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Not your typical hipster coffee joint: Guardsmen deployed to Iraq open a spot for…


Perhaps it’s fitting that a group of Oregon National Guard soldiers transformed a second-hand espresso machine at Iraq’s Camp Taji Military Complex into their own coffee shop that serves lattes and other drinks.

Thanks to shows like “Portlandia” and other popular depictions of the Pacific Northwest, Oregonians may be known as coffee snobs. But the soldier’s cafe, located in an office space in the 449th Combat Aviation Brigade’s work area and staffed by helicopter ambulance pilots from the Oregon Guard’s 189th Aviation Regiment, is not the typical hipster coffee joint.

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