Overall, Stumptown Coffee’s business is down 20%, explained Mallory Pilcher, its director of brand from its Portland, Or. headquarters. “With everyone closing down, we saw our enormous channels shift from retail and wholesale to our consumer packaged goods grocery store business and direct to consumer business,” she said.
Patrons of Joe Yang’s coffee shop in Southwest Portland will find a different kind of barista behind the counter. Yang recently got a robot and programmed it to prepare and serve coffee as a way to limit the spread of coronavirus. Now the robot operates the espresso machine at In J Coffee on Southwest Park Avenue.