Spielman Bagels & Coffee was built in 2011 on the vision of creating superior products by using sustainable sourcing, traditional baking techniques, and community involvement. All of these ideals are reflected in Spielman’s “Portland Style,” sourdough bagels.
Spielman’s bagels combine both Montréal and New York style techniques, for a uniquely Portland twist. Each batch of Spielman’s bagels is kettle-boiled and baked creating a soft, doughy center and crunchy exterior. Unlike most modern bagel companies, Spielman Bagels uses a sourdough starter as its base, enhancing the flavor and health benefits of their products.
Spielman’s starter is fed with low gluten flour from local supplier, Shepherd's Grain. All Shepherd's Grain wheat is grown through direct seeding, which minimizes soil disturbance and increases surface crop residue. This combination helps to prevent soil erosion by wind and water, improve soil quality, and preserve top soil. Committing to vendors like Shepherd's Grain not only improves the quality of Spielman’s bagels, but also promotes sustainable growing practices in the Pacific Northwest to help preserve the land for future bagel eaters.
Spielman Bagels & Coffee wanted to go farther than just creating an ethically sourced, quality bagel, they wanted to commit to giving back to the community. Every day Spielman donates bagels to the Portland Rescue Mission. The mission provides food, shelter, and recovery services to homeless and recovering men, women, and children. In 2018 alone, Spielman has donated over 100,000 bagels in an effort to help feed Portland’s homeless, one bagel at a time.
Spielman annually donates to many organizations that are focused on bettering the city. The company has sponsored Friends of Trees, which works to plant native trees and shrubs from Eugene to Portland, and Braking Cycles, a non-profit focused on teaching job training skills to teens. Spielman also is a strong supporter of LGBTQ+ rights and donates proceeds of their Rainbow Bagel every year to Pride NW.
Being able to create products that preserve, support, and bring joy to the community drives Spielman Bagels & Coffee to do more. Spielman now has stores in every quadrant of Portland and proudly serves each community with their founding vision in mind.
If you’re interested in partnering with Spielman Bagels, please visit their website www.spielmanbagels.com.