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The Blogfather

MetaFilter founder Matt Haughey put the blog in blogosphere. Now he looks to the future.

Cover Story
Thirty-five miles from Portland is the home of one of Oregon’s hottest tech properties. It’s a long way from the “Silicon Forest” of local startups. It’s an even longer way from those who   More
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Eat Your Greens

Natural Selection throws a party for vegetables.

Food Reviews & Stories
Natural Selection is a vegetable restaurant. That’s no typo—the new upscale supper club from chef and Vita Cafe owner Aaron Woo may be meat-free, but lumping it in the “vegetarian” category    More
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Moving Up Or Selling Out?

Can Stumptown Coffee stay true to its indie roots?

News Stories
Since WW first uncovered the sale of Stumptown Coffee to a large investment firm, the public discourse about Portland’s famous coffee roaster has changed from “Has it sold?” to “What happens   More
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Summer Guide 2011: Iced Coffee - Five Ways

Treat your caffeine jones with a chill pill.

Featured Stories
Don’t abandon that caffeine addiction you spent so much time and money cultivating over the winter just because the sun’s out. Here are five cool and refreshing ways to get your daily coffee fix   More
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 RUTH BROWN, ASHLEY COLLMAN

Hotseat: Finn Brunton

The history of spam, and what the Nintendo Virtual Boy can teach us about the future of media.

Q & A
Finn Brunton is trying to figure out what the Internet “is”: What it’s doing, how it works, and how it’s evolving. Formerly a postdoctoral research fellow    More
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 RUTH BROWN

The Selling of Stumptown

Why a dealmaker bought a majority stake in Portland’s iconic indie coffee company.

News Stories
Stumptown Coffee is synonymous with Portland. The 12-year-old company is often credited with transforming Portland into one of the world’s best   More
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Cider City, USA

How do you like them apples, Portland?

Portland may be the promised land when it comes to beer and kombucha, but there is one fermented beverage market in which we are lagging embarrassingly behind: cider. And we’re not talking that n   More
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Second Source Confirms Stumptown Buyout


Another coffee industry executive has come forward to confirm Stumptown Coffee's sale to investment firm TSG Consumer Partners.

Tony Dreyfuss, co-owner of Chicago’s Metropolis Coffee Company, t...   More
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 by RUTH BROWN

Stumptown Coffee Has Been Sold, Industry Sources Tell WW


Stumptown, the iconic and fiercely independent company that helped define coffee in this city, has been sold to a New York investment firm, according to records and interviews with industry officials.
A coffee industry executive has confirmed for WW that Stumptown’s new investors claimed to have bought 90 percent of the Portland company. The sale ends the company’s 12-year life as a local...   More
Sunday, June 5, 2011 by RUTH BROWN

Why Is Portland Google's Guinea Pig?


Google has been all over Portland lately. Billboards, stickers, concerts, promos—there are more rainbow "o"s downtown than rainbow flags these days.
Of course, the big news this week has been Google debuting its much-hyped new Groupon rival Google Offers in our little neck of the woods before all others. ...   More
Thursday, June 2, 2011 by RUTH BROWN
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