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Comment and share a little about your love of books and/or coffee/tea.
Heaven forbid you should need to stop drinking coffee,
However, if you had to drink something else, or if you just like to mix it up, what would you choose?
“She Flies With Her Own Wings”
I love living in Oregon, I cannot imagine living anywhere else.
So I thought I’d put together a list of Oregon books. Whether by a local author or set locally, these Oregon rooted reads are sure to entertain, amuse, and/or inspire readers of all varieties. Just like the state itself. I’ve also included a few special Book*Beans that are specifically found at local shops. So please, enjoy the weird and wonderful world I live in.
Here are my very special hometown selections:
Fugitives and Refugees
Chuck Palahniuk provides answers to all these questions and more as he takes you through the streets, sewers, and local haunts of Portland, Oregon. According to Katherine Dunn, author of the cult classic Geek Love, Portland is the home of America’s “fugitives and refugees.” Get to know these folks, the “most cracked of the crackpots,” as Palahniuk calls them, and come along with him on an adventure through the parts of Portland you might not otherwise believe actually exist.
Palahniuk is also the genius behind “Fight Club.”
Rated 4.2 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Café De Olla
@ Revolución Coffee House
I could hardly choose just one from this colorful cafe
but the Café De Olla won.
Its distinct flavor is provided by the ingredients of rich mountain grown Mexican coffee beans that have been ground and Italian roasted, added cinnamon and piloncillo or brown sugar. Cold bottled version coming soon!!
From award-winning author Megan Chance, Bone River is a haunting tale of passion and identity. This beautifully written, lyrical literary novel engages with the themes of the despoliation of the Pacific Northwest’s native culture, and 19th-century concerns about race, degeneration and miscegenation.
Rated 4.3 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Orange Mocha
@ Rimsky-Korsakoffee House
A decadent real chocolate mocha made with orange infused sugar. It is delicious!
Rimsky is a Portland must visit:
An eerie, quirky, strange, and unique ambiance fills this old pdx style house turned cafe, and it is an experience you will not forget. You’ll wish you hadn’t gone to the bathroom alone (inside joke, sorry you’ll just have to visit to understand 🙂
In the tradition of The Lost City of Z and Skeletons in the Zahara, Astoria is the thrilling, true-adventure tale of the 1810 Astor Expedition, an epic, now forgotten, three-year journey to forge an American empire on the Pacific Coast. Peter Stark offers a harrowing saga in which a band of explorers battled nature, starvation, and madness to establish the first American settlement in the Pacific Northwest and opened up what would become the Oregon trail, permanently altering the nation’s landscape and its global standing.
Rated 4.5 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Homemade Ginger Lemonade
@ Random Order Coffee
Fresh and delicious, a great treat for spring and summer!
In 1911 two wealthy British heiresses, Claire and Dora Williamson, came to a sanatorium in the forests of the Pacific Northwest to undergo the revolutionary “fasting treatment” of Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard. It was supposed to be a holiday for the two sisters. But within a month of arriving at what the locals called Starvation Heights, the women were emaciated shadows of their former selves, waiting for death.
Rated 4.2 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Shot In The Dark
@ The Dragonfly Coffee House
Double shot of espresso added to Drip. Great for a pick-me-up!
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey’s novel has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her.
Rated 4.4 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Cascara Soda
@ Case Study Coffee
You heard it right, cascara soda, try it! There is also a Lavender Cold Brew 😀
Cascara = coffee cherry, an herbal tea is made from the dried skins of dried berries of the coffee plant. The word originates from the Spanish cáscara, meaning “husk.”
Sometimes a Great Notion
A bitter strike is raging in a small lumber town along the Oregon coast. Bucking the strike out of sheer cussedness are the Stampers: Henry, the fiercely vital and overpowering patriarch; Hank, the son who has spent his life trying to live up to his father; and Viv, who fell in love with Hank’s exuberant machismo but now finds it wearing thin. And then there is Leland, Henry’s bookish younger son, who returns to his family on a mission of vengeance – finding himself fulfilling it in ways he never imagined. Out of the Stamper family’s rivalries/betrayals, Kesey crafts a novel with the mythic impact of Greek tragedy.
Rated 4.4 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Dragonfly Chai
@ Bipartisan Cafe
Sweet Black + Spicy Black + Spicy Red (no caffeine)
Set in a fictional Oregon town in the late 1960s, Cody’s superlative coming-of-age novel is the story of Wade, Lorna and Jesse–teenagers preparing to break out of their small-town lives. Wade is the local sports hero. Jesse is his friend, a mythical athlete and the Indian kid who applies his own rules to sports and life. And Lorna is Wade’s sweetheart who knows there’s no hope in Calamus for a bright, independent girl. The river rushes past the town, linking the three friends with their pasts, their plans and the world beyond.
