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7 Artisanal Coffee Roasters to Visit in Portland

7 Artisanal Coffee Roasters to Visit in Portland

Third wave coffee is popping up everywhere.

Haven't yet heard of third wave coffee? In case you’re not familiar with it, third wave coffee refers to the movement of producing high-quality, artisanal coffee. The trend, it seems, has really boomed.

7 Artisanal Coffee Roasters to Visit in Portland (Slideshow)

Specialty coffee represents 37 percent of U.S. coffee cups and makes up nearly 50 percent value share of $30-$32 billion retail value of the U.S. coffee market. Now that’s a lot of coffee. And let’s face it: The entire nation knows that when it comes to coffee, the Pacific Northwest does it best. With culinary tourism on the rise, it only makes sense that specialty coffee get in on the action — or so thought Lora Woodruff, owner of Portland, Oregon-based Third Wave Coffee Tours.

“Portland has such an amazing coffee scene, and no one was really focusing on it as a tourism opportunity,” says Woodruff. She gives weekly tours showcasing Portland’s java offerings. Tour takers have even come have far as Japan, Uganda and Columbia to learn more about the City of Rose bustling coffee scene.

“We call ourselves the ‘new coffee capital’,” Woodruff says of Portland. “I think people will understand why when they come here. People should drink local. They should look for their local micro-roasters and support that business model. They’re doing right by the farmer and giving you fresh, amazing coffee.”

But no discussion about coffee in the Pacific Northwest would be complete without mentioning Seattle. The birthplace of Starbucks, Seattle is an undeniable player in the coffee world. Yet according to Woodruff, Seattle doesn’t have quite as many artisanal coffee makers as Portland.

“We have more micro-roasters than they do,” Woodruff says of Portland. “They’re kind of the heart of second wave coffee and some of the other cafes that really introduced America to espresso drinks. They’ve continued to evolve, but I think Portland has always been an artisan haven. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s somebody pursuing it passionately here.”

Back in May, I joined Woodruff and a few others on a tour of downtown Portland’s cafes. I appreciated each shop for its brewing techniques, diverse settings, and of course, coffee.

Case Study Coffee

At Case Study Coffee, we sampled coffee brewed using Hario and Chemex (some of the best stuff out there) equipment to see the difference between each drink, depending on the brew method. As a huge espresso fan, I found it fascinating to see the vast difference between the way each cup of black coffee tasted.

This adorable red food truck pours one smooth and rich mocha that I highly recommend. Plus, you must visit a food truck when you’re in the city as they're quite popular. It’s also worth noting that this business employs a “suspended coffee” program to give back to the community. A costumer can buy a coffee for someone else—what they purchase gets put on a chalkboard hanging from the truck—and another person can claim one item, per day.

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Teresa Tobat is a writer and editor based out of the Washington, D.C. area. View her website at teresaktobat.com. Follow her tweets @ttobat88.


Portland Cà Phê Brings Vietnamese Coffee Roasts and Banh Mi to Southeast

Amid Portland's sea of coffee shops, Portland Cà Phê, which celebrates its grand opening this Friday, April 23 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., can certainly say it’s doing something no other coffee shop is doing: serving coffee beans that are 100% grown in the central highlands of Vietnam.

That’s a rarity, says Portland Cà Phê owner and roaster Kim Dam, a longtime barista and community health worker who began roasting coffee during the pandemic. In fact, even the beverage listed on many restaurant’s menus as “Vietnamese coffee” may not have been made with coffee beans grown in Vietnam, but rather with Cafe Du Monde, which she says is a chicory-loaded coffee from New Orleans made with non-Vietnamese beans, often used as a substitute for Vietnamese coffee. Her family’s business, House of Banh Mi , used Cafe Du Monde coffee until Dam began sourcing and roasting Vietnamese-grown beans from places like Bon Mua , a Salem Vietnamese coffee importer. Soon, her clients grew to include Matta and Mama Dút Foods, for whom she created custom roasts.

Dam's cafe serves only coffee beans grown in Vietnam.

At her new cafe, Dam will showcase four coffee blends using a combination of arabica beans (the variety most commonly seen in the US, especially in craft coffee shops) and robusta beans, for which Vietnam is one of the world’s biggest producers. Her house blend is a medium-roasted half-arabica (sweeter, fruitier) and half-robusta blend (earthier) there’s also a 100% arabica roast and a smoky, molasses-like dark roast. Dam’s current favorite: Da Lat, a high-acidity medium roast with what she describes as a “plummy” flavor and best consumed black.

