Stumptown, Downtown

Stumptown, Downtown

I just happened to be in the neighborhood… Okay, that’s not the entire truth. I was in the neighborhood after a meandering stroll (some might call it a walkabout) that ranged some two dozen blocks of downtown Portland, with a couple stops for coffee along...
Where in the World…

Where in the World…

Welcome to Portland, Oregon… home of the Portland Trail Blazers, the Portland Rose Festival, and more fine coffee establishments than you can shake a stick at (presuming you’re the stick-shaking sort.) Sadly, at 9:30 of an evening it seems that the only...

Barista Bloggers II

While I’ve frequently been able to glean the general thrust of Tim Wendelboe’s coffee blog –  kaffenerd and kafeentusiaster don’t require much translation — I’m awfully pleased to see he’ll be writing future posts in...

Barista Bloggers

Submitted for your approval, yet more evidence that baristas make great bloggers. I dont’ know if it’s the craft, the caffeine, or just the exposure to so much espresso...

Intelligentsia Coffee Gets Direct

Frustrated with the foibles and shortcomings of Fair Trade certification — among them Fair Trade’s failure to address coffee quality, and its inability to contract with family farms or estates but only coffee growing coops — a number of boutique...

Starbucks’ Soul Search

The Siren searches for a new song to sing. Something with soul. So the leaked Valentine’s Day memo from Starbucks’ chair, Howard Schultz, has been authenticated. The memo reads as a frank and candid assessment of the coffee behemoth… and offers a few...

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