The professionally caffeinated Matt Brown and Jonathan Felix-Lund are on the move. Last fall, they teamed up with Sizzle Pie's Matt Jacobson and Mikey McKennedy with plans to launch a new style of convenience store, called Mini Mini, and this month, they've reinvented the St. Johns's Fourth Estate Coffeehouse as The Great North. The Great North is operating now and will hold its grand opening this Saturday, February 6, Brown tells Eater.
The first 75 customers will get free sample bags of whole bean Coava Coffee, and the cafe will give away gift cards every hour for those following it on Instagram and Twitter. Once open, The Great North will operate seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and serve Coava coffee, Jasmine Pearl Tea, dairy products from Sunshine Dairy, and house-made syrups, sauces, and Chai. "We've streamlined the old menu to focus on coffee, tea, pastries, and bagels," Brown writes in an email, and you can now expect pastries from Kim Boyce's Bakeshop and bagels from Bowery Bagels.
Brown was previously the director of wholesale for Coava Coffee, and between him and Felix-Lund, the partners have worked at Barista, Stumptown, and Coffeehouse Northwest. "We knew that we wanted to launch a neighborhood shop that you could count on to have delicious drink," Brown writes.
Fourth Estate Coffeehouse was opened in 2013 by Tasty N Alder and Gruner alum Rick Weber.
The Great North is located at 7373 N Burlington Ave, Portland, OR 97203.