Tim Hahn moved to Eindhoven, the Netherlands in 2014 with his family and in the spring of 2016, the teen started serving coffee from an espresso trike at the weekly markets. He got to know the other vendors a bit, including the stroopwafel baker. His family left the Netherlands later that year, but before he left, Hahn asked the stroopwafel vendor where he could find a stroopwafel iron to buy. After locating the distributor, Hahn purchased two irons to bring home and the distributor also gave him a formula.
After a few years of experimentation, Hahn began selling his sweet creations in Feb. 2020 and joined the Beaverton Farmers Market in March.
The lightly spiced sandwich cookie is baked on the special waffle iron, slit in half and filled with a butter caramel syrup. They are served warm, much to the customer's delight. The large 5.5-inch stroopwafel sells for $3 or two for $5. Hahn also sells three 4-inch stroopwafels prepackaged in a biodegradable cellophane container for $6.
"It's been my dream for a while to sell these at Beaverton Farmers Market," Hahn said. "I don't like the sound of it, but most people say they are addictive. I also hear, 'I'm expecting to grow tired of them, but I just don't.' Others say they bring back fond memories of time spent in the Netherlands. I also have a fair number of Dutch customers, many of whom remember a certain Dutch store which has recently closed its doors in the Beaverton area and they are stoked to find a reliable source for good quality stroopwafels."
Beaverton Farmers Market
Southwest Hall Boulevard, between Third and Fifth Streets, Beaverton