August 2010

Stumptown Opening Brooklyn
Coffee Bar

When Stumptown Coffee Roasters opens its coffee bar in Red Hook, Brooklyn, early next month, it will be missing something that people have come to expect of such establishments: espresso.There will be only coffee brewed by the cup. The selection, depending on the season, could be staggering. You will be able to drink from the full range of beans roasted there, as many as 35 selections, including rare crops like the Mario Carnival from Hacienda La Esmeralda.“We’re going all-brew because that’s how most people make coffee,” said Duane Sorenson, the owner of Stumptown.“At our coffee bar in Red Hook we’re putting the focus on the bag of coffee and showing our customers how to brew that coffee correctly,” he added.They will sell all the gear they have for making coffee, and will use six different methods: the classic French press, and Chemex and Melitta filters, along with the newly fashionable AeroPress and Hario V60 filter, and the Clever Coffee Dripper.The 900-square-foot space shares a warehouse with the roaster, which opened last year, and still feels raw. Jute bags of green beans will be stacked against the walls. From the rafters hang a pair of salvaged signs that say “Delightful” and “Coffee Shop.”Stumptown Coffee Roasters, 219 Van Brunt Street (Commerce Street), Red Hook, Brooklyn. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One of the World’s Most Expensive Coffees
Now in New York (For Sale or For Free)

“This year, most of the crop was snatched up at auction by Asian and European bidders. One of the few roasters in the United States to successfully bid for a lot was Stumptown Coffee Roasters, which sells a 12-ounce jar of the estate’s Mario Carnaval for $75. The Mario Carnaval was harvested in February, and it’s the most expensive Esmeralda designation. Right now the coffee can be found on the shelves of Stumptown Coffee Roasters at the Ace Hotel, making New York one of a handful places in the world where La Esmeralda is easily available.”

Jaik Faulk Cold as the Stars

Jaik Faulk is a local Portland painter, originally from the region of Acadiana in southern Louisiana. Faulk’s work was previously shown at FalseFront, Launch Pad Gallery, Portland Art Center, Autzen Gallery in Portland, OR, and Gallery 549 in Lafayette, LA. For more information, please visit Faulk’s website.

At night I like to sit outside under the sky and feel the breeze pass through, just to sit and think. I appreciate the peacefulness and stillness. It is this same stillness that I find in these paintings, despair and sorrow as well. I consider them journalistic, with all the bends and scraps, and stutters of thoughts one might find in a journal page, the residue of writing over the years.

These images are pulled from old magazine pages; National Geographic, Paris Match and Goodwill book finds. Originally meant for no one in particular, they are a borrowed and foreign past in my eyes. Their physicality suggested so much in texture and color, this photo quality I chose to embrace abstractly rather than to imitate in a scientific manner. Ultimately they are disparate images I felt akin to, happened upon as if left by the incoming tide and later taken out with the next. —Jaik Faulk

On view August 5th – October 4th, 2010
Opening Reception Thursday August 5th, 6pm – 8pm

Stumptown Coffee Roasters
128 SW 3rd Avenue
Portland, OR


It’s not hard to find a brew you like from Stumptown’s exceptional range of hand-roasted coffee blends, but finding a blend to suit a demographic as particular and diverse as the Wallpaper* readership us ab altogether different challenge. Undaunted, we sampled blends until, with the help of Oregon coffee meisters, we honed a cup of Joe the whole team enjoyed. The result is the world premeire of Wallpaper* Press. The heady roast features beans from Latin America, Africa and Indonesia, blended to create a rich brew with hints of chocolate, toffee, currant, honey and brown sugar.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Stumptown is known for its incredible range of beans from around the world; its varietals range from bourbon to Pacamara.

India Inks

It is well known that an extended trip to India will leave a mark on a person – culturally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and visually.

Traveling from place to place, the texture of the towns and  cities is stunning, and at times overwhelming. The walls are painted and repainted and cracking; some buildings have a multitude of materials used just to create the roof; temples are sunken in some areas with a collection of fallen stones at their base; in others, whole area may be suspended by thin tree branches; and all of these places are set to woven backdrop of complex leaf patterns and dense forest.

These buildings have a distinct narrative, and the stories told are not just the stories of the people. In a way, they represent a kind of visual history of mankind’s relationship with nature – and it is through this idea that I began to absorb the environment and translate it to ink.

This current work incorporates the mark making of traditional miniature style painting and presents an ongoing investigation into the texture, pattern and form of a place.

While visiting the North Indian city of Jaipur, I was lucky enough to find a working studio housing over 60 painters, and with some persistence, I was able to learn a few things about traditional miniature painting. Completed with tiny squirrel-hair brushes, the master paintings seen up close are so fine, and painted with such skill, they instill an immediate feeling of disbelief followed by an intense joy.

I am now honored to be using some of these very brushes to complete the small details in my paintings.