Stumptown at the Ace Hotel now open

the business of coffee houses

Stumptown at the Ace Hotel now open

Postby Kyle Larson on Wed Feb 14, 2007 4:02 pm

Happy Valentine's Day!

The new Stumptown cafe is now officially open. We are located on 10th and Stark SW. Come on in and check it out. Two brand new La Marzocco Mistrals and four Clovers for all your coffee needs(not to mention, a kick ass staff).
Kyle Larson
 
Posts: 158
Joined: Wed Aug 25, 2004 5:47 am
Location: Portland, Oregon
full name: Kyle Larson
company: Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Postby Jim Saborio on Wed Feb 14, 2007 5:07 pm

"the taxidermist's cock is robotic and his head moves"


Huh?
-JIm

...aaannndd the Starbucks down the street just got a Clover
Jim Saborio
 
Posts: 325
Joined: Sun Sep 04, 2005 7:44 pm
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
full name: Jim Saborio
company: Comet Coffee
: http://twitter.com/cometcoffee

Re: Stumptown at the Ace Hotel now open

Postby Rich Westerfield on Wed Feb 14, 2007 5:32 pm

Kyle Larson wrote:Happy Valentine's Day!

The new Stumptown cafe is now officially open. We are located on 10th and Stark SW. Come on in and check it out. Two brand new La Marzocco Mistrals and four Clovers for all your coffee needs(not to mention, a kick ass staff).


This is a hotel bar? With four Clovers?

This is a concept that is unimagineable in the 412.
Rich Westerfield, Co-owner
aldocoffee.com
I'm just here to regulate funkiness.
Rich Westerfield
 
Posts: 565
Joined: Sat May 13, 2006 8:23 pm
Location: Pittsburgh

Postby malachi on Wed Feb 14, 2007 6:28 pm

The Ace isn't your usual hotel.
Chris Tacy -- (ex)Barista
http://godshot.blogspot.com/
malachi
 
Posts: 489
Joined: Mon Aug 16, 2004 8:57 pm
Location: sfca
full name: chris tacy
company: [No Longer Involved in Coffeed]

Postby Brett Hanson on Wed Feb 14, 2007 9:32 pm

Spy photos? Please?

Harried newsie in a crowd of other reporters...
Scuse me, sir, just a minute of your time, is there any truth to the rumors of a Stumptown landing in our fair city? And who is this Bat-man?

NOBODY expects the Spanish inquisition!
Brett Hanson
 
Posts: 241
Joined: Sun Sep 17, 2006 11:45 pm
Location: Seattle, WA
full name: Brett Hanson
company: nerdist
: http://www.nerdist.com
: http://twitter.com/smoovebcoffee

Postby Klaus on Thu Feb 15, 2007 2:41 am

Congratulations to Stumptown! And Clover! And the Ace! And anyone within reach of Portland! Four Clovers... :shock: I can't wait to see pictures!
-Klaus

Klaus Thomsen
The Coffee Collective
Blog here
Klaus
 
Posts: 197
Joined: Fri Sep 30, 2005 5:13 am
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
full name: Klaus Thomsen
company: The Coffee Collective
: http://www.coffeecollective.dk
: http://coffeecollective.blogspot.com

Postby Ryan Willbur on Thu Feb 15, 2007 10:17 am

I'm assuming you've all seen this! Talked to a friend yesterday, she said the place is even looking way better than the picture...
Ryan Willbur
http://www.rwillbur.com
@RWillbur
Ryan Willbur
 
Posts: 355
Joined: Mon Sep 18, 2006 12:05 pm
Location: Seattle, WA
full name: Ryan Willbur
company: La Marzocco USA

Postby Matt Milletto on Thu Feb 15, 2007 2:53 pm

congrats stumpies - i'll bring our class by this afternoon on our cafe crawl. - m
matt milletto
american barista & coffee school
http://www.coffeeschool.org
Matt Milletto
 
Posts: 550
Joined: Mon Jul 11, 2005 3:04 pm
Location: Portland, OR
full name: Matt Milletto
company: American Barista & Coffee School
: http://www.coffeeschool.org
: http://www.baristaexchange.com

Postby Richard Hartnell on Thu Feb 15, 2007 5:43 pm

I literally just started salivating at the sight of that bar.
Richard Hartnell
Festival Espresso
Bellingham, WA
Richard Hartnell
 
Posts: 171
Joined: Sun May 14, 2006 8:40 pm
Location: Bellingham, WA
full name: Richard Hartnell
company: Festival Espresso

