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DRINK LOCAL: But First, Coffee – Forage in Medford

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I’m not really a connoisseur of many things. In my obituary, the best thing they could probably come up with would be “his favorite ice cream flavor was Americone Dream and he enjoyed the little things in life like dressing his cat up for Christmas cards.” I’m not exactly what you would call classy, or snobbish about much. I’ve recently bought myself a home and decorating it has been one of the hardest things of my adult life.

One thing I am snobbish about, however, is coffee. Unfortunately, I am that person that will avoid ordering coffee at 50 percent of the places that serve it. This has been a point of contention in relationships.  

I love coffee more than anyone should. I don’t drink sixteen cups a day like some people. I prefer the single cup in the morning, then another in the afternoon. (Too much of a good thing, ya know.)  

I recently had to switch to decaf. This was less of a choice, and more of a health obligation. Like any good addict, I decided I’d have a week of binging on every coffee shop I could find before finally kicking the addiction and start living a better life.

Since usually I made most of my coffee at home, or went to my neighborhood coffee shop, I got a chance to try a bunch of new spots. Most of what I’d known was in the Ashland area, where I live, and so I wanted to branch out and try something in a different town. I checked out Limestone in Medford, Goodbean and Cerberus in Jacksonville, Downtowne Coffee house in Talent, and many more. Some were really great, others not so much. But the best place I found, was a new coffee shop just off East Main in Medford, called Forage Coffee Company.

The space is a reused gas station. Before Forage, it sat on that strange corner, fairly ugly, and awkwardly placed. Forage moved in and setup an awesome front patio. One that you’ll unfortunately have to wait until next year to truly enjoy. But the inside is cozy. The utilize their space really well, perfect if you’re sitting down at a computer to get some work done (i.e. me) or if you’re wanting to get together with friends and hang out on the couch for a coffee date. It’s a modern look, they have a strange, but enticing retail section. But, most importantly, their drinks are great.

I’ve been told they serve Case coffee, an Ashland local powerhouse of quality beans. I went in thinking I’d only grab a single latte, maybe something to go before I headed to my next coffee shop. Instead, I find myself swinging by Forage nearly everyday on my way to work. I only wish they had a punch card so I could ease the strain on my bank account.

They serve pastries, and have the usual menu when it comes to espresso drinks; lattes, cappuccinos, etc. If you’re in the area and need a place to setup for a while, or if you’re just looking for a drink on the fly, stop by Forage for a delicious coffee beverage.  

(Also, check out their videos on Facebook. They’re hilarious.)

Forage Coffee
7 am – 5 pm, Tuesday – Sunday
529 E Main St, Medford

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