Portland is a city that takes its brewing seriously. We’ve got a lot of beer and a lot of coffee. Sometimes we have too much of one and need more of the other. But today we’re just talking java. There are a whole lot of places to get your caffeine fix here, so it can be hard to choose. That’s why we’re going to give you a little cheat sheet for the best coffee shops in Portland.
Ristretto Roasters offers great espresso and coffee from around the globe. You can get the full bean experience at their Beaumont Cafe on NE 42nd - that’s where you can observe the hand-roasting process for yourself. They also have a larger cafe on North Williams Avenue.
Of course we can’t talk about coffee with mentioning Water Avenue Coffee Company. Frequented by Plywerkers, we love the coffee, the people, and the coffee. (We drink a lot of coffee.) In short, Water Avenue Coffee is the wind beneath our collective wings.
Stumptown Coffee might exist in other cities now, (YOU’RE WELCOME, LOS ANGELES) but it all started here in Portland back in 1999. They can take a lot of credit for revolutionizing the way coffee companies source beans and for transforming Portland into one of the top coffee cities in the country.
Heart Roasters is one of Portland’s top destinations for espresso lovers. With locations on both the Eastside and the Westside, Heart is uniting our city with quality beans and tiny little cups of liquid magic.
Barista, started by award-winning barista Billy Wilson, is some of the finest coffee in the city. With three locations, you never have to look too far to find one. Their motto is "serving exceptional coffees from the world's finest roasters, prepared by most skilled baristas". We won't argue.
World Cup Coffee has been sourcing and small batch roasting great coffee since 1999. All of their roasting is done at their cafe on Glisan and 18th, but they also have a location right inside the famous Powell's City of Books. So if you’re visiting, you can check them both out in one stop and kill two PDX birds with one stone.
Check out PhotosbyKim's gorgeous images of coffee drinks on Plywerk and get your very own!