On my short list was McNulty's Tea & Coffee where we sell Kohana's Org Ethiopian Harrar, Org Ethiopian Sidamo and Org Sumatra. David Wong, who runs the store with his father, is the perfect coffee conversationalist and we love being included in this 115 yr old shop of choice coffees and teas. We enjoyed a lovely cup of Puerto Rican Yauco Selecto he just brewed - it was one of his favorites and has always been high on our list. If you have a chance - go there, it's in the village, and check out the Kohana coffees he carries.
Another stop was the Ace Hotel, home to the more recently appointed Stumptown Coffee Roasters. If you want and appreciate great coffee beans/roasting/presentation - go here. I like a brewed coffee that tastes exceptional down to the last sip of a cup and it passed my test. The Ace hotel vibe was a perfect high end coffee environment.
These are two of many experiences but the take away is that we never stop learning about what's out there, what's trending upward, how educated our consumers are and how truly appreciative the buying world is of great product. It keeps us on our toes and makes us want to be better at what we do.