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Stumptown Coffee Roasters

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Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Company typeSubsidiary
Founded1999 (1999)
FounderDuane Sorenson
HeadquartersPortland, Oregon
OwnerJAB Holding Company
ParentJDE Peet's

Stumptown Coffee Roasters is a coffee roaster and retailer based in Portland, Oregon, United States. The chain's flagship café and roastery opened in 1999. Three other cafes, a roastery and a tasting annex have since opened in Portland, as well as locations in Seattle, New York, and Los Angeles,.[1] Stumptown is owned by Peet's Coffee,[2][3] which in turn is owned by JAB Holding Company. The company was an early innovator with cold brew coffee in nitro cans and have continued to develop other cold brew product innovations.[4]

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The original Stumptown Coffee Roasters location in Portland, Oregon (February 2008)

Founder Duane Sorenson and Stumptown Coffee Roasters have been labeled as part of the third wave of coffee movement.[5][6]

Sorenson and his employees visited coffee farms in person and reportedly paid high prices for beans, occasionally three or four times the fair trade price.[7] He once set the record for highest price ever paid for coffee beans.[8][9][10]

Sorenson also offered atypical perks to his employees such as paying for a compilation album to be produced of their various bands,[11] and hiring a full-time on-staff massage therapist.[12] Stumptown has received numerous awards, including Roaster of the Year 2006.[12]

In 2015, Stumptown Coffee Roasters was bought by Peet's Coffee for an undisclosed amount.[3]


Stumptown Coffee Roasters on Southwest Stark Street in downtown Portland.

Stumptown operates five cafes in Portland. They are located on SE 45th & Division St., SE 34th & Belmont, downtown at SW 3rd & Ash St., inside the Ace Hotel at 1022 SW Stark Street, and at the Portland International Airport. The company also owns a roasting facility and a retail annex inside their headquarters at 100 SE Salmon St. The original location on SE Division was previously a hair salon called "The Hair Bender," whose name Stumptown adopted for one of their signature espresso blends.[13]

In November 2007, Stumptown opened two cafes in Seattle.[14] In September 2009, the company also launched a cafe in New York's Ace Hotel.[15] A temporary "pop-up" location appeared in Amsterdam's De Pijp neighborhood in May 2010. Opened by Sorenson, he claimed it was never intended to be permanent and closed its doors that same year.[16]

In 2013, Stumptown opened a second New York City café and a café/roaster in Los Angeles.[17] In January 2014, the company began selling coffee, pre-mixed with milk, in grocery stores.[18] Additional cafes have also opened in Chicago and New Orleans. Stumptown opened their third New York cafe in a historic Brooklyn firehouse in the summer of 2018.[19]

In 2023, the business confirmed plans to operate at the Portland International Airport.[20]

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  1. ^ Jackson, Reed (August 29, 2012). "Stumptown Coffee Opens New Headquarters". DJC Oregon. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  2. ^ "The Founder of Stumptown Is Launching an Independent Coffee Company". Eater. Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  3. ^ a b Strom, Stephanie (2015-10-06). "Peet's Buys Stumptown Coffee Roasters". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  4. ^ Bennett, Sarah (2015-04-27). "Stumptown's Cold Brew in Nitro Cans Is Beer-Inspired Coffee Innovation". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2021-10-08.
  5. ^ Dundas, Zach (October 11, 2006). "Bean Town". Willamette Week. Archived from the original on March 21, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-16.
  6. ^ Skeie, Trish R. "Third Wave". Barista Magazine. Archived from the original on 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2008-02-16.
  7. ^ DiStafano, Anne Marie (June 30, 2006). "Stumptown's blend". The Portland Tribune. Retrieved 2008-02-16.
  8. ^ Clarke, Kelly (December 8, 2004). "Unwrapped". Willamette Week. Retrieved 2008-02-16.
  9. ^ Griswold, David (September–October 2004). "Worth Its Weight". Roast Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2008-02-16.
  10. ^ Ozersky, Josh (March 9, 2010). "Is Stumptown the New Starbucks...or Better?". Time Magazine. Archived from the original on March 10, 2010.
  11. ^ "CD Review: Worker's Comp: Stumptown Sessions Vol. 1". The Portland Mercury. March 14, 2002. Retrieved 2008-02-16.
  12. ^ a b "2006 Roaster of the Year". Roast Magazine. October–November 2005. Archived from the original on 2006-04-13. Retrieved 2008-02-16.
  13. ^ "Who Died and Made You Coffee Expert, Anyway?". wordpress.com. 17 June 2006. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  14. ^ Dizon, Kristin (November 15, 2007). "Get perking: Portland's highly-regarded Stumptown Coffee comes to Capitol Hill". Seattle Post Intelligencer. Retrieved 2007-11-24.
  15. ^ Strand, Oliver (September 16, 2009). "A Seductive Cup". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-20.
  16. ^ Hartley, Brandon (29 July 2011). "Stumptown Goes Abroad". AWB. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  17. ^ "Stumptown Coffee Roasters Website - New York Cafés". Retrieved 2022-06-10.
  18. ^ Rothman, Max (10 January 2014). "Stumptown Gives Dairy Aisle Cold Brew Boost". BevNET.com. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  19. ^ "Stumptown Opens Third New York Cafe in Historic Brooklyn Firehouse". Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine. 2018-07-30. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  20. ^ Jackson-Glidden, Brooke (2023-04-12). "Here Are the Food and Beverage Vendors Landing in PDX's New Main Terminal". Eater Portland. Retrieved 2023-04-12.


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