Bend's Brewing Coffee Culture - A Rich History Unfolds

Bend's Brewing Coffee Culture - A Rich History Unfolds

The Pacific Northwest (PNW) is renowned for its coffee, with roots tracing back to Seattle's first commercial roasting operations over a century ago. The 1960s saw a burgeoning coffeehouse scene, epitomized by the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. The coffee craze spread to Portland and Bend, where the last few decades have seen an impressive growth in local roasteries. Sisters Coffee Company, established in 1989, was Central Oregon's first roaster. Strictly Organic Coffee Company followed in 1999, emphasizing organic and fair-trade beans. Newer roasteries like Still Vibrato and Bohemian Roastery have added to the diverse coffee offerings. The article also highlights various roasters in the Bend area and their unique approaches, including social spaces and connections to community causes like Coffee4Kids, which supports an orphanage in El Salvador. Coffee shops in Bend not only serve as outlets for these roasters but also as community hubs, showcasing the area's passion for coffee and its cultural significance.

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