Stumptown Coffee Roasters

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Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Founded1999 (1999)
FounderDuane Sorenson
HeadquartersPortland, Oregon
OwnerJAB Holding Company
ParentPeet's Coffee & Tea

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, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New Orleans.[1] Stumptown is owned by Peet's Coffee,[2][3] which in turn is owned by JAB Holding Company.

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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.[4][5]

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.[6] He once set the record for highest price ever paid for coffee beans.[7][8][9]

Sorenson also offered atypical perks to his employees such as paying for a compilation album to be produced of their various bands,[10] and hiring a full-time on-staff massage therapist.[11] Stumptown has received numerous awards, including Roaster of the Year 2006.[11]

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're 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.[12]

In November 2007, Stumptown opened two cafes in Seattle.[13] In September 2009, the company also launched a cafe in New York's Ace Hotel.[14] 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.[15]

In 2013, Stumptown opened a second New York City café and a café/roaster in Los Angeles.[16] In January 2014, the company began selling coffee, pre-mixed with milk, in grocery stores.[17] 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.[18]

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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). "Peets Buys Stumptown Coffee Roasters". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  4. ^ Dundas, Zach (October 11, 2006). "Bean Town". Willamette Week. Archived from the original on March 21, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-16.
  5. ^ Skeie, Trish R. "Third Wave". Barista Magazine. Archived from the original on 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2008-02-16.
  6. ^ DiStafano, Anne Marie (June 30, 2006). "Stumptown's blend". The Portland Tribune. Retrieved 2008-02-16.
  7. ^ Clarke, Kelly (December 8, 2004). "Unwrapped". Willamette Week. Retrieved 2008-02-16.
  8. ^ Griswold, David (September–October 2004). "Worth Its Weight". Roast Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2008-02-16.
  9. ^ Ozersky, Josh (March 9, 2010). "Is Stumptown the New Starbucks...or Better?". Time Magazine.
  10. ^ "CD Review: Worker's Comp: Stumptown Sessions Vol. 1". The Portland Mercury. March 14, 2002. Retrieved 2008-02-16.
  11. ^ a b "2006 Roaster of the Year". Roast Magazine. October–November 2005. Archived from the original on 2006-04-13. Retrieved 2008-02-16.
  12. ^ "Who Died and Made You Coffee Expert, Anyway?". 17 June 2006. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  13. ^ Dizon, Kristin (November 15, 2007). "Get perking: Portland's highly-regarded Stumptown Coffee comes to Capitol Hill". Seattle Post Intelligencer. Retrieved 2007-11-24.
  14. ^ Strand, Oliver (September 16, 2009). "A Seductive Cup". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-20.
  15. ^ Hartley, Brandon (29 July 2011). "Stumptown Goes Abroad". AWB. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  16. ^ "Stumptown Coffee Roasters Website - New York Cafés". Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  17. ^ Rothman, Max (10 January 2014). "Stumptown Gives Dairy Aisle Cold Brew Boost". Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  18. ^ "Stumptown Opens Third New York Cafe in Historic Brooklyn Firehouse". Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine. 2018-07-30. Retrieved 2018-09-05.


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