Portland Coffee: Where To Get Caffeinated

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Are you a coffee lover heading to Portland!!?

You are in great luck! Portland coffee is some of the country’s best. They have an excellent coffee scene with amazing roasters and coffee shops in every nook and cranny of the city. While I don’t consider myself to be any kind of expert, I can’t function without my morning cup. I have been drinking a lot of coffee as of late and having just spent the last few months in Portland and able to try out several of the local cafes.

Here are my favorites Portland coffee shops: 
Stumptown

Without having Stumptown in Portland, have you really had any coffee? This longtime Portland roaster is a favorite and it may help that you can find their coffee in better cafes as well as their coffee shops in Seattle, NYC, and LA besides of course their hometown of Portland.

Stumptown Portland Belmont


Stumptown Portland Belmont

Heart Roaster

An ex-snowboarder turned Portland coffee roaster. I remember Wille Yli-Luoma’s name from snowboard magazines and videos when I was a shreddy wannabe snowboarder and then years later as a coffee lover, I remember hearing that he became a coffee roaster and opened Heart. I love stories like that. Several locations throughout the city.

Heart Roaster

Heart Roaster

Coava Coffee

Coava like many roasters started out in a home, more specifically a garage. They became well known for their beans around the Northwest and eventually opened up their own tasting room and espresso bar. Below is their tasting room which also has retail and a great “coffice” if you need one.

Coava Coffee

Coava Coffee

Coffee Division

A small little Portland coffee shop on Southeast Division street if you’re in and around that ‘hood.

Coffee Division - Portland Coffee

Coffee Division

Barista 

While staying downtown, I could have easily gone to one of the many coffee shops in the area but decide to pop into Barista as it was the closest to my hotel. Glad I did. They use beans from roasters from all over including Bows x Arrows from Victoria! More of a quick pick up spot at their downtown location. Several locations throughout the city.

Barista Coffee

Barista Coffee

Ristretto Roasters

I popped into this roaster when I was staying at my friend’s place in the Northeast earlier in the summer. Well done coffee. Good space if you need to do some work and are in this zone.

Ristretto Roaster

Albina Press

Popped into here one afternoon for an iced coffee. A great little cafe in the Northeast.

Albina Press

Albina Press

The Fresh Pot

My friend and I met up on NE Mississippi Avenue for lunch and we needed an afternoon pick me up. The Fresh Pot was right there! They have two other locations including one in the Southeast and one in the Southwest.

Freshpot on Mississippi

Experience A Cupping

If you’re super into coffee, you may have gone to a cupping before. Even though I drink tons of coffee I’ve never gone to a cupping before. I read that Stumptown does daily cuppings at their headquarters, so I decided to go.

What is a cupping?

Here’s some info from Wikipedia:

Coffee cupping, or coffee tasting, is the practice of observing the tastes and aromas of brewed coffee. It is a professional practice but can be done informally by anyone or by professionals known as “Master Tasters”. A standard coffee cupping procedure involves deeply sniffing the coffee, then loudly slurping the coffee so it spreads to the back of the tongue. The coffee taster attempts to measure aspects of the coffee’s taste, specifically the body (the texture or mouthfeel, such as oiliness), sweetness, acidity (a sharp and tangy feeling, like when biting into an orange), flavor (the characters in the cup), and aftertaste. Since coffee beans embody telltale flavors from the region where they were grown, cuppers may attempt to identify the coffee’s origin.

If you are interested in learning more about coffee and flavor profiles, I definitely recommend going to a cupping. It was really interesting to learn more about the whole process and the company itself.

Here are photos from my cupping experience at Stumptown:

Stumptown Cupping Room

Stumptown Cupping

Stumptown Cupping

Stumptown Cupping

Stumptown Cupping

I know that there are many more coffee shops in and around the Portland area. I spent a few months there and to be honest, I made coffee at my friend’s apartment. One of my favorite things about the supermarkets in Portland was their bulk coffee beans were roasters like Stumptown, Nossa, etc. I was able to have great coffee in the comfort of my pajamas!

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What are your favorite roasters/coffee shops in Portland? Please leave them in the comments!

Arnette

Round The World Girl is a blog by Arnette, a solo female traveler, lover of adventure, coffee, tropical islands, and unforgettable meals. She shares a retrospective of her 19 month, 19 country round the world trip, adventures both near and far, destination guides, helpful tips and tricks for travel, as well as tips and reviews of her favorite things.

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