The menu also includes cà phê sữa đá, though Dam notes that it’s “smoother [and] not as sweet” as many of its counterparts because it contains less sweetened condensed milk. Those looking for something new can also try a latte with housemade ube syrup, and for non-coffee drinkers, the cafe offers matcha, Diaspora Co. chai, and hot tea.

The coffee shop also looks to be a promising new banh mi spot in Southeast Portland. Dam will offer seven kinds of House of Banh Mi sandwiches on the menu, including grilled pork, Vietnamese meatball, spicy beef, and fried onion tofu from Bui Natural Tofu. And, for the grand opening, she’ll also offer the uber-flaky, pork-stuffed (or vegan version) patê sô made by Anh Tran , one of the former owners of the now-closed Vietnamese restaurant Yen Ha to the first 20 customers free of charge, as well as a special $5 ca phe sua da and pate so bundle. ( We at PoMo have been big fans of this patê sô ever since we tried it last December. ) Limited indoor seating is available, with outdoor seating coming in May.

Dam poses in front of the mural painted by Portland artist Alex Chiu.

Every cup of coffee is served with plenty of Vietnamese pride. On the wall is a mural of Vietnam by Portland artist Alex Chiu , with labels and illustrations of some of Vietnam’s major regions and cities.

“When I started Portland Cà Phê , I really just wanted to pay homage to my heritage and how wonderful the country is,” Dam says. With the cheery, bright yellow mural in the otherwise minimalistic coffee shop, there’s no mistaking this coffee’s roots.


The Best Coffee Roasters in Portland, Oregon

In every city that the Hop Culture team visits, we try to outdo one another by finding the best coffee. In Portland, Maine? You have to visit Tandem. Nashville? Try Barista Parlor. The game is generally easy because one or two shops always stand out. At these places, we’ll take pictures of the espresso and blueberry scone and send them back to the scrubs at HQ, because if anything makes the team more jealous than missing out on visiting a great brewery, it’s visiting an incredible coffee shop.

As I said, the game is generally easy, but not always. Sometimes a city has a dearth of good coffee shops, and sometimes it’s just the opposite. In some cities, the coffee is too good. You could visit a new shop every day for a week and still find something to write home about.

Portland, Oregon, is one of these cities. With myriad choices, you can probably count on being anywhere in the city, walking into a random shop, and finding yourself with a delicious single-origin bean. But hopefully this list makes things a little easier. Our top pick is Proud Mary, an offshoot from Melbourne, Australia that has the added benefit of being 100 yards from Great Notion Brewing’s Alberta Street Brewpub, but we know you’ll be happy with any of our choices.

Proud Mary

2012 NE Alberta St | (503) 208-3475

In a city known for its terrific coffee, Proud Mary emerges as the best of the best. Depending on your mood, take a seat at the bar, a private table, or one of the communal tables. All of the furniture is made by hand, and you won’t find a shop that sources more thoughtfully. Each espresso comes with a postcard that waxes poetic about the bean and includes details about the bean’s district, region, varietal, process, and tasting notes, as well as a couple paragraphs about why the bean was chosen for the menu. If you’re in Melbourne, Australia, check out Proud Mary’s sister location on Oxford Street.

Kiosko

Yeah, Portland is the kind of place you can find a coffee shop that serves beans sourced exclusively from Mexico. Business owners Angel and Lucy make a killer “True Mexican,” a signature mocha with a slightly spicy kick. People also rave about the chai and the agua fresca. Seating is limited, but take your drink to go and walk along the water.

Heart

2211 E Burnside St | (503) 206-6602

Heart has three locations in Portland, all of which showcase the minimalist, industrial chic interiors that have become synonymous with “hip coffee shop” across America (we like their Burnside location). However, the simplicity of the decor allows the coffee to shine. Sourcing mostly from Central America, South America, and Africa, the experts at Heart will make you a coffee using one of a variety of methods, including V60, Aeropress, espresso machine, or coffee maker.


The 25 Best Artisanal Coffee Shops in America

Coffee. The most dangerous word in the English language. What makes it so dangerous? The ADDICTION. We love it, we need it, it makes our day go round. However, it isn’t just the taste and the caffeine that we love about coffee, but coffee shops themselves. They are a home away from home and everyone is on the hunt to find their perfect coffee shop. To help you, we’ve found some of the best coffee shops in America. Get started on your road trip plans right now, because there’s no better excuse than coffee.

