First brewed in Portland, Ore., Stumptown Coffee has long been a cult favorite of serious coffee drinkers. Fans out West rave about its bold, balanced, fresh-tasting flavor profile—probably the way we wax poetic about Philadelphia’s La Colombe. Duane Sorenson, Stumptown’s forward-thinking founder, is equally exalted for his perpetual hunt for the perfect cup of Joe and paying three to four times more than fair-trade prices to growers.
In September, a handsome outpost of this independent roaster and retailer opened in New York City’s Ace Hotel. But the only place that’s been pouring the good stuff locally is the Hub Bub Coffee truck that hangs out in University City. That is, until Sorenson showed up at Savona in Gulph Mills last October to host a tasting. At first glance, the notion of this global-market-conscious elixir making its way into one of the Main Line’s most elite and luxurious restaurants may seem a little out of sync. But when you realize the bottom line is refining peoples’ palates, it makes perfect sense.
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