Portland coffee trucks plan rally


William Hardy of Vagabond Coffee Car. Photo by Katie King.

Need a reason to get out of bed Sunday morning? The proud and nimble fleet of Portland coffee trucks line up on along the Eastern Prom with innovative elixirs. The two hour rolling mobile coffee rally toasts the swan song of The Sugarbird Coffee Truck (sold this month to Tandem Coffee Roasters).

“We are better together,” said Justin DeWalt, who is dreaming up a buttery, milky coffee beverage to showcase in this two-hour “mobile coffee celebration” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Joining Dewalt, owner of Sugarbird, is Vagabond Coffee Car and Maker’s Mug. All caffeine vendors will debut a custom beverage that deviates from their menu. (And may have never been attempted in these parts before).

Hardy, who dispenses nitro cold brew from his vintage 1949 International Harvester, is working on a Southeast Asian drink, which he is keeping under wraps. “All drinks will be globally inspired and definitely won’t have been served before in Portland before,” he said. All will have caffeine and clock in around $2 to $5.


After a successful summer in the Old Port, Dewalt sold his truck to Tandem’s William and Kathleen Pratt, who will use the roomy vessel to expand their catering biz. “We want to do events. Want to do farmer’s markets. We have been looking for a truck for a long time,” said Kathleen Pratt, who is eyeing the Brunswick farmer’s market as a summer basecamp. “This is perfect.”

Tandem’s star baker Brianna Holt is dreaming up portable food truck exclusives, so you’ll want to flag this rig down when it launches next April. Speaking of treats, Urban Sugar Donuts will be on hand Sunday to help cleanse your palate between cuppings.

Coffee on the Prom is Sunday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Top of Cutter Street. Wake up and smell the aroma.



Kathleen Pierce

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