1. Street Bean Coffee: Seattle, WA

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With minimalist decor, an abundance of natural lighting, wood tables, and comfy chairs, Street Bean Coffee is a go-to for Seattle natives. Street Bean also employs young adults trying to exit homelessness, while teaching them to serve excellent coffee.

2. Culture Espresso: New York City, NY

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A more modern and unique twist on the coffee shop environment. Adorned with art and a chandelier, Culture Espresso still presents a relaxed atmosphere and is popular among townies and tourists. Not to mention the chocolate chip cookies are to die for and with your favorite espresso drink, you are basically in coffee shop heaven.

3. Boxcar Coffee Roasters: Boulder, CO

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As a current student in Boulder, I can vouch that this coffee shop is the bomb.com. They have a special high altitude brewing method that makes the coffee delicious and it has the perfect Boulder “hipster” touch.

4. Glanville and Babinski: Los Angeles, CA

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Located inside in the historic Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles, Glanville and Babinski is a trendy caffeine destination. Charles Babinski, the owner, won his second Southwest Regional Barista Competition title in 2015, proving the high caliber of coffee they provide.

5. Barista Parlor: Nashville, TN

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Barista Parlor is known for their creative menu and aesthetic presentation, yet casual atmosphere. With drinks such as Whiskey Caramel Latte and Bourbon Vanilla Latte, they are sure to give you a new experience. Word on the street is that it is a perfect place to study or go on a date. Boys, take notes.

6. Houndstooth Coffee: Austin,TX

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A beautiful and unique cafe with the finest detail and attention put into their coffee. They have a nice outdoor patio for those that would like to get their tan on and you are always greeted by smiling faces. Houndstooth serves the finest in coffee, tea, beer, wine and pastries, so all you over 21’ers don’t have to settle for just the coffee life.

7. Bull Run Coffee Bar: Minneapolis, MN

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Bull Run Coffee Bar is for anyone, whether you are a casual coffee drinker or a coffee snob. They have an awesome loyalty program which is a major plus because everyone likes to be rewarded for their addiction. Don’t lie. The shop is also a great meeting space with lots of tables, chairs, and outlets.

8. Intelligentsia Coffeebar: Chicago, IL

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According to their website, “Intelligentsia wants great coffee to be revered, yet democratic, approachable and accessible. By illuminating what is possible with coffee, they hope to change forever how you think about it.” The way they make coffee is an art form and people from all over the world put it on their list as a must try.

9. Lux Coffee Bar: Phoenix, AZ

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Known for it’s amazing latte art, you can find students studying, coffee lovers getting their fix, and locals grabbing lunch at the Lux. Apparently the breakfast is drool worthy too.

10. Sightglass Coffee: San Francisco, CA

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Sightglass is a rustic coffee shop environment, worthy of the perfect Instagram, ladies. People rave about the Vanilla Cold Brew, the talented and friendly baristas, and the space to meet with friends. Add this to the list for your next San Fran adventure.

11. La Colombe Coffee: Philadelphia, PA

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Whether you want to get a coffee to-go, sit and enjoy one in the shop, or grab some coffee beans to brew at home, La Colombe is calling your name. They have drool worthy pastries and are known for furthering the coffee addiction. Don’t live in Philly? That is A-Okay. You can order their coffee beans online!

12. Barismo: Cambridge (Boston), MA

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Barismo offers a calm and peaceful atmosphere, while giving you the best quality coffee. They focus specifically on “building long-term relationships with innovative coffee producers, bringing a deep understanding of our coffees to the roasting process, and pioneering the future of coffee brewing.” That is some serious commitment to coffee. Must try if you live in the Boston area.

13. Panther Coffee: Miami, FL

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Calling all Florida locals and vacationers! This is said to be the best coffee in South Florida. The shop has an extensive list of coffee beans from all over the world to choose from, so its like traveling the world one coffee at a time. Can you say global traveler? There is plenty of outdoor seating in case you were wanting a tan, or for the unlucky a sunburn, with your coffee.

14. Colectivo Coffee: Milwaukee, WI

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First off, they have swings outside, so you can let your inner kid self fly. Literally. Collectivo is an all around solid coffee experience. It is a nice atmosphere, excellent coffee, good customer service, and yummy options for all those decaf people out there including smoothies and hot chocolate.

