From farmers’ markets to breweries, from cooperatives to events, from cafe openings and cafe expansions, Tiny was all over in 2017. The year has flown by but we have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to our partners and you, our customers. Here are just a few of our favorite parts of the year:
We’re proud to say that we’ve been a part of some great community supported restaurant openings this year. Last spring, J. Selby’s opened with a bang in St. Paul– receiving such an onslaught of excitement for vegan eats that they had to close and reopen with all hands on deck. This winter, we also saw the opening of another one of our accounts, Rebel Donut Bar (also known as Sleepy V’s) in Northeast, pairing truly delicious donuts with our coffee. This Winter, Lucky Oven Bakery opened in South Minneapolis, and if you’re headed west, be sure to visit Ruby’s Roost in their new location, and Crazi Too. You can also find Tiny Footprint at the Wirth Cooperative, which opened this fall, and Mon Petit Cheri in the Seward neighborhood.
This year, we also expanded our presence at the Minneapolis Farmers Market with a full-on outdoor coffee bar. Serving coffee, espresso, and specialty drinks along with Nitro Cold Brew and Kombucha– we had the works. Though the chilly 5 a.m. mornings and the sweltering 12 o’clock summer sun presented some challenges, it was fun to serve Tiny Footprint in a cafe atmosphere all our own.
Down in the southern hemisphere, our friends and partners at the Mindo Cloudforest Foundation worked all year to continue reforesting various reserve sites. This year, they planted over 5,000 native tree species as part of “Treecological,” a program with the organization BOS+. They also hosted many visiting scientists and furthered their research on the golden-winged manakin, one of the many bird species living within the Milpe reserves, where they have reforested.
Back here in Minnesota, 2017 also brought many fun events, valuable experiences, and inspiring partnerships– like serving coffee in the woods at Chef Camp and serving coffee in subzero temperatures at the Winter Beer Dabbler. We also brought coffee to Camp Fair State, All Are Welcome Beer, and joined in the innovative conversations of Creative Mornings. Two of us attended the Specialty Coffee Association Expo in Seattle to make connections with our coffee importers, and early in the year, we worked with the American Swedish Institute to donate a portion of coffee sales to refugee relief. We joined forces with Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative to make 2:Brew, their coffee kolsch, and we partnered with Bootlegger Brewing Kombucha— one of our favorite coffee alternatives– which can be found in many of the same places as Tiny.
And that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. Thank you for your support and for your help in making 2017 a memorable year!
Cheers to 2018!