Local Shops Offer Alternative to Corporate Coffee

With fall creeping around the corner, PSL Season has begun – that’s pumpkin spice latte, of course. Starbucks, the coffee shop most associated with the drink, is the biggest coffee chain in the United States. They also have come under fire for not ethically sourcing their coffee, being unclear about their sustainability, tax avoidance, and excessive director’s pay. Luckily, Starbucks is not the only shop that serves fun seasonal drinks.  There are many local coffee shops that can offer similar services and help support our community 

Tried & True 

Tried & True opened in 2014 in Downtown Corvallis, and have since added another shop in Southtown. All of their goods come from Oregon based companies, and their coffee brand, Bespoke, is tailor-made by a husband and wife team based in Corvallis. Tried & True also has muffins and coffee sizes as small as eight ounces for days when a little bit of coffee is the perfect amount. Currently, they are serving seasonal treats such as honey vanilla lavender syrup – they recommend it in a latte. Open all week from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

Imagine Coffee 

Despite the pandemic creating a brief period where they had to close, Imagine Coffee has been serving Corvallis since 2011. Started by eight friends and has passed to Tim and Angie Weneger, the goal of the coffee shop was to create a space for art and community events. They even donate some of their profits to charities like The Arc, Heartland Humane, and the American Red Cross. The community they served for so long supported them through the stay-at-home orders, and they are giving back by offering up their own take on the pumpkin spice we love. As you can imagine, coffee is not the only thing on the menu. Pie, quiche, soup, and cinnamon rolls are all available, as well as various tea. Imagine Coffee is open seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., except Sunday when it is open 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  

Coffee Culture 

With four locations throughout Corvallis, Coffee Culture is also taking on the pumpkin spice world calling theirs a pumpkin pie latte. Coffee Culture also serves fresh baked pastries as well as beer, wine, mead, and cider. Founded by Lisa Tostberg and Paul Holderness Tostberg in 1993, Coffee Culture even roasts the beans for the cafe, calling the brand Holderness Coffee Roasters. Yes, it is even possible to buy the beans in bulk for home consumption. Hours are location dependent, but all except one is open throughout the week.  

Have we missed your favorite coffee spot? Let us know. 

By Hannah Ramsey