Duane Sorenson, the founder of Portland’s incredible Stumptown Coffee Roasters, is an incredible man. Not only has he been credited for bringing a “third wave” of coffee loving attitudes to the art of drinking coffee, but he was really one the first people to introduce Portland to what is now considered “good coffee”. Stumptown was founded on Division Street in Portland in 1999 and was made famous with its cold brew coffee – now sold at Whole Foods Markets and other retailers nationwide. Stumptown brought the art and artisanship of drinking coffee to the city and set the tone for many other companies to follow in its footsteps.
If you visit Portland, a stop at the Division Street original is a must, where the knowledgable staff will concoct a beautiful iced almond milk latte or cold brew any day of the week. Mr. Sorenson has obliterated traditional corporate rules and has been known to aid employees with funding their own bands, paying for tuition and even leading team coffee buying trips to places like Rwanda. Don’t miss Stumptown, as it truly is a Portland institution.