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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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Welcome to Case Study Coffee Alberta

Welcome, friends! We are thrilled to welcome you to our new space at 1422 NE Alberta. Finally,  the build-out is done and we are serving up great things from our brand-new custom laser-etched Synesso Hydra espresso machine. Here are a few highlights of the space, which was designed by our co-owner Wes Russell and executed by all of us. The Caffeine Molecule Yep. That's right. Our custom chandelier is a 12-foot caffeine molecule. We draw from Cold War-era design when we create our Sputnik chandeliers, but this one is extra special. The Rowland 40/4 chairs Some of the most comfortable chairs you'll ever plant yourself in. Designed in 1963 by famed American designer David Rowland, these chairs will stack 40...

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