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Welcome To America’s Third Wave Coffee Capital

Let’s make a bold declaration: Portland is the best coffee city in America. Yes, we said it. That’s no slight to other splendid coffee cities such as San Francisco or Seattle. But just look at the numbers: The Rose City has more than 50 roasters in its city limits, with the majority dedicated to meticulously roasting small-batch, artisanal coffee.

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
I'm a second-generation Oregonian and third wave coffee lover. In the early 2000's my husband and I worked as expats in London where I spent hours regaling friends and co-workers with tales of the Pacific Northwest.  It was there that I realized I was starting to become an ambassador for the City of Portland! When we returned from England, I pursued my interest in tourism and my love for the City of Roses by volunteering at the Visitor Information Center.

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.

Alicia, Tour GuideAlicia Peteck, Tour Guide
I grew up in a small specialty coffee desert known as Key West, Florida. When I finished college, a friend of mine told me that I MUST visit Portland, and stated that between the food, the wine, and the coffee, it was going to be the absolute perfect place for me. His excitement and nagging is what truly drove me to leave the east coast to try a different lifestyle, experience the seasons, and settle into a new home in Portland.

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!

While harboring this love for coffee, I also currently work as an Ambassador for the City of Portland and deliver hospitality and customer service to those on Portland Sidewalks. Working with Third Wave Coffee Tours has become a unique opportunity for me to combine all of my Portland Passions into one.

Hannah Hannah Morrison, Tour Guide
I've always been a big coffee drinker, especially in college when my go-to drink was a triple shot soy latte from my campus Starbucks. It wasn't until I moved to Portland that I started to see coffee as more than just a vessel for caffeine, and I'll never forget my first cup of specialty coffee. A close friend of mine told me about this amazing natural processed Ethiopian coffee that tasted like blueberries, which happen to be my favorite fruit. I decided I had to see what she was raving about, and to my surprise, I had the most complex and delicious cup of coffee that had lovely blueberry notes. It tasted like no coffee I had ever tried before, and I was hooked.

Since my introduction to Third Wave coffee, I've come to love everything about the movement - the sustainable practices, the emphasis on relationships with the farmers, and the care that every person involved shows for their trade. I can't imagine a better way to spend my mornings than introducing people to the coffee scene that continues to impress and surprise me.


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