Coffee aficionados have been asking the question over and over again: is Portland's Stumptown coffee, the most conspicuous exponent of Coffee's "Third Wave," the new Starbucks?
Wait, you haven't heard of the third wave? Get with the program! In cities across America, a new fervid generation of caffeine evangelists are changing the way we drink coffee. They tend to be male, heavily bearded, zealous and very meticulous in what they do. And the coffee they produce is as much an improvement over Starbucks and its rivals as Starbucks was over Taster's Choice.
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