drgary wrote:Portland has several decent espresso options, including Stumptown, but we're probably an exception.
I don't think so, Gary - we've found very good coffee all over the US - Seattle, Nashville, Louisville, Philly, Palm Beach, Palm Springs, Boston, Chicago, NY, LA, SF, Sioux Falls, Livingston MT, NOLA, Austin, Alexandria VA and countless places in between. God shots are rare, but very drinkable coffee abounds. I always try a shot before any other drink at a place new to me, and I'm often surprised at how good they are (even if not my favorite style). My wife prefers black brewed or pour-over, and she too finds good coffee in many places.
We research each area & try those places that sound "right". Sometimes they're not, but not infrequently they are. It just takes a little work to find them.