Baked Goods Rival the Maine Attraction at Tandem Coffee, Portland

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When last we visited our neighbors to the north—okay, not that far north, but almost—at Tandem Coffee in idyllic Portland, Maine, excitement was mounting. Not just for the roaster's continued growth within the esteemed culinary world of Portland, but for the big news that they'd be opening a second, larger—conveniently located, even!—shop on the … [Read more...]

Thai Coffee, Stumptown, Pok Pok: Q&A With Lee Ayu

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Lee Ayu is not your average coffee entrepreneur. Born in the Akha tribal village of Maejantai, located in a remote national park in northern Thailand, Mr. Ayu is the founder of Akha Ama Coffee, a multifaceted coffee company that fuses social enterprise with small business ownership on the farm, cafe, and wholesale level. Working directly with Akha … [Read more...]

10 Videos From Barista Nation Portland Now Available

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On Friday, October 17th a Portland, Oregon edition of Barista Nation was held at the brand new Seattle Coffee Gear showroom in Northwest Portland. Barista Nation is a globe traveling coffee education and community building event series, and Barista Nation PDX featured seminars and workshops geared toward the home barista. The whole thing was … [Read more...]

There’s Finally “Good Coffee” In Portland

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Plenty of new coffee shops have opened in Portland in recent years, including Heart West, Barista 3 and 4, and Coava 2, but Good Coffee is the first all-new coffee company the city has seen in a long while. Founded by brothers Nick and Sam Purvis and their friend and business partner Dustin Evans, the aptly named shop will offer good coffee to its … [Read more...]

Extreme Outdoor Coffee Brewing? There’s A Blog For That.

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Portland, Oregon based barista Bethany Hargrove (Barista) has stunned us in the past with fabulous barista competition routines. We met up with her again last week in Palm Springs at the 2015 Big Western Regional Coffee Competitions, where she helped judge fifty-two barista competitors from thirteen states. It was there we learned about her hobby … [Read more...]

There Are At Least 14 Reasons To Attend Barista Nation Portland This Year

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Home baristas, hold on to your butts! Barista Nation Portland is fast approaching, with an epic home-barista-targeted event on Friday, October 17th, 2014. The event is hosted by Seattle Coffee Gear at its Portland location (26 NW 23rd Place), with more than a dozen wild throwdowns, no-holds-barred talks, and innovative labs. Not to mention free … [Read more...]

Mugs And Kisses: Roseline Coffee At XOXO, Portland’s Alternative Tech Festival

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When it comes to events that draw interesting, creative people together, having an appropriately interesting, creative coffee service is increasingly de rigueur. Whether that's global thinkers drinking coffee from a veritable army of top baristas at TED, or food and beverage luminaries sampling the pinnacles of Nordic coffee curation at MAD … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Case Study Coffee In Portland, Oregon

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The summer isn't officially over yet. The winds are picking up, the nights are cooler, but we officially have until September 22nd before this series wraps. Over the last few months, a new shop has emerged in Sprudge's home base. Case Study Coffee opened the doors to its third location in Portland, Oregon. Situated in the bustling Albert Arts … [Read more...]

Schoolhouse Electric And Ristretto Roasters, Coffee In A Different Light

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Yes, it's in a barren, out-of-the-way area in what feels like the middle of nowhere, but Schoolhouse Electric and Supply Co. is most certainly worth the trek out to Portland’s NW Industrial District. Housed in a beautiful century-old warehouse building on Nikolai Street, the home furnishings store and showroom is also home to one of Ristretto … [Read more...]

In Honor Of National Doughnut Day, We Make A Voodoo Doughnut Affogato

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In the United States, the first Friday of June is National Doughnut Day, a holiday with its history dating all the way back to World War I. To celebrate, we went to Portland, Oregon's legendary Voodoo Doughnut, picked up the signature "Voodoo Doughnut" and made an affogato with it. We call it a Donutgato. Here's how to make one: First, start … [Read more...]

Portland Cafes Limit Service, Shut Down During Citywide E. coli Scare

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Trace amounts of E. coli have been found in Portland, Oregon water samples and a boil water alert has been issued for the most of the city, resulting in the emergency closures of several parts of the city's critical cafe infrastructure. We have contacted several establishments to find out what's what and figure out how cafes are addressing people's … [Read more...]

Sip & Shop: Coffee In 3 Tasteful Portland Boutiques

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High-profile combinations of coffee and other retail experiences are all the rage these days, with everyone from Toms to Urban Outfitters to Club Monaco to Acne getting in on the game. Though reaching a fever pitch in 2014, this trend is by no means new--Prufrock was "popping up" in the Present boutique in London in 2010--nor is it a trend limited … [Read more...]

Oscar Buzz: Portland Roasting To Serve Coffee At Academy Awards

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It's happening again. For the second year in a row, Portland Roasting has been asked to serve coffee at the prestigious Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California. Portland Roasting will serve Goose Hollow Blend (Equal parts organic Mexico and a pulped natural Catuai from Brazil) and their Decaf Vienna backstage at … [Read more...]

PDX: Stumptown Coffee Roasters Bids Adieu To French Press Program

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This morning, Stumptown Coffee Roasters locations in Portland rolled out a new coffee program. Cafes on Division and Belmont in Southeast Portland now serve filter coffee, effectively saying goodbye to their longstanding French Press service. On the face of it, this move might not seem like big news. But for coffee lovers in the Pacific … [Read more...]

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...]

Portland Strip Clubs Don’t Serve Good Coffee (SFW)

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Portland, Oregon is revered for its fine coffee and even finer strip clubs, a fact that many Portlanders are very proud of. There's a degree of social acceptability to strip clubs here in Portland that's hard to explain to folks from other parts of the world. At many Portland clubs, you're more likely to see cute couples of all orientations out on … [Read more...]