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Brewing up business and building community one cup at a time

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Deadstock Coffee brings together three things that Portland is known for: community, sneakers, and delicious coffee. It’s a unique concept with an often unsung ingredient in helping build its success: Bull Run water.
Bull Run Treatment Projects For Our Economy with Ian Williams of Deadstock and Concourse Coffee

When Ian Williams left his job as a shoe developer at Nike to go out on his own in 2016, he wanted to combine two things he was passionate about—bringing people together and sneakers. His unique twist on this? Deadstock Coffee. 

Tucked into Portland’s Old Town neighborhood and filled with sneakers and NBA inspired décor, Deadstock serves up "snob-free" coffee that’s locally roasted and brewed to perfection with Portland water. 

“The quality of Portland’s water definitely helps the quality of our coffee,” says Williams. You can appreciate it in every cup whether you’re getting a quick jolt of espresso, relaxing over a mocha, or sipping on a signature lemonade.

Like so many other local businesses, Deadstock relies on the Portland Water Bureau to deliver safe and consistent water to their businesses every day. Water is integral to every part of the business at Deadstock Coffee. The "squad" at Deadstock uses water for everything from brewing up signature drinks to cleaning and sanitation. 

Williams is a big fan of the work going into the Bull Run Filtration Project, a facility that will help the bureau comply with state and federal regulations. He knows how important it is for his business and the overall community. “Filtration is definitely important. Having good, consistent, filtered water is great—not only good for business, but as people, as a human right,” says Williams. “Shout out to Portland for taking care of us on that one.”