Portland

Dapper & Wise Roasters by Caleb Savage

“If the idea work hard, play hard was intended to be both ideas in one action, then that would be a day in the life at Dapper & Wise.”  Founded in 2013 by Evan Aldrete and Tyler Geel, Dapper & Wise seeks to bridge the gap between farmer and customer.  We’re excited to have them back in the shop and got to hear from Aubrey Mills to learn more about what they value, their cafe and coffee lab, and their friends in Portland!

"Our goal at Dapper & Wise is to source and roast the best coffees we can find, to keep inventing new ways to treat our employees and coffee producers better, to be funny slightly more often than we are serious, to consistently offer the tastiest coffees and beverages in our cafes, to be at minimum very nice to everyone who walks in our doors, to teach our friends and customers about coffee in a nice and unpretentious way, and to have fun while we are doing all of those things. It’s a long goal with a lot of commas and dependent clauses, but we think it’s worth it."

Photo Courtesy of Dapper & Wise Roasters

Photo Courtesy of Dapper & Wise Roasters

These priorities come through loud and clear in their cafe, where “you can always find a barista behind the bar who knows all of their coffee stuff but will talk to you about YA novels or tintypes instead.”  From the design of the shop to their espresso offerings and seasonal drink menu, you’ll always find something that’s interesting and exciting as well as something a little more approachable.

Shared Knowledge

With a desire to always gather and send out knowledge about their craft and the world around them as well as providing a more accessible space to try out and learn more about specialty coffee, Dapper & Wise’s Coffee Lab offers classes for home brewing and home espresso, baristas and wholesale partners, as well as cool topics like palate development and roasting classes!

Photo Courtesy of Dapper & Wise Roasters

Photo Courtesy of Dapper & Wise Roasters

A Dapper & Wise Portland

“To give an honest-to-goodness shout-out to our neighbors, Pok-Pok, they make some of the best Northern Thai in the nation. I mean they are actually, nationally ranked and we are so stoked to have easy access to their fish-sauce wings. Woodblock Chocolate is an awesome little space you should check out if you’re ever in the area. They not only make exquisite chocolate but they do a great job of telling the story of where their cocoa comes from and how your purchase is literally changing lives in other countries. Now that I have gotten started I have realized there are too many amazing small-businesses to name. Just come on out here, we’ll show you around.”

An ideal Dapper & Wise coffee is balanced, offering the natural complexities of the coffee up front and lingers like sugar, making the second sip “a must”.  We totally get that from both the Kenya Kiangoi and Ethiopia Guji Dubisa we have on bar over the next couple days.  Aubrey recommends patience with the Dubisa to let the coffee cool to mouth temperature. “This is one of those versatile coffees that can sit center stage for you and your coffee-loving friend to analyse or it can play the supporting role, warming your morning as you get to work.”  

Be sure to check out Dapper & Wise on Instagram and Twitter while you try out some of their offerings here at the shop!

 

 

 

Heart Roasters by Caleb Savage

If you’ve stopped by the shop more than once or twice, there’s a pretty solid chance you’ve had coffee from our friends at Heart Coffee Roasters. Not only does their packaging blend into the clean and crisp vibes on the retail shelves, their coffee is exactly what Steve and the team looks for in deciding what coffees to feature at Clarity. I got to hear from Ryan Cross, Director of Wholesale for Heart Coffee Roasters, to learn about the Heart story and what makes their coffee so outstanding.

Alex Pond roasting samples (Photo courtesy of Heart Roasters)

Alex Pond roasting samples (Photo courtesy of Heart Roasters)

Heart opened its doors on October 20, 2009 with the purpose to “create an exceptional coffee experience through uncompromising quality.” For founders Wille and Rebekah Yli-Luoma, roasting coffee is about highlighting the natural qualities of the coffee: “Our goal is to offer coffees from various regions around the world that showcase distinct flavors that are found in the coffees from each specific region.”

Roasting with Care

It seems like nearly every coffee I get to drink from Heart not only honors the origin of the coffee in flavor, but does so with a clarity in taste and note that’s difficult to find with other roasters. This comes from a devotion to origin and natural fruit flavors the coffee has throughout the roasting process.

Our focus is uncompromising quality.

“Coffee is a seasonal product, the seed of a fruit, and should be treated with care-from start to finish. The belief is that as a roasting company, there is always something to be learned & room for improvement. We strive to push ourselves to be able to offer our customers the very best coffee we can. The foundation of Heart is a love of coffee, with a passion to innovate and produce the most delicious cup.” This level of care leads to the ideal Heart coffee, a coffee with “fruitiness and delicate sweet notes, along with a rich body, and pronounced acidity.”

(Photo courtesy of Heart Roasters)

(Photo courtesy of Heart Roasters)

Packaging for Transparency

“At heart, our approach is simple,” reads the back of every retail bag. “The coffee cherry is a fruit. Coffee is seasonal. We consider these facts when we source and roast the coffee. Our focus is uncompromising quality. Enjoy.” This insight to how Heart chooses and roasts its coffee isn’t the only thing Heart is willing to discuss. From the specifics of the individual plants and processing of the cherries, to the milling process, the costs involved at all levels and how quickly the green (unroasted) coffee can make it to Heart to be roasted; Heart is dedicated to telling the full story.

We are in it for the long run and want to be sure our farmers are being paid a fair price

“We understand that it costs a lot of money to produce the quality we are asking the farmers to provide us. It is expensive to produce the quality we are asking the farmers to provide us. This is why open communication with our farmers is important. We are in it for the long run and want to be sure our farmers are being paid a fair price, and feel good about their relationship with heart.”

Aurelio Villatoro cupping El Amate and his other coffees with some of the Heart crew (Photo courtesy of Heart Roasters)

Aurelio Villatoro cupping El Amate and his other coffees with some of the Heart crew (Photo courtesy of Heart Roasters)

We love our friends at Heart and are excited to see the opening of their third location in Portland soon. Right now you can find their Guatemala El Amate on both the espresso bar and the Chemex bar, so come have a cup with us!