Cold Brew Re-view: Stumptown’s “Holiday Cheer”

Stumptown created the cold brew market, and is currently watching all other coffeeshops from its pedestal on high as they scramble to keep up. Hell, they even own coldbrew.com. Before Stumptown I had never heard of cold brew; now nearly every coffeeshop has some form of the beverage sitting in a jug in their fridge, even Starbucks. It’s not surprising–cold brew is stupidly easy to make, and cutting back on the acidity can result in some amazing flavor notes to a drink in an industry seemingly striving for any innovation they can get their latte-art-drawing hands on. Continue reading “Cold Brew Re-view: Stumptown’s “Holiday Cheer””

Episode Twenty-five, Naturalia Cafe & Coffee Community

In this episode we remain in the Overlook neighborhood and visit Naturalia Cafe, which serves Extracto beans. We talk about the nature of community and how coffeeshops shape and are shaped by it. (Apologies for the occasional loudness, it’s just the nature of an espresso machine in an echoey room.)

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Review: Ole Latte; in English: “We approve of milky coffee”

The college academic year has begun – a time of learning, exploring strange new words, seeking out new life and new civilizations, boldly going… to class. Well guess what junior – college isn’t for any of that crap. It’s for banging hot people and drinking coffee; not necessarily in that order.

Now in this case maybe you’re a Portland State University student or just a random person wandering the hybridized sprawl that is Downtown Portland and PSU Campus. It’s inevitable that two things will occur: (1) you’ll be in a position where traffic is so bad you may as well park somewhere and get a cup of coffee OR (2) you just want a cup of coffee. Continue reading “Review: Ole Latte; in English: “We approve of milky coffee””

Episode Twenty-three, East Burn & the Sellout, Pt 2

In this episode, HOLY SHIT, Peet’s Coffee bought Stumptown! We had an emergency meeting of the minds at East Burn immediately after hearing the news, as we had Many Opinions. Will Stumptown be worse off? Will Peet’s be better? How will this affect Stumptown’s image? Listen to us hash it out and also drink a bit.

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Minicast: Portland Greek Festival!

Jayc, Sharla, and myself went down to the 64th annual Portland Greek Festival today to enjoy the chaos. (Ryan couldn’t be there with us, sad emoji.) Packed to the brim, the Greek Festival is one of the biggest events and basically welcomes the city to fall in a way. I decided to record us drinking Greek coffee, as it was my first time. Delicious! We then proceeded to gorge on gyros, souvlaki, spanikopita, sausage, loukoumades, baklava, kourabiethes, and something Sharla got that I don’t remember. It continues tomorrow, Oct 4th, so if you have time please go!