Happy Cup Opens Flagship Cafe In Portland City Hall

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A giant dragon puppet dance. A homeless rights protest. A visit by hundreds of Japanese schoolchildren. In your average coffee shop, these would probably rank as major disturbances. But at Portland’s City Hall café, it’s just another ho-hum week. The new café, which opened January 21st and is operated by social enterprise roaster Happy Cup, … [Read more...]

Our 8 Favorite Moments At Bon Appetit’s Portland Food & Drink Festival

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  At just two years old, Portland’s premier food and drink festival, Feast, is but a toddler. This year’s festival was very similar to the inaugural year, with a few twists and tricks. Just like in year one, Feast featured four main tasting events. The Sandwich Invitational pits Portland and visiting chefs against one another to create the … [Read more...]

Ethiopia: Tracing Coffee Through The ECX With GeoCertify

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The world's first traceable ECX coffee, roasted by one of the best roasters in the country, from a company you've probably never heard of. Seen from a certain vantage, specialty coffee right now looks a little like MTV’s Spring Break coverage from the fratty glory days of the early naughts: It’s all about being maximally see-through. Whether … [Read more...]

A Little City Of Good: Drinking Great Coffee In Spokane, Washington

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“Why anyone would pay four dollars for a cup of coffee when you can get whole bag for the same price, I don’t know.” My grandfather is a gentle man, but a lion-hearted capitalist. At 92 his mind is still as polished as the gold money clip he carries in his left pocket. For as long as it has anchored him to the world, the clip has framed the face … [Read more...]

Sustainability: Q&A With Colby Barr, Stephen Vick, and More!

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On January 21, a panel discussion on sustainability issues in coffee was attended by over 100 people at San Francisco’s Ferry Building. Panelists included Chris Bacon, an environmental social scientist at Santa Clara University and co-author of Confronting the Coffee Crisis; Steven Vick, quality control manager at Blue Bottle Coffee Co. and a 2009 … [Read more...]

Restaurant Week: A Haole In Honolulu At Alan Wong’s

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[dropcap]E[/dropcap]verything around us sounds like money—the airy laughter of middle-aged Japanese women like the faint jangle of coins at the bottom of a purse; the thick guffawing of businessmen unfettered by the top buttons of their designer aloha shirts; the dull clink of knives on plates after a thickness of steak. I'm sipping a $14 Mai Tai … [Read more...]

Roseline Coffee: Portland’s Brand New Microroaster

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Hanna Neuschwander is the author of Left Coast Roast, and a regular contributor to Portland Monthly, Edible Seattle, and Willamette Week. She is also the managing editor of Democracy & Education, a scholarly journal published by Portland's Lewis & Clark College Graduate School of Education and Counseling. This is her first feature for … [Read more...]