Coffee tastes the best when it is fresh roasted and made with love. It tastes even better when it is creating better working conditions for the farmers that work so hard to make it available to us.
We know that there are many great local roasters here in Portland (we're so lucky here). Even after considering and tasting most of them, Paul and I both came to the conclusion that even if we served another great local roaster we would still seek out a cup of Stumptown's Hairbender blend now and again. After realizing this, it makes the most sense to choose OUR favorite coffee to serve at Southeast Grind.
It's not just the flavor though; we choose to serve Stumptown Coffee for more reasons than just the fabulous taste. The way that they handle thier relationships with the coffee bean growers is shaking up the coffee industry in stellar, progressive ways. Not only do they buy beans at higher prices than 'Fair Trade' but they work directly with the growers to insure that working conditions are suitable and healthy. One Portland independent business working with independant growers all over the world. It's this direct relationship and keeping things transparent that we like as well. Get the story straight from the horse's mouth here:
This is also the reason that we choose as many small, independant business as we can when selecting our vendors. Small business has not got the love that it has deserved lately and we like to support and promote the ones that are doing great!
Now it's your turn. Come down and support your local coffee shop, Southeast Grind!