The Buzz on Coffee
Taste Why the Pacific Northwest is Known for its Brews… Coffee Brews
Coffee lovers flock to Oregon. A cup of java perfectly matches our low fog mornings, crisp and bright winter days, or drizzly evenings. It helps that our locals make outstanding coffee and are eager to share it with visitors.
While Portland touts some serious espresso, don’t overlook the expert and small-batch roasters in the Tualatin Valley. Those who are crazy about coffee will go just about anywhere to get the really good stuff, which is why so many caffeine fiends sojourn to our coffeehouses and cafes.
Thornton Family Coffee Roasters
The new kids on the block, Thornton Family Coffee Roasters, really know their coffee. After nearly 35 years of buying and roasting coffee for large volume companies, Paul Thornton set up shop in Beaverton. This family enterprise roasts beans in a refurbished 1995 15-kilo Petronchini solid drum roaster. Of course, it’s not just about the people and machinery that roast the coffee, but also the beans themselves. Thornton’s dedicates itself to a green and 100% transparent supply chain. Mere steps away from the roasting plant, the coffee walk-up window is ready to hand off espresso drinks, fresh drip, and locally made pastries.
Dapper & Wise
Dapper & Wise is the epitome of Portland cool. This Hillsboro-based coffee roaster doesn’t take itself too seriously, while producing some seriously good coffee. They source and roast the best coffees from around the globe, which they serve at their Insomnia Coffee Company shops throughout the region. Through the “Coffee Lab,” passionate baristas teach coffee lovers about the art of coffee at its weekly hands-on education classes (registration required).
Longbottom Coffee & Tea
Tualatin Valley’s premier organic roasting company, Longbottom Coffee & Tea (established in 1981), sources and hot-air roasts high-quality specialty coffee from all over the world. In true Pacific Northwest fashion, it was a pioneer in organic coffee, and was one of the first roasters in the United States to be certified organic. Today, its organic roasting facility is a testing site for the Independent Organic Inspectors Association.
Tualatin Valley boasts a number of coffee shops, each offering its own menu of delicious coffee (and tea) drinks. Coffee is a way of life here in Tualatin Valley, and here are some of our favorites for that perfectly brewed cup.
The newest coffeehouse to open in Tualatin Valley is Kafé, which doesn’t brew your everyday, typical cup o’ joe. Kafé specializes in Thai coffee and offers a mix of unique premium coffees, tea and treats.
A local favorite, Symposium Coffee, has two locations in Tualatin Valley, where is serves a mean latte featuring beans from local coffee roasters Flag & Wire Coffee Roasters and Stumptown Coffee Roasters. Stop by and try Symposium’s signature drinks, lavender latte, cardamom latter and chili mocha.
In Forest Grove, the new Telvet Coffee House transforms a historic building into a charming coffeehouse that uses its house-roasted beans to create handcrafted espresso drinks.
Ava Roasteria has three locations in Tualatin Valley. This popular gathering spot is known not only for its coffee drinks, but also for its tasty pastries, cakes and desserts.
When visiting Tualatin Valley this fall, make sure you visit our coffee roasters and coffeehouses (and don’t forget to take home a bag of beans to brew at home!).
The Tualatin Valley is exploding in the Portland craft beer scene, from the ubiquitous McMenamins, which brews several of its beers here, to new local breweries that attract the serious beer connoisseur, as well as the casual beer aficionado.
Taste the world teas of Tualatin Valley. Here in the Pacific Northwest, visitors are abuzz about our coffees, but in recent years, it is our teas that are generating buzz.
It’s been more than 80 years since the end of Prohibition, and Oregon has blossomed into a leader of craft beer, full-bodied wines and well-aged spirits. Oregon’s distilleries–and Tualatin Valley distilleries in particular–are earning well-deserved accolades and are introducing handcrafted spirits to a new generation.