Coffee in the Pacific Northwest

There is a point in every flight to the U.S. when I realize that I'm on my way to America. It is when the flight attendant pours my first in-flight cup of 'American" coffee, and I look through the coffee and can read the name on the bottom of the transparent cup. It never fails to depress me.

Luckily, I am invariably heading for that mecca of good coffee in America: the Pacific Northwest. The home of Starbucks, Seattle's' Best, Austen Chase, and other premium roasters and purveyors of fine coffee.