Our chef and co-owner, Robin Bodak had been trying to find a way to stay connected to the community. One night, while feeling completely helpless, she came across a photo series Behind Closed Doors in Portland Maine and she was flooded with inspiration.
She wrote in a community group so see if anyone would be interested in creating a series for New Haven small business owners exploring our experiences through this time. Robin got a late-night text from Lisa Tedesco, a local filmmaker friend, and the wheels started running! We call it Unstill Life, and this is our first feature... we hope you enjoy it!
Ryan Taylor of The Coffee Pedaler
1. What is your background and when did you know you wanted to open up shop for yourself?
I used to play drums in bands. I played a show in Brooklyn and wanted a coffee for the ride back to New Haven. I ended up at a highly regarded specialty cafe without knowing that this level of coffee existed! We are probably going back 15 years ago or so. I had my first pour over coffee, and it was game over from there. I knew I wanted to bring this to New Haven someday.
2. Why was New Haven your choice? How has the climate and city treated you thus far?
New Haven is where I call home, it’s my roots. It was easy to choose New Haven because I wanted to make a mark and do this for the community.
3. Why do you think it’s important to remain open during this time and support the community?
I feel it’s important for us to stay open during this difficult time for a few reasons. Coming here helps break up the monotony of being confined from people currently. It’s also a friendly face to talk to briefly and have a great cup of coffee. There’s a strong sense of community here. People are thankful each day that there is still a place for them to escape to for a few moments.
4. What is a recommendation you’d give from your menu for people who haven’t tried your establishment yet?
Try a pour over. Hands down. It’s coffee in its purest form......and hey, it’s what changed my perception on what coffee could be!
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Photography by: Lisa Tedesco