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...]

Document Los Angeles, A Koreatown Art Gallery And Multiroaster Cafe

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The light shines through from East and West facing doors illuminating through the new the DOC.U.MENT Coffee Bar and Gallery in Los Angeles. Simple long tables and school chairs fill the room. White walls that once were blank now hold the gallery's first exhibit, FACE. When I first walked into this cafe in shortly after its opening a few months … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Elabrew Coffee, Los Angeles

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In an ever-shifting Los Angeles coffee landscape, it's important to remember that beautiful people need more than beautiful places to go to enjoy beautiful cups of coffee. They need, from time to time, the beautiful cups of coffee brought to them—because frankly who has the time to look for parking in the Arts District anymore—and Elabrew, from its … [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...]

8 Coffee Roasters From Korea You Gotta Try

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Whether it is the first time you taste the crystal clear bergamot of a Panamanian Gesha coffee, or the bracing salt spray of the ocean in an Islay scotch, or the multi-layered explosion of hot peppers you didn’t even know existed in a Szechuan hot pot, one of the great pleasures of palate exploration is coming across something new and different. … [Read more...]

Is This The Most Expensive Coffee Ever?

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A seller on eBay is auctioning a "VINTAGE STUMPTOWN COFFEE PANAMA ESMERALDA GEISHA IN COLLECTOR JAR" and its starting bid is set at $3,000. Buyers have the option of purchasing the item outright for $6,000. Shipping is free. The coffee in question hails from the 2011 harvest of the famed Panama Esmeralda estate, and was roasted on January 23, … [Read more...]

6 Curated Coffee Kits: The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

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It's the Holiday Season - and it's the time for gift guides. Sprudge.com's boutique, curated line of Ultimate Holiday Gift Guides are your one-stop-shop for the best in coffee. Please look for many more of our Ultimate, Authoritative, Indispensable Guides throughout the 2013 Holiday Season. This particular guide features some of the very best in … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week Of September 14th, 2013

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  If you're anything like me, you've spent the last week glued to the Sprudge.com home page clicking "refresh." It's been a week packed full of incredible content from all over the world—from high-end coffee developments in Vietnam to a parade of photos of the brand new Stumptown LA. In case you missed it, here's what's happened in the … [Read more...]

World’s First Look Inside Stumptown LA

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You've seen it teased by Eater LA, Zagat, LA Times, and The Daily Meal, but Sprudge.com is first in the world to bring you exclusive photos and details from inside Stumptown Coffee Roasters' new Los Angeles cafe. The space itself is a whomping 7,000 square feet, located at 806 S. Santa Fe Ave, in the Arts District of Los Angeles. Stumptown will … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake — Week Of August 17th, 2013

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Maybe you spent the last week like me, trying to watch all the seasons of Breaking Bad while simultaneously moving. Maybe you were copy and pasting press releases for a hot new breaking blog post, or perhaps you forced yourself into going on a technology fast. Whatever the case may be, here’s the last week’s worth of Sprudge Certified Content, … [Read more...]

Stumptown + Poler Made This Awesome #CampCoffee Kit

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Check out the first fruits of Stumptown Coffee's new partnership with uber-hip camp packers Poler Outdoor Stuff, both based in Portland, Oregon. The snazzy camping coffee bag contains two Poler & Stumptown lightweight "Camp Coffee" mugs, one standard issue AeroPress (including the classic Aerobie travel pouch, paper filters and measuring … [Read more...]

Los Angeles: Stumptown Coffee Now Hiring For Roaster/Retailer Positions

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After two years of speculation, rumors, and intrigue, Stumptown Coffee Roasters are now ramping up their plans to open a roastery and cafe in the Los Angeles area. This post today late today on their website states they're now hiring for positions in LA. Paired with our earlier feature on the specialty coffee real estate boom in the Arts … [Read more...]

LA: Our Interview With Tyler Stonebreaker, Real Estate Mogul To The Coffee Stars

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At some point around a decade ago - let's say it was the 90s, that decade is very cool right now - the Arts District in Los Angeles, just east of Little Tokyo, started to become a destination of sorts for restaurants and galleries, mostly concentrated on Vignes and Traction streets. The neighborhood doesn't look like any popular conception of Los … [Read more...]

PDX: Duane Sorenson’s Roman Candle Baking Company Now Open

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Roman Candle Baking Company opens for business today in Portland, Oregon. Stumptown founder Duane Sorenson has teamed up with pastry chef Dan Griffin (formally of Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery) to open a bakery, pizza place, and cafe housed in the former Stumptown roastery on Southeast Division Street. The space marks Sorenson's fouth … [Read more...]

Positively 8th Street: Talkin’ New York Stumptown’s Brand New Cafe

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A lot has changed in the four years since Stumptown Coffee Roasters first landed in NYC. Since opening their espresso bar at the Ace Hotel specialty coffee in the United States has gained increasing respect as a serious culinary endeavor; Stumptown has taken on TSG Consumer Partners as investors; and the New York scene has exploded around them, … [Read more...]

Strand Your Ground: NYT On New Cafes From Stumptown & Intelligentsia

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Though gone are the days of his well-loved T Magazine online column "Ristretto", Oliver Strand continues to serve as The Coffee Writer of Note at The Newspaper of Record. In his latest feature - not in the Diner's Journal, mind you, but in the Dining & Wine section of the New York Times proper - Mr. Strand goes exploring at two of New York … [Read more...]