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Amsterdam chocolate giant Tony's Chocolonely expands to Portland, Smith Teamaker and Double Mountain open up shop in the southeast.

By Rachel Grozanick October 5, 2015

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  • Tony’s Chocolonely, the largest chocolate company in the Netherlands, made its U.S. debut in Portland on September 30. Conscience-stricken journalist-cum-chocolatier Teun van de Keuken created the company in an effort to combat slavery in the chocolate industry. Every bar has 100% traceability and transparency, breaks into unequal parts to represent chocolate industry inequality, and sports a colorful Willy Wonka-esque wrapper. Look for Tony’s Chocolonely on the shelves at New Seasons Markets.  
  • Local roasters Water Avenue Coffee teamed up with Sokol Blosser Winery of Dayton, OR to create a barrel-aged coffee. Using oak barrels that previously housed Sokol Blosser’s pinot noir and green coffee beans from Finca Las Delicias, Water Avenue combines flavors from the Willamette Valley and El Salvador. The result? A rich, nutty coffee with earthy notes of dark fruit and spice. The limited release coffee can be found at Water Avenue’s Southeast Industrial café and online store, and at Sokol Blosser’s tasting room in Dayton. 
  • Independent publisher Norton is releasing a food writing anthology on October 25. Eating Words: A Norton Anthology of Food Writing was co-edited by respected local food critic and Reed College Professor of English, Roger Porter, who will be signing books at the Portland Cookbook Social and giving a talk at Powell’s in December. A compilation of writing in which the gastronomic and literary worlds collide, the anthology includes works by Chekov, Hemmingway, and David Foster Wallace.
  • Tea drinkers will soon have a new spot to sip Ceylon in Southeast Portland. Steven Smith Teamaker is bringing a manufacturing center and tasting room to 110 SE Washington St. by the end of October. While the space—formerly a roofing company—will be mostly dedicated to manufacturing, tea lovers can sample tea while watching the production process from a 20-seat tasting room.
  • Popular Hood River brewery, Double Mountain, is opening a Portland taproom. The satellite brewpub is shooting for early spring and will serve a brick oven pizza menu. While the new location (the exact address is still unannounced) won’t be brewing on-site, Portlanders will be able to enjoy the same atmosphere and beer as at the Hood River brewery with the addition of cocktails and more outdoor seating. We may have to amend our 10 Best Patios list…
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