On a lazy Saturday afternoon bike ride up Cole Street, I smelled the unmistakable aroma of coffee in the air. There was no café in sight, but rather an open garage filled with bags of coffee and a tiny roasting machine in the corner.
The mom-and-pop company is called Bird and Bear, an upstart coffee operation from former Sightglass employee Dan Streetman. During the beginning of the pandemic, the city’s coffee shops pivoted to to-go only to account for the closure of indoor dining, and many employees like Streetman faced layoffs. With over a decade of history in the specialty coffee industry working for pioneering roasters like Austin’s Cuvee and New York’s Irving Farm, Streetman seized the moment as an opportunity to launch a new project sourcing beans from farms he’d visited throughout his career.