Bottom line: I urge you to vote for Rocky Butte Coffee Roasters in a contest put on by Business Impact NW. $10,000 is at stake and they are in the third round at this point. You can vote here, once a day until Wednesday, August 28 at 11:59pm PST (to vote, click on the black button right under the video that says “Vote for this Business”). The hope is that with this funding, they can work to expand the business in a number of ways, including creating a local cafe space in the Rocky Butte community, a traditionally underserved area of Portland.
As an aside, my neighborhood of Sumner is about a 10 minute walk, if that, to Rocky Butte Lower Natural Area, which has some truly stunning views throughout. BTW, have you been up to the top of Rocky Butte? It has some of the best views in Portland. Case in point:
I first came across Rocky Butte Coffee Roasters via their Facebook page, and was immediately intrigued to see a coffee roaster based in the area. It took me a while, but I finally tasted their coffee after buying a bag of Boulder Blend I purchased at the Rocky Butte Farmer’s Market. It is excellent for espresso in particular, and I admire the roaster’s founder, James Helms’, desire to create a community space in the Rocky Butte area. I’d love to see him win.
You can watch the video below:
And again, vote here. Best of luck to James and the whole Rocky Butte Coffee Roasters crew—I hope you win!