Thursday, July 10, 2008

july @ thump coffee

Read on for all the goods. Thank you for voting us "Best Coffeehouse" in the Bend Living reader's poll! And don't forget to vote for thump coffee in The Source Weekly's "Best of 2008" addition! Ballots can be found in last week's Source or online. Deadline for submission is this Friday, July 11. Thanks, all you thumperinos! —Kent, Hazel & Finley

Fri. 7/11, Cascade Cycling Classic: Open late til 8:30pm for the Cascade Cycling Classic's stage #4, the Downtown Criterium race. Starts at 3pm - come early and get the best seat for the race.

ART: Anne Hubler Fiber Art - Celebrated Ohio Artist Shows Quilts

Anne Hubler, a well-known Ohio fiber artist whose work is included in the permanent art collections of the White House and the Ohio Governor's Mansion, will exhibit quilts during July. Hubler is the mother of thump owner, Hazel Chapple.

"Her work isn't just patterns or combinations of fabrics. They tell a story. Her work as a fiber artist has helped raise the profile of quilters and other fiber artists," said Judy Mott, executive director of Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District in Dayton, Ohio.

Throughout her career, Hubler has exhibited extensively in Ohio. Three of Hubler's pieces were chosen for inclusion in the Ohio Governor's residence permanent collection. She has received many awards, including a lifetime achievement Special Commendation Award from the Board of County Commissioners and the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District this year.

For the thump exhibit, only one piece, "Orange Barrels," is a traditional quilt constructed of three layers (surface, batting, backing). The others use a process of hand stitching tiny pieces of fabric on artist's canvas. Hubler says she made this transition in technique because the final pieces are less bulky, easier for transport and exhibition.

View an interview with Anne Hubler from Ohio Public Broadcasting.


thumpology: Coffee Crop Seasonality - Get it While It's Fresh!

Many people don't think of coffee as an agricultural product that, like strawberries, peaches, and cherries, has a specific growing season. When fresh fruit is in season, you're in heaven and you can't get enough of it! When out of season, it's usually a disappointment to eat. Similarly, coffees around the world ripen and are ready for harvest at different times of the year, and a newly harvested coffee is oh so good! Even when stored in its unroasted, green bean state, its flavor changes and ages over time in a not so graceful way.

If you go to a coffeehouse and notice that they offer the same bean year round, (blends are a different subject) with the knowledge that most growing regions have only one or two annual harvests, you might wonder how old that coffee really is, regardless of how recently it's been roasted. The age of the green bean does affect its roasted flavor.

If you look at Thump's whole bean selection, you will notice that it is always changing. A great thing for the flavor adventurer, and a little nerve-racking for the person who wants the same bean every time. Our selection changes because our coffee roaster, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, buys coffees in small quantities when they are at their optimal age for roasting. And to insure freshness, Stumptown rarely buys more than can be consumed within a handful of months.

When the beans are gone, they're gone until the next harvest. When they do come back, we feel like an old friend has returned to us! Two of those friends just returned to Thump, the Guatemala Finca el Injerto, Stumptown's first Direct Trade coffee, and the Panama Carmen Estate, Direct Trade. If you're ready to put your toddy glass down for a minute to try a hot coffee, both of these friends will treat you right!

tour de thump: July 5-27

We'll have a large flat-panel TV set up in the shop, tuned into televised coverage of the 95th Tour de France. Join us every day until the last stage on Sunday, July 27. Click here for the schedule. Caffeine doping is encouraged - viva la tour!

Traditional Cappuccino
Happy Hour Fridays, 2:30pm to close

Starting Fri., July 11 join us every Friday for a celebration of the classic Italian espresso concoction, the Traditional Cappuccino. During TradCap Happy Hour, enjoy half-priced traditional espresso drinks, dopios, macchiatos, and traditional cappuccinos. Many people have never ventured to try these delightful little drinks. No syrup, no chocolate, just espresso and perhaps a small embrace of milk steamed to sweet, velvety perfection!

CUPPING: Sunday, July 20 1:30 -2:30pm

Cuppings are usually the third Sunday of the month at 1:30pm - get details at our website and by subscribing to our newsletter.

Gratis Grounds Make Killer Compost

Thump has wonderful organic and sustainably grown coffee grounds available for composting and worm bins. Coffee grounds' very jagged microscopic surface area helps speed up the breakdown of the biomass being composted. Email us at or call 388-0226 to arrange a pick-up time for your coffee grounds!

Click here to find out more about composting.

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