The Art of Crafting Coffee: McMenamins Take on Local Roasting
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Ever sip on your coffee and wonder where it came from? Many places in Portland pride themselves on roasting local coffee and McMenamins is one of those places. Their roastery is small, and for a specific reason - they want to focus on quality.
Mike and Brian McMenamin opened up their first pub in 1983. Two years later they created the first post-Prohibition brewpub in Oregon, the Hillside Brewery & Public House, which was located in Portland. In 2010, Martyn Leaper became the head roaster and drove the company to explore direct-to-farm relationships when it came to resources for beans.
Over the years, McMenamins has branched out its source of coffee beans to small farmers in Central and South America, East Africa, and Indonesia as well as a 120-year-old farm of Finca Las Isabellas in the El Salvador’s Apaneca-Ilamatepec Mountains. The close attention to where they purchase makes a huge difference. All beans are shade-grown, organic, fair trade, and Rainforest Alliance Certified.
“As a company, quality is our main focus and buying coffee directly from a farm just solidifies our commitment to quality," says Leaper. "This direct trade farm relationship helps us maintain our consistency throughout the year and is central to our overall coffee profile in the company,” .
Believe me, these people put coffee in things you've never imagined.
Not only is their roasted coffee available at all 56 locations, but purchasing online is also an option.
Also, if you’re curious about how they work and fascinated by their uniqueness, visit the McMenamins Roasters for a tour they hold between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. The Roastery is located in Portland’s Eliot neighborhood off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at 421 NE Knott Street.
Homepage Photos Provided By: Kathleen Nyberg, McMenamins
Photos Provided By: Kathleen Nyberg, McMenamins
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