|Tour Guest Comments
Here is a sampling on what tour guests are saying about Third Wave Coffee Tours:
Fun and Factual
Wake up and smell the Portland coffee scene. One of the main reasons I came to Portland was to check out its ever-expanding coffee scene and a friend (and fellow coffee lover) recommended Third Wave Coffee Tours after she and her husband did one last year. I also heartily recommend doing one of Lora's tours, whether you're a coffee pro or just want to know more about the city's cafes and coffee roasteries.
I did the Streetcar Named Delicious tour and we visited five different cafes. Lora, our lovely guide, gave us a bit of coffee history and some information about the roasting and brewing process and then we set out. The great thing was that each cafe visit was slightly different: at one coffee bar, we had a brew method demonstration, for example, and at another we watched the roasting process. We used the streetcar to hop between coffee spots in both the downtown area and on the East Side.
Lora was very knowledgeable and passionate about coffee and about Portland, and gave me several recommendations for places to eat and other coffee shops I might like to visit (in case I hadn't had enough coffee; I hadn't). If you like coffee and are interested in doing a walking tour that's a little bit different - and very 'Portland' - then check out Third Wave Tours. TripAdvisor, Feb 2016
Allow me to start by saying that this is HANDS DOWN the best tour I've ever been on. I'll go as far as to say that it'll be the best tour you'll ever go on, too.
Best Coffee Experience Portland has to offer! First of all, I collaborate with coffee shops all over Portland. I've been to some amazing ones and other I would never visit again. As a coffee connoisseur I can honestly say that the Third Wave coffeeshop selections are SPOT ON! Lora was very knowledgable about the coffee industry and answered all of our questions with a smile, while on our tour. The baristas at each shop were super friendly, very accommodating and offered a wealth of knowledge. I will be booking a ticket for each tour that is offered! I REALLY enjoyed myself and have already recommended to my friends/family. Zerve, January 2015
The Best Thing We Did in Portland! I signed up for this tour because my husband has been roasting his own coffee for years and I thought it would be interesting. But I had no idea just how interesting it would be... We did the tour on a Saturday so we were led by Lauren who is a real wealth of information. In addition to being informative, it's also really fun and a great way to see Portland. We started at Case Study Coffee, a lovely place we went back to later. The tour ended at Public Domain with a cupping. And there were a lot of great coffee shops along the way. All of the coffee was so interesting I drank it all--and was very wired by the end. Would suggest a more restrained tasting--as Lauren had suggested. Anyway, strongly recommend this tour. We also did a bike tour which was great, hit the Alberta Arts District and visited some really interesting restaurants. But the coffee tour was our favorite. Don't miss it if your remotely interested in coffee! Zerve, August 2014
Loved it. Don't miss! We took the SW coffee tour and it was awesome. Lora was very knowledgable and we loved her approach. She shared lots of info and insight but also let the group and well as the baristas share with each other as well. The coffee roasters were all so different & we learned so much. The 3 hours flew by. My husband is now roasting his own coffee because of what we learned from everyone in our tour! We wish we could have stayed in portland longer and done another one. If you love coffee this is for you. If you aren't sure you love coffee, take this tour and I bet you will find something you love!! TripAdvisor, August 2014
Highlight of our trip to Portland! We did the Sunday Street Car tour with Laura and we had a fabulous time. The demonstrations were fun and informative, the coffee shops were all unique and beautiful, and Laura, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable not only about coffee, but about Portland as well. She made suggestion about where to go to eat and other coffee shops to try and every single suggestion she made was awesome! We would highly recommend this tour to anyone who enjoys coffee and would like to learn a bit more about it. We will definitely be doing another on our return visit to Portland!! Zerve, August 2014
This is a fantastic tour. My wife and I are avid coffee people. We roast and brew our own coffee and absolutely loved this experience. Laura is amazingly informative and gracious and took us to a great variety of Portland coffee roasters. We experienced several brew methods (pourover, press, espresso) and lots of varieties of coffee at different roast levels. A lot of people hear about this trip and think that they will be drinking gallons of coffee the whole time - that's just not what this is. Each stop we were served a tasty and tasteful amount of coffee, just enough to get the experience and then move on. Yeah, all the baristas were a bit "rad", but everyone we encountered was amazingly friendly and helpful. BE WARNED - this trip will forever change the way you interact with coffee!! Zerve, August 2014
Just went on a FABULOUS coffee tour of the Pearl with Third Wave Coffee Tours. I can't say enough good things about it!! If you want to find out all about coffee, visit some little out of the way coffee places that you never knew about and see some pretty funky coffee contraptions that Beaker and Dr. Honeydew from the Muppets might use... then sign yourself up for a tour! A great way to spend the day with a fun and VERY knowledgable tour guide!! (Thanks Lora!!) Facebook, May 2014
Portlanders take their coffee seriously.
