Hall of Fame: Nossa Familia Coffee

On the recommendation of a friend, I just popped into Nossa Familia’s newest location on SE Division and 20th in Portland. My friend suggested I check the place out because when she visited a couple of weeks ago, she was delighted by the accessibility of the environment and the friendly, fat-positive enthusiasm of the shop’s barista.

When I stopped by, I placed my order (London Fog and Blueberry Hazelnut oatmeal--I recommend both btw) and started taking pics of chairs, you know, like you do.

At this point, the baristas struck up a conversation. One said, “It’s a cute place, isn’t it?” I replied, “Yes, it is. But I’m actually taking photos because I’m the founder of a review--”. “Are you the founder of AllGo?!” one of the baristas interjected excitedly.

I confessed that I am the founder of AllGo and we struck up a great conversation.

My New Favorite Barista’s name is Danielle Berger and I was delighted to learn that she’d been advocating for accessibility for all bodies within the Nossa Familia company, particularly at this new location. She shared about the lengths she went to find cozy, sturdy chairs for inside, tables with pedestal bases (as opposed to corner leg styles, which are unnecessarily restrictive), and probably the hardest of all--plus-friendly patio chairs!

Danielle told me about her efforts to advance the cause of plus-size accessibility within Portland’s coffee community more broadly. She’s raised the issue at industry events. She also plans to host an info session specifically on plus-size accessibility soon for people who make furniture and layout choices in Portland’s most iconic recreational space: The Independent Coffee House.

If you’d like to be notified of Danielle’s event when the details are finalized, comment with your email address below.

Please join me in giving Danielle the recognition she deserves for advancing this topic and a sincere thanks to Nossa Familia for supporting her efforts. And if you aren’t already a Nossa customer, become one.

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