Once again I asked the question, "what is the best coffeehouse in Portland?" As always, the results proved interesting. In 2012, the ranking was: 1) Ristretto Roasters, 2) Barista Coffee, 3) Stumptown Coffee, 4) Heart, 5) Coava, 6) Coffeehouse NW, and 7) Extracto. For 2013, everything has changed. Out of 1704 … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2013: Best Coffeehouse in Portland
There is a new chef at the Brasserie Montmartre. Chef Johnny Nudd will lead the kitchen beginning July 24th. From the press release - “Talented yet humble, and with experience in San Francisco, New York, and Europe, Chef Johnny is the kind of chef I like to collaborate with,” says Chureau, former chef-owner of … [Read more...] about Lots of Old News and a Rare Mushroom Find!
The newest Barista will be open as soon as the final inspections take place, hopefully by July 25th. Billy Wilson's new store is located in the busy downtown ‘Jewelry District’ at 529 SW 3rd avenue. The 500 square foot store in the historic Hamilton Building, focuses on take-away, but window counter and bar … [Read more...] about Barista Coffee III Photos – Opening Soon
I thought it would be interesting this year to break coffee into two categories - Best Coffeehouse and Best Roaster. Stumptown is known for roasting and I thought they would do pretty well in both categories, especially with 5 stores, but that isn't the case. Let's look at the results: 752 votes cast: 1. Ristretto … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best Coffeehouse in Portland
Owner Billy Wilson used to be referred to as a “Rock Star Barista” due to his suave, heavily tattooed looks, and three winning Northwest Barista Championship titles. These days, he's left all of that behind, and as a father of two, he spends most nights at home. Billy says that he's hung up his competition hat, and is … [Read more...] about Coffee Guide: Barista
Barista fans rejoice! Owner Billy Wilson has announced that a 3rd coffeehouse will open in the 'Jewelry District' at 529 SW 3rd avenue in downtown Portland. The 500 square foot store in the historic Hamilton Building, will focus on take-away, but window counter seating will also be available. Think white penny tile, … [Read more...] about Barista Coffee to Add 3rd Portland Store
Portland baristas placed in the top six positions in the 2012 Northwest Regional Barista Championship competition, beating out competitors from Washington, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Alaska. On the last day, Devin Chapman from Coava Coffee in Portland took first place. This marks the first time a competitor has won … [Read more...] about Portland Shines in 2012 Barista Competition
If you missed it, Oregon Art Beat ran a nice piece on local coffee. A bulk of the story was focused on the how and why of latte art, but they also covered roasting at Water Avenue Coffee, and a bit on cupping at Barista Coffee. If you aren't familiar with coffee art, take a look. … [Read more...] about OPB Art Beat on Local Coffee