Rising Star Artisan Will Pratt of Tandem Coffee Roaster - Biography

Portland, ME

March 2014

In an age of the artisan, it’s not unusual to find a craftsman switching from one specialty to another. For Will and Kathleen Pratt, former Blue Bottle employees and a carpenter and painter respectively, that leap came in the form of coffee. Now at the helm of Tandem Coffee in Portland, Maine, the Pratts are working with fellow former Blue Bottle-er Vien Dobui to bring carefully sourced, lovingly prepared coffee to the Northeast.

Not that the Pratts’ experience in coffee is regionally limited. Beyond traveling for Tandem, the Pratts have worked in coffee from coast to coast—in Boston, Martha’s Vineyard, New York, and San Francisco, with Will acting as roaster. Now part of Portland, the Pratts combine their craftsman skills (quite literally) to build a cozy café and roastery of their own, turning a beautiful 1930s brick building in East Bayside into a shared dream of the highest quality coffee. And in 2014 Will was named a StarChefs.com Rising Star Roaster.