Wednesday, April 27, 2016

S Is for Stumptown



Earlier this month my friend A and I went to City Center for an open rehearsal of the Dance Theater of Harlem. Great dancing and a fascinating look at how performances come together. After the program we went to a great coffee place -- featured in the next post for "T" -- for a snack and coffee. 

Stumptown was the featured coffee. Stumptown is a coffee roaster and retailer based in Portland. There are also a few Stumptown branches in other cities, including New York. I have visited the New York Stumptown, and I've had the brand at several other coffee places, as well. I generally think of it as too strong for me based on a less than good experience several years ago, but I found that wasn't the case this month. As A pointed out, "A good cup of coffee depends on a lot of variables." My iced coffee this time was just right. It was a solid B+ to maybe an A-. It was strong and flavorful. The Stumptown website has a good discussion of how they buy their coffee beans from local producers all over the world. I've been doing a lot of reading about coffee this month and I found this information especially informative.

As  a sidenote, I am not a particular fan of the very large coffee sellers also beginning with S. I've found their staff friendly, their shops clean and comfortable and I appreciate the bathrooms, but I'm not a fan of their coffee. Do I drink it? From time to time, yes. Mostly when I am with other people who are fans and don't want to try other places. I didn't want to let "S" go by without acknowledging their presence. There are four (!) within eight blocks of my apartment, and they are all crowded.

So much coffee and so little time, but I'm sipping away. As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care.

8 comments:

goodnightgram said...

I have to agree with you on the flavor of the other 'S' coffee. I don't drink it. I don't know about you, but I am going to miss this A-Z of yours. I have only been to NYC once and I was in and out on the same day. It looks cozy from the view of your daily cuppa!

Terra Hangen said...

I prefer the local or non mega chain coffee shops too. How fun to see the open dress rehearsal. Living where you do has lots of good points including that.

Denise said...

I agree with you about the Big S. Much too bitter for my taste buds. When I visited Seattle they were on just about every corner.

shortybear said...

good post

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

A B+ or A-, that is pretty good. So far, I only remember you giving one or two an A.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I'm looking forward to seeing who's the winner!

TARYTERRE said...

You are lucky to have so many choices when it comes to drinking your brew of the day. Here we only have a few places. I LOVE all the interesting names of the places you go to.

BJ PUP said...

even the decaf of the other 's' coffee makes shake for days.