Portland has been known internationally as one of the United States' most progressive and cultural cities, renowned for its world-class music and cuisine scenes. Though the city is best known as the microbrewery capital of the world, it has also grown in recent years to become a major competitor to nearby Seattle in terms of specialty coffee roasters.
Either/Or is a hip hideaway in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood, named after the third studio album from iconic Portland singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. The coffee shop, which is owned and operated by Ro Tam, is anchored around a unique multi-roaster program, serving up the best offerings from Portland-area roasters selected through a blind-cupping process to avoid brand bias. A coffee mocktail selection features rotating seasonal beverages crafted to mixology standards, while a flight tasting program lets visitors taste several variants of coffee, espresso, tea, and chai beverages. At the company's second location on North Williams, visitors can also enjoy globally-inspired food options such as Chinese-style sausage bowls with kimchi, bok choy, and soft-boiled eggs. Cocktails are served during the evening hours, complemented by late-night DJ sets.
8235 SE 13th Ave #2, Portland, OR 97202, Phone: 503-235-3474
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Proud Mary's Portland location is the only United States location of one of Australia's most popular coffee retailers, originally founded in Melbourne by married duo Shari and Nolan Hirte in 2009. The company's North Portland location, which opened to the public in 2017, brings a uniquely Portland ethos to its internationally-infused menu, which includes a coffee showcase program working directly with farm growers and boasting several Cup of Excellence-award-winning brews. Classic coffee shop beverages such as flat whites and cold brews are complemented by elaborate offerings such as $10-a-cup Panamanian Geisha coffee or tumeric-infused chai lattes. A wide variety of specialty teas are also served up, along with delicious brunch offerings such as charred peach ricotta hotcakes, Dungeness crab omelettes, and Aussie favorite vegemite toast.
2012 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, Phone: 503-208-3475
3.Nossa Familia Coffee
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Nossa Familia Coffee is a delicious coffee shop offering four locations throughout Portland, originally opened to the public in 2004 by Brazilian native Augusto Carvalho Dias Carneiro, who brings more than a century of his family's experience in the coffee growing industry to the Portland coffee scene. The company is the first Certified B Corp roaster in Oregon and is committed to sustainably and ethically sourcing the world's best family-farmed specialty coffees, which are responsibly imported from top growing regions such as Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Peru. Specialty beverages served up throughout the day include Portuguese-style spicy mocha fogos and traditional Brazilian-style cafezinhos. A full menu of tea beverages is also served, along with bagels from Bowery Bagels and pastries from local bakers Gabriel's.
1350 NW Lovejoy St, Portland, OR 97209, Phone: 541-304-9234
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Coava Coffee is one of Portland's flagship coffee roasters, offering three locations throughout the city. The company was founded in 2008 by veteran barista and coffee roaster Matt Higgins. Classic coffee shop beverages such as cortados, cappuccinos, and nitro cold brews are served up with expert attention to detail, overseen by Pacific Northwest regional championship baristas. A modern industrial vibe permeates all three locations, which also serve up pastries from local bakers Little T. Coava's roasts are also served up at a variety of other coffee shops throughout the city, including other top shops within the Portland Coffee Packing District.
1171 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR 97201, Phone: 503-894-8134
5.Upper Left Roasters
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Upper Left Roasters is a clever Scandinavian-influenced coffee shop in Portland's Ladd's Addition neighborhood, opened to the public in August of 2015 by father-daughter duo Jim and Katherine Harris. The boutique cafe and roastery has converted a former dive bar space into an inviting, airy breakfast spot, serving up delicious small batches of floral-forward roasts of ethically-sourced single-origin coffees. A limited food menu focuses on creative toasts crafted from locally-sourced bread by Little T Baker, including avocado toasts and variants topped with Bee Local honey. Open-faced sandwiches are also served, along with clever specials such as Turkish-style eggs with herb and garlic yogurt. A second location of the shop is also offered downtown on SW Morrison.
1204 SE Clay St, Portland, OR 97214, Phone: 503-477-8469
6.Blend Coffee Lounge
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Blend Coffee Lounge is a local favorite coffee shop in Portland's Overlook neighborhood, originally opened in 2007 and operated today by brothers Brad and Phil Yien. Unique signature beverages at the coffee shop infuse regionally-produced ingredients, including Honey Badgers, which blend espresso and cinnamon with artisanal Bee Local honey, and Espresso Fizzes, which mix espresso and Q Tonic with Seattle favorite Scrappy's Orange Bitters. A limited menu of breakfast fare is also served up alongside beverages, including Petunia's Pies, pastries from Pearl Bakery, and regional favorite Henry Higgins Boiled Bagels. Inviting seating areas are perfect for work, study, and socializing, with ample access to power outlets and on-demand printing services provided by Print with Me.
