Toast 'N' Roast

Why Portland streets smell like burnt toast and how to fix it.

Food Reviews & Stories
Portlanders are not actually terrible at making toast. That smell of burning breakfast that lands heavy on our streets, especially on wet days, isn’t bread-based—it’s smoke from a small co   More
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 WW Staff

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

Cuppa Things to Consider

Five things you didn’t know about Portland coffee.

I spent six months traveling the West Coast interviewing coffee roasters for my new book, Left Coast Roast (Timber Press, 296 pages, $16.95). I learned some interesting things. Among them: Stumpto   More
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 HANNA NEUSCHWANDER

U.S. Barista Champion Opens Downtown Coffee Bar


Food & Drink
Downtown's West End Bikes has a new tenant: Maglia Rosa, a coffee shop owned by 2005 United States Barista Champion, Phuong Tran. Tran is also the owner of the well-regarded Lava Java in Ridgefield, Wa.—formerly home to Barista owner Billy Wilson—and was previously the lead trainer at Zoka Coffee in Seattle. You can read a New York Times article about her here or a blog post about ...   More
Monday, July 9, 2012 by Ruth Brown

Totally Grounded

Put down the Chemex—students need cream, sugar and fast Wi-fi.

Food Reviews & Stories
Heart Coffee at East Burnside and 22nd Avenue knows its product. The baristas could write a book about beans extracted from Kenya and Ethiopia and roasted on site. They can talk for days about t   More
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 KIMBERLY HURSH

Devour 2012: Tea & Coffee

Market Guide
Top Picks: Clive Coffee to ogle the machines.Mr. Green Beans to learn to roast it yourself.Serenity Art for an education in fermented tea.Stumptown Annex for a cupping.Townshend’s Alberta   More
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 WW Staff

Portland, These Are Your Coffee Champions

PDX sweeps North West Regional Barista Competition


Food & Drink
Competitive coffee making: yes, it exists, and it's serious business. There's music and costumes and endless discussion of the notes. Yes, it's a bit pretentious and silly (albeit delicious), but Portland isn't exactly killing it in bigger sporting leagues at the moment, so we'll celebrate a victory where we can get it, and making coffee is something this town does really, really well.So this weekend ...   More
Sunday, January 29, 2012 by Ruth Brown

Food Cart Review: Grindhouse Coffee

Food Cart Reviews
There’s nothing particularly sexy about the intersection of North Rosa Parks Way and Denver Avenue, but there it is, out on the sidewalk: a black-and-white sandwich board announcing “Sexy Coffee   More
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 KAT MERCK

Five Places to Drink Tea on National Coffee Day


Food & Drink
Apparently it's National Coffee Day today, which seems like an excuse for 7-Eleven to get a bunch of dubious press (free coffee at 7-Eleven still sounds like a bad deal to me because it means you're ingesting 7-Eleven coffee) and for journalists to write really lazy articles.Just to be contrary, we're advocating boycotting this fabricated holiday by supporting one of Portland's many excellent teahouses. ...   More
Thursday, September 29, 2011 by Ruth Brown

Has Stumptown Coffee Been Sold?


Food & Drink
Twitter is blowing up in the wake of a post on Esquire magazine's website, written by coffee importer and critic Todd Carmichael, alleging that Stumptown Coffee Roasters has been sold "to the highest bidder.""So what will become of culinary coffee's nemesis, Stumptown, now that it's a big-money "brand" — even if its founder does remain as frontman?" Carmichael wrote. "Will it continue its role ...   More
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE


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