coava coffee // it’s a relationship

April 22, 2013 § 1 Comment

He didn’t understand why we had to take a tram, two buses, and then our feet for another three rainy blocks just to get to another coffee shop. I told him it was different.

He said the croissant was too crumbly – not enough chocolate for what looked like a day-old pastry. The coffee was too black. He felt judgement emanating from everyone else when he just thought about adding cream and sugar.

“I’m comfortable with my uncultured taste buds,” he said. But he didn’t move. He just sat there instead, grimacing through a dark, nutty Girasoles.

At least it was hot.

My short legs, ringed by purple and vagrant goose bumps, twisted themselves around the icy metal of the hand-wrought wood table. It was good to feel something tangible against the numbness, even if it was just more cold.


Ahh. An El Ischo steamed on the rough-grained wood of the counter, waiting for me. I wrapped my hands around it and took a tentative sip. Butterscotch and peanut brittle rolled across my tongue, luring a bubbly pear flavor after them. I was happy. Happier than I’d been the entire day.


Coffee is a grinning thing.

He watched me, unable to make heads or tails of my affinity for coffee.

It’s a strange thing, really. Without a cup of coffee in the morning, I’m unwilling to recognize the passing of time. Without coffee, time stops, ceases to limit me, and I move like a character stuck on repeat in a Japanese anime film, shooting through lines of neon space and never getting anywhere.

Coffee is a relationship, then. A relationship with time, a relationship with people. Coffee is a culture, a feeling, an instigator of late night conversations and unexpected A’s on papers. For Coava Coffee Roasters, it’s a relationship with the growers that constructs a community for the roasters and thus, the drinkers.

Coava couldn’t roast the finest single origin coffees in the world without the hard-working farmers who grow the coffee. At origin we cup through hundreds of samples in search of the coffee that best represents each growing region with a distinctive personality and we get to know the farmers. Most of our coffees will only be found at Coava because we create exclusive, long-term relationships with our growers.”

Located in the industrial district of Portland, Oregon, Coava joined the coffee culture circle of Portland back in 2010 and has been transforming coffee culture in all the right ways ever since.

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