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The Journey Begins at Wonderwood Springs in PortlandDaily Espresso Information by Roast Journal


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Inside the brand new Wonderwood Springs espresso store in Portland, Oregon. Day by day Espresso Information Picture by Howard Bryman.

A brand new cafe in Portland, Oregon’s St. Johns neighborhood referred to as Wonderwood Springs has opened like a storybook, bringing to life high quality espresso alongside immersive artwork below the management of native artist Mike Bennett.

“As an immersive area artist, I create quite a lot of artwork that may be checked out or walked via,” Mike Bennett advised DCN. “I’ve by no means had the chance, nevertheless, to make artwork that may be lived in.”

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Wonderwood Springs founder and artist Mike Bennett. Picture by Josh Chang, courtesy of Wonderwood Springs.

That includes tons of of hand-painted items all through an 1,800-square-foot area, Wonderwood Springs opened final month with brewed espresso and espresso drinks, breakfast and lunch fare, and a number of craft beers on faucet. 

Within the constructing subsequent to the cafe is a biannually rotating sequence of floor-to-ceiling, cartoon-style walk-through displays by Bennett. By means of authentic characters, backdrops, props, lighting and music, Bennett and the employees plan to spin new epic, family-friendly tales of journey set within the magical world of Wonderwood. The opening chapter is named “The Scourge of Fort Maplehold.”

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Day by day Espresso Information Picture by Howard Bryman.

In an area previously occupied by motorcycle-themed espresso firm See See Motor Espresso, the Wonderwood Springs cafe is owned by See See father or mother firm Espresso Enterprise LLC, which additionally owns and roasts the espresso for Water Avenue Espresso.

Coffees for See See, Water Avenue and now the Wonderwood Springs model are all roasted by Espresso Enterprise Roasting Operations Supervisor Tyler Zaiss on 10-kilo and 30-kilo Proaster roasting machines in Portland. Behind the bar is a Synesso S Sequence 3-group espresso machine paired with a Mahlkönig E80 grinder and a PuqPress computerized tamper.

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Day by day Espresso Information Picture by Howard Bryman.

To find out the flavors and spirit of the espresso program, Bennett convened with Espresso Enterprise Director of Strategic Partnerships Matt Milletto for cuppings and a few normal espresso training.

“Going into Wonderwood Springs, all I actually knew was, I really like espresso and I really like espresso outlets,” Bennett stated. “Fortunately, teaming up with Matt Milletto, I used to be educated to a stage that allowed me to expertise espresso in a complete new, elevated manner. After making an attempt a number of completely different blends and speaking via a number of the flavors we hoped to deliver to Wonderwood Springs, we lastly settled on the proper roast: Up All Knight. Heat, cozy and simply adaptable to any ‘potion’ we deliver to life within the store.”

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Day by day Espresso Information Picture by Howard Bryman.

The espresso menu contains seasonal specials corresponding to a candy potato and fall-spice beverage referred to as the Wonderwood Spice Latte, and story-specific specials such because the Maplehold Sizzling Chocolate.

Espresso Enterprise Director of Tasks Marian Janes helped lead the transformation from See See to Wonderwood. 

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Picture by Josh Chang, courtesy of Wonderwood Springs.

“Flipping it to fairly the other of an idea was so attention-grabbing, and it’s actually cool to serve the neighborhood that desires to be at Wonderwood,” stated Janes. “The entire neighborhood side of Wonderwood is so much like See See, which is cool to see, however with a completely completely different neighborhood.”

Bennett’s art work has been more and more discovered all through the better Portland neighborhood since he moved to city from Pennsylvania in 2016. A sequence of Bennett-designed yard indicators with lovable animal characters imploring drivers to decelerate has unfold like dandelions all through the town. Bigger sanctioned works have made their manner into parks, companies and even vacant business areas. 

Day by day Espresso Information Picture by Howard Bryman.

For Bennett, the Wonderwood idea breaks new floor each artistically and entrepreneurially.

“I feel Wonderwood Springs as an idea has actually allowed me to view my very own creations in a brand new manner,” Bennett stated. “I’ve had the pleasure of watching of us play board video games, write tales, make artwork and stare off into the tons of of cutouts we have now across the area all within the quick time we’ve been open. It’s a fairly particular place and I can’t wait to see the way it evolves.”

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Day by day Espresso Information Picture by Howard Bryman.


Wonderwood Springs is positioned at 8811 N Lombard St in Portland. Inform DCN’s editors about your new espresso store or roastery right here

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