2710 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217, Phone: 503-473-8616
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Prince Coffee is a Dutch-inspired coffee and stroopwafel joint in North Portland's Kenton neighborhood, opened to the public in 2016 by former Barista employee Katie Prinsen within the Revive Upholstery and Design space. The small but charming coffee shop showcases showroom decor elements from Revive alongside a custom-constructed coffee bar, creating a comfortable and relaxing aesthetic for patrons. Menus are inspired by Prinsen's childhood visits to the Netherlands, with all stroopwafel variants made in house daily. Roasts from area coffee producers Coava, Proud Mary, and Roseline are offered in beverages such as cortados, macchiatos, and mochas, with tea beverages and tap kombucha also offered as coffee alternatives.
2030 N Willis Blvd, Portland, OR 97217
Guilder is a cleverly-themed coffee shop in Portland's Alameda-Irvington neighborhood, opened in 2017 by business partners Caryn and Mike Nelson, Toby Roberts, and Carrie Lind. The cafe, which features a name and menu inspired by the classic 1987 family film The Princess Bride, serves up its own Junior's Roasted Coffee label roasts in a wide variety of classic coffee shop beverages, including AeroPress and espresso drinks. Tanglewood chai is also served, along with pastries from regional favorite Fleur de Lis Bakery and vegan goods prepared by Shoofly Vegan Bakery. A full menu of cafe fare features Princess Bride-themed entrees, including Buttercup Toast with almond and cranberry apple butters, Red Flannel Hash with beets and chive yogurt, and Humperdinck sandwiches with vegan apple sage sausage and walnut pesto. Rotating beer, wine, and cider offerings highlight regional favorites, while brunch and evening cocktails feature locally-sourced liquors and infusions.
2393 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212, Phone: 503-841-6042
9.Extracto Coffee House and Roastery
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Extracto Coffee House and Roastery is a family-friendly coffee shop in Portland's Concordia neighborhood, originally opened to the public by owner Chris Brady in 2006 as one of the first coffee offerings along the neighborhood's now-vibrant NE Killingsworth business stretch. The micro-roasters offer a unique glimpse into the roasting process at their flagship location, with much of the company's roasting done onsite during business hours at its open-style roasting station. A wide selection of international roasts is available in classic pourover styles and espresso beverages, with local pastries served up from several area bakeries. A second location on NE Prescott Street offers outdoor seating with dog-friendly bistro tables.
2921 NE Killingsworth, Portland, OR 97211, Phone: 503-281-1764
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10.Jory Coffee Co.
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Jory Coffee Co. is a unique concept cafe in Portland in North Portland's Mississippi Streets district, opened to the public in 2018 by owner Jorian Merrill. The shop eschews conventional espresso beverages and batch roasts in favor of a pourover-only model, brewing each customer's beverage to order using Mahlkonig EK43 grinders and Poursteady technology. A carefully-curated selection of four to six brews are available at any given time, with a focus on roasts from top Portland-area coffee producers such as Upper Left Roasters, Nossa Familia, and Heart. In addition to traditional hot coffee pourovers, visitors can order Japanese-style pourover iced coffee or seasonal sparkling coffee variants. A light menu of cafe fare is also served, including pastries crafted by Pearl Bakery and a variety of craft toast offerings.
3845 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227, Phone: 480-369-4712
Tov is Portland's only mobile coffee shop, parked at a permanent location on SE Hawthorne Boulevard since 2015. The double-decker coffee bus, owned and operated by Egyptian immigrant Joseph Nazir, serves up a wide variety of classic espresso beverages alongside authentic Egyptian and Turkish-style coffees and teas, including rose-flavored lattes, pistacho and coconut sahleps, cardamom-infused blends, and clever mochas mixed with wine sauce or aji panca chiles. A variety of Egyptian-style pastries complement beverages, including falafel croissants and baalawa. Middle Eastern decor pervades the shop's space, with comfortable seating and colorful rugs offered in its second-floor dining area.
3207 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214, Phone: 541-908-2555
12.Never Coffee Lab
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Never Coffee Lab is a vibrant, art-inspired coffee shop in Southeast Portland, showcasing interior decor reminiscent of French artist Henri Matisse and brightly-colored custom Strada espresso machines. The coffee shop, which opened to the public in August of 2016, is known for its unique signature espresso beverages, including its flagship Holy Grail latte, which is infused with turmeric, orange blossom water, and locally-produced Bee Local cherrywood-smoked honey. Other clever beverages include the Scandinavian-inspired Midnight Oil, which highlights black licorice and sweet fennel seed, and the Oregon, which blends Jacobsen sea salt, dulce de leche, and Cascade hops. All drinks are served up in locally-crafted mugs, adding to the shop's quirky ambiance.
