In the cup: dark chocolate, molasses, raisin, and Medjool dates.
Slabtown. The name evokes an image of a less gentile time in Portland’s history. A time when Chinook would gather and sell baskets at Wallace Park, a time when the neighborhood was primarily an industrial area and home to hardworking people who spent their days in factories. In fact, the neighborhood’s name comes from the scraps of wood generated when the local mills would square off logs before cutting them into boards or planks. The remnants were sold as a poor man’s fuel to the blue collar and other marginalized families living the area. These “slabs” of wood were often left stacked in front of homes and were looked at as a symbol of the economic caste living in the area. As Tracy Prince says in his book Portland’s Slabtown, “It was a mark of class . . . sort of like cars up on blocks in the front yard.”
Taking a cue from this historic hub, we wanted to honor the tradition of craftsmanship by continuing to manufacture and produce our coffee, house our commissary, and set up our flagship café in that location. In celebration of our place in one of Portland’s oldest neighborhoods, we decided to release Slabtown Blend — a balanced and rich cup of coffee that echoes the historic sentiment of this neighborhood. Roasted to highlight the caramelized sugars, with notes of molasses, dark chocolate, and burnt caramel balanced by darker fruit flavors of raisin, mission fig, and Medjool dates, this coffee is sure to be an instant classic.