The newest branch of Ristretto Coffee Roasters has opened at 555 NE Couch St in Portland. The new store, designed by Accelerated Development’s, Keith Shrader, gives a nod to the area’s industrial past, with lots of heavy steel and clean wood finishes. It features a large bar and community table seating area, the computerized Steampunk semi-automatic siphon brewing system, two house-developed cold toddies on tap, and a selection of beer and wine. Pastries are from the excellent Bakeshop’s Kim Boyce. The new Ristretto will be open 7 days from 6:30 am – 8:00 pm, with a happy hour from 4-6 pm, featuring a selection of wines, six or seven beers, salumi from Olympic Provisions, and other snacks.
Owner Din Johnson is also working on a book for the home aficionado, “How to Make Coffee – Before You’ve Had Coffee”. It includes sections of coffee chemistry, buying beans, storage, ratio, and a roundup of home brewing methods. Expect to see it in the stores The expected release date is late September 2013.