Portland is the epicenter for coffee Or at least one of them.
Check out this article from the Willamette Week:
Bean Town Thanks to a gang of coffee fanatics, Portland is the center of a new microbrew revolution.
That is what I'm talkn' about!!
Coffee is a big part of the Portland culture and I love it! At work, our team rips a trip across the street to our local independent coffee shop, J Cafe, at least 1x a day. We alternate paying. This is basically our Scrum stand-up meeting "if you will". We mix in cheap jokes and walk around the block and also talk about our projects. I dig this.
Each morning, I fire up my Francis! Francis! espresso machine and pull 4 shots. 2 for me and 2 for my lovely wife. Before long, our 1.5 year old will get in on the fun ;)
I am a b player barrista at best. No c player. I use "e.s.e. pods" (easy serving espresso). They work pretty well. I have been buying cases of Illy for a couple years. I just realized that e.s.e. is a coffee industry standard. I'm going to check out some of the other brands available at PodMerchant. Illy will be tough to beat though.
If you come to Portland, you must go to Stumptown. Best coffee ever flat out.
Yes, at this moment I am "over served" on espresso. Yes that is why I am blogging about it. SO WHAT!?!