Since their beans are a rare find outside the Pacific Northwest, the owner's plan to open a coffee roastery Red Hook, New York is real cause for celebration!Last week, the New York Times reported that Duane Sorenson, owner of Stumptown, has left his home turf in Portland, Oregon for Brooklyn, New York. In addition to running the roastery, he will be opening cafes in both Red Hook and Manhattan (29th and Broadway).
One of Sorenson's longstanding policies with Stumptown was to keep the beans local, and with very few exceptions, he only sold to businesses within driving distance of their Portland or Seattle roasteries. This move to open a new roastery in Red Hook opens up the East Coast market--and gets a hallelujah from all the Northwest transplants living in New England!
Don't fret for Portland, however! All the Stumptown roasteries and cafes in the Northwest will stay open while Sorenson pursues this venture on the opposite coast.
Any Stumptown fans--or cynics!--in our audience?
• Read the full New York Times Article, "Specialty Coffee Roasters Brew in New York" by Peter Meehan