Stumptown is, of course, Portland's coolest coffee roaster. Coffee cognescenti wag their tongues over Stumptown's beans. Satellite Coffee is the first café in Tacoma to serve Stumptown's coffee, including varietals touted for notes of jasmine, honey mead and watermelon. It's not easy: More than half of the cafes that want to sell Stumptown beans are turned down -- because they lack either the top-of-the-line espresso equipment or the training standards that Stumptown demands.
Satellite opened in November. It celebrates its grand opening on Friday, with a party at Supernova Hair and Tattoo (817 Division St.). There'll be free French press coffee from 8-9 p.m., plus bands (including Rontrose Heathman of The Supersuckers, a Satellite principal) starting at 9.
Speaking of Stumptown, did you know that the founder of the company is from Puyallup and got his start pulling shots at Tacoma's Shakabrah Java? I write about Duane Sorenson and Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Sunday's SoundLife section. Find out why Satellite's Pat Brown calls Sorenson a home-town hero.