Postby cremaquest on Fri Feb 16, 2007 12:36 pm

Its a fantastic space with great lighting. The multiple-Clovers, besides being "effing cool," are so they can offer hotel guest a choice of coffee delivered to their rooms in the morning in a brushed stainless-steel thermos. each hotel room has a coffee menu. nice, huh?
brent fortune
crema coffee + bakery
world barista championship
training committee
cremaquest
 
Posts: 44
Joined: Fri Oct 21, 2005 11:57 am
Location: portland
full name: Brent Fortune
company: Crema Coffee + Bakery

Postby Rich Westerfield on Fri Feb 16, 2007 1:38 pm

cremaquest wrote:each hotel room has a coffee menu.


Now THAT is purple cow territory. Wow.
Rich Westerfield, Co-owner
aldocoffee.com
I'm just here to regulate funkiness.
Rich Westerfield
 
Posts: 565
Joined: Sat May 13, 2006 8:23 pm
Location: Pittsburgh

Postby Ryan Willbur on Fri Feb 16, 2007 2:09 pm

You know its good when Brent makes a post about... and that's no lie or exaggeration.
Ryan Willbur
http://www.rwillbur.com
@RWillbur
Ryan Willbur
 
Posts: 355
Joined: Mon Sep 18, 2006 12:05 pm
Location: Seattle, WA
full name: Ryan Willbur
company: La Marzocco USA

Postby Phuong on Fri Feb 16, 2007 7:08 pm

The café is purrrdy sweet and inspiring. And it's only one block from Powell's bookstore, which makes it a double treat for me to go visit 'em more often :)

Congrats to The Stumptown!

Phuong
Lava Java
Ridgefield, WA
Phuong
 
Posts: 67
Joined: Wed Jul 06, 2005 9:09 pm
Location: Southwest WA
full name: Phuong Tran
company: Lava Java

Postby jmc on Sun Feb 18, 2007 8:35 am

cremaquest wrote:...they can offer hotel guest a choice of coffee delivered to their rooms in the morning in a brushed stainless-steel thermos. each hotel room has a coffee menu. nice, huh?

Awesome. Felicidades Stumpies!
Jay Cunningham
intelligentsiacoffee.com
jmc
 
Posts: 231
Joined: Wed Jul 06, 2005 7:44 am
Location: Chicago
full name: Jay Cunningham
company: Intelligentsia
: www.intelligentsiacoffee.com
: www.directtradecoffee.com

Postby Oliver on Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:31 pm

Oh my god! I'm blown over, speechless. Stumptown just keeps pushing what it means to be Third Wave Coffee.
Oliver
 
Posts: 92
Joined: Tue Jun 06, 2006 5:59 am
Location: Olympia
full name: Oliver Stormshak
company: Olympia Coffee Roasting Co.
: www.olympiacoffee.com

Postby Jimmy Oneschuk on Wed Feb 21, 2007 8:36 am

Maybe its just the photo, but for some reason I feel like I need to be wearing my helmut lang suit, with white shirt and thin black tie when I go there... or maybe the ace is like that all around?

Very mod.


Although dude, I don't think the bar design has much to do with 3W-ness... I mean, Illy has been doing similar looking 'concept bars' for some time.
Jimmy Oneschuk
 
Posts: 664
Joined: Wed Jun 22, 2005 3:34 pm
Location: Saskatoon
full name: Jimmy Oneschuk
company: Museo
: espressolab.ca

Postby Kyle Larson on Thu Feb 22, 2007 8:41 am

Should anybody really need an excuse to wear their Helmut Lang suit?

And the idea behind the cafe was really going for the 2.68W measurement, with the hope we may get to 3W someday. Thanks for pointing out that we may not be there yet.

Oh, and Jimmy, how many espresso machines do you have in your cafe? How many Clovers? And who roasts your coffee? Just wondering.
Kyle Larson
 
Posts: 158
Joined: Wed Aug 25, 2004 5:47 am
Location: Portland, Oregon
full name: Kyle Larson
company: Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Postby Jimmy Oneschuk on Thu Feb 22, 2007 11:18 am

Holy crap, you mean 3W-ness can be bought? Well, I better get in line at the bank and start watching designer guys more religiously.

What I'm trying to say Kyle, is how many machines you have behind the bar and how much you paid your interior designer doesn't make you "3W." But I'm sure you know that.

