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Changes at a well-known Woodstock coffee shop -- what's going on there, and what's new...

ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - Baristas David Dunnaway and Kymi Parker serve coffee at Woodstock Café, in a location previously occupied by First Cup Coffee - on S.E. 41st Avenue at Woodstock Boulevard.Set back on the northeast corner of Woodstock Boulevard at S.E. 41st Avenue, in the location of the former "First Cup Coffee", is a new coffee and tea shop, "Woodstock Café". It is owned, and recently remodeled, by Katherine Harris – who is known for founding "Upper Left Roasters" in Ladd's Addition.

The Harris family has had several restaurants and coffee shops in Portland over the years. As the daughter of chefs Jim and Kristin Harris, Katherine has a strong culinary foundation, and six years of experience in the restaurant and coffee roasting business.

Woodstock Café barista David Dunnaway mentioned to THE BEE, "I like to say we are in the third wave of coffee shops – ones that are paying specific attention to modern open space [décor]".

Kymi Parker, another barista, described the new café this way: "We are the grandchildren of coffee shops of 'yore'. We offer specialty coffee, focusing on flavor and sustainability."

The café offers "Upper Left Roasters" coffee, which is sourced from Central and South America and Africa, and is roasted at their facility a couple of miles north in Ladd's Addition. Upper Left Roasters seeks out coffee that can be used with the espresso, pour-over, and drip methods of brewing. Their attention to the weather patterns, soil health, and environment in the different countries where their coffee is purchased allows for a stable relationship with their coffee suppliers for the future. Barista Dunnaway says variety is valued by Woodstock Café. "We try to change [our coffees] frequently to keep it interesting. It is almost all medium roast."

On a recent sunny September morning Avery Van Duzer, a Reed College graduate, OHSU researcher, and Woodstock resident, was waiting outside the shop with her canine companion while a friend ordered coffee.

"I can't have dairy, so I'm really excited that all of their pastries are vegan. That's what keeps me coming back. Plus, I like this coffee better than others, and the people are always really friendly."

Woodstock Café also offers a couple of gluten-free pastries. All pastries are from Shoofly. On the menu are avocado toast and lox bagel sandwiches. Further remodeling is underway to prepare for more food options in the future. And teas are available, too – from "True Tea", a Portland women-owned company founded earlier this year and co-owned by Harris. It sources its teas from various countries around the world.

In non-COVID-19 times there will be ample seating inside, as well as the three tables and benches outside on a deck that is always shaded. The large black and white wall painting inside the shop is by Jess Mudgett, a Portland artist.

Hours for the café are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday–Friday; 8 to 4 on Saturdays and Sundays.


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