by Debbie Handelsman

With cooler nights rolling in, and unpredictable fall weather systems on the horizon, one thing’s for certain, Beaches & Beans Coffee Co. has carved out a niche in the East End coffee scene.  Long before Montauk became the place to be seen, everything Montauk revolved around one thing…the ocean.  Be it surfing, diving, or world class fishing (which subsequently got Montauk coined, “A small drinking town, with a big fishing problem,”) everything Montauk was rooted in the saltwater that surrounded its shores.  When you strip away the modern trends that have invaded Montauk ever since it became a “thing,” the backbone of Montauk still is, and will always be, one that revolves around the ocean.  The folks behind Beaches & Beans have tapped into that fabled saltwater vein of the East End, and perfected an organic fair-trade coffee geared towards the saltwater sportsman.  Let me tell you this, Beaches & Beans takes their coffee as seriously as their time on the water.  Whether they’re hunting Bluefin Tuna in the canyons, chasing the next swell at ditch plains, or roasting coffee…they’re all in!  Quality is their #1 priority, and they have scoured the globe in order to get their hands on the best tasting, premium, organic and fair trade beans.  They don’t do anything halfway, which means your cups will be consistently filled with full bodied and exceptionally smooth tasting coffee, to fuel all your ocean adventures.

The Montauk community has taken notice and welcomed them with open arms.  Their coffee is now available at both Kai-Kai locations (Main Street & Gosman’s Dock), Sam’s Star Island Yacht Club, the IGA in Amagansett, Northshore Farms, and more locations in the works.  If you can’t make it out east, you can always have them ship it to you via their website www.beachesandbeans.com.

Last month Beaches and Beans partnered with Jimmy Buffet’s Last Mango Boatworks to create the one of a kind “Even Keel” blend.  This premium blend, like all Beaches & Beans blends, is formulated from the highest quality, 100% organic, fair trade coffee beans, and meticulously roasted to consistently produce a full bodied and exceptionally smooth tasting coffee.  No stone was left unturned when creating this exceptional line of coffee.

What’s even better than the coffee, is the cause behind the Last Mango organization.  All proceeds from “Even Keel” coffee sales, as well as the other apparel they offer goes directly to two charities near and dear to their hearts. Singing for Change (SFC Charitable Foundation, Inc.), is a private foundation established by Jimmy Buffett, as a way of saying thank you to the friends, fans, and concert-goers around the country who have loyally supported his music career.  Freedom Fighter Outdoors serves injured veterans by connecting them through teamwork based outdoor recreational activities, and additionally provides them with a unique, once in a lifetime outdoor experience. FFO honors and empowers our nations injured service veterans. “As a family comprised of a law enforcement and military backgrounds, including two purple hearts, the timing was fortuitous to be able to partner with Last Mango Boatworks.  The opportunity to work with a company who embodies the very same values as yourself does not come along often, and that is what we found with Last Mango Boatworks.” ~ Steve Handelsman (Owner of Beaches & Beans Coffee Co.)  So, while your sipping some “Even Keel” on the way out to the fishing grounds, you can take solace in the fact that you’re supporting some extraordinary causes, and truly embracing the Last Mango, “See the good side” spirit.