It’s late morning at Palate Coffee Brewery in downtown Sanford and — between college students, the suit-and-tie-continugent, a pair of young couples and a cupcake-munching toddler — the place is mobbed.
Tina Kadolph, one of the owners, hurriedly wipes crumbs from a table and shakes her head. “It’s amazing,” she says of the crowd. “We started out not really knowing anything about coffee. We just wanted to be part of the community.”
Although sales are brisk for the two-year-old coffeehouse, for Kadolph, 56, this isn’t so much a business as a mission — and a deeply personal one.