When I go to the coffee shop, it’s not usually for the coffee. Only one or two spots in town can brew a better cup than I. They have expensive, well-maintained espresso machines, carefully roasted beans, and baristas who know how to shoot a shot. But unless they are on top of their game, I can still out brew them with my stovetop moka pot.
It’s 5:30 Friday night and, right on schedule, Darra Perdaems opens the window at the Poverello Center’s food pantry. She’s a volunteer and a student at the University of Montana. The people she’ll chat with and help over the next few hours are hungry.