sustainable food sourcing.


What does a typical day in the office look like?
Come in the door, drink coffee. Meet with and contact individuals from businesses, colleges and co-ops. Drink coffee. Write blog posts, make calls, brainstorm with co-workers while eating copious amounts of blue corn tortilla chips and Cliff bars. Drink coffee and don’t stop until it’s time to go home.


What do you do outside the office?
In my spare time, I create terrariums (miniature indoor gardens), listen to/play music, ride my bike, explore the Twin Cities, take photographs and plan my next travel adventure.


Why do you love coffee?
It keeps me going when nothing else can.


What is your background?
I’m a senior studying Environmental Studies, Pre-Law and Political Science at Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN. I’m really passionate about environmental law, especially renewable energy, water and nuclear waste law. I just returned from a semester in Panama, where I studied tropical ecology, marine organisms, biodiversity conservation and sustainable agriculture while living with local Panamanians. It was amazing to see how organic coffee production is evolving against the backdrop of new industry in the developing world.


What are you most excited for in working for Tiny Footprint?
Above all, I’m excited to work for a small business that is so dedicated to preserving its environmental mission. I want to learn the art of coffee and understand the logistics of managing a successful business like Tiny Footprint without compromising its integrity and passion.