September 26, 2012 in Food

Ethically grown at its core

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Mike Garrison first noticed the art deco building with the corner door on a drive to Spokane Art Supply.

He didn’t have plans for a business, but the space somehow convinced him that he needed to open Coeur Coffeehouse. Garrison, who grew up in Coeur d’Alene, settled on plans to sell coffee from Portland’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters while remodeling and repairs were finished at 701 N. Monroe St.

Garrison wanted the most ethically sourced coffee he could find and liked Stumptown’s commitment to forging relationships with coffee growers and paying higher than fair-trade prices.

Coeur Coffeehouse uses local milk from Spokane’s Family Farm and baristas make syrups from scratch. In addition to espresso, Coeur Coffeehouse offers popular slow-brewing methods, including Chemex and Aeropress. Stumptown Coffee is sold by the pound.

Garrison and the Coeur Coffeehouse crew will host the latest round of the latte art and brewing competition for local baristas Thursday. Inland Northwest Thursday Night Throwdown starts at 7 p.m. Local baristas are invited and must register by 6 p.m. Coffee lovers can come taste the results of the battle.

Coeur Coffeehouse is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Oktoberfest hits Spokane Public Market

The Spokane Public Market is hosting Oktoberfest events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including live music, a car show and extended hours.

Market shoppers can buy bratwurst from Uncle LeRoy’s and taste local and regional microbrews noon to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Live music starts at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. There are more details at www.spokane publicmarket.org.

No-Li vs. Ninkasi

It’s Cougars vs. Ducks at Saturday’s game in Seattle, but the real winners will be hop heads.

During Saturday’s match-up between Washington State University and the University of Oregon at CenturyLink Field, Spokane’s No-Li Brewhouse will take on Eugene’s Ninkasi Brewing Co. in the first Hop Cup. The first brewery to kick two kegs wins the Hop Cup trophy. No-Li will be serving Born & Raised IPA, while Ninkasi pours Total Domination IPA.

For more information, go to www.nolibrewhouse.com.

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