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It’s a new year and it’s time to freshen up. Here are some tips to get you brewing your best in 2015.

Clean Machine 

It’s a good idea to clean your daily coffee maker on the regular. Oils from coffee cling to your trusty brewer and eventually go rancid, which is, unsurprisingly, not delicious. When cleaning your brewer, say nope to soap! Soap leaves a residue and doesn’t break up coffee oils. We recommend avoiding the dishwasher for the same reason. In all of our cafes, we use Purocaff to regularly clean our espresso machines and coffee brewers. You can find home packets of cleaner by the same company here.


Mind Your Burrs

The more you clean the burrs on your grinder, the longer they’ll last. Coffee fines and oils build up in your grinder – you’ll want to take the grinder apart and use a dry toothbrush or a dry cloth to clean out all the old coffee that collects there. Urnex makes a product called Grindz, which is great for a deep clean. It’s flavor neutral, composed of food grade products, and does a great job eliminating stale oils, flavors, and residue from the burrs and grinding chamber. Here is Baratza’s recommended cleaning parameters using Grindz. Please note! Baratza does not recommend using rice (a common home practice) to clean your grinder. If you do, it may void your warranty!


A word on Baratza: Burrs need to be replaced every few years on Baratza grinders. If your machine is clean and you are getting lots of dust-sized fine particles, slow dripping coffee and little-to-no grind size variation, regardless of grind setting changes, it may be time to replace your burrs. You can buy them here.

We love Baratza electric grinders because they are super solid, do a great job and have easily replaceable parts, so they’ll last forever. They also have a rad grinder repair program – they’ll do a full service, clean, calibrate and replacement of worn parts for $45-90 with return shipping.freshup3_640

Clean Water Act

Always use fresh, filtered water when brewing coffee. Water chambers in electric brewers build up lime and calcium deposits from the water. Descaling your machine removes these deposits and keeps your coffee tasting clean. If you live in a place with hard water, it’s a good idea to descale the water chamber a couple times a year. Urnex also makes a good descaling tablet available here. Make sure you rinse everything really well before brewing again.

Out with the Old

Coffee is best consumed within two weeks of the roast date. Time to throw out the old freezer stuff and start fresh.


In with the New

Venture out of your usual habit. Try a new brew method or type of coffee this year. Here are some brew videos to get you jazzed.

You might find you love Kenyan coffees or that Indonesian coffees are your cup of tea. (If you really do want a new cup of tea, Steven Smith Teamaker knows what’s up. We started serving his teas in our cafes last year and they are just great.) If you are looking for a blend, try our Blend Trio to see what suits you. We have rotating single origin tasting trios, too. Right now we’re all pretty sweet on the Ethiopian Trio.


We are also feeling very excited that our Nitro Cold Brew landed on Bon Appétit’s Food World Predictions for 2015! Our Cold Brew wizards have lots of good stuff bubbling this year that we’re very excited to share with you soon.

As always, we’re here to help. If you have any questions about clean machines or which coffees to try, holler at us at info@stumptowncoffee.com or tweet us @stumptowncoffee.


Sending you warm well wishes for a bright and spirited 2015. Some of our cafes will be open for espresso to help shake off the champagne.

DEC 31, 2014 (NYE)


All cafes open 6am – 5pm
Annex regular hours, 10am – 4pm


Pine open 7am – 5pm
12th open 6am – 5pm


Both cafes open 7am – 5pm


Santa Fe open 7am – 5pm

JAN 1, 2015 (NEW YEAR’S DAY)


All cafes open 8am – 3pm


Both cafes open 8am – 3pm


Ace Hotel (W.29th) open 9am – 4pm
Greenwich Village (W.8th) Cafe & Brew Bar CLOSED




Ryan Maley in our PDX Finance Department put together a twinkling, wintry mix for us. Bundle up, pour a cup and listen up!

What do you do at Stumptown?

I work in the Finance department as the Accounts Payable Clerk at our Stumptown HQ in Portland.

How do you take your coffee?

I really like all our Latin American options, but I have been digging the Guatemala La Concepcion Buenavista. It has a cold weather, bundle up, and stay inside feel to it. Our training department taught me how to brew with a Bee House and I have not turned back since. It makes a delicious single cup of coffee!

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

I really love listening to music, finding new artists, and hunting for vinyl. I spend a lot of my weekends rooting for the Oregon Ducks, Blazers, and Bayern Munich. I love exploring our beautiful city and state. I would really love to get outside more this upcoming year.

Favorite things to eat right now in Portland?

There are a ton of amazing restaurants in PDX and so many I have yet to try. That being said, I just got turned to oysters a couple months ago and have been really enjoying those right now. Specifically at The Woodsman and Ox.

Favorite corner of the city?

Portland is full of fun neighborhoods, but lately I have been enjoying NW 21st – 23rd. I feel like they have moved from just being a retail area to having some awesome new restaurants and bars. It has a lot more character now.

What can you tell us about this mix?

These are just some of my favorite slower, quieter songs. I think they really represent those dark, cold winter nights where you are up in the wee hours of the morning, doing some deep thinking with the help of a glass of whiskey. Everyone has had those moments and I think this mix touches on that a bit. Also, I find a lot of these songs are just really beautiful, whether it be musically or lyrically. I included 2 songs from my favorite artist, Elliott Smith, a musical icon of our wonderful city. Hopefully everyone else will enjoy some of my selections as well!

Thanks Ryan!



Wishing you and yours a warm and happy holiday. Here’s to another good year of great coffee. Cheers and best wishes!

December 24, 2014 (Christmas Eve)

  • Portland

    • Downtown, 6am – 5pm

    • Stumptown at Ace Hotel Portland, 6am – 5pm

    • Belmont, 6am – 5pm

    • Division, 6am – 5pm

    • Annex at HQ, 10am – 4pm

  • Seattle

    • Pine, 7am – 5pm

    • 12th, 6am – 5pm

  • New York

    • Stumptown at Ace New York (W. 29th), 7am – 5pm

    • Greenwich Village (W. 8th), 7am – 5pm

    • Brew Bar Greenwich Village (W. 8th), CLOSED

  • Los Angeles

    • S. Santa Fe, 7am – 5pm

December 25, 2014 (Christmas Day)

  • Portland

    • Downtown, CLOSED

    • Stumptown at Ace Hotel Portland, 8am – 3pm

    • Belmont, 8am – 3pm

    • Division, 8am – 3pm

    • Annex at HQ, CLOSED

  • Seattle

    • Pine, 8am – 3pm

    • 12th, 8am – 3pm

  • New York

    • Stumptown at Ace New York (W. 29th), 9-4

    • Greenwich Village (W. 8th), CLOSED

    • Brew Bar Greenwich Village (W. 8th), CLOSED

  • Los Angeles

    S. Santa Fe, CLOSED

December 26, 2014

The Annex at HQ in Portland will be CLOSED; all other cafes are open normal hours.