Definitely worth it & can't wait to go on others! I was fortunate to have a one-on-one tour with Lora. She and the baristas we met along the way are a wealth of knowledge! I learned way more than I had expected! This is not just about discovering coffee shops in Portland - it's discovering the artistry of coffee, the passion of its roasters, as well as tidbits about Portland's history and the coffee movement. Be prepared for 3-4 hours of brisk walking and have snacks handy if you know a small bite along the way won't tide you over. I live in Portland and each place we visited was a new discovery for me! I can't wait to try out the other Third Wave Coffee Tours in other parts of town! Zerve, Jan 2014
Different perspective on Portland OR
Fun Informative and Great Value
I love coffee. But I never appreciated the art and craft of it, till this GREAT tour! Lora - you are a wealth of knowledge and fun to hang with! Thanks for exposing us to the local gems of artisanal coffee in the Portland area and enabling us to discover what truly fine brewed coffee SHOULD taste like! Yelp, December 2013
Really fun tour and Lora is AWESOME! She's knowledgable and informative of the coffee culture world wide and the local scene and brewers! Not to be missed! Yelp, December 2013
If you consider yourself a coffee lover, a coffee connoisseur or simply just love the smell and ambiance of coffee, you will love this tour. I had the pleasure of being one of the first tourists to take this tour. (In the end I took all three tours.) Not only did I enjoy wonderful coffees in some of the coolest cafés in Portland, I educated my palette on the many fruity flavors of coffee and I found that such high quality, light to medium roasted coffees do not need my standard coffee and sugar additions. I enjoyed the coffees served on this tour au naturel. The servings were small so it is not like you are overdosing on caffeine. I also learned that brewing coffee is both an art and science (with a lot of science actually) and I found the different brewing methods really unique, learning how the same coffee can taste so different depending on the method. I went home realizing that my morning brew needs a makeover and it really is not that difficult to get it right when you buy a good quality bean. I also enjoyed learning all about the origins of the coffee and direct trade practices with the coffee farmers which made me appreciate even more the cup I was drinking. Overall the tours were lighthearted, educational and the café owners super friendly and informative. Perfect for a pleasant afternoon walk around Portland, café visits and coffee like you've never experienced before! Yelp, November 2013
What a fun and educational tour through Portland's Pearl District. Not only do you taste and experience the world's best coffee in the quaint and unique parts of Portland, but, as you walk, you experience the sites of the finest restaurants, shops and historical sites of the city. Third Wave Coffee tours offer it all!
Great Tour! I really enjoyed the Northwest & Pearl District tour I took with Lora last week. We went to 6 different local coffee roasters and cafes and it was a really cool experience! Lora was very informative about what "third wave coffee" is, but was also laid back and fun to hang out with. All of the places we visited were prepared for us and were genuinely excited to share their brewing methods, roasting methods, etc. Lora thoughtfully even brought us all a treat from Ken's Artisan Bakery to nibble on at one of the stops. We had macchiatto, espresso, coffee prepared multiple ways, and a really interesting cupping experience. I learned more than I thought I would about coffee culture and about Portland's coffee scene. Thanks for the great tour! TripAdvisor, November 2013
I've been a coffee drinker for decades. I wasn't sure what I was going to experience. Just a better cup of coffee? Well, get ready to be surprised & swept off your feet by a drink you thought you already knew! Facebook, January 2014
I've been on one these tours and highly recommend it!!! The tour guide is so friendly and knowledgeable PLUS she gets you top notch service at all the best shops!!! You won't want to miss this experience! Facebook, October 2013