Stumptown Coffee Roasters

4525 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206 US

the store that started a coffee revolution
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Stumptown Coffee Roasters - After years of working in cafes, bars and roasteries around the Pacific Northwest, Duane Sorenson had designs on opening the type of cafe he wanted to frequent–a place where quality reigned, where beans were meticulously sourced, intentionally roasted and carefully brewed to bring out the life and unique flavor profile of each coffee.Once he made up his mind, he made some calls and finally found exactly what he was looking for–a 1920s era, cast-iron, 5 kilo Probat roaster. Espresso-fueled, he drove all night to reach Calistoga, California and promptly offered the gentleman seller the contents of his savings account.Back in Portland, he worked two jobs to fund the space he began building out on Division. He then reached out to the charismatic Don Younger, beloved tavern keeper and owner of Horse Brass pub, where Sorenson tended bar nightly to save up for his espresso bar and roastery. After a particular night of hard work, followed by hard drinking, Younger handed him a wad of cash to borrow for the last installment to make Stumptown a reality–his first (of what would be many) La Marzocco espresso machine.In November of 1999, Duane Sorenson opened Stumptown Coffee Roasters on Southeast Division, the name a nod to this beloved city’s historic logging legacy. In between roasting, traveling to source and pulling shots of espresso, Duane began delivering coffee to wholesale customers out of his Ford Pinto wagon–the first Stumptown “Delivery” vehicle. He quickly became known for his inexhaustible passion for exceptional coffee, and what became a concept of sourcing, roasting and brewing that would change the coffee industry completely. Sorenson’s plan was a bold one: find the best beans in the world—scouring the planet if need be—pay a living wage to the farmers who harvest them, and raise the level of discourse and expectations that surround a cup of coffee.Over the next several years of traveling on the ground for six months out of the year to coffee farms around the world, Stumptown began to develop relationships with coffee producers that evolved into our Direct Trade program–improving coffee quality through our relationships at origin, and in turn, offering incentive based rewards to the farmer, with complete financial transparency of the supply chain along the way. This concept has allowed Stumptown to not only source the best coffee grown in the world, but to also make financial and incrementally sustainable improvements in the growing communities. Pretty simple concept: offer the best prices and expect the best quality in return. It’s worked pretty well so far.

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Stumptown Coffee Roasters
4525 SE Division St

OR 97206 US

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