15. Black Tap Coffee: Charleston, SC

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Black Tap is just like anything in Charleston, trendy and awesome. The space is small and personable with wood and metal industrial chic interior design. If you’re feeling adventurous try a unique drink like the Iced Lavender Latte, but you can’t go wrong with any choice you make.

16. Cafe Jonah: Atlanta, GA

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Cafe Jonah is the perfect little spot for coffee with a friend or a fabulous pastry. They give back to the community every Sunday by donating 10% of their sales to local charities, and making your purchase a little more meaningful. Attached to the shop is The Magical Attic that is filled with books, candles, and even psychics. How. Freaking. Cool.

17. Aromas Coffeehouse: Omaha, NE

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Aromas, located in The Old Market, is a nice spacious shop with nice seating, and the good-ole exposed brick coffee shop decor that everyone loves. Their coffee is a people pleaser and they have lots of sweet treats to choose from!

18. SteamDot Coffee: Anchorage, AK

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Steam Dot promises to deliver the freshest coffee, never allowing coffee to sit exposed, and you can tell. The coffee has a smooth, rich flavor and their efficient and friendly service is even better. It’s definitely a popular caffeine escape for local Alaskans, and should be on your list to stop at.

19. Sambalatte: Las Vegas, NV

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Located inside the Monte Carlo, Sambalatte offers specialty lattes such as the Rose Pedal Latte and Soy Nutella Latte. Can you say “yes please?” To most, Monte Carlo is an oasis from the crazy vegas strip, and the perfect hangover cure for those who let Vegas get the best of them.

20. Water Avenue Coffee: Portland, OR

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If that awesome lit up sign doesn’t draw you to this coffee shop, I don’t know what will. Water Avenue is known for being one of the best local roasters in Portland. They provide a great coffee ambience, healthy snack options, and for all you vegans out there, their vegan drinks are very popular!

21. The Wydown Coffee Bar: Washington, D.C.

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The Wydown Coffee Bar is known for being the happiest coffee shop in D.C. I mean look at it, its picturesque. Their baked goods are made in-house, ensuring they will be extra fresh, and the coffee is a must try for espresso lovers. Wydown is another must-hit for road trip stops.

22. Publik Coffee Roasters: Salt Lake City, UT

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Publik “believes in quality over quantity, community over corporate, planet over profit, and sweating the small and the big stuff.” What more could you want from a coffee company? It is an open and hip space, useful for reading, working, or conversing. The avocado toast they make is amazing, so get your Insta caption ready.

23. Madcap Coffee: Grand Rapids, MI

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Madcap Coffee is a favorite in Michigan. The shop has an industrial atmosphere with exposed brick, high ceilings, and contemporary furniture. The staff and coffee drinks are top notch and its the perfect place to stop in during the chilly Michigan days!

24. Addiction Coffeehouse: New Orleans, LA

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The first thing that stands out about Addiction Coffeehouse is the logo. They replaced a man, woman, and dog’s head with a coffee cup, perfectly depicting how coffee lovers feel 24/7. It has a nice, comfy, and small atmosphere. Their most popular drink is the Miss Tracy’s Addiction Special in which espresso is made with coconut milk, honey, and cayenne pepper.

25. Cocoa Cinnamon: Durham, NC

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Cocoa and Cinnamon was a once service station, turned into the best coffee shop atmosphere. On nice days, the garage doors are opened, sun shines in, and picnic tables are available. The menu is expansive, and it is the perfect way to cheer yourself up.


Downtown Portland Coffee & Donut Tour

There’s more to coffee and donuts than you think! Try at least 3 types of coffee and multitudes of donuts at a total of 4-5 stops that locally roast or produce all of their food & drink items. There’s also plenty of quirky Portland history along the way, and interactive lessons from the experts themselves.

5 coffee and/or donut stops.

Small groups of 2-10 people per tour.

Starts in the heart of downtown Portland. Ends approx. 1 mile away from the start location. An email will be sent with detailed meeting location details immediately after booking.

If your diet does not allow coffee or donuts then this tour is not for you. This tour is not recommended for caffeine-free individuals, but can be accommodated if requested (note that caffeine-free substitutions are not available at every stop). Please note all donut shops use ingredients containing gluten, soy, eggs, and dairy.

