Last weekend’s trip to Atlanta (where we exhaustively covered the SERBC) means we’ve spent the last few days away from our spacious PDX office bunker / slam dunk bouncy house. Cross-continental travel inevitably means some essential stories from the last few days have slipped through the cracks. So in case you missed it, there’s a lovely feature on the Portland coffee scene up on NYT Travel, written by 2012 Sprudgie Award-winner Oliver Strand:

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here in the spiritual home of the D.I.Y. generation, you can walk into a number of tiny, high-quality operations where the owner is probably the roaster, and could even be the person preparing your drink — in this town, smaller is better. Seattle coffee might have more muscle, and San Francisco coffee might have more mystique, but Portland’s coffee scene is arguably the country’s most intimate.

It’s also one of the most relaxed.

Featured cafes and roasters include Coava, Heart, Sterling, Stumptown, and the Red E Cafe, whose owner, Keith Miller, is described as having a “guru-like benevolence”. You can read the full feature here via NYT Travel.

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