4243 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214, Phone: 541-223-3580
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Kainos Coffee brings craft coffee to Portland's Northeast, owned and operated by childhood friends Austin Roberts and Marten Boyden since 2016. The charming Roseway cafe, which began its life as a coffee cart parked on NE Sandy Boulevard at 66th Avenue, serves up signature coffee roasts such as its much-loved "Freakin' Yum" blend, along with a variety of espresso and specialty beverages, including affogatos served with Tillamook ice cream flavors and pop tarts from VilleVelo Bake Shop. The community-minded roasters' enterprise is anchored around a commitment to social work, with a portion of all proceeds donated to the LifeChild Asia Foundation, which helps underserved youth in the Philippines.
6633 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213, Phone: 541-980-9832
14.Jet Black Coffee Company
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Jet Black Coffee Company is a vegan-focused coffee shop located in Portland's Gateway District adjacent to popular vegan grocers Food Fight. The coffee shop, which is owned by Southeastern transplants and longtime friends Karla Nolt and Travis Coe, serves up a wide variety of vegan espresso beverages infused with alternative milk choices such as soy, almond, and hemp milk. All beverages are crafted with the coffee shop's signatured Dear You blend, named in honor of the fourth studio album by alternative rock band Jawbreaker, which contains the song that serves as the shop's namesake. A vegan outpost of popular regional taco chain Los Gorditos is offered at the location, serving up soy burritos and tofu scrambles at breakfast. Local beers and wines are available, along with vegan baked goods from local bakeries such as Shoofly Vegan Bakery.
11150 NE Weidler St, Portland, OR 97220, Phone: 503-889-0739
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Commissary Cafe is an Art Deco-inspired cafe located within Portland's Alphabet District, housed within the former Portland Film Exchange Building, which served as a distribution center for major motion picture studios such as Paramount and Fox throughout much of the 20th century. The coffee shop, which is named in honor of the term for film cast and crew mess halls, serves up beverages crafted with Water Avenue Coffee roasts and espressos, overseen by owner and chef Kim Wilson, a graduate of London's internationally-recognized Le Cordon Bleu Pâtisserie program. Clever lunch menus serve up sandwiches and entrees named after famous 20th-century film stars, with breakfast item names playing off of common film crew terminology.
915 NW 19th Ave, Suite A, Portland, OR 97209, Phone: 503-593-5992
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Kiosko is the public coffee shop of Smalltime Roasters, the roasting company of Mexican immigrant Angel Medina and his partner Lucy Alvarez, which roasts through Aspect Coffee Collective's community roasting program. The company, which began as a sourcing program for Portland's AirBnB community, took off in a new direction following the 2016 presidential election, when Medina began selling his roasts in conjunction with a donation program for the United We Dream nonprofit organization, an advocacy organization for American immigrant youth. The increased business as a result of Medina's connection with the organization led to the creation of Kiosko's storefront, which serves up a unique menu of espresso beverages and classic Mexican beverages such as cafe de olla, infused with piloncillo and cinnamon, and ahogados crafted with ice cream from local company Ome Calli. A Spanish-language menu strives to spark a cultural conversation about the city's diversity, with English translations offered for readability.
1816 SW River Dr, Portland, OR 97201
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Spella Caffè is a classic Italian-style cafe in downtown Portland, owned and operated by Andrea Spella, known as a pioneer among the nanobatch coffee roasting and food truck scenes in the city during the early 2000s. The coffee shop, which opened in its current location in 2010, serves up classic Northern Italian-style beverages crafted using a manual Rancilio espresso machine. Favorite beverages include hand-shaken iced coffee, Italian-style espressos and cappuccinos, and delicious dessert concoctions such as affogatos, which pour a handcrafted espresso shot over a scoop of the shop's traditional-style gelato. Visitors should note that long lines are common during weekday morning hours, with limited standing-room-only space within the shop's small interior.
520 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97204, Phone: 503-752-0264
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17 Best Coffee Shops in Portland, Oregon
- Either-Or, Photo: Either-Or
- Proud Mary, Photo: Proud Mary
- Nossa Familia Coffee, Photo: Nossa Familia Coffee
- Coava Coffee, Photo: Coava Coffee
- Upper Left Roasters, Photo: Upper Left Roasters
- Blend Coffee Lounge, Photo: Blend Coffee Lounge
- Prince Coffee, Photo: Prince Coffee
- Guilder, Photo: Guilder
- Extracto Coffee House and Roastery, Photo: Extracto Coffee House and Roastery
- Jory Coffee Co., Photo: Jory Coffee Co.
- Tov, Photo: Tov
- Never Coffee Lab, Photo: Never Coffee Lab
- Kainos Coffee, Photo: Kainos Coffee
- Jet Black Coffee Company, Photo: Jet Black Coffee Company
- Commissary Cafe, Photo: Commissary Cafe
- Kiosko, Photo: kichigin19/stock.adobe.com
- Spella Caffe, Photo: eshma/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Photocreo Bednarek/stock.adobe.com