|ABOUT THIRD WAVE COFFEE TOURS
Welcome To America’s Third Wave Coffee Capital
More than any other city in America, Portland lies at the heart of the third wave coffee movement. Our baristas, many nationally recognized, craft amazing coffee in our specialty cafes throughout the city. What's more, our pioneering roasters define the coffee trends that the rest of the nation follows.
It’s clear that any trip to Portland would be incomplete without experiencing the eclectic café scene and coffee culture, and there’s no better way to explore the city’s coffee scene than with Third Wave Coffee Tours — Portland’s only coffee tour company.
Sip Your Way Through Portland’s Artisanal Coffee Scene
Each one of our signature tours will introduce you to a unique region of Portland and its finest coffee artisans. On almost every tour, you’ll get to experience brew methods demonstrations, participate in side-by-side coffee tastings and explore the micro-roasters who redefine America’s coffee culture. Plus, you’ll get to sample some of the world’s finest coffee — brewed right here in Stumptown — and nibble locally sourced snacks and baked goods.
Much more than a tasting tour, Third Wave Coffee Tours takes you behind the scenes to meet the pioneering roasters and award-winning baristas who put the city on the world’s coffee map. In addition to leisurely strolling through trendsetting neighborhoods, you’ll get to discover the history of third wave coffee and learn tips and tricks to brew better coffee at home.
If you love coffee and want to discover Portland’s artisan coffee scene, let our expert guides take you behind the scenes as you explore city’s third wave coffee revolution.
Meet The Team
Lora Woodruff, Owner, Tour Guide
A few years later, I took a break from my career in high tech to stay home with our young daughter and it was during some of my discretionary day-time hours that I really discovered Portland's vibrant coffee scene.
It started innocently enough: a copy of the Oregonian's A&E on Fridays over a latte at Public Domain. Next, I discovered Stumptown a few blocks away and marveled at how good coffee could actually be. After realizing there were many more of these types of coffee shops in the city, I had my marching orders. I created a list of local micro-roasters and after visiting a majority of the nearly 60, the rest, as they say, is history!
I've thoroughly enjoyed learning about what these artisans do and watch with great admiration the practice of their craft. I love Portland and think we have something really special here. We have the perfect mix of artisans passionately pursuing exceptional coffee and a population that appreciates and supports it. Our coffee scene is one of the best in the world and I look forward to sharing it with you.
Anna Phillips, Tour Guide
I moved to Germany in 2001 and made it my mission to try and find the café that locals go to wherever I travelled to throughout Europe with varying degrees of success. In 2009 while living in England I met my husband. He is from New York and when we moved to the east coast, first New York in 2011, then Florida in 2012, I thought my days of drinking specialty coffee were over and I resigned myself to the fact that I would be drinking second wave offerings when I went out for coffee -which my husband dreaded because he knew I would be disappointed or just drinking home brewed coffee.
In 2012 when we first visited the Pacific North West I was overjoyed when I walked into a café in Portland and was asked by the barista if I would prefer an Ethiopian or Columbian coffee. I had choices! Better yet, the barista was so passionate and knowledgeable about their craft that I knew I was only going to be served the best possible coffee. That was my introduction to the Third Wave coffee movement; it took us 2 more years of visiting to decide to just move here but after we did the first thing I wanted to do was immerse myself in the Third Wave coffee scene and I found myself a job managing a café in The Pearl, this is where I met Lora. She would bring her tours in every Tuesday and after I left the café, Lora asked me if I would like to guide some tours. I love sharing my passion for amazing coffee as well as the city of Portland so can’t think of a better way to spend my day!
Alicia Peteck, Tour Guide
I started my first day in the city as I figured most Portlanders do. Hunkering down in a quaint café with a cup of coffee and my laptop, to seek out job opportunities. During my first time in the small café, I decided to ask the barista (who had a waxed handlebar mustache) to tell me about coffee. His amazement was apparent when I asked him to tell me everything from the beginning because I had no previous relationship with it. He smiled with clear excitement at this rare opportunity, and ran to the back of the café to grab a brown paper bag of roasted coffee beans; they were luckily left over from a coffee competition he had just been to.
My coffee experience began with skeptical amusement as he told me about the coffee cherry, the farmers, the roasters, the third wave movement, and the craftsmanship of Baristas. He even furthered my skepticism when he began to tell me that my pour over would taste like bright Bing Cherries, a little something similar to tannins in wine, and once it cooled, a hint of vanilla. So, I walked over to a chair facing the rainy street, sat with my mug of coffee, took a photo, and waited for it to cool just a bit. Then, much to my surprise, every tasting point was spot on, and my love for third wave coffee had begun!
Brianne Page, Tour Guide
The time had come for me to hang up the apron and focus on other endeavors. During the week now, I work for a nonprofit but I reserve my Sundays for coffee tours so I can keep my finger on the pulse of the coffee scene and meet like-minded epicureans and coffee aficionados along the way.
Cindy Birmingham, Sales, Tour Guide