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Coffee Ring Worlds
Discover the art of coffee at eight Portland roasters.
By Danica Borgese, Eddye Borgese and Zoe Keller | Jan. 15, 2016 (updated Feb. 26, 2018)
One is left with less than even the shadow of a doubt that coffee - as a culture, a business, a liquid - is nothing if not a form of artistic expression.
ROAST: "Eleven of Spades" house blend
FLAVOR: Silky smooth; dark chocolate, fruit
Bright lights from the many windows, bright notes for such a dark roast... the espresso is as pleasing as the essence exuded by the flower shop in the corner.
ROAST: "Won't Get Fooled Again" dark roast
FLAVOR: Chocolate and cherries; rich and smooth
On the other side of the tracks is a place to sip something exquisite where mystics spin tales of rain forests in a distant land.
ROAST: El Toro Espresso Blend (Nicaragua, Brazil and Ethiopia)
DRINK: Espresso shot
FLAVOR: Bold, acidic; vanilla, chocolate, cherries
Zoe Keller is a Portland-based illustrator and designer exploring the intersection of art making, activisitm and the natural sciences. See her work at zoekeller.com.
Danica and Eddye Borgese love coffee. They spent the last decade or so drinking it up and down the East Coast (where they're from) and have consumed a record amount since moving to Portland in 2013.
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