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

From classic espresso items to specialty drinks

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The coffee bar at Lionheart in Beaverton.
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In a city known for its coffee culture, finding a cup of exceptional espresso or pour over is far from difficult. Many of the city’s cafes, known for their cozy atmosphere and impressive takes on local roasters’ coffees, offer a variety of classic and specialty drinks, 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 number 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, snacks, and even wine. For cafes that roast their own beans, this map will deliver the goods.

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Lionheart Coffee Company

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

Electrica Coffee

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Located in the in the Schoolhouse Electric building off Vaughn, Electrica serves Mexican coffee and Japanese tea alongside mochi doughnuts and other pastries. While waiting for the handmade lights and homewares store to open, you can find Japanese matcha straight from Japan by Portland’s own Mizuba Matcha or order a traditional matcha ceremony tea handpicked by co-founder Seiji Nanbu on one of his many trips to Japan. Coffee drinks can be exceptionally simple, highlighting the beauty of the beans, or sweeter in profile while staying restrained; for instance, the miso caramel latte, topped with black sesame, balances its sweetness with that salty hit of fermented soybean. Electrica serves Reforma Roasters, which was started by Angel Medina of República fame, along with select pour overs from places like Wyoming’s Pine or Mexico’s Denso. Disclosure: Co-founder Seiji Nanbu is a former Eater Portland contributor.

Snow Bunny Coffee

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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. Serving cold brew made with Coava beans, pistachio lattes, and non-coffee drinks made with matcha or ube, it has a little something for everyone with charming flair. The shaved milk ices are essential in the summers, but customers should not skip the apple waffle either. Customers can take their drinks to the Fields Park which has a dog park and playground or ample space for people watching.

Less and More Coffee

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Less and More is especially memorable for its use of latte ingredients like black sesame cream, mugwort, and ube, but rest assured the typical gamut of unadorned espresso drinks highlighting the beans (roasted by Super Joy’s Wenbo Yang) are always available. The space retains charming traces of the vintage bus shelter that once occupied it, for those who recall its iconic glass roofing and wraparound doors. Patrons on their way to the Portland State University Farmers Market or waiting for a bus on the adjacent corner can order a hot or cold drink with accompanying pastry selections from Bakeshop.

40 LBS Lounge

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After operating out of a small space 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.

Albina Press

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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.

Either/Or

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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 Biggie Salty — 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.

A cup with a cat stamp on it at Either/Or
A coffee from Either/Or.
Maddie Maschger / Eater Portland

Adapt Cafe

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One of Portland’s newer additions to the cafe 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, Denmark’s La Cabra, or British roaster Colonna 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.

Thatcher's Coffee

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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 its 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,  Onyx Coffee Lab, 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.

Soro Soro Coffee & Dessert

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This Korean coffee shop is perhaps best known for its earl grey tiramisu and colorful cakes, but the shop also offers an array of coffee drinks, with things like banana and cherry blossom lattes as well as the standard espresso drinks. One of the more dramatic drinks on offer is the snow affogato, a cotton candy-topped affogato made with Stumptown’s Hairbender. Drinks often arrive with latte art depicting teddy bears and frogs.

A longstanding favorite for its multi-roaster program, Crema on Southeast Ankeny sources beans from Coava and Red E, transforming them into cappuccinos and macchiatos as well as caramel-vanilla lattes and cardamom-chile mochas. The in-house bakery churns out things like huckleberry scones and cinnamon rolls to pair with the drinks.

Once located inside a double-decker bus, this Egyptian cafe now serves cardamom Americanos and chocolate-mint cold brew in a purple-hued space decked out in ornately embroidered cushions and couches. One of Tōv’s biggest draws is its Egyptian or Turkish coffee service, but fun, involved milk drinks like cardamom-caramel lattes and rose mochas remain favorites, as well.

Keeper Coffee Co

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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.

Prince Coffee

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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. Here you will find coffee from Proud Mary and Heart, with rotating guest roasters such as Sey or Camber. For many years Prince was known for its caramel-sandwiched stroopwafels, but the Dutch influence on the menu these days comes in the form of stroop and speculaas lattes.

