Did you know over 50% of Americans over 18 years of age drink coffee every day. This represents over 150 million daily consumers. Approximately 30 million adults in America drink specialty coffee beverages daily. Some specialty drinks are mochas, lattes, espresso, café mochas, cappuccinos, frozen/iced coffee beverages, etc. 

With an estimated population of 80,000 that means about 40,000 Bend residents enjoy a coffee each morning of which about 8,000 are enjoying a specialty drink. In a city whose residents enjoy quality, innovation, and uniqueness  but are less affectionate to complacency and stagnation, its easy to see why Bend has so many quality places to get a good coffee.

Thump in Downtown Bend is probably the place where I would start my day if just wanting the best overall coffee experience. A few tell tale signs for any good coffee shop or restaurant for that matter is consistency. I test consistency by evaluating if my drink tastes the same each day regardless of who is working or how busy the business or restaurant may be. Thump is a perfect example of consistency, no matter when I go or what is going on I get the same drink every time. 

Quality of drink is important as well and there are 3 main components of quality in a coffee drink which are:

1. Shot Quality - Is it thick and chocolaty (which it should be), or thin and watery or somewhere in between? Also what type of espresso are they using? There are many great local roasters and a few national roasters that are big enough to provide good quality. From Bend I think 11Roasters and  Back Porch are the best. Regionally Stumptown and Intelligenstia have to be right there. Good roasters spend the extra money and extra time to import the finest beans in the world. They spend a great amount of time "cupping" blends to get the flavor just right for you.

2. Sweetener - how much, what brand, and how pure is it? Some of the best sweeteners/sauces are made by steaming natural ingredients together. For example a mocha is really good with Monin or Holy Kakow chocolate sauce, but unbelievable with organic raw cacao powder and organic pure cane suger steamed together with the milk.  

3. Milk - steamed to 165 degrees and appear glassy smooth or is it bubbly, choppy, and over or under temp? A good rule of thumb is if it's good enough for latte art, it's good enough to drink (that's true about 95% of the time).

If you are looking for drive thru coffee there are plenty of options: Nationals like Dutch Bros. and Human Bean, or Locals, like Latte Dah on the North side of town corner of Butler Market/27th, Golden Delicious in DSR,  and about 8 others in the area. Strictly Organic has both a drive thru and cafe which is the choice of some locals.  Though the quality of coffee usually isn't as high in the drive through scene there are some good options. 

Some other cafe's you might go for coffee are Mother's Juice Cafe, Bom Dia, and River Rim which serve 11Roasters and do a good job of preparing coffee as well. Also I ran into a place called the Looney Bean which is next to Pine Tavern in Downtown Bend and they do a good job as well.  

Anyway if you are looking for good coffee in Bend you have some choices and I'm sure you will find the one that's right for you! 

Bend Oregon is known by many as a destination unlike any other. Central Oregon is a premier travel destination in the Pacific Northwest that boasts 300 days of sunshine annually and is full of natural scenery, outdoor activities, and a vibrant nightlife! Just to name some of the outdoor activities in this tourist hot spot you have hiking, biking, fishing, rock climbing, river rafting, skiing, golfing, backpacking, fly fishing, and so much more! Bend Oregon also has what the locals call the "Trifecta". The "Trifecta starts with a quick trip to Mt. Bachelor in the morning, followed by Golf in the afternoon, and finishing off your day fly fishing on the Deschutes River. With all this available to the locals, its easy to see why Bend and Central Oregon is one of the most desired places to live in the US. 

One of the benefits of living in a world class city is having excellent choices of first class cuisine. Bend has some of the finest restaurants per capita that you will find in the Northwest. Many of the area's best restaurants are locally owned and operated offering unique blends from around the world with a touch of the Northwest. If you look around on just about any given week of the year you will almost always find a wine tasting, live music, or outdoor event of some sort. Some highlights of the restaurant scene for 2011 were our award winners starting with Tart Bistro French Global Cuisine, Tetherow Golf Grill's breathtaking views with first class eats, The Victorian Cafe's World Class breakfast experience, Pilot Butte Drive In's myriad of gourmet burgers, Mother's Juice Cafe's Creatively Tasty & Healthy menu, Letzer's Deli NY Style meat packed sandwiches, TuckMo Subs fresh tasting sub sandwiches, and the absolute best frozen dessert anywhere in Cuppa Yo which is one of Bend's hottest new dessert places. These are just some highlights of the restaurant scene in Bend and we urge you to go hit the town and see for yourself! When you're done, please come back and let us know what you think by Voting for your favorites!