Driven to Espresso: Drive-through Coffee Stands in the Northwest

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Portland trip


I traveled to Portland in early February (thanks for putting me up, Evan and Sheri!!) to visit art galleries as well as to shoot drive-throughs. Although the weather was horrible for photography, I did have a few brief moments of bright light (I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say sunshine!). Dutch Brothers has a large chain of drive-throughs in the western states with over 100 locations. This is one of their smaller designs. Personally, I prefer the smaller drive-through buildings because I think they look more distinctive from all the larger retailers and restaurants around them. I suppose some baristas may feel cramped inside the teeny ones, though. In any case, I am sure it won't be long before the majority of them will be replaced with large, tall buildings and the small ones will fade away.

I just returned from a trip to Bend, Eugene, and Salem, Oregon, and will post a photo from that trip soon.

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