As for my cafe, in my cafe, currently nothing, because we're doing plumbing buildouts. However in a month, you'll find a GB5 2EE, ceramic melittas, ditting 804. Coffee: not one roaster, but many. So that's what is going into my cafe, you know the one I'm actually the owner of this time round... yay tip jar savings!
Jimmy Oneschuk
 
Posts: 664
Joined: Wed Jun 22, 2005 3:34 pm
Location: Saskatoon
full name: Jimmy Oneschuk
company: Museo
: espressolab.ca

Postby onocoffee on Thu Feb 22, 2007 12:38 pm

Kyle Larson wrote:Should anybody really need an excuse to wear their Helmut Lang suit?




Truer words have never been uttered in the Third Wave Community...
Jay Caragay

Lono
new explorations in coffee + cuisine.
onocoffee
 
Posts: 1209
Joined: Fri Jul 15, 2005 1:30 pm
Location: Towson, MD
full name: Jay Caragay
company: spiral jetty
: www.sprocoffee.com
: onocoffee.blogspot.com

Postby Aleco on Thu Feb 22, 2007 12:49 pm

Jimmy, you don't know what you're talking about. The cafe layout was designed by the boss and the internal crew. The clovers are a big piece of our intent to bring perspective to anyone who may be staying at the Ace or may even just be walking through our door. Every coffee in that building is available to any person in that building, custom prepared by a barista who can say their piece about each one of them. To me, that is 3W-ness. If looking good in the process is a crime, then yes, we are guilty.

Anyway, excuse me if you respond to this and don't hear back from me immediately. I'm off to Sumatra w/D to build relationships, improve quality where possible and just generally maintain transparency in our business. You STILL can't tell us WHO roasts your coffee. If one single thing is "3W-ness" its transparency, Jimmy.
Aleco
 
Posts: 51
Joined: Thu Feb 16, 2006 9:06 pm
Location: Portland

Postby Richard Hartnell on Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:28 pm

My teacher and I were having a "dream cafe" conversation and it went exactly like this.

Our big hangup was this: how do you actually get the coffee to the hotel room in a short enough time to preserve crema/foam/temperature? I mean, even a couple of dedicated busboys (which, I imagine, drives your payroll expenses through the roof) can't exactly get that beautiful cappuccino to Room 819 and maintain that beautiful marble finish.

Or can they? Spill spill!
Richard Hartnell
Festival Espresso
Bellingham, WA
Richard Hartnell
 
Posts: 171
Joined: Sun May 14, 2006 8:40 pm
Location: Bellingham, WA
full name: Richard Hartnell
company: Festival Espresso

Postby Kyle Larson on Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:44 pm

Aleco,
You are my new personal hero.

Velveteen,
We are not doing espresso based beverages for room service. We will brew a 12 oz. or 24 oz. carafe of coffee through the Clover and then have it delivered to the room. In each room there is a menu of the coffees to choose from. So far it's been a hit.

Jimmy,
You should come visit soon. The Ace is taking reservations(http://www.acehotel.com).
Kyle Larson
 
Posts: 158
Joined: Wed Aug 25, 2004 5:47 am
Location: Portland, Oregon
full name: Kyle Larson
company: Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Postby Richard Hartnell on Thu Feb 22, 2007 3:32 pm

Very cool, Kyle. Don't know when I'll be in Ptown next, but be sure I'll swing by for an ogle.
Richard Hartnell
Festival Espresso
Bellingham, WA
Richard Hartnell
 
Posts: 171
Joined: Sun May 14, 2006 8:40 pm
Location: Bellingham, WA
full name: Richard Hartnell
company: Festival Espresso

Postby malachi on Thu Feb 22, 2007 6:49 pm

I guess I can voice an opinion now...

1 - The Portland Ace rocks. So cool. Absolutely love it.

2 - The Stumptown at the Ace is the shit. Seriously. So hip. Definite "dream cafe" material. Can't wait for the liquor license....
Chris Tacy -- (ex)Barista
http://godshot.blogspot.com/
malachi
 
Posts: 489
Joined: Mon Aug 16, 2004 8:57 pm
Location: sfca
full name: chris tacy
company: [No Longer Involved in Coffeed]

Postby Mike Yung on Thu Feb 22, 2007 8:43 pm

Amazing location.

Image

Image

Image

I have some more photos on my flickr...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/baristahands/sets/72157594551351918/

Thanks to Duane and Lizzy, who made me feel very welcome! Hope you all enjoy the photos.
Mike Yung
 
Posts: 39
Joined: Sat Apr 22, 2006 10:03 pm
Location: Vancouver
full name: Michael Yung
company: (Unaffiliated)

Next

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest