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The coffee bar at Lionheart in Beaverton.
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Sip Coffee at These 12 Charming Cafes in Portland and Beyond

From classic espresso items to specialty drinks

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The coffee bar at Lionheart in Beaverton.
| Seiji Nanbu/Eater Portland

In a city known for its coffee culture, finding a cup of exceptional coffee is far from difficult — even at this point in the pandemic. Many of the city’s cafes, known for their cozy atmosphere and impressive takes on local roasters’ coffees, have reopened in one form or another, whether it’s for an indoor oat milk latte, a Japanese iced coffee on the patio, or a takeout cup of nitro cold brew.

A good amount of Portland’s standout coffee shops roast their own beans, but this map is meant to highlight the cafes doing exciting things with other roasters’ beans, whether it’s combining coffee with spices like cardamom and cloves, or making coffee mocktails with foam and cinnamon-chocolate coffee salt. Plus, many of these cafes have a standout showing of pastries and snacks, like vegan scones and stroopwafels. For cafes that roast their own beans, this map will deliver the goods.

Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lionheart Coffee Company

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4590 SW Watson Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 746-4429
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With locations spanning Tigard and Beaverton, Lionheart has become the specialty coffee destination for those living west of Portland. Lionheart features variety of rotating roasters — places like Junior’s, Foxy Coffee, and Sunday Coffee Project — available as batch brew, espresso, cold brew; plus, Lionheart plays around with a variety of different manual brewing methods, including Chemex and Melodrip. The second location in downtown Beaverton has plenty of seating for customers and stays open later than the original spot in Tigard, making it ideal for those looking for a place to work or study. This location also offers a sizeable food menu and a variety of wine and beer options for those looking for something other than coffee.

2. Snow Bunny Coffee

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1415 NW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 270-1711
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This cute Korean cafe is located next to the the Fields Park in the Pearl, with a variety of coffee options and Korean desserts. Owner Rachel Lee has pivoted the business in a to-go direction, serving cold brew made with Coava beans, dulce de leche lattes, and non-coffee drinks made with matcha or ube. The shaved milk ices are essential, but customers should not skip the apple waffle either. Customers should take their drinks to the Fields Park to sip and people-watch.

3. 40 LBS Lounge

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One Main Place, 101 SW Main St #140
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 329-5782
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After operating out of a small space in downtown for several years, 40 Lbs quietly opened its second location just blocks away from the original. The new lounge is many times the size of the first, with multiple tables that can seat large groups comfortably. Also in the lounge is a full bar, featuring a variety of coffee and non-coffee cocktails. 40 Lbs serves Coava coffee as espresso, batch brew, and several different types of cold brew. Patrons looking for something special should try the Wake n Shake, 40 Lbs’s take on a cold shaken cappuccino.

4. Albina Press

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4637 N Albina Ave
Portland, OR 97217

Whether Portland newcomers or coffee newbies would know it, this quiet neighborhood coffee shop on its namesake avenue was a significant bastion of barista excellence during the height of the third wave. It has been home to major players within the Portland coffee scene, from Barista owner Billy Wilson and Coava CEO Matt Higgins. These days, it’s a lovely, warm spot to order a toasty, nutty latte and sit out on a picnic table. Albina Press serves Coava coffee as espresso, cold brew, and french press.

5. Oracle Coffee Company

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3875 S Bond Ave
Portland, OR 97239
(971) 339-9002
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Portland’s premier vegan coffee shop is situated in the quiet neighborhood of South Waterfront near Oregon Health & Science University. While the buzz of being co-founded by a member of Fall Out Boy has faded, its reputation for serving outstanding coffee drinks has not. At Oracle, you will find coffee from Terrain Coffee Project that can be ordered as an espresso drink, batch brew, cold brew, or nitro cold brew. Visitors looking for something unique here can get a flapjack latte, sweetened with brown sugar and cinnamon. Keep in mind that Oracle only serves plant-based milk and vegan pastries.

6. Either/Or

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4003 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

This coffee shop and bar on North Williams serves stellar breakfast sandwiches with shiitake sausage patties, a standard range of coffee drinks, and a handful of popular coffee mocktails. For those who want to wait before drinking a coffee mocktail onsite again, the Big Salty Russian — a Kahlua-inspired, non-alcoholic coffee base topped with foamy milk and cinnamon chocolate coffee salt — can be ordered to-go. Either/Or serves coffee from Heart, which can be ordered as an espresso drink, batch brew, cold brew, or a coffee soda.

7. Adapt Cafe

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4280 SE Milwaukie Ave suite 111
Portland, OR 97202

One of Portland’s newest additions to the coffee scene, Adapt serves top-notch coffee from famed roasters around the globe. While coffee is the focus here, the minimalist furniture and design give it a modern feel that’s uniquely Adapt. Find coffee from rotating world-class roasters such as Black & White or La Cabra on batch brew, espresso, cold brew, or Aeropress. Visitors looking for something with a twist should check the specials menu for drinks like a hibiscus rose cold brew or a honey cardamom latte.

8. Thatcher's Coffee

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104 Grand Blvd Suite 100
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 258-0571
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Vancouver’s best multi-roaster coffee shop is tucked away in a small strip mall near Pearson Field. After opening its doors in 2010, Thatcher’s has only refined their vision and grown over the years. At Thatcher’s, visitors peruse a rotating selection of coffee from both local and national roasters such as Roseline, Olympia, and Methodical. These coffees can be ordered as batch brew, espresso, cold brew, or pour-overs. All the pastries and syrups here are made in-house, so make sure to check out the pastry case and ask about the seasonal drinks.

9. Ardent Coffee

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5120 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97202

Located in the Reed neighborhood, Ardent is on a mission to help end modern slavery. Volunteer-run and donation-based, Ardent serves up coffee from Sweet Bloom Roasters based in Denver. All profits from Ardent go to International Justice Mission, a non-profit organization that helps combat slavery around the world. Ardent is open every day but Sunday and offers batch brew, pour overs, iced coffee, and espresso.

10. Keeper Coffee Co

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4515 SE 41st Ave
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 891-5828
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Originally located within Adored Vintage, Keeper Coffee’s cafe off Holgate looks like something out of Kinfolk, with marble cafe tables and vintage wooden chairs. Here the coffee menu is quite straightforward, showcasing single-origin offerings from Coava and seasonal lattes infused with things like lilac. The pastries in the counter case, however, are dynamic and all made in-house. Expect things like peach hand pies, rose pistachio shortbread, and lemon lavender loafs. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available at the new cafe.

11. Prince Coffee

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4523 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213

Barista Katie Prinsen opened the first Prince Coffee in a tucked-away corner of Kenton, but she didn’t stay hidden for long: While that original location has disappeared, Prince Coffee’s reputation has grown. Prinsen worked in the specialty coffee world for years, from judging barista competitions to managing cafes; now that she has her own brand, she consistently changes the cafe’s roasts to highlight her current favorites. Plus, the shop is known for its caramel-sandwiched stroopwafels, a fine pairing for any coffee beverage. Here you will find coffee from Proud Mary and Heart, with rotating guest roasters such as Sey or Camber.

12. Legacy Coffee Company

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75 NW 1st St
Gresham, OR 97030
(503) 489-5056
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East County’s newest specialty coffee shop is located in the center of downtown Gresham and aims to become a hub for the local community. Legacy’s space feels like a cozy living room, equipped with lots of board games and plenty of open seating to hang out. While Intent is the main coffee roaster on bar here, Legacy also serves a monthly rotating roaster. These guest roaster coffee beans range from local to international, and are Legacy’s way of keeping things interesting. Currently on is East One out of Brooklyn, which can be ordered as a pour-over.

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1. Lionheart Coffee Company

4590 SW Watson Ave, Beaverton, OR 97005

With locations spanning Tigard and Beaverton, Lionheart has become the specialty coffee destination for those living west of Portland. Lionheart features variety of rotating roasters — places like Junior’s, Foxy Coffee, and Sunday Coffee Project — available as batch brew, espresso, cold brew; plus, Lionheart plays around with a variety of different manual brewing methods, including Chemex and Melodrip. The second location in downtown Beaverton has plenty of seating for customers and stays open later than the original spot in Tigard, making it ideal for those looking for a place to work or study. This location also offers a sizeable food menu and a variety of wine and beer options for those looking for something other than coffee.

4590 SW Watson Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005

2. Snow Bunny Coffee

1415 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

This cute Korean cafe is located next to the the Fields Park in the Pearl, with a variety of coffee options and Korean desserts. Owner Rachel Lee has pivoted the business in a to-go direction, serving cold brew made with Coava beans, dulce de leche lattes, and non-coffee drinks made with matcha or ube. The shaved milk ices are essential, but customers should not skip the apple waffle either. Customers should take their drinks to the Fields Park to sip and people-watch.

1415 NW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

3. 40 LBS Lounge

One Main Place, 101 SW Main St #140, Portland, OR 97204

After operating out of a small space in downtown for several years, 40 Lbs quietly opened its second location just blocks away from the original. The new lounge is many times the size of the first, with multiple tables that can seat large groups comfortably. Also in the lounge is a full bar, featuring a variety of coffee and non-coffee cocktails. 40 Lbs serves Coava coffee as espresso, batch brew, and several different types of cold brew. Patrons looking for something special should try the Wake n Shake, 40 Lbs’s take on a cold shaken cappuccino.

One Main Place, 101 SW Main St #140
Portland, OR 97204

4. Albina Press

4637 N Albina Ave, Portland, OR 97217

Whether Portland newcomers or coffee newbies would know it, this quiet neighborhood coffee shop on its namesake avenue was a significant bastion of barista excellence during the height of the third wave. It has been home to major players within the Portland coffee scene, from Barista owner Billy Wilson and Coava CEO Matt Higgins. These days, it’s a lovely, warm spot to order a toasty, nutty latte and sit out on a picnic table. Albina Press serves Coava coffee as espresso, cold brew, and french press.

4637 N Albina Ave
Portland, OR 97217

5. Oracle Coffee Company

3875 S Bond Ave, Portland, OR 97239

Portland’s premier vegan coffee shop is situated in the quiet neighborhood of South Waterfront near Oregon Health & Science University. While the buzz of being co-founded by a member of Fall Out Boy has faded, its reputation for serving outstanding coffee drinks has not. At Oracle, you will find coffee from Terrain Coffee Project that can be ordered as an espresso drink, batch brew, cold brew, or nitro cold brew. Visitors looking for something unique here can get a flapjack latte, sweetened with brown sugar and cinnamon. Keep in mind that Oracle only serves plant-based milk and vegan pastries.

3875 S Bond Ave
Portland, OR 97239

6. Either/Or

4003 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227

This coffee shop and bar on North Williams serves stellar breakfast sandwiches with shiitake sausage patties, a standard range of coffee drinks, and a handful of popular coffee mocktails. For those who want to wait before drinking a coffee mocktail onsite again, the Big Salty Russian — a Kahlua-inspired, non-alcoholic coffee base topped with foamy milk and cinnamon chocolate coffee salt — can be ordered to-go. Either/Or serves coffee from Heart, which can be ordered as an espresso drink, batch brew, cold brew, or a coffee soda.

4003 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

7. Adapt Cafe

4280 SE Milwaukie Ave suite 111, Portland, OR 97202

One of Portland’s newest additions to the coffee scene, Adapt serves top-notch coffee from famed roasters around the globe. While coffee is the focus here, the minimalist furniture and design give it a modern feel that’s uniquely Adapt. Find coffee from rotating world-class roasters such as Black & White or La Cabra on batch brew, espresso, cold brew, or Aeropress. Visitors looking for something with a twist should check the specials menu for drinks like a hibiscus rose cold brew or a honey cardamom latte.

4280 SE Milwaukie Ave suite 111
Portland, OR 97202

8. Thatcher's Coffee

104 Grand Blvd Suite 100, Vancouver, WA 98661

Vancouver’s best multi-roaster coffee shop is tucked away in a small strip mall near Pearson Field. After opening its doors in 2010, Thatcher’s has only refined their vision and grown over the years. At Thatcher’s, visitors peruse a rotating selection of coffee from both local and national roasters such as Roseline, Olympia, and Methodical. These coffees can be ordered as batch brew, espresso, cold brew, or pour-overs. All the pastries and syrups here are made in-house, so make sure to check out the pastry case and ask about the seasonal drinks.

104 Grand Blvd Suite 100
Vancouver, WA 98661

9. Ardent Coffee

5120 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Located in the Reed neighborhood, Ardent is on a mission to help end modern slavery. Volunteer-run and donation-based, Ardent serves up coffee from Sweet Bloom Roasters based in Denver. All profits from Ardent go to International Justice Mission, a non-profit organization that helps combat slavery around the world. Ardent is open every day but Sunday and offers batch brew, pour overs, iced coffee, and espresso.

5120 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97202

10. Keeper Coffee Co

4515 SE 41st Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Originally located within Adored Vintage, Keeper Coffee’s cafe off Holgate looks like something out of Kinfolk, with marble cafe tables and vintage wooden chairs. Here the coffee menu is quite straightforward, showcasing single-origin offerings from Coava and seasonal lattes infused with things like lilac. The pastries in the counter case, however, are dynamic and all made in-house. Expect things like peach hand pies, rose pistachio shortbread, and lemon lavender loafs. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available at the new cafe.

4515 SE 41st Ave
Portland, OR 97202

11. Prince Coffee

4523 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213

Barista Katie Prinsen opened the first Prince Coffee in a tucked-away corner of Kenton, but she didn’t stay hidden for long: While that original location has disappeared, Prince Coffee’s reputation has grown. Prinsen worked in the specialty coffee world for years, from judging barista competitions to managing cafes; now that she has her own brand, she consistently changes the cafe’s roasts to highlight her current favorites. Plus, the shop is known for its caramel-sandwiched stroopwafels, a fine pairing for any coffee beverage. Here you will find coffee from Proud Mary and Heart, with rotating guest roasters such as Sey or Camber.

4523 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213

12. Legacy Coffee Company

75 NW 1st St, Gresham, OR 97030

East County’s newest specialty coffee shop is located in the center of downtown Gresham and aims to become a hub for the local community. Legacy’s space feels like a cozy living room, equipped with lots of board games and plenty of open seating to hang out. While Intent is the main coffee roaster on bar here, Legacy also serves a monthly rotating roaster. These guest roaster coffee beans range from local to international, and are Legacy’s way of keeping things interesting. Currently on is East One out of Brooklyn, which can be ordered as a pour-over.

75 NW 1st St
Gresham, OR 97030

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