1. The customer who is such good friends with the barista that the barista forgets they’re a customer.
Oh, Daniel, did you want something?
7:00 a.m. Roll out of bed. Sneakers and jeans today. A full day at Palate is my workout of the week.
7:15 a.m. Long-board through Sanford. I can feel the town still sleeping. Storefront windows are dark. Air-conditioning crackling them awake.
7:30 a.m. Open up Palate. The smell of brisket wafts across the street from Fuel BBQ.
7:45 a.m. Early-morning customers linger outside. One of them helps me unfold the side-lot tables. Talk about eager beavers.
Did you know all the profits go to fight human trafficking? Palate Coffee Brewery is part of Tina and Carl Kadolph’s anti-trafficking nonprofit Love Missions. They raise awareness in the community and take yearly trips to Guyana to build safe houses for girls rescued out of the sex trade. Pretty cool, huh?