Oh, Portland. Where do I start?
Just thinking about Portland brings me feelings that I can only liken to that indescribable wave of emotions that is “kilig”. I have never fallen that hard that fast with a city, that is until I met Portland.
Oh, wait I know where I’ll start — Coffee.
Coffee, the fuel to my being, is one of the MANY reasons why I wanted to go to Portland. I knew Portland has great coffee. If you google the best coffee shops in the US, majority of the list might be in Portland. It was a personal pilgrimage and I started at the Mecca, the Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters is the first micro roaster in Portland, therefore cementing Portland’s place in the coffee lovers map. Let’s just say if you asked anyone where to get a good cup of Joe in PDX, I’d doubt that their first recommendation is not Stumptown.
I must pay homage.
I was waiting for my friend whose flying in from Canada (I’m from Manila, but was vacationing from California. She’s from Edmonton, so we say somewhere in the Pacific Northwest is halfway) and I still have a couple of hours to kill before she lands. So I headed further downtown a couple of blocks from where we were staying and visited Stumptown.
I ordered my latte and it was a dream.
It is chic and industrial. There are exposed red bricks and wooden table and counters and drop lights. Against the crisp fall wind outside, it was warm and inviting inside. The smell of coffee embraces you. It’s everything third wave coffee shop here aspire to be but somehow never comes close to.
You know what they’re missing? Portland hipsters.
I mean, I just love a city where they dress up like they’re going camping at any given moment.
Stumptown Coffee Roaster
128 SW 3rd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204