There are shops that sell chocolate and then there is the Cacao chocolate shop in Portland. The latter can inspire even the most hardened and cynical among us. When we first heard about the Cacao chocolate shops, it clearly sounded like it was worth our attention. Serious enough to warrant not one, but two reporters for further journalistic investigation. That's when Joanna … [Read more...] about Cacao Chocolate Shop in Portland Oregon
Product and Portland Metro Business Review Archives
Now and then I do a review of a store or commercial product. You'll find the archive of those stories here.
We've all seen expensive tonic waters in the grocery store, but are they worth the price? 2/21 - Whole Foods Market is back with an updated version. 1/2021 - Fentimans is back, but stay far away. Over the years many people have asked me what are the best tonic waters, and if they are worth the cost. Last week I sat down with groups of hardy tasters to compare as many tonic … [Read more...] about Best Tonic Water – Are the Gourmet Brands Worth the Price?
Best Coconut Waters Updated 10/21 - Trader Joe's freshWhat are the best coconut waters? Judging by the amount of shelf space devoted to them in grocery stores, coconut water is a popular item. Not being a huge fan of the fruit, I had never tried it until it was recommended to me by several doctors. They extolled the virtues: low in calories (the average is 55 per … [Read more...] about What are the Best Coconut Waters – We Rate 44 Brands
This review has been superseded by my tonic water roundup, which you can find here.Continuing my interest in tonic waters, I decided to review another brand which is appearing on store shelves: Fentimans Beverages. You may have seen their other products, such as Curiosity Cola, Shandy, and Victorian Lemonade.Fentimans describes their tonic as "An organic grain base, … [Read more...] about Review: Fentimans Tonic Water
"Portland is a beverage town," Steve Smith says simply. And his beverage of choice is -- and always has been-- tea. Note: sad to report that Steve Smith died in 2015. However, Steven Smith Teamaker is still in businessBack in the early 1970s, Smith started Stash Tea, which sold teas and herbal infusions to natural food stores. The company grew to the point where it was … [Read more...] about Interview: Steven Smith Teamaker