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Portland Named the Best Coffee City in America

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WalletHub, a financial guidance and news site that offers free credit reports, also churns out hundreds of city power rankings in categories ranging from “fastest growing cities” to “most stressed cities” to “best cities for vegans and vegetarians.” Generally, the methodology behind these rankings is involved, pulling information about sales prices, distribution and ubiquity of businesses, and shopping patterns. Its latest deep-dive city ranking: the best coffee cities in America, based on 12 different sets of criteria including most coffee shops and cafes per capita, average spending on coffee per household, and percentage of adult coffee drinkers. By those and other criteria, the website named Portland 2021’s best coffee city in America, followed closely by San Francisco and Seattle. According to WalletHub, Portland is home to the most coffee and tea manufacturers per capita; the website ranks Portland fourth when it comes to most affordable coffee shops and cafes per capita rated 4.5 stars or higher (it’s unclear where this “ratings” are coming from — perhaps Yelp or Google? — but I digress). For a full breakdown, check out the WalletHub study for yourself. [WH]

A New Pop-Up Takes Over Deadshot Is Serving Chicken Katsu Adobo

Sunrice, the pop-up series and farmers market staple, has taken over the kitchens at Deadshot for weekly residency at the bar. TJ Cruz and Ken Tran incorporate and blend their own culinary histories — Cruz is Filipino American, Tran is Vietnamese American — to create intricate and inventive dishes, ranging from sisig made with meaty mushrooms and calamansi juice to cured-and-roasted pork belly skewers glazed in a mix of banana ketchup and fish sauce. And in place of a traditional chicken adobo, the two place chicken katsu in a bowl with a reduced, adobo-esque sauce. The pop-up runs Wednesdays through Sundays, 4 p.m. to midnight. [PoMo]

Fred Meyer Tests Out Reusable Packaging Program

Loop, a company that collects and cleans reusable containers for further use, is entering the Portland market via Fred Meyer. Starting in October, Fred Meyer stores around the Portland area will begin stocking grocery and home goods in glass and stainless-steel containers in a specifically marked-off Loop section, where customers can buy these items and pay a small deposit. If users return the containers, they get their deposit back. [O]

Steamboat Inn for Sale

The Steamboat Inn, which has stood in its current location since the ‘50s, is now for sale, listed at $3.75 million. The inn, which sits on the North Umpqua River, is home to a variety of suites, cabins, and cottages, as well as an onsite restaurant and event spaces. [EaterWire]

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