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Trip Report: Stumptown Coffee Roasters (Downtown, Portland, OR)

Posted by TheShot on 29 Jul 2011 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Machine, Roasting

Shockingly, it’s taken us this long to make it to Portland, Oregon — considered by many to be ground zero (no café name pun intended) of American coffee culture. And if you’re going to start sampling the offerings in Portland, it only makes sense that you start with the legendary Stumptown Coffee Roasters. This despite […]

Trip Report: Stumptown Coffee Roasters (Seattle, WA)

Posted by TheShot on 24 May 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Machine, Roasting

This Stumptown outlet opened in 2007. It arguably first represented the Portland chain’s global ambitions. At the time, there was much consternation among Seattlites about an interloper in their heart of their Capitol Hill coffee culture (not to mention the Northwest rivalry that ensued). Stumptown even opened up roasting operations in town. But things haven’t […]

Trip Report: Lulu’s at the Octagon (Santa Cruz, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 15 Oct 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Local Brew, Machine

This unusual café is situated in the 19th century Octagon — the last surviving remnant of the historic Cooper House complex, which was destroyed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Looking at the aging masonry of the outside façade, you can see a little as to why the rest didn’t make it. Manthri Srinath, owner […]

Trip Report: Blue Bottle Cafe’s Bosco/Single Origin Sidamo

Posted by TheShot on 27 Sep 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Machine

It’s not often that a lone double shot of espresso warrants a post here. But last month (hey — we got lazy) we had a rather rare espresso experience. We alluded to this espresso shot in a previous post, and it was among the best we’ve had in the Bay Area. (And we’re including the […]

Trip Report: Dynamo Donuts

Posted by TheShot on 22 Sep 2008 | Filed under: Local Brew

For the past few months, we have exchanged notes and e-mails about a number of coffee places and events in the area with fellow SF coffee blogger, Christian G, of Man Seeking Coffee fame. (We’ve added the “G” here in an attempt to give him some rap-star-like mystique.) More recently, we collectively had the idea […]

Trip Report: Four Barrel Coffee (now officially open for business)

Posted by TheShot on 28 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew, Machine, Roasting

With little fanfare, last week Four Barrel Coffee finally graduated out of the ranks of the Malaysian street food experience and opened up its formal café space. So this week we paid a visit to check out the new digs — and update our espresso review. (See: our previous Four Barrel Coffee Trip Report.) Last […]

Trip Report: Four Barrel Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 21 May 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew, Machine

Jeremy Tooker, co-founder of Ritual Roasters, had a bit of a falling out with Ritual’s co-owner, Eileen, and he’s pursued his own vision of a quality coffee business in Four Barrel Coffee: no Wi-Fi, no squatting start-ups that can’t pony up rent, just no-frills retail coffee plus a roasting and distribution operation. We admire the […]