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The Wild Ones

A cadre of geeky micro-roasters helps Portland’s coffee industry grow up.


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Matt Higgins, 29, changes emotions so fast it’s hard to keep up. From a spirited moment of adolescent horseplay—throwing his keys halfway across the massive chamber that will soon be home ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 HANNA NEUSCHWANDER

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
This bustling Belmont brunch spot is eclectic without being quirky. It has mastered typical breakfast fare like scrambles served with potato pancakes (skip the breakfast potatoes, which are unfortunately bland). The Bacavo—bacon, avocado and blue cheese—is typically creative, simple and    More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 HANNA NEUSCHWANDER

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Extracto is one of a handful of small roasting companies cementing their success by expanding to second locations and turning up the volume on Portland's coffee scene in the process. This brand-new cafe features the same excellent coffee we've come to know and love at the original Extracto on Northe   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 HANNA NEUSCHWANDER

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
In only a few short years, Coffeehouse NW has become a coffee institution in Portland. The light-filled shop on West Burnside Street has continued to innovate from one year to the next. This year? A revamped food menu featuring pastries from baker Adam Kennedy (calling himself Broken Frame), includi   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 HANNA NEUSCHWANDER

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
This relative newcomer across the street from the PCC Cascade campus features coffee from little-known Olympia Roasters. During a full year of taste-testing beans from across the region, the owners kept returning to this gem from the north. Gorgeous glass lanterns dangle over a snaking bar, while am   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 HANNA NEUSCHWANDER

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
One of the most touted of 2009's new micro-roasters. Owner, roaster and pro snowboarder Wille Yli-Luoma made a serious investment in the interior of this cafe that almost makes you forget you’re on a dreary stretch of East Burnside Street. The vibe: European subway station meets 19th-century c   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 HANNA NEUSCHWANDER

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
I didn't understand the name until owners John and Heather Chandler explained the meticulous three-year restoration of this historic building on Stark: The former general store was 20 inches off center when they bought it. After correcting the lean, they moved their attention to a custom-built bar c   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 HANNA NEUSCHWANDER

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
The new permanent downtown location of coffee-carter Andrea Spella is nearly as small as his beloved cart. This shop is simplicity itself: an espresso machine, a counter, and you. European in attitude, it's also the only place in town that uses a lever espresso machine. This method requires the most   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 HANNA NEUSCHWANDER

Fresh Roasters


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In the past year, Portland’s coffee scene has exploded with small coffee roasters and new shops—a windfall for thirsty locals craving more varied ways to caffeinate themselves. And the tre ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 HANNA NEUSCHWANDER

Counter Reformation

Barista steams up Portland’s coffee scene.


Food Reviews & Stories
Barista, a new cafe in the Pearl, is a wink to those who toil in coffee’s working class, where owner and well-known local barista Billy Wilson has deep roots. The cafe is a naked expression of t ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 HANNA NEUSCHWANDER
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