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Photo Credit: Peter Mumford

What: Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Open just about three days now, Stumptown Coffee Roasters swank new coffee shop on 12th and Madison

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I Ate This: Stumptown Coffee Roasters Just Open

Rich, Portland-Roasted Coffee in Swank New Spot

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Photo Credit: Peter Mumford

What: Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Open just about three days now, Stumptown Coffee Roasters swank new coffee shop on 12th and Madison (right next door to the equally stylish Cafe Presse) is ready to pull your coffee.

Where: 1115 12th Avenue, just south of Madison

When: This morning at about 8:30 a.m.

Official Tasting Notes: The anxiously awaited Portland-based coffee roaster (see previous Voracious posts here) creates a great, rich product, served (this morning anyway) by three friendly guys behind the counter. The coffees were beautifully crafted, strong and rich. We enjoyed an Americano with a golden crema and latte topped with a lovely leaf motif.  

If you’ve been to Cafe Presse, you’ll have a good idea of what this place looks like: high ceilings, exposed wood, and brick retrofitted with floor-to-ceiling steel beams. Stumptown is decorated with hip, white benches that sit as good as they look, and chess-piece-inspired stools that scoot up to small round tables. The cafe is friendly to laptops, and offers Macrina Bakery items including a tasty baguette with butter, and a savory, butter-laden ham and cheese scone. Fruity, sweet pastry options abound, and they offer Mighty O Doughnuts as well.

Cost: $11.99 including tip (single short Americano, double tall latte, scone and baguette)

Would I eat/drink it again? In a minute.

Stumptown is known for their high quality, locally-roasted beans, allowing their coffee to sit on the shelf for a limited time only, and treating (and paying) their coffee growers and baristas well.

Speaking to the cafe manager, Amber, she told me that it’s very important for Stumptown to create a Seattle-based infrastructure, from installing a coffee roaster at the 12th Avenue shop, to hiring Seattle-based baristas. A roaster is set to be housed one floor below the 12th Ave. cafe, but until construction is complete--as Amber says, these are vintage machines,“You can’t just got to the store and buy them.”--the beans are delivered twice a week from Portland.

Insider Tip: A second (albeit smaller) location is already under construction, on Pine Street next to the Capitol Hill Rudy’s Barbershop, set to open at the beginning of October.

Stumptown may be known as an out-of-town coffee roaster (for now), though, as the barista said this morning, “It seems we have a lot of fans in this town.”

Have you been? And did you find the coffee as good (maybe better?) than you expected?

 
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