Rated 4.5 on amazon.com
@ ToV Coffee and Tea
They also have tradition Turkish coffee and tea for the daring and adventurous 🙂
A girl and her father live in Forest Park, the enormous nature preserve in Portland, Oregon. There they inhabit an elaborate cave shelter, bathe in a nearby creek, store perishables at the water’s edge, use a makeshift septic system, tend a garden, even keep a library of sorts. Once a week, they go to the city to buy groceries and otherwise merge with the civilized world. But one small mistake derails their entire existence, ultimately provoking a deeper flight. Inspired by a true story My Abandonment is a riveting journey into life at the margins, and a mesmerizing tale of survival and hope.
Rated 4.0 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Gassato
@ Wood Lawn Coffee and Pastry
In addition to a regular iced Americano or latte, they also offer Gassato, an iced espresso with a little sweetened milk and a float of fizzy water, all made with Stumptown Hairbender.
The Lathe of Heaven
A classic science fiction novel by Ursula K. Le Guin, one of the greatest writers of the genre, set in a future world where one man’s dreams control the fate of humanity.
In a future world racked by violence and environmental catastrophes, George Orr wakes up one day to discover that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. He seeks help from Dr. William Haber, a psychiatrist who immediately grasps the power George wields. Soon George must preserve reality itself as Dr. Haber becomes adept at manipulating George’s dreams for his own purposes.
Rated 4.3 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Macciato
@ Common Ground Coffeehouse
Sometimes called espresso macchiato, an espresso drink with a small amount of milk, usually foamed. In Italian, macchiato means “stained” or “spotted” so the literal translation of caffè macchiato is “stained coffee”, or coffee with a spot of milk.
Like Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood and Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, Brian Doyle’s stunning fiction debut brings a town to life through the jumbled lives and braided stories of its people.
In a small fictional town on the Oregon coast there are love affairs and almost-love-affairs, mystery and hilarity, bears and tears, brawls and boats, a garrulous logger and a silent doctor, rain and pain, Irish immigrants and Salish stories, mud and laughter.
Rated 4.4 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Cardamom Latte
@ symposium coffee
Symposium coffee is Sherwood and Tigard’s finest coffee house featuring Flag & Wire Coffee Roasters, Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Steven Smith Teamaker.
A Heart for Any Fate: Westward to Oregon, 1845
I was drawn to this book because of it’s title, which is from my Longfellow favorite, the poem “A Psalm of Life”
Based on the history of a company of real pioneers, this book tells the story of the King family, whose careful plans are challenged by the harsh, unforeseen realities of overland travel. The family makes the unfortunate decision to follow guide Stephen Meek, who leads them into blistering weather, drought, and treacherous river crossings along a shortcut that becomes known as the Terrible Trail.
Rated 4.4 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Lavender Latte, Mocha, or Cocoa
@ Rain OR. Shine Coffee House
A seasonal specialty worthy of a Nobel pallet!
“I wanted to go to Portland because it’s a really good book town.”
Indeed it is.
What are some of your hometown favorites?
So I know there are thousands of subscription services out there and so many book or coffee themed ones; and though I’ve been wanting to try one for a while, I just couldn’t find the right fit. I wanted something at least a little personal and not a box in a “box” per-say 🙂 I found two that I was hopeful for, this is my unveiling of company number one Blue Spider’s Attic:
I am not a big fan of the name but I loved the concept of the company; used books, customized to you by taking a little questionnaire (about both coffee and books) choice of 1 or 3 books, fun themes! It feels personal and made me really excited for my box to come.
I was a little sad at first because my package was left in the rain and a few things got wet, but it did not ruin the overall excitement.
I do wish they would double package them though 😦
I love this quaint little sugar spoon!
“I have measured my life with coffee spoons” T.S. Eliot
A sample from this fun company that does soup themed from books and tea, great combo! This ones
A sample from this fun company that does soup themed from books and tea, great combo! This one smells delish!
Another little sample, whole bean medium roast, mmm mmm. Looking forward to brewing this one up.
*The Books! What could they be 😀
I had not heard of this book so I was excited to have this book be my first unveiled. Had some water damage 😦 but it will survive!
*This one I have of course heard of and do have a copy already but hey 2 out of 3 is pretty darn good 🙂
I love that there was a science fiction/ fantasy book, it shows that they really were catering the order to me.
Yay another treasure!
A cute little teacup necklace, LOVE it!
