Stumptown coffee passes tasters test

by: POST PHOTO: JIM HART - Barista Sabrina Stivaletta and chef Jeff Roman prepare food to go for a customer Monday morning at the newly opened Coffee Station in Sandy. POST PHOTO:  JIM HARTJeff Roman and Sabrina Stivaletta, formerly of San Francisco, are bringing big-city tastes to small-town Sandy, their new hometown.

The two are managers and co-operators of Sandy’s newly opened Coffee Station, a new business owned by Andrew Muff and Mareike Pittman, both of the Bay Area in California.

Muff says the owners and operators of this business researched the artisan coffees available in the Portland area and, according to their discriminating taste tests, Stumptown Coffee was the hands-down winner.

Muff and Roman both say they are proud to offer Stumptown Coffee in the many ways coffee drinkers prefer, including double-shot espresso.

“We wanted to have the best quality coffee we could get,” Muff said. “We know there are many good coffee roasters of gourmet coffee in the Portland area, and we settled on Stumptown because of the quality of the coffee and their reputation.”

Stumptown’s coffee and its reputation are well known, Muff said, even in the Bay Area.

But besides that morning beverage, dispensed with skill by experienced barista Stivaletta, Roman applies his culinary skills and his scratch recipes every day to produce some of the most taste-tempting breakfast and lunch treats.

Among the advantages of visiting Coffee Station is its drive-through service — the only drive-through breakfast and lunch service in Sandy.

Stivaletta says that service seems to be appreciated most by mothers with children who want to take a coffee beverage home without bringing all the kids inside a coffee café.

“We take their order from their car and deliver it so they never have to leave the car,” she said.

On the menu are muffins, cookies, brownies, Belgian waffles and a selection of bagels with a wide variety of add-ons, including lox, capers, pickled onions, prosciutto and several types of cream cheese. Coffee Station also offers alternative diet options such as those preferred by vegans and people needing gluten- or lactose-free foods.

Everything is scratch baked each morning, according to the standards Roman learned in culinary school and practiced in some of San Francisco’s famous restaurants.

Roman also makes a different soup each morning, one that is easily paired with his custom-made sandwiches available after 11 a.m. For those on the move, “Grab and Go” sandwiches are available any time.

Another specialty is Roman’s slow-cooked meat sandwiches, available on Fridays and Sundays.

The perennial coffee café’s interior hasn’t been changed very much, but a new bar has been added. Also added is a new coffee grinder and espresso machine.

Coffee Station is at 38871 Proctor Blvd., at the corner of Strauss Avenue. The café is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each Sunday. Lunch delivery is available weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the downtown core.

Call 503-882-8142 or visit the Facebook page at “Coffee Station.”

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