August 2009

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

The indie-roaster superstar Duane Sorenson, the man behind Portland’s Stumptown, has built a reputation as a cocky, publicity-friendly rebel. But he backs up his bluster, dropping more than $100 on occasion for an exceptional pound of beans, auditioning café owners who want to serve his goods, and even setting up a charity to provide bikes to Rwandan farmers to make sure they get those precious cherries to the mill in double-quick time. (503-230-7797,

L’Asso Unleashes Stumptown,
Di Fara Tribute Slice

As promised, L’asso has installed its Stumptown program and is currently selling cups for $2 to stay in (with unlimited refills) and $1 to go (plus, twelve-ounce bags of Hair Bender for $10 and Ethiopia Mordecofe for $12). But there’s more: On Mondays the pizzeria is serving a slice they call the “the Big D,” since it’s inspired by Dom De Marco of Di Fara. It consists of regular mozzarella, mozzarella di bufala, and grated Parmesan with tomato and basil. Of course, a pizzeria naming a slice after De Marco is sort of like a dancer naming one of his pirouettes “the Baryshnikov” — we’ll see how this goes down with the pizza bloggers.