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We’re huge fans of the handwritten word around here, which is why we’d like to help you send a Valentine to someone you care about and we’ll pick up the postage. Go to one of our cafes, pick up a Vday postcard and drop it off in the box at the counter. Snap a photo of your handiwork and share the love with us using #StumptownExpress. For inspiration we draw from Letters of NoteShaun Usher’s blog, which is “an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos,” via Fast Company‘s Co.Design blog. From the tender to the creepy, love knows no bounds.

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From Elzie Segar, the cartoonist of Popeye, to his then-girlfriend (future wife) Myrtle Johnson

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Come see us at the One Motorcycle Show in Portland starting tonight. The One Show is a weekend of motorcycle art films, bikes, food, coffee, and friends sharing tales from the road in the beautiful and venerable YU building. We’ll be serving up coffee along with our friends at See See Motor Coffee.

For more information about this motorcycle show for and by motorcyclists, click here.

The One Motorcycle Show 2014. ITS COMING SOON! from See See Motor Coffee Co. on Vimeo.


On view at Division February 6th – March 31st, 2014

Stumptown is pleased to present an exhibition of new oil paintings by Hickory Mertshing. Hickory Draws upon the symbolic detritus of the American West, both literal and mythic. His paintings combine elements of playful remnant kitsch amid narratives of impermanence, waste and potential violence. Sculptural in their arrangement, Hickory’s canvases imply the compositional horizon of desert and forest floors.

Hickory Mertshing lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He received a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 1996 and has worked extensively in sculpture and metal fabrication. Since 2005, he has worked exclusievely with drawing and oil on canvas. His paintings have been shown widely and are in several private and corporate collections.

For more information, please contact Wendy Swartz (wendy@stumptowncoffee.com)

Division Stumptown

4525 SE Division Street


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.