The Portland Café Guide: The Finale
We explore more gems within the Portland specialty-coffee world.
BY EMILY JOY MENESES
BARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE
Featured photo by Elena Kuchko via Unsplash
Today, we’re continuing our exploration of Portland’s specialty-coffee scene with Stumptown’s flagship location, Puff Coffee, and Push x Pull. If you haven’t already, check out part one and part two of our PDX café guide.
Stumptown: Flagship Location
No PDX café guide would be complete without a mention of Stumptown. The coffee giant opened its first location on Division Street in 1999. Though there are many locations today, the flagship café still retains Stumptown’s old grunge and grit that first made the company popular with locals and visitors alike. In addition to a full coffee bar, the café offers beverages from Dona Chai and Spirit Tea. They also serve food from Portland-based vegan bakeries Shoofly and Sparrow Bakery.
Puff Coffee is the vision of Stumptown founder Duane Sorensen, and the latest in his endeavors to source, roast, and offer high-quality coffee in Portland. Puff’s roasting facility is located on SE Stark Street, just a stone’s throw away from the original Stumptown location.
At Puff, they place emphasis on the small-batch roasting process. Offerings include notable blends like the Spirit Lifter and single-origin coffees from Ethiopia, Mexico, Sumatra, Colombia, and more.
Push x Pull
Push x Pull is a specialty-coffee roaster, café, and natural wine bottle shop founded in 2018. The original café is located on SE Stark and SE 9th in PDX. You can find their second location in Seattle’s Central District.
“Our focus is on funky and experimental processed coffees. … What we do and who we are is about people,” Push x Pull’s Emma Reeves shares.
“We roast the most unique coffees we can find to honor the integrity of the coffee and the people who produce it,” Emma continues. “Push x Pull is a place to participate in relationships, to create and be known, and to drink delicious things along the way.”
Standout items on Push x Pull’s menu include the turmeric latte, made with One Stripe’s turmeric powder (a combination of turmeric, cinnamon, and black peppercorn), and The Suzy—a latte with raw honey, Ceylon cinnamon, and Himalayan pink salt.
Editor’s note: There are tons of great cafés in Portland; we couldn’t possibly fit them all in this short series! For more Portland content, check out the Barista Magazine Online archives.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emily Joy Meneses (she/they) is a writer and musician based in Los Angeles. Her hobbies include foraging, cortados, vintage synths, and connecting with her Filipino roots through music, art, food, and beverage.
Source: Barista Magazine