Book Now:

This tour is currently paused due to local dining restrictions and restaurant closures.

View our Portland COVID-19 updates here.

About This Tour:

Of all the things to take very seriously, coffee is one of the best. Portlandians know this, being home to more coffee and tea purveyors than anywhere in the USA. Donuts might not rank highly on your list, but they do in Portland, and we’re certain we can convince you why.

This isn’t just a tour of Portland’s cafe scene, but also an exploration of coffee and donuts in their own right and how they came to be a modern mainstay in America. Learn how to pour the perfect cup of coffee, sip unique cold brew straight from the tap, and learn how Portland plays into coffee’s long history. Devour many types of donuts in off-the-beaten path shops, from classic to new flavors, including a donut that takes 3 days to make!

Across 4-5 stops, you’ll see Portland’s vibrant cafe culture and learn from the experts themselves on what makes an unforgettable morning experience.

Note: we do not visit Voodoo or Blue Star during this tour as they are on the common tourist track – instead we keep it local.


The Best Coffee in Portland Is Right Downtown

Early mornings at the Woodlark hotel in downtown Portland are not necessarily for the people who are into that nice, quiet, meditative transition into their day the sun will barely have come up, the workday will not have technically kicked in, at least not out here on the West Coast, and still the hotel&aposs tastefully appointed lobby, with its abundance of comfortable seating, in semi-private nooks and around a large, central communal work table, is already a bright hive of industriousness.

This is a new hotel, one of the most civilized addresses in Portland&aposs city center, therefore the popularity of the Woodlark is understandable. Most of the people here, however, on any given morning, are not in it merely for the pleasant surroundings�ter all, Portland has plenty of hang-friendly hotel lobbies. What those other hotels do not necessarily have, however, is some of the finest coffee in one of the best coffee cities in the country. The Woodlark has essentially turned its lobby into the latest location of Good Coffee, and absolutely everyone appears to be fine with this.

Good Coffee began as a very nice multi-roaster operation, out in Portland&aposs neighborhoods success led to more branches, and then eventually to a roasting operation of their own. This is the company&aposs fourth venture, and also one of their best. Never mind all the movement and noise and distractions you will find in any busy hotel lobby—here, exemplary cappuccinos, perfectly-balanced espresso shots, over and over and over again, along with intriguing cups of single origin brewed coffee, are being served up at rapid speed, along with satisfying Texas-style breakfast bites—there is a transporting jalapeño-cheddar sausage kolache, an homage to the famed Tex-Czech staple, there are breakfast burritos stuffed with green chile pork, both courtesy of the kitchen at the hotel’s of-the-moment restaurant, Bullard. (The chef, Doug Adams, is from Texas.)

In a city like Portland, it can be damn difficult for yet another coffee shop to stand out, even more so just another hotel coffee bar. No matter—this is, quite simply, one of the better cafes in town right now, both on atmosphere and on execution. For a downtown that still seems to run primarily on Starbucks (so, so many Starbucks), this feels like a bit of a win.

One of the first things the visitor learns about Portland is that this is a relatively large town, geographically, and another thing you learn is that Cool Portland, the Portlandia you are looking for, has not typically been something you find at the heart of the city, at least in great volume. Downtown Portland is far from dull, but it sort of does its own thing it is primarily a place of business, there is a Nordstrom, there are glittering new luxury apartment towers for professional people. Despite having Powell&aposs at their fingertips, visitors who have chosen downtown hotels for their first visit are forgiven for feeling somewhat excluded from the newest and hottest goings on, particularly at rush hour (terrible) or in bad weather (you may have heard about the rain), when you just don&apost feel like getting out across the bridges and into the parts of the city, your Albertas, your Mississippis, your Hawthorne and your Belmont, the places (just to mention a few) where all of those terribly Portlandish things are happening.

There were always exceptions, of course—the original Voodoo Doughnuts, for the longest time one of Portland&aposs most effective lures (and long one of its most cynical tourist traps), began life back in 2003, down in the notably seamy nightlife precinct near the foot of the Burnside Bridge. In 2006, came the Ace Hotel, and shortly after that, modern cocktail pioneer Clyde Common. In 2011, McMenamins, a popular regional pub chain, (once quite on the cutting edge, still quite cool, in their way), debuted the Crystal Hotel, a renovated former flop, which presides over an impressive little entertainment precinct, much further up Burnside. Restaurants like Gabriel Rucker’s Little Bird, and Tasty & Alder, became and remain Portland essentials, while popular neighborhood brands like Blue Star Donuts (we’re done with them now) and Heart Coffee (still allowed) opened up satellite locations, reeling in large groups of eager tourists.

