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Bolster, Snow & Co. creates a coffee by design


The training room at Coffee By Design has a more businesslike air than the busy bar out front, where coffee fiends sip their favorite brews over a laptop or animated conversation with a friend.

This room, where coffeemakers big and small line the back wall, is where your favorite barista learns about a new bean or perfects his latte art, drawing hearts and tulips in milk foam over and over again until they’re perfect. Last week, it was more like a laboratory, the site of a taste test to create just the right coffee blend to serve at the Portland restaurant Bolster, Snow & Co. and its adjoining hotel, The Francis.

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