In the Northwest, coffee is more than a drink – it’s a culture. And this culture explains why we can set foot in Portland or Seattle and expect to find a café in less than a five-block radius.

Suburbs are littered with Starbucks, Seattle’s Best and Peet’s Coffee, but we don’t question the variety. As a nation, we are the largest coffee importer in the world, as stated in an article from the International Coffee Organization.

Even in a recession we’re willing to shell out $4 for a venti no-foam latté – or at least get our fix by brewing a pot at home. We are blithely consumed by a coffee culture with a curiosity about our morning cup o’ joe.

So, I’m spilling the beans. I’m a former barista and a coffee junkie with a lot of questions about the industry, the tradition and the bean. I’ll use my espresso experience and keen research skills to share news and insights on the daily grind of the coffee business.

Some topics include:

· Brewing methods

· Roasting process

· Organic beans

· Fair trade beans

· Latté art

· Coffee plantations

· Local cafés

· Coffee economics

· Coffee events

· Health benefits

So how do you take your coffee? Whether it’s with cream and sugar or just black, American adults are sipping roughly 400 million cups each day. The tradition of the coffee house has been around since the 17th century – and it’s not leaving any time soon.