And while downtown wasn’t exactly suffering from a proper coffee drought when Heart arrived a few years back—the scruffy-cool Courier Coffee, just one example, steps from the mighty Powell’s, has been one of the city’s most consistently interesting shops for some years now—there was definitely room for more, lots more, and over time, many of Portland’s many local roasters (so many!) appear to have been happy to flood the market. While you&aposre still missing a couple of key players, right now things look very good indeed, and if the last couple of years are any indication of things to come, it&aposs a safe bet we’re not done yet. Last week, I visited (and re-visited) more than a dozen cafes downtown, in Old Town and along the southern end of the Pearl District𠅎ssentially, anything you might walk to from a city center hotel. Here, I&aposve selected five favorites.


Check out 7 Coffee Shops Not to Miss in Portland, Oregon:

1. Coava Coffee Roasters

One of my favorites in the city (they have multiple locations). The service here was incredible and we loved their cappuccinos made with oat milk.

Address:
1300 SE Grand Ave a, Portland, OR 97214

2. Stumptown Coffee Roasters

A classic to Portland is Stumptown Coffee. One of their locations is inside the Ace Hotel and be sure to stop by the lobby (also iconic). Their cold brew is great and they have a range of coffee tools for the home too.

Address:
1026 SW Harvey Milk St, Portland, OR 97205

3. Never Coffee

This was my personal favorite coffee shop in Portland — it was so bright and cheerful. We took a few bags of beans home as well. They serve up your typical menu plus some fun creative hot + cold drinks.

Address:
537 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

4. Lovely Rita Coffee Bar

Lovely Rita was located at the bottom of our hotel, the Hoxton. It’s a beautiful coffee bar that also serves pastries as well.

Address:
15 NW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

5. Upper Left Roasters

A beautiful coffee shop with a location in the heart of downtown Portland. Come by for a drink to go here.

Address:
555 SW Morrison St #100, Portland, OR 97204

6. Keeper Coffee Co

One of the more unique locations in the city, Keeper Coffee Co is located inside a small women’s boutique. They have limited seating on the window so it’s a good spot to grab a coffee and small bite to go.

Address:
1121 SE 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97214

7. Proud Mary

A classic from Melbourne, Australia, Proud Mary serves more than a good brew. Come here for brunch as well!


Where the four-course menu changes weekly based on fresh and seasonal deliveries from local farms, Natural Selection serves vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meals so innovative, it even tempts enthusiastic meat eaters.

At the lofty-rustic Meadow, one wall is lined with hundreds of hard-to-find chocolate bars, while another has floor-to-ceiling shelves stocked with every kind of salt you can imagine—chunky white flakes, rosy pink blocks, dark charcoal grains. Vases of lush flowers and a thoughtful collection of wines and bitters round out the mix.


Starbucks

Seattle, WA, 1971/1982, Commercialized coffee roasting

Howard Schultz joined Starbucks in 1982 as director of marketing, and, after a trip to Milan, tried to convince the company founders to serve brewed coffee alongside their retail business failing that, he left the company in 1985 and opened a chain called Il Giornale, modeled on an Italian coffee shop, down to standing counters and opera music. It’s from this venture that Starbucks acquired its particular self-styled Italian-inspired lingo— “grande” and “venti” sizes, espresso as the basic unit of coffee rather than drip coffee. In 1987, Il Giornale bought Starbucks, took on its name, and began expanding rapidly. As of 2016, there were more than 14,000 Starbucks locations across the US. It may be commonplace, but the sheer size of Starbucks has, arguably, made room for many of the smaller roasters that have come after it.


Bard Coffee

Around since 2009, this is easily the best-located coffee roaster and cafe operation for visitors, right in the city’s Old Port district, at the heart of absolutely everything. I long ago lost track of how many times I’ve stepped inside this shop, and cannot recall a time when I didn’t leave satisfied. Today was no exception, though here, for the first time that day, espresso outshone cups of coffee (I tried two here, and while they were absolutely fine, neither were really competing with what I𠆝 just had.) After years of experience, Bard remains one of the city’s most dependable destinations for a proper espresso drink.


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