Well I must say that even despite the less than desirable name (I hate spiders,) and my first package arriving soaked and therefore getting one wet book, I still loved the experience. I thought the trinkety treasures were fun and relevant. I was also impressed with the books choices. Based on what I said I enjoyed it was spot on, general/historical fiction, Classic Literature, and Science Fiction/ Fantasy. It was also nice that the prices were really reasonable. Good Job Blue Spider Attic I will be giving you another try.
Have you every tried any relative subscription boxes? If so please
share about your experience!
There were already so many stunning cafes in Part: I and yet
you will find in Part II that this world has many more incredibly
beautiful and interesting cafes.
Here is part II of The Most Brewtiful Cafes:
Bar Topolski (London)
Topolski gallery-bar-café-venue is a unique London space set in the railway arches near Waterloo Station, in the former studio of artist and illustrator Feliks Topolski RA (1907 – 1989).
Knoll Ridge Cafe (Mt. Ruapehu, New Zealand)
Knoll Ridge Cafe is the highest cafe in New Zealand and has incredible views over the upper slopes. Serving a wide array of meals, including a fresh salad bar, hot dishes from around the world, café style snacks and espresso coffees.
Cafe Central (Vienna, Austria)
The café was opened in 1876, and in the late 19th century it became a key meeting place of the Viennese intellectual scene. Until 1938 the café was called the “Chess school” because of the presence of many chess players. The café occupies the ground floor of the former Bank and Stockmarket Building, today called the Palais Ferstel. Palais Ferstel was renovated in 1975 and again in 1986 after closing post WW2.
Dreamy Camera Cafe (Yangpyeong, South Korea)
This incredibly unique cafe stands out on the hills of Yangpyeong as a red, rectangular building in the exact form of a Rolleiflex.
Balzac’s (Toronto, Canada)
Balzac’s Coffee Roasters micro-roasts the finest selection of Arabica beans at their roastery and serves some of Canada’s best coffee at their Ontario cafés.
Callas Cafe (Budapest, Hungary)
The Art Deco style Callas Café & Restaurant has a prime location on Andrássy Avenue right next to the Budapest Opera House. Budapest is a city of cafés. Its famed historic cafés can still evoke a reflection of the lustre of the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s past…
Cafe Majestic (Porto, Portugal)
Belle Epoque-era cafe with ornate interior featuring carved wood, mirrors & chandeliers. This gorgeous cafe is rich with luster and history. Click here for More on The Majestic
“The Majestic Café is a wonderful place, where muses, thinkers and artists can get together to live the best moments life has to offer: simply sharing communication through words and gestures,glances smiles and even a few tears sometimes.” ~ Gloria Montenegro (President of the Paris Academy of Coffeeology.)
Which ones would you want to visit?
Part I of my little guide to some beautiful and unique cafes/coffee houses from all around the world:
The Grounds (Alexandria, Australia)
Located in a former industrial precinct from the 1920s, The Grounds of Alexandria is a landmark coffee roastery, café and sustainable organic garden known for its abundance of fresh produce and hands-on experiences.
Caffè Greco (Rome, Italy)
This café has a rich history; it has been around since 1760 and was a known meeting place of artists, poets, and writers of all countries. Byron, Shelley, Goethe, Keats, Thackeray, Thorwaldsen, Mark Twain, Canova, Gounod, Bizet, Berlioz, Gogol, Wagner, King Ludwig of Bavaria and many other world celebrities having been regular patron of the Caffè Greco.
Mirrors Cafe (Gifu, Japan)
Covered in beautifully polished mirrored surfaces this building reflects the landscape surroundings. A row of cherry trees is planted at an embankment at its basin. The best time to visit is during the cherry blossom season.
Cafe New York (Budapest, Hungary)
An ornate cafe/restaurant founded in 1894 with frescoes & chandeliers. A stunning cafe serving coffee, cake & Hungarian cuisine.
Truth Coffee (Cape Town, South Africa)
This cafe was phenomenally designed by Heldane Martin. It features a steam-punk theme; adorned with vintage typewriters, Singer sewing machines, old candlestick telephones, exposed copper pipes, as well as old extending mirrors and Victorian tap levers. They also pride themselves on roasting and brewing the best quality coffees.
D’espresso (New York, NY)
Confeitaria Colombo (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil)
Its huge stained glass, tiled, and mirrored interior features materials from France, Portugal, and Belgium. Serving an array of classic Brazilian and Iberian cuisine, delicious pastries, and of course a cup of tea or famous Brazilian coffee.
The world is full of beautiful Cafes, I wish I could visit them all!
Have you ever been to any of these? Which are your favorite?
Stay tuned for Part II tomorrow!