For now, an photo essay ala Urban Vegan of recent soy lattes in Portland, OR.
Is it starting out on the wrong foot if I admit I don't remember where the hell this was from?
jd + COFFEE
I've always enjoyed the taste of coffee even if my stomach and head don't cherish the caffeine associated. No matter. In recent months, much thanks to the prompting of Evan of Bjorked Off!, this girl's come to welcome the treat of a well crafted soy latte back into her life.
I've had a dramatic relationship with coffee culture over the past few years. I do have respect for the barista profession, and dig that Portland is a town where people want to work with coffee and consider it a craft. In high school, I made crappy cappuccinos with espresso from pods before the Starbucks invasion of the late 1990s on suburban Long Island. I don't support corporate coffee chains - this is Portland, where I can drink locally roasted beans at independent shops in every part of of town.
Check out this article on the New Portland Micro Roasters from last month's MIX magazine for a a read if this is striking your fancy. Onto the photos!
Latte from Barista Coffeeshop.
Barista is a new coffeeshop in the Pearl District, opened by renowned Portland barista Billy Wilson, formerly of Albina Press. The best I've ever had. Swoon. etc.
First the first time I can remember, I actually scored a table was able to sit down with my latte and the Portland Mercury.
Tiny's in SE
From Sweetpea Baking Co.
Audra made this with coconut and I think, chocolate.
It was lovely as heck.
The not-so-elusive Karla of Veganshizzle and a latte and bagel of her own.
I just found this back in my Flickr stream and thought it appropriate. Sweet Pea serves Stumptown and you have your choice of sugary goodies made with care to accompany your beverage.
From Albina Press, SE
The latte that's still somewhat in front of me, from Coffee Plant, downtown.
I haven't been back in months. That's all.
Evan at Tiny's with a soy latte. I wouldn't want someone to be devastated if they weren't featured here...
What reasonable latte drinker doesn't appreciate hearts and swirls?
The barista at Opposable Thumb was trying something on this?
It's a peppermint hot chocolate.
Woops, straight up cup of Stumptown and a Monkeywrench
Snickerdoodle. I've got to give my devotion to Sweetpea's doodles...
From Cellar Door. A favorite - they roast their own beans in small batches and they turn into Portobello Vegan Trattoria come evening~
This may not be pretty, but overlook the desire for latte art and trust me, it was actually wonderful. From Spella Caffe coffee cart, downtown, also a local roaster.
You don't like coffee? Eat some cookies.
Lazy Samoans (Toasted Coconut Chocolate Cookies)
I'm oh, so, curious to try a hemp latte soon....
From Terry & Isa's upcoming and officially named