Sunday, July 26, 2020
Photo Tour The Minimalists Open a Coffeehouse
Photo Tour The Minimalists Open a Coffeehouse Exciting news! In January 2016, we, along with a trio of like-minded friends, opened an intentional, multi-roaster coffeehouseâ"Bandit Coffee Co.â"in St. Petersburg, Florida. Were thrilled to soon be spending more time in the Sunshine State, especially after the theatrical run of our documentary, Minimalism. Last weekend we published a photo tour of our simple, well-curated shop on Instagram. Youll find photos from our tour, as well as some favorites from our cofounders and customers, at the bottom of this post. Based on the feedback, the vast majority of our audience loved the tour; however, a handful of naysayers confused our new endeavor as an advertisement, saying we preach about minimalism, so we shouldnt sell coffee, and that only actions are intentional, not shops. But, of course, theres an appreciable difference between advertising and communication. We use our social platforms, blog, and podcast to share our lives, express our views, and communicate with people who find value in our message. We dont, however, advertise (read why we dont advertise), and we dont preach anything. We simply share our story, and this coffeehouse is a new chapter within that story. Besides, minimalism is not about deprivationâ"it is about curation. Bandit is something were passionate about, and our team has worked hard to create a meaningful space that aligns with our values. Perhaps Joshua Weaver, one of our cofounders, explained it best: The shop is indeed intentional. St. Petersburg desperately needed a quality place to socialize and pass the time during the day. Our coffee selection is something were really proud of. Not only does it benefit the consumer by great taste, but we also get to support some amazing roasters, all of whom are independent companies. These roasters ethically source directly from farmers, or act with fair-trade importersâ"both of which have helped revolutionize how we look at sourcing coffee responsibility. As far as our pricing, our customers come from all backgrounds and enjoy being in a nice space where they can spend as little as two bucks for a cup of coffee. Its not about fancy aestheticâ"its about intention. The products we sell have been carefully and purposefully chosen, many of which are from local artisans who create functional products. We arent a corporate company, and we dont want to be. We want to bring people together. We opened the shop with a primary objective in mind: to invest in peopleâ"our staff and the local community. Coffee comes second to that. Thankfully, most folks understood what we were attempting to do: I honestly look at these photos as look at this beautiful thing we created. I find them inspiring, and I only wish there was a shop so serene and intentional where I live. Personally, I enjoy these photos, and I never once thought of them as advertisements. [The Minimalists] just want to share the joy of starting something new. Exactly. Bandit Coffee Co. is now part of The Minimalists life, and were eager to share it with you via the photos below (and in person, if youre ever in the area). And if you are in the Tampa Bay Area, you can join Joshua Fields Millburn and the local minimalist.org meetup group at 7 PM EST on March 9, 2016, for a special free meetup event at Bandit Coffee Co. Bandit Photo Tour View this post on Instagram WEEKENDS w/ @theholedonuts ???? + a vegan donut selection now joins the bunch â" lemon glaze! A post shared by Bandit Coffee Co. (@banditcoffeeco) on Feb 20, 2016 at 6:12am PST View this post on Instagram Welcome to St. Petersburg, @joshuafieldsmillburn! On the 23rd we are excited to have @theminimalists showing their documentary in our space. We have just opened up an additional 25 standing-room-only tickets for the event. For more info visit us at BanditCoffee.co/minimalists. A post shared by Bandit Coffee Co. (@banditcoffeeco) on Jan 16, 2016 at 3:45pm PST View this post on Instagram Meet Katie, our newest Bandit! @ketiileanne is a true ray of sunshine. We couldnt be happier to have her join the team. Give Katie a warm welcome feel free to ask about her love of cats, coffee, and music. ?????? A post shared by Bandit Coffee Co. (@banditcoffeeco) on Feb 29, 2016 at 8:27am PST View this post on Instagram KUMA! Were slinging something new from @kumacoffee â¢ AURA PEREZ, a Colombian coffee with a delicious almond sweetness is now on bar as espresso pour over. Also, decaf is back in action! While were almost done for the day, well see you back here at 8 AM with EVEN MORE @theholedonuts! A post shared by Bandit Coffee Co. (@banditcoffeeco) on Feb 13, 2016 at 2:21pm PST View this post on Instagram Were playing night owl and working late to install more newness in the shop. ?? A few surprises also soon to come this week. As we continue to grow, were learning how to serve you even better. We hear you, were here for you, and we love you, St. Pete. Stay tuned, yall! Well see you tomorrow at 8. ?? A post shared by Bandit Coffee Co. (@banditcoffeeco) on Feb 17, 2016 at 5:09pm PST View this post on Instagram Theres finally a great place to get coffee in the Grand Central District. Lucky for us its two blocks away from our current kitchen headquarters ???? I felt really uncool going in there because it is VERY cool. So beware St. Pete if you see a plaid cladding bandanna head wrap wearing bumpkin in the ultra minimal super hip new coffee shop, its probably me. #communitynotcompetition #coffee #minimalism #craftcoffee #toocool A post shared by The Urban Canning Co. Florida (@theurbancanningco) on Feb 4, 2016 at 7:17am PST View this post on Instagram Were blown away that our first event SOLD OUT in just over 24 hours. Were glad youre just as excited as we are to host @theminimalists and a private screening of #MinimalismFilm next month. If you werent able to snag tickets, you can still hang out with Joshua Ryan on January 24 25 at the shop where they will join us as guest baristas! Its going to be a great time, and even better, all tips will go towards orphan care. Check the link for more details + RSVP. (P.S. â" Nope, you did not miss an opening date announcement. Were still working on finalizing that, but we look forward to seeing you in the new year!) A post shared by Bandit Coffee Co. (@banditcoffeeco) on Dec 19, 2015 at 11:16am PST View this post on Instagram Incredible service and drinks @banditcoffeeco. Amazing space, guys! #?? #thirdwavecoffee #specialtycoffee A post shared by Joel Rudolph (@joelrudolph) on Feb 25, 2016 at 3:33pm PST View this post on Instagram meet Franklin. ?? A post shared by sarah anne siroky weaver (@sarahsiroky) on Feb 26, 2016 at 4:56pm PST Subscribe to The Minimalists via email.