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CafeNoirNOLA
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Posted Mon Oct 22, 2007, 3:02pm
Subject: Coming through Portland, OR/Washington State
 

Hey Folks -

We'll be coming through Portland, OR on Tuesday, Nov. 6th and back through on Monday, Nov 12-13th (heading up to the tri-cities in Washington inbetween) and would love any recommendations and/or get a chance to witness any pros in action. Of course I've been doing my homework and have a list of the obvious must visit places, but would love any tips as far as somewhere I might not have found online or particular times to catch the best baristas.... We're in the process of opening a coffeeshop in New Orleans, LA and while we love coffee, are very much at the start of our learning curve and therefore excited it just so happens we'll be going through one of the top coffee towns in the country soon! And if anyone knows of any decent coffee places between or around the tri-cities area in Washington, I'd love suggestions for those...

Thanks!

Andrea
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Posted Tue Oct 23, 2007, 12:39pm
Subject: Re: Coming through Portland, OR/Washington State
 

Hi Andrea-

If you haven't already, take a look at

www.espressomap.com

This will give you a layout of the best places to go.  For Portland, Albina Press would be my first recommendation.  Regional Champion Billy Wilson spends time behind the counter.  I had an outstanding mocha Saturday at Coffeehouse Northwest, and had a great conversation with the barista   You might visit the websites of these places- many of them use Stumptown, and if you want a different variety of roasters, you could plan accordingly.  Ristretto roasters does a great job with their own roasted blend.  Make sure you mention you are from out of town and specifically looked up these places- they appreciate that.  For Stumptown's own coffeehouses, I like the ones on Division or Belmont, but the one at the Ace Hotel downtown may be a good bet.  I haven't been there yet.  If you are traveling up the Columbia River Gorge on I-84, stop at Dog River Coffee in Hood River, 60 miles east of Portland.  They use Stumptown.  As far as the Tri-Cities, I travel thru there frequently, and am unaware of any top notch places.

Jon
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Posted Tue Oct 23, 2007, 1:31pm
Subject: Re: Coming through Portland, OR/Washington State
 

Cool, thanks. Yes - I've discovered the espresso map and it's great. Albina and Stumptown (hope to attend one of the public cuppings) are definitely on the list and we'll be sure to let them know we're visiting from out of town and came by specifically. Thanks for the info on Dog River Coffee... too bad there's nowhere decent in the tri-cities area, but if my hand burr grinder arrives in time we'll make do with a variety of fresh roasted beans from portland and the aeropress.
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Posted Wed Oct 24, 2007, 7:33am
Subject: Re: Coming through Portland, OR/Washington State
 

CafeNoirNOLA Said:

We're in the process of opening a coffeeshop in New Orleans, LA ...

Posted October 22, 2007 link

What part of the New Orleans are you planning on opening in?

Edit.. never mind I read your profile.  

Jon

 
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Posted Wed Oct 24, 2007, 1:50pm
Subject: Re: Coming through Portland, OR/Washington State
 

portland coffee house on sw broadway or burnside is a good one to check out too. not touted heavily like stumptown (which i was going to recommend but you said you're checking it out already), but these people have pride and take care to make a great cup of coffee.

portland, you will find, is like waking up on christmas morning for a coffeegeek. i just walk through that city and smile.
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Posted Wed Oct 24, 2007, 2:13pm
Subject: Re: Coming through Portland, OR/Washington State
 

Thanks, I'll add Portland coffee house to the list... and yes, it does sound like Portland will be like xmas... we're headed to Washington to visit relatives, but it's looking like the real benefit of the trip will be getting to poke around the Portland coffee scene!
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Posted Wed Oct 24, 2007, 2:19pm
Subject: Re: Coming through Portland, OR/Washington State
 

if you are looking to open a cafe these are good ones to copycat..

I walked in and was damn near amazed they take the time to grind the shot, level, tamp, flush the machine and they'll even throw out a gusher..

it sound simple, but most cafes don't take the time, patience or money required to build a good drink
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Posted Wed Oct 24, 2007, 2:35pm
Subject: Re: Coming through Portland, OR/Washington State
 

Indeed... while I'll still got a lot of practicing to do as far as pulling shots (ok, actually I'm still waiting to start practicing... will hopefully have the machine plumbed in today and my grinder just arrived two days ago), I've been doing a ton of online research and intend to make sure we never skip steps in the process. While we've got lots to learn about coffee and espresso, we're aiming for as high a level of drink quality as we can achieve! Thankfully we've got a great tutor in our guy from the local roastery (NOLA Coffee) - tho he's in the roasting side of the business now, he's been pulling shots for years and is willing to walk us through every step of the process (and they roast some great coffee as well).

Believe me, I'll be watching the baristas very closely in Portland and will be thrilled if we hit anywhere during a downtime and catch a barista or two willing to impart a little advice ;) Just have to make sure I'm not so jacked up on espresso that I can't pay close attention!
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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2007, 12:11pm
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Delete this post please.
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Posted Thu Nov 1, 2007, 8:42am
Subject: Re: Coming through Portland, OR/Washington State
 

You know that the Seattle Coffee Fest is running over the weekend of November 9, 10 and 11 at the Downtown Seattle Conv. Center?

Click Here to see Coffeefest website...

I leave Nov 6 for Portland on biz, and then on to Seattle through the following week. I pre-registered and have heard that it's a very good show. You can do on-site registration.........or is part of the purpose of your trip to visit the show?

Best, Al

 
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