Located in a retail pocket in North Portland near an I-5 freeway exit and Portland Community College, Red E Café can be easy to miss. But it’s worth the hunt, as an example of how simple but thoughtful execution can create an exceptional neighborhood café and in-house roaster worthy of national notice. Indeed, Red E has been noticed and was recently featured in this round-up in … [Read more...] about Coffee Guide: Red E Café
Portland Coffee House News and Reviews
Portland Oregon is known for its coffee scene, so we tend to cover a lot of news and reviews of coffee houses. You'll find examples of some of our favorites from all over the Portland metro listed here.
Din Johnson is a risk taker. When Ristretto Roasters first opened in late 2005, in a tiny slice of a spot on very un-hip NE 42nd Ave near Fremont St, there were whispers of, “Who are these outsiders who aren’t from the Portland coffee scene? They’ll never make it in THAT location. They are insane to open a roastery in such a saturated market.” And so on.Well, six and a half … [Read more...] about Coffee Guide: Ristretto Roasters
Things you don’t need to know about Heart Coffee Roasters but I’m going to tell you anyway: Owner Wille Yli-Luoma is Finnish, and he’s a well-regarded pro-snowboarder. Why does this matter? It adds to the distinctive personality that is Heart Coffee. He has a Finnish sensibility around nature and science, combined with a professional sportsman’s intensity.“I don’t believe … [Read more...] about Coffee Guide: Heart Coffee Roasters
Some Portland cafés are sleek and polished, with expensive build-outs and stone countertops, while others look to a classic, yet polished style with antiques, gilded mirrors, and bow-tied staff. Then there’s Courier, who proudly keeps their DIY, almost punk rock esthetic at the forefront, in a thrift store meets shared rock and roll band house vibe. What began as a home … [Read more...] about Coffee Guide: Courier Coffee
Sterling Coffee owner Adam McGovern and Aric Miller and their talented crew are purists and perfectionists: you get a pared-down of drinks, pastry items from Bakeshop and that’s it. But that’s all you need here where baristas are known to toss a just made cappuccino if the ristretto or foam isn’t to their standards. They really don’t like to serve espresso and even cappuccinos … [Read more...] about Coffee Guide: Sterling Coffee Roasters