In case you need yet another reason to visit charming Astoria, Street 14 Coffee is now serving Stumptown. This shop housed in the same historic building as the sleek Commodore Hotel, is a labor of love and a landing pad for owners Micha and Jennifer Cameron-Lattek.
Micha and Jennifer decided to move to Astoria to pursue their gustatory interests (coffee and baking, respectively) and venture outside of academia–Jennifer has a PhD in German Literature from Columbia, and Micha has an M.A. in American Studies from the Free University in Berlin. The two met in Berlin, and ran a small coffee shop there, but wanted to be a part of a smaller community and were looking for a reason to move to Oregon. (Jennifer is originally from Portland but has spent half of the last decade in Berlin, and Micha is from Essen, Germany.)
“The unique thing about Astoria is its great mix of people: blue collar harbor town workers, fishermen, artists, Portland refugees, college kids, retirees, and they all come into our shop. We love that Astoria is a real town on the Oregon coast, not totally dependent on tourism and that it’s beautifully located at the mouth of the Columbia,” Micha says.
The couple originally thought they might open a shop in Berlin, but after fatefully stumbling upon an article on Sprudge linking a Craigslist post advertising the sale of the existing Street 14 Cafe, they dove in. A chance meeting of former Stumptown employee April Melnik at a cupping at The Barn in Berlin sealed the deal for a rad collaboration. Stop in for a coffee next time you’re in the neighborhood.