January 2014


Tennessee Waller is a bad ass lady and the assistant manager of our Stumptown cafe in LA. She’s lived in Japan and still tours there from time to time with her rad band Cap Lori. She made us a great mix to kick out the winter blues and answered some questions about her favorite corners of the city.

What do you do at Stumptown? How long have you been there?

I am the assistant manager and retail trainer at the Stumptown in Los Angeles. I was hired right before Stumptown LA first opened.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

I play music. I tour mostly in Japan and spend my time in America recording, writing, and playing occasional local shows.

Favorite things to eat right now in LA?

Taco trucks! There are so many good ones.

Favorite corner of the city?

I really love Forest Lawn Cemetery. It’s one of the most beautiful spots in LA in my opinion. Also I spend a lot of time in Chinatown. The lights are really cool at night and there are a lot of spots to explore. There are also some great music and art spaces in Chinatown.

What can you tell us about this mix?

All my favorite songs to play when I’m working on the floor!

Thanks Tennessee!


This week on the blog Design*Sponge, Portland-based Kinfolk Magazine shares a workday-in-the-life of its editorial team, which includes, unsurprisingly, loads of coffee. The lifestyle pub staffers keep perked with fridges stocked with Cold Brew stubbies and frequent cafe stop-ins for afternoon copy editing breaks. Check out the feature on Design Sponge here.


Coffee brewed through a paper filter is common these days, thankfully. But most of us probably don’t even think about the invention of the filter or know much about its humble beginnings. In 1908, German homemaker Melitta Bentz invented paper coffee filters by using a piece of blotting paper from her son’s school notebook and a brass pot punctured with holes.

She sought out to brew a cleaner cup of coffee without the chew of coffee grounds and bitterness often caused by over-extraction, as was commmon in her day. (Cloth filters were used previously–and even socks in a pinch. We can imagine some potential problems there…) The paper filter also led to a cleaner, more efficient disposal of coffee grounds. She patented the invention in the summer of 1908 under the name “Filter top device lined with filter paper.”

The device went on to win awards at the Leipzig Trade Fair. The company has continued to evolve over the years and is still around today, run by Melitta’s grandkids. Here are some of the company’s heritage items, and the old standby Melitta Number 4.


Check out our Melitta pour over brew guide here (we really love the Japanese ceramic version by Bee House) or pick some filters in our shop here.



On view January 22nd – March 4th
Opening reception Sunday, January 26th, 4-6 pm

Shawn Creeden’s current work is an investigation into the tools and techniques employed by human beings in our attempts to gain control over the natural world. Since the era of Manifest Destiny, millions of miles of barbed-wire fence, arbitrary boundary delineation, privatizing property, guns, hunting, trapping, resource exploitation, the introduction of domestic livestock and the eradication of predators and wild competitors all led directly to the settling of the American West.

Through meticulous large-scale hand embroideries, drawings, sculpture and installations, Creeden explores these methods of domination, the underlying motivations and the mythos that develop around them. In Marks of Control, Creeden gives us a rare glimpse into his working process, placing new sculptural experiments beside preparatory drawings beside his labor intensive textile pieces.

B. 1981, Newport, RI. Shawn Creeden attended the Rochester Institute of Technology and has exhibited across the US, including in New York City, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Atlanta, Richmond, VA and New Bedford, MA. His books are held in the collections of the Beineke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University and The Museum Library at The Museum of Modern Art, NY. He has partaken in Artist-In-Residency programs at Epicenter in Green River, UT and ACRE Projects in Steuben, WI. Creeden currently lives and works in Portland, OR.

For more information, please contact May Barruel (may@stumptowncoffee.com)