5 Good Coffee Companies That Also Do Good


From time to time as we report on cafes around the world, we also get to tell feel-good stories of human kindness, redemption, and community. In fact, we get to tell stories like that on a pretty regular clip; the overlap between the goodness of humanity and global coffee culture is all around you, if you know where to look. Here's five examples of … [Read more...]

Inside Purringtons Cat Lounge, Portland’s Very First Cat Cafe


Purringtons Cat Lounge opened its doors over the weekend in Northeast Portland, Oregon, making it the very first cat cafe in the city, and the latest in a growing trend of cat cafes in North America. The first cat cafe ever opened in 1998 in Taiwan, and it's taken nearly a decade and a half for the trend to start popping up in the United … [Read more...]

Good Coffee 2: Schoolhouse Electric Boogaloo


Not even three months after the opening of their Division Street café, the second location of Portland's newest multi-roaster coffee company, the nearly-unGooglable Good Coffee, officially opened Monday. Centrally located on the corner of 12th Avenue and Salmon Street in inner Southeast Portland, the café’s bustling atmosphere contrasts … [Read more...]

Baked Goods Rival the Maine Attraction at Tandem Coffee, Portland


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...]

Thailand Meets Stumptown: Lee Ayu of Akha Ama Coffee

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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.


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


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


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


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


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


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...]