portland is one of the original hotbeds of specialty coffee. The rise in popularity of high-quality artisan coffee is due in large part to the Portland area, and specifically to the roasters of Stumptown. stumptown opened in portland in 1999 and led the charge into the world of third wave coffee we enjoy today.
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Unsurprisingly, Portland continues to be one of the best cities for coffee in the United States and the world. There is nowhere on earth that you can find a higher density of specialty roasters and shops dedicated to the coffee craft. In this article, we share with you our 10 favorite shops in the Portland area. Choosing only 10 was a challenge since there are so many choices, but we think you’ll like our picks. Let’s go!
portland’s top 10 coffee shops:
1. coava coffee roasters
First of all, we have coava coffee roasters. Coava manages to stand out in a crowd of great coffee shops due to its great coffee, baristas, and location. We will start by saying that the coava facilities are simply enormous. the seating area is huge and spacious with an industrial decor that perfectly captures what we envision when we think of a modern coffee shop. worth a visit just to experience the atmosphere.
Luckily, the building isn’t the only good thing about coava. the coffee is delicious and expertly prepared. the baristas are a pleasure to talk to and cultivate a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. coava is one of the best coffee shops we have been to, not just in portland. If you live nearby or are in Portland on business or vacation, you should visit them at 1300 SE Grand Ave (A).
2. good coffee
The name says it all, really. actually, good coffee is a bit of an understatement, as the coffee in a good cafe is more aptly described as excellent. the cappuccino we had was made to perfection with high quality beans and expert technique. it was so good we broke the one cappuccino at a time rule and ordered another.
good coffee has a lovely seating area that feels like you’re sitting in a sun room on the back porch of your grandmother’s house. the decor is warm and inviting and time goes by alarmingly fast as you enjoy the greenery and coziness over your coffee. a good cafe is a great place to spend a few hours working or just relaxing. you can find them at 4747 se division st.
3. stumptown coffee roasters
There was no chance in the world that we would compile a list of the best roasters in portland without including stumptown. There isn’t much to say about this world-renowned roaster, other than that they exude professionalism and quality. You probably know what you’re getting when you go to stumptown, and that’s your choice of an impressive array of great coffee.
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the service at stumptown is just as impressive as the coffee. the baristas are happy to make suggestions, answer questions, and just chat with customers when it’s not busy. it’s a great place to spend some time honoring specialty coffee and learning from professionals at the top of their game. you owe it to yourself to visit the third wave coffee mecca at 128 sw 3rd ave.
4. coffee roasters case study
case study coffee roasters distinguish themselves by having an extensive menu of interesting espresso drinks that will keep you coming back for more. the espresso is the highlight for us, but the filter coffee we tried was pretty good as well. there’s also a nice selection of baked goods, making the case study a great place to grab breakfast and start your day.
The seating area in the case study is large and spacious, making it reasonably easy to get a seat even during busy hours. we love the big glass windows which give the whole place a bright and cheery vibe. grab your favorite book or laptop and try them out at 802 sw 10th ave.
5. our family coffee
nossa familia is a small cafeteria specializing in espresso drinks and delicacies. Unlike the other stores we’ve reviewed so far, this one is small and not conducive to sitting with a laptop or book for long periods. the atmosphere is nice and greenery and there is a bar with a few seats, but we wouldn’t count on getting a seat during the busy morning.
The coffee is great, as are the pastries, and the prices are some of the best in the Portland area. our latte was noticeably cheaper than other stores and the quality was about the same. If you need a place to grab a coffee on the go, check out Nossa Familia 1350 NW Lovejoy St.
6. mary proud coffee
proud mary cafe is a lovely shop with a great outdoor seating area filled with plants and sunshine during the summer months. It’s also one of the few shops where we believe that filter coffee is better than espresso. we ordered a pour over, and the barista nailed it. Pours are notoriously moody, but Proud Mary’s was bright, tart, and fruity, just the way we like it.
Unfortunately, the prices are a little higher than other similar stores, but not excessively. They also serve breakfast food and pastries if you want something to nibble on while you enjoy your coffee. be prepared to wait if you go at any time that could be considered breakfast. you can find proud mary at 2012 ne alberta st.
7. reserve coffee roasters
deadstock coffee roasters offer an experience we can safely say you won’t get anywhere else. Instead of the typical coffee shop aesthetic, Deadstock has a really cool and unique sneaker collection on display. The entire store, from the sneakers and the interior to the exterior mural, exudes personality.
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It’s worth a visit just to see what it’s all about, but the coffee is also delicious and high quality. we love that they have a variety of non-dairy milks to choose from, and the oatmeal latte we had was as good as we’ve had anywhere. you can find this unique coffee shop at 408 nw couch st suite 408.
8. never coffee
never coffee is an interesting name for a coffee shop that always sells coffee, but we love it because it sets the offbeat tone never coffee seems to be going for. their store is bright and vibrant with interesting art and pastel decor. the neon sign over the door has a cool retro vibe and lets you know what ever it’s about.
We haven’t mentioned coffee yet, but not because it’s not good. By contrast, the Never Coffee cafe is excellent, as is the service. our barista was friendly and professional and did a stellar job making us one of his special lattes. we recommend trying them at 4243 se belmont st unit 200.
9. ovation coffee & tea
ovation coffee & tea has a wide range of delicious coffees and teas, so many it’s hard to decide what to order. we opted for an unusual pistachio latte which turned out to be amazing and paired it with one of their delicious homemade scones. the only downside to the cafe is that it’s expensive, but it’s not so expensive that you won’t come back.
Unfortunately, aesthetically we don’t love cheering, but that’s a very personal thing, so you might like it. for us it was like ordering a coffee in a mall cafeteria. even though it was well lit and spacious, we didn’t feel the need to stay. even so, the overall experience was positive and we recommend you try them at 941 nw overton st.
10. portland coffee roasters
and finally, we have the aptly named portland coffee roasters. As you can probably guess from the name, Portland coffee roasters roast their own coffee from an impressive distance of origin. we had one of their pours, and it was delicious, perfectly extracted and absolutely bursting with flavor.
coffee is king at portland coffee roasters, but they also serve some baked goods and breakfast sandwiches. the food is definitely an afterthought here, although the vegan fries sandwich we had was decent. the prices are competitive or maybe a little low for the quality of the coffee they have. the store is traditionally decorated with wooden accents and plenty of seating. you can find them at 815 se oak st.
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