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Two Furloughed Baristas Launch Pond Coffee in the Marigny

13:13 April 07, 2020
By: Kim Ranjbar

At a time when restaurants, cafes and other small businesses are rapidly shuttering temporarily and, sadly even permanently, seeing a new venture take root is like a light at the end of the tunnel. Just this past Saturday, former local baristas Kyle McLean and Josh Brodey opened Pond Coffee, a window-service coffee shop inside vegetarian spot Small Mart located on the corner of Chartres and Port.

Before the COVID-19 outbreak and stay-at-home mandate, McLean and Brodey had made plans to launch their new coffee shop this spring. But the duo adjusted quickly, working out a collaboration with Small Mart's owner Bryant Wilms to open last weekend, keeping in accordance with local guidelines for food safety.

Serving a small menu of espresso drinks, from Americanos to Matcha Lattes (all made with oatmilk), Pond Coffee is currently sourcing beans from a selection several local and non-local roasters. "We come from a specialty coffee background and we very much value product quality" says McLean. "We're focused on creating a safe, familiar, and enjoyable coffee experience in this time of turbulence and uncertainty. Coffee is more the medium than the message."

Pond Coffee is open Thursday through Sunday from 8:00am to 1:00pm. Follow the Pond on Instagram @pondcoffee

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