Phuong Tran waits at the bar at Proud Mary Café in Portland, Ore. on Feb. 12, 2023, for her free cup of Black Jaguar Geisha coffee. Tran, who is the owner of Lava Java coffee shop in Ridgefield, Wash., won the Golden Ticket at Proud Mary’s cupping competition for a chance to drink this special roast, priced at $150 a cup.


How a $150 cup of coffee at a Portland café sheds light on a coffee pricing crisis

Two-thirds of Americans drink coffee every day, but some economists and coffee industry experts say the future of coffee is uncertain. That's because most people don't know the actual cost of coffee production and the average price paid to coffee growers has remained stagnant for decades.



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Oregon lawmakers mull tax credit to address rural child care shortage

House Bill 2623 would create a new tax credit for rural child care workers in an attempt to stimulate an industry that’s struggling to attract and keep its workers and providers. The tax credits range from $3,000 to $5,000; the credit value rises the further the eligible child care worker lives from a city of 30,000 or more.


‘War of the states’: EV, chip makers lavished with subsidies

States are doling out more cash than ever to lure multibillion-dollar microchip, electric vehicle and battery factories, inspiring ever-more competition as they dig deeper into their pockets to attract big employers and capitalize on a wave of huge new projects.

How chardonnay reflects Oregon’s changing wine scene

Pinot Noir put Northwest wine on the map, but chardonnay, its white-wine cousin, is having a moment. A new generation of winemakers is pushing the boundaries of what our region can do. With some key scientific advances, and a better understanding of our soils and terroir, Oregon chardonnays are breaking into numerous “best of” lists and commanding premium prices.