From a Stumptown Roasters Press release today - “At a time when it’s difficult to find the financing to grow, run and operate a quality driven and sustainable business, I am pleased to announce that Stumptown has found an investor to help us offer opportunities and take care of our employees, farmers and customers … [Read more...] about Stumptown Coffee Duane Sorenson’s on Sale of Chain
[Now confirmed by Willamette Week- see bottom of this story.] Though a spokesman for Stumptown Coffee says that Duane Sorenson is still in control of the Portland coffee chain, doubts are beginning to form. I may have to retract my original post on the subject. Here are some of the rumors that have me wondering what … [Read more...] about Rumors of Stumptown Coffee Sale Gain Strength – Confirmed
A post on Esquire Magazine's website stated "Stumptown Coffee Roasters has been sold to the highest bidder". Not quite. I heard a rumor a few weeks ago that company founder Duane Sorenson wants to expand into the European market. If true, that is going to take some cash, and it makes sense that they would need to … [Read more...] about Stumptown Has Not Been Sold – Yet
Last year Stumptown Coffee Roasters won by a significant margin. This year, Barista Coffeehouse surged and came very close to tying their score, with only 1% of the vote separating them. When you factor in the number of Stumptown stores versus the two Barista locations, it's a pretty impressive showing. Ristretto … [Read more...] about Survey 2011: Best Coffeehouse in Portland
Duane Sorenson Talks to New York Magazine The New York magazine has an article on Stumptown's foray into NYC called "The Messiah Hails From Portland". It is an interesting portrait of Duane Sorenson, who didn't do himself any favors by doing this interview. I'm told he doesn't censor himself no matter who he's talking … [Read more...] about Duane Sorenson of Stumptown Coffee the Messiah?
Starbucks Coffee announced today that they had acquired Coffee Equipment Company, maker of the much vaunted Clover coffee brewing machine. You may remember that they were the trendy single cup brewer that all the cool kids were putting in their shops in 2007 (for somewhere in the neighborhood of $10,000 apiece). … [Read more...] about Starbucks Buys Clover Coffee Equipment
Interested in learning how to taste coffee? Most coffee is a commodity. If you like, you can trade coffee futures, and most of the money in coffee goes to publicly traded transnational companies. And I don’t just mean the first mate of the Pequod. Nestle, Philip Morris/Kraft, Sara Lee, Proctor & Gamble, Dunkin’ … [Read more...] about Stumptown Coffee Annex in Portland