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Coffee: Campamento Alto #1 Microlot, Guatemala

This beautiful coffee comes from Aurelio Villatoro’s farm, La Esperanza, in La Libertad, Huehuetenango, just steps from the Mexican border.  In Feburary I met Aurelio and his family on my trip to Guatemala.  Aurelio was so gracious as to let our group come into his home to cup samples off many farms from the region that we had milled and sample roasted the night before.  All of the beautiful coffees from Guatemala that have graced our shops I tasted in Aurelio’s home. Fast forward two months, to the Specialty Coffee Association tradeshow in Seattle.  Edwin from Onyx Coffee and Finca Vista Hermosa (a farm we’ve partnered with, and a coffee you are all familiar with from our shop) held a...

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Events: Grand Opening Party

We are delighted to welcome you to our new space at 1422 NE Alberta to celebrate our Grand Opening Party. Featuring DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid as well as local beer and food, it'll be a smash! Come anytime from 7pm on (21 and over).  

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Case Study Coffee Crew: Bre Lloyd

The way she tells it, Bre Lloyd has been an understated part of Portland's coffee culture for nigh on a decade. But her history with the City of Roses goes much further back--she moved here at age 5 and grew up in the Sabin neighborhood of Northeast. Though her family moved to Corvallis, she ran away from home at 15 and drifted back to Portland where, she says, her first job off the streets was in coffee. That coffee job (c. 2005) was at Coffeehouse NW, which became the seminal coffeehouse in Portland, first to serve Stumptown coffee on an espresso machine of choice, and eventually setting the bar high for Portland's coffee culture. Other shops Bre has anchored include...

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Coffee: Finca El Tambor, Guatemala

The view toward Guatemala City. Finca El Tambor is in the foreground. Finca El Tambor is located about an hour and half northwest of Guatemala City in the municipality of Palencia, near the town of El Duranzo. The producer, Victor Calderon, sold his house and car to purchase the farm, which was in a sorry state and leased by a mining firm at the time. The mining operation was relatively unsuccessful and the firm did not have the proper notarization to be using the land for this purpose, so Victor was able to use this loophole to his advantage in negotiations to purchase the land. When he acquired El Tambor, the farm only produced around 130 bags of coffee.  Victor...

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Case Study Coffee Crew: James Niewinski

There's something holding our Sandy store together, something more than wood and tile and plumbing, something less easy to define. That something is James. Now, let's not discount all the folks who built and sustain the neighborhood culture at 5347 NE Sandy: from daily baristas and shift leads like Jessica, Aaron, Marayah, and several others to regular and sporadic customers, our culture is a web woven from relationships. But in the center of this tapestry, with a sharp eye for details, is James Niewinski, store manager. Born in a suburb of Detroit, James moved to Portland in 2010 because, as he says, "Other people had a mountain in their backyard. I didn't see why I couldn't too!" Formerly a casual...

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