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Society Notebook: Coffee By Design Marks 25 Years Of Serving The Community


The coffee options couldn’t have been more on point, with the 1994 Blend and the Diamond Street Blend being served at Coffee By Design’s 25th anniversary open house June 30 at the Diamond Street shop and roastery. The six-hour event featured a coffee blending competition, a coffee tasting, a nonprofit fair and performances by singers, dancers and drummers from around the world.

“Coffee By Design goes out of its way to be inclusive and inviting in a way that makes it more than a coffee shop,” said Katie Tomer. “I see it as a community builder and as a catalyst for social change.”

Coffee By Design has three locations in Portland, one in Freeport, a cafe at Idexx’s headquarters in Westbrook and hundreds of wholesale accounts, employing 65 Mainers. It all starts with coffee beans procured through socially responsible business relationships with farmers and co-ops in Brazil, Burundi, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras and Indonesia.

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