Snapshots of the Week: the Portland coffee scene

The Portland coffee scene is undeniably cool, and its more than just the national love for Stumptown Coffee, our hometown hero that made it to the big stage in NYC and boutique coffee shops across the country. Lora Woodruff, owner of Third Wave Coffee Tours, understands this trend and has recently started a company that offers educational tours and tastings of Portland’s artisan coffee scene. Last week Lora invited me to join along on her Pearl District/northwest coffee tour to learn more about the award-winning micro-roasters and nationally acclaimed baristas that are in my own backyard.

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Lora offers tours in the Pearl District/northwest Portland, downtown and on the eastside. On each of the walking tours you will visit about 5-7 coffee shops to meet local roasters, learn about different roasting and brewing methods and sample espresso and/or coffee drinks at each location. The tours last about three hours and cost $40/person. You can sign-up for tours and purchase gift certificates online. Lora is offering a “shop small” promotion for the holidays and will extend a 20% discount for gift certificates purchased and/or tours booked by Dec. 31, 2013.

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Third Wave Coffee Tours is more than just a way to explore the cool coffee scene in Portland. Lora is a dynamic women that knows her stuff, and what really impresses me, is that she has taken a time-out from corporate America to pursue a passion, share it with others, spend time at home with her young daughter and start a business. Its women like this that deserve our support in Portland.

Lora – thanks for Living Big and inspiring others around you to do the same!

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