Espresso is Portland’s lifeblood. With hundreds of vendors throughout the city, it’s impossible not to fuel up pre-sightseeing with a flawlessy pulled espresso shot. Seattle may have made coffee famous, but Portland perfected it.
Case in point: Stumptown Coffee Roasters. This modest shop opened in Portland’s southeast neighborhood in 1999, and its personal approach to roasting hand-picked beans created the “third wave”of coffee – a movement that prizes coffee as a refined luxury rather than a commodity.