Legacy Coffee Company

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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 rotating coffees from places like Sunday Coffee Project and Relevant Coffee Roasters. These guest roaster coffee beans range from local to international, and are Legacy’s way of keeping things interesting.

Lionheart Coffee Company

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

Electrica Coffee

Located in the in the Schoolhouse Electric building off Vaughn, Electrica serves Mexican coffee and Japanese tea alongside mochi doughnuts and other pastries. While waiting for the handmade lights and homewares store to open, you can find Japanese matcha straight from Japan by Portland’s own Mizuba Matcha or order a traditional matcha ceremony tea handpicked by co-founder Seiji Nanbu on one of his many trips to Japan. Coffee drinks can be exceptionally simple, highlighting the beauty of the beans, or sweeter in profile while staying restrained; for instance, the miso caramel latte, topped with black sesame, balances its sweetness with that salty hit of fermented soybean. Electrica serves Reforma Roasters, which was started by Angel Medina of República fame, along with select pour overs from places like Wyoming’s Pine or Mexico’s Denso. Disclosure: Co-founder Seiji Nanbu is a former Eater Portland contributor.

Snow Bunny Coffee

This cute Korean cafe is located next to the the Fields Park in the Pearl, with a variety of coffee options and Korean desserts. Serving cold brew made with Coava beans, pistachio lattes, and non-coffee drinks made with matcha or ube, it has a little something for everyone with charming flair. The shaved milk ices are essential in the summers, but customers should not skip the apple waffle either. Customers can take their drinks to the Fields Park which has a dog park and playground or ample space for people watching.

Less and More Coffee

Less and More is especially memorable for its use of latte ingredients like black sesame cream, mugwort, and ube, but rest assured the typical gamut of unadorned espresso drinks highlighting the beans (roasted by Super Joy’s Wenbo Yang) are always available. The space retains charming traces of the vintage bus shelter that once occupied it, for those who recall its iconic glass roofing and wraparound doors. Patrons on their way to the Portland State University Farmers Market or waiting for a bus on the adjacent corner can order a hot or cold drink with accompanying pastry selections from Bakeshop.

40 LBS Lounge

After operating out of a small space 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.

Albina Press

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.

Either/Or

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 Biggie Salty — 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.

A cup with a cat stamp on it at Either/Or
A coffee from Either/Or.
Maddie Maschger / Eater Portland

Adapt Cafe

One of Portland’s newer additions to the cafe 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, Denmark’s La Cabra, or British roaster Colonna 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.

Thatcher's Coffee

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 its 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,  Onyx Coffee Lab, 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.

Soro Soro Coffee & Dessert

This Korean coffee shop is perhaps best known for its earl grey tiramisu and colorful cakes, but the shop also offers an array of coffee drinks, with things like banana and cherry blossom lattes as well as the standard espresso drinks. One of the more dramatic drinks on offer is the snow affogato, a cotton candy-topped affogato made with Stumptown’s Hairbender. Drinks often arrive with latte art depicting teddy bears and frogs.

Crema

A longstanding favorite for its multi-roaster program, Crema on Southeast Ankeny sources beans from Coava and Red E, transforming them into cappuccinos and macchiatos as well as caramel-vanilla lattes and cardamom-chile mochas. The in-house bakery churns out things like huckleberry scones and cinnamon rolls to pair with the drinks.

Tōv

Once located inside a double-decker bus, this Egyptian cafe now serves cardamom Americanos and chocolate-mint cold brew in a purple-hued space decked out in ornately embroidered cushions and couches. One of Tōv’s biggest draws is its Egyptian or Turkish coffee service, but fun, involved milk drinks like cardamom-caramel lattes and rose mochas remain favorites, as well.

Keeper Coffee Co

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.

Prince Coffee

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. Here you will find coffee from Proud Mary and Heart, with rotating guest roasters such as Sey or Camber. For many years Prince was known for its caramel-sandwiched stroopwafels, but the Dutch influence on the menu these days comes in the form of stroop and speculaas lattes.

Legacy Coffee Company

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 rotating coffees from places like Sunday Coffee Project and Relevant Coffee Roasters. These guest roaster coffee beans range from local to international, and are Legacy’s way of keeping things interesting.

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