Culinary Tourism in Oregon Takes You To The Coffee Shop!

"Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted seeds, commonly called coffee beans, of the coffee plant. They are seeds of coffee cherries that grow on trees in over 70 countries. Green unroasted coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world. Due to its caffeine content, coffee can have a stimulating effect in humans. Today, coffee is one of the most popular beverages worldwide." per Wikipedia when googling "coffee!"

And according to a National Geographic take on coffee..."Goats will eat anything. Just ask Kaldi the legendary Ethiopian (map) goatherd. Kaldi, the story goes, noticed his herd dancing from one coffee shrub to another, grazing on the cherry-red berries containing the beans. He copped a few himself and was soon frolicking with his flock."  This is actually supposed to be a true story from centuries ago when the fruit was first discovered.

The biggest question though do you take yours?

A self professed coffee snob, I did not have a relationship with coffee until about 10 years ago.  It was so bad that my father-in-law got in to the habit of bringing his own thermos when coming to our home.  Now that's telling you something.  My coffee was apparently horrible.  Since then, I have learned that the fresher roasted the bean the better, the grind is really important and if you are true coffee snob, you will forgo the sugary syrups, the tons of creamer and learn to love the crema as it lulls in your mouth and you are smitten when you find that perfect cup of "joe!"

I recently learned about coffee "French Press" style.  I love the flavor, the way the oils thicken the brew and the true coffee experience.  And an experience when drinking that perfect "cuppa" is what you want.  I hear from an English friend that we Americans taking our "cups to go" is not how it should be done.  A true sit with a "real" cup is how we should do it.  And, if you aren't making it at home, check out a few of these places if you are visiting Oregon this season!

Pirate Coffee, Wandering Goat Coffee Co., Boyd Coffee Co., Sisters Coffee Co., Kobos Coffee Co., Oregon Mountain Coffee or Allann Bros.!

And yes of course...there just happens to be an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild membership inn or two near all of these awesome coffee shops!  But are really lucky if your innkeeper is a "coffee snob!"  We are sure to buy the best, local and freshest beans around.  And, if you are looking to check out some "Oregon" roasted coffee beans and you want to try them brewed "French Press" style, check out "Mother's Bistro and Bar" or "The Heathman Hotel" in the Portland area or, "Tease" in Southern Oregon!

Just as always, your Oregon innkeepers know where to find the best of everything here!  The best local culinary experiences and the best brews too!

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