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dawgcatching
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Posted Sun Sep 19, 2010, 11:29am
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Too bad you missed Sterling: a shot of El Salvador I had there (Coffeehouse NW) recently was the best single origin I have had in many months.  Super nice candied orange front end with a caramel and dark chocolate finish!  They are doing some amazing things up there. Plus, that little kiosk next to Trader Joes is great: they probably pull in a bunch of people shopping there that would not otherwise seek out a world-class roaster.  It is great for coffee in general to be in "access-able" places that perhaps reach a wider audience and introduce more people to coffee than simply those who live in the inner SE and NE neighborhood locations, which have incredible coffee shops every few blocks or so.   Heart also has a great Kenya Nyanja in right now that is worth seeking out: a little more mellow on the tomato/roast beef notes than the typical Kenya, and with a really nice cocoa finish.  It is cool to see many micro-roasters popping up, as Stumptown is much more hit or miss than it used to be.  I have had some pretty awful and some delicious shots of Hairbender recently.
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Posted Wed Nov 10, 2010, 3:57pm
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The spella cart shut its "doors", they've gone brick and mortar.
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Posted Wed Nov 10, 2010, 4:01pm
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Next trip, btw, I'd seek out some Trailhead coffee. Kinda fun. Dude runs his business on a mobile coffee bike, and it's more than a gimmick. He just won a citywide tasting downtown @ a charity event.
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Posted Fri Dec 3, 2010, 4:48am
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I'll be visiting PDX next week, and I was a little disappointed that this otherwise excellent trip report didn't include the locations of the cafes. Rather than curse the darkness, however, herewith:

Coava Roastery and Coffee Bar
1300 SE Grand Ave

Heart Coffee and Roasting
2211 E Burnside

Barista NW (Pearl)
539 NW 13th Ave

Water Avenue Coffee
1028 SE Water Avenue 145 (SE Taylor & Water)

Public Domain Coffee
603 SW Broadway

Stumptown Ace
1026 SW Stark
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Posted Fri Dec 3, 2010, 3:11pm
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My apologies for that (and thanks for posting the addresses); I should have posted them to the article. I did post hyperlinks to the companies where I could, but addresses would have been a good addition as well.

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Posted Sat Jan 15, 2011, 3:27pm
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You should've gone to Ristretto, they're far and away the best roaster in PDX; Stumptown is totally last century.

 
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Posted Sun Nov 13, 2011, 1:52am
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First of all I want to revive this thread and start by thanking you for your report mark. it helped guide my trip to portland. I also want to thank the portland contributors that guided me on another thread.

essentially I am a noob to specialty coffee... but I am passionate enough to visit many cafes, taste, enjoy and learn.

I went to Clive Coffee, Barista, Heart, Caova, Stumptown, Water Ave and Sterling while I was in Portland and here are a few observations:

the barista's were amazing, approachable and friendly, the third wave is alive. they are busy serving customers but always partook in my interest and I sensed that they enjoyed my passion as I enjoyed theirs. their passion and pride in their coffee was clear, as well as their pride in general regarding the scene in Portland. they provided information about their coffees and that of other roasters as well.

SO's. needless to say I got to learn a lot about SO's on this trip. I was blown away by the flavours that I experienced in straight shots. my favourite quote was from Sterling (from a wonderful woman in a toque in a cart): " at the beginning of this week this coffee had flavours of Blueberry pie, now it has become blueberry pancake". the SO's generally lost their flavours in milk however (cappuccino's) so I definitely agree with mark on that. SO straight shots were more amazing then I was lead to expect.

Stumptown. I didn't know the scene before, but hairbender did not disappoint. that and Water's el Torro were excellent blends for cappuccino's. these two blends in particular contributed fantastic options within what appeared to me to be primarily an SO scene.

atmosphere: generally awesome.... but they needed more sofa's or something to warm up the industrial looks. My wife, who is not a coffee drinker especially remarked that few of them were homy comfortable atmospheres where you would want to hang out beyond your coffee.

Here are a couple of places that I would like to add from elsewhere in Oregon. I would love to post this somewhere but I just don't know where: Nobel cafe in Ashland was unbelievable!!! they would easily hold up to Portland. instead of a cappuccino I had what they called a gibralter while I was there. basically this is a milk based drink between a cappuccino and a machiato (sorry for the explanation if this is common, but I had never heard of one before). this was a three coffee blend, I believe elsalvadore, guatamala and ethiopia. so flavourful with citrus and herbal accents. again, the passion for the coffee and their countries of origin was clear from the woman who took my order, to the barista, to the roaster/owner. I would love to hear what Mark would have to say about Nobel if his travels ever bring him to Ashland.

I also have to mention Backporch in Bend. Dave is doing some great work with SO's and is experimenting with blends of intricate flavours. He finished up my experience in his cafe with a pour over SO from kenya that was devine for the pure flavour of fruit in a coffee. it kept improving as it cooled. Lone Pine was another great cafe in Bend.

Seattle was quick so I can't really compare, but I have a couple of things to say about this part of the trip. 1. Vivace was amazing. after a long string of SO's it was nice to have a substantial ristretto that was complex with deep flavours of chocolate and caramel. and the barista's were as cool, friendly and passionate there as in any of the other cafe's. when I went back up for another shot they served it with pride, for good reason, and gave it to me on the house. I have read many comments about Vivace but I have to say I that I did not think that the shot was "smashmouth", deep and substantial yes, and with a complexity that stuck in my taste buds for sometime afterwards. Later at Victrola's I was back to a wonderfully fresh flavoured SO. gotta love variety!!

I just had to offer some thoughts on these cafes somewhere and I hope that here is the right place. I am new to the coffeegeek community and I hope someone reads it and adds their own observations. I am still new to the forums and specialty coffee and am really enjoying the Culture of coffee.

Props to the Growers, Roasters, Barista's, servers and investors who are creating a wonderful world of flavour...
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Posted Sun Nov 13, 2011, 1:46pm
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BubbaDude Said:

You should've gone to Ristretto, they're far and away the best roaster in PDX; Stumptown is totally last century.

Posted January 15, 2011 link

+1 on Ristretto - anyone's taste may differ, but they're absolutely at highest standards along with WAC, Coava, Barista and the others mentioned.

-1, with respect, on your Stumptown assessment however.  Still great IMNSHO.  If they are "last century," so were 1911 Stravinsky, 1933 Garbo, 1937 Picasso ... and 1967 Yquem.
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Posted Sun Nov 13, 2011, 2:49pm
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Thanks for resurrecting this thread.  It will come in handy when the SCAA convenes, April 2012.  Starting to map up a crawl or two.

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Posted Mon Nov 14, 2011, 12:33am
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BoldJava Said:

Thanks for resurrecting this thread.  It will come in handy when the SCAA convenes, April 2012.  Starting to map up a crawl or two.

B|Java

Posted November 13, 2011 link

Cafe crawls are amazing and there are three or four other places in portland I would have liked to have visited. and more coffees to have tried at the ones that I did.

I would encourage crawls to the smaller centres as well because the bar is definitely rising outside of the big centres. nothing like a sate or provincial tour...

+1 on stumptown still being relevant. they treated me well, made great coffee that was different from the others and were open about their appreciation for other cafes....
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