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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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Posted by Patrick Alan Coleman on Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 1:36 PM

National press can’t seem to get enough of Stumptown Coffee Roasters. Portland’s scrappy little coffee chain just popped up in the pages of Time magazine in a piece that starts with this question:

Coffee aficionados have been asking the question over and over again: Is Stumptown Coffee Roasters of Portland, Ore. — the most conspicuous exponent of coffee's "third wave" — the new Starbucks?

Portlanders are already aware of much of the information in the article, but I’m curious how it will be received in places where micro-roasters are just starting to emerge to compete with Starbucks.

Then there’s that nagging question… Is Stumptown the new Starbucks? And if so, what does that mean for the city and one of its most beloved businesses? The discussion starts in the comments, below.

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