Hot stuff in a literary location
Word to the wise: If you’re searching for the perfect pour, head to the back bar, where coffee connoisseurs can select their roast and brew method of choice.
Aesthetically, this popular Portland-based chain fulfils all the requirements of a Greenwich Village coffee shop, combining the bare brick walls, apothecary-style touches and hip, hat-wearing baristas you would expect. But Stumptown ups the ante in the charm stakes, thanks in no small part to its setting in the former 8th Street Books building, one time stomping ground of Kerouac and Ginsberg.
Split between a more standardised front café and a back brew bar for the purists, Stumptown’s entire selection of famed single-origin coffee is on offer at this rustic-style roaster. You might have to grapple with the laptop brigade if you want a table, but it’s worth the effort to sample generally great coffee in an inspirational location.