badbeard hits the big time

Justin “Badbeard” Kagan, the Portland cellist neé coffee roaster and foodie extraordinaire, has been featured in today’s Oregonian courtesy of the O’s classical music critic David Stabler.  It’s a nice write up, and you can find it here.  Justin does a great job of explaining his coffee ethos, and that is worth sharing once more:

Coffee should make you think of coffee, not a hipster, fetishistic expression of some great unknown, and it can and should awaken one’s imagination.


spella caffe II now open

Many of you are aware by now that I am a total coffee aficionado – I love coffee in most all of its forms.  Anyone who is a coffee lover also knows about Andrea Spella’s espresso cart on SW Alder and Park in downtown Portland.  Andrea is doing espresso in the authentic Northern Italian tradition, from hand-roasting the beans himself to pulling shots from his lever action Rancilio espresso machines.

Just in time for the wet doldrums of winter, Spella has opened a bricks-and-mortar location on SW 5th between SW Alder and SW Washington downtown.  It’s a cozy little location, a nice place to dash in on a break from work for a quality, hand-crafted espresso or bag of freshly-roasted espresso beans. Take the time in the new year to drop by and say hello and have some great coffee!

Andrea Spella at his new cafe in downtown Portland, Ore.Andrea Spella at the counter of his new cafe.

Spella Caffe II – SW 5th & Alder
Spella Caffe cart – SW 9th & Alder

today’s latte art + badbeard’s coffee

Not my best work, but it was worth a shot (get it?).

Made using Badbeard’s primo beans, his Mondo Cello blend.  Badbeard has got the Symphony! blend ready to ship, and there will be decaf and espresso blends with the Symphony moniker available soon.  Support the Oregon Symphony and enjoy some of Portland’s best coffee while you’re at it – for every pound sold, Justin (Badbeard) will donate $2 to the OSO’s coffers.

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