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Monday, Jun. 07, 2010

10 Great Northwest Wine Country Espresso Places


You're in the Northwest, so good coffee is an essential part of the local diet. Remember to avoid drinking coffee or tea immediately prior to tasting wine, as they can mess with your palate.

Flying M Coffee Garage

This hangout for two local colleges ranks among the most fascinating coffee operations in the Northwest. A former Firestone tire station, it's been home for four years to bustling young barristas flanked by kitschy political gifts, rotating local artwork, wi-fi and a case of pastry that caters to vegans. Beans are prepared three times a week in the garage with the slogan of "Roast like a butterfly, sting like caffeine." At night, there's live music, giving a new meaning to garage bands.

1314 Second St. S., Nampa, ID, 83651, 208-467-5533, flyingmcoffee.com.

The Vogue

You gotta love a place that serves coffee in the morning, local juice at the wine bar in back and encourages winemakers to dance in public. The Cooneys opened their "liquid lounge" in 2005 and continue to serve up some lively joe, espresso and chai.

117 E. Woodin Ave., Chelan, WA 98816, 509-588-5282, thevoguelounge.com.

Fortunato's Coffee & Wine Bar

The big draw here is the wine tastings, but locals also love Fortunato's for its coffee. Additionally, if you're hungry, this is a good spot for lunch or dinner, and there's often live music on the weekends.

17410 133rd Ave. N.E., Woodinville, WA 98072, 425-481-5444, fortunatos.net.

Anjou Bakery

The Knights know dough, launching their country shop just off U.S. 2 in 1995. Caffe Vita coffee is served, and the baked creations are serious, including Fruit Nut Crostini. Call ahead for their pies. The hours seem designed for wine lovers on long weekends - 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Monday.

3898 Old Monitor Highway, Cashmere, WA 98815, 509-782-4360, anjoubakery.com.

Walla Walla Roastery

If you're looking for seriously good coffee, this operation amid the cluster of wineries at the Walla Walla Regional Airport is not to be overlooked. It offers no fewer than 20 styles of blends and roasts, and the comfortable cafe is a good place to take a load off.

290 A St., Walla Walla, WA 99362, 509-526-3211, wallawallaroastery.com.

Underground Cafe & Coffeehouse

This hidden gem is a favorite for travelers on the northern Willamette Valley wine trail. In addition to great coffee, you'll also find breakfast offerings, sandwiches and more.

1002 N. Springbrook Road, Newberg, OR 97132, 503-554-1843, undergroundcafeandcoffeehouse.com.

Tyler Street Coffee House

When your wine travels take you to Washington's Olympic Peninsula, a visit to historic Port Townsend is in order. This coffee shop a few blocks from the ferry dock on Water Street is a favorite for locals and visitors alike.

215 Tyler St., Port Townsend, WA 98368, 360-379-2630.

Cock & Bull Cappucino Bar

It's not uncommon to overhear some wine industry scuttlebutt inside this stop on the main drag through Oliver. Mochas are made for adults, and you can fill your own cup with drip coffee. The wholesome and imaginative Santa Fe-style breakfast burrito is another reason to stop.

34849 97th St., Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0, 250-498-6261.

10 Speed Coffee Co.

This highly regarded coffeehouse in the Columbia Gorge is famed for its small-batch roasting and attention to detail. You'll also find several food options. It has a second location in the town of Mosier, Ore.

1412 13th St., Ste. 300, Hood River, OR 97031, 541-386-3165, 10-speedcoffee.com.

Noble Coffee Roasting

Whether Rogue Valley wineries or Shakespeare bring you to this Southern Oregon city, seek out Noble for the best cup of coffee in the region. This is the place for self-described coffee nerds.

281 Fourth St., Ashland, OR 97520, 541-488-3288, noblecoffeeroasting.com.