Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested - By He­len Hayes trav­el­port­

Port­land, Ore­gon is about as ‘in’ as a city can get and for good rea­son. It is a gor­geous city on the Wil­lamette and Columbia Rivers, with a stack of lift­ing bridges, boom­ing neigh­bour­hoods and a bustling down­town area.

It is a very walk­a­ble city with a din­ing scene that is go­ing through the roof, 65 craft brew­eries and, just half an hour away – 500 winer­ies in the Wil­lamette Val­ley. But it is the cof­fee scene that sur­prised me. Port­land peo­ple love their cof­fee as I dis­cov­ered on a tour with Third Wave cof­fee tours. We vis­ited four cof­fee roas­t­er­ies – there are 419 cof­fee shops in town – and the lo­cals are all ex­perts. They want to know where the cof­fee came from, when it was roasted and how it was roasted – much like wine drinkers look at wine. While you can even rent a roaster for an af­ter­noon in Port­land and make your own, there is no need with knowl­edge­able guide, Lora Woodruff, steer­ing us to five in­cred­i­ble cafes: Port­land Roast­ing, Nossa Fa­milia, Up­per Left Roast­ers and Coava – and Steven Smith Tea, who are do­ing in­cred­i­ble things with tea. The Third Wave cof­fee tour is a fan­tas­tic way to spend a morn­ing, leav­ing you free to ex­plore some of the other won­der­ful parts of Port­land.

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