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21 Distinctive Portland Cafes That Roast Their Own Coffee

From mini-chains to tiny cafes roasting beans from around the world

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In a dynamic city welcoming thousands of transplants every year, Portland culinary culture doesn’t stand still for long. But as long as the Pacific Northwest is blessed with its long wet season that swallows everything between October and May in chilly gloom, Portland will forever be a coffee town. And far from resting on past glories, the Portland coffee scene is steadily experimenting, exploring new sources of beans, sustainability practices, roasting techniques, creative drink ingredients, and more. The cutting edge of that innovation is likely to be found in the dozens of roaster-cafes, large and small, who start each day scheming how to extract that much more flavor from each thoughtfully-sourced bean. For other excellent coffee shops brewing beans roasted elsewhere, try this map.

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Cathedral Coffee

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A few blocks away from the namesake iconic gothic arches of the St. Johns Bridge, Cathedral Coffee is always bustling thanks to its expansive seating and floor-to-ceiling windows, which invite remote workers and students from the nearby University of Portland to spend hours relaxing and catching up on tasks. Cathedral started roasting coffee in May 2022, offering a wide array of single-origin roasts with approachable names like Honey Melon (a floral Ethiopian) and Fruit Punch (a sweet Colombian). It all gets roasted out of the warehouse in St. Helens near the second café location in Scappoose, where the team bakes pastries for both cafes. It’s not uncommon to see the savory foldovers — a doughier panini riff — or a hearty quiche stuffed with bacon and roasted parsnips, sold out by noon.

Sterling Coffee Roasters

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Having once served as a coffee kiosk around the corner from its permanent location on Northwest 21st, Sterling Coffee Roasters has been a stalwart of this Alphabet District nook since 2009. The neighborly cafe’s elegant-yet-homey interior serves as the backdrop for employees and regulars to catch up over a range of light-roast single origins or a heartier blend, the go-to base for the everyday cappuccino. Those seeking something specific to Sterling may find luck with espresso flights or house-made syrups for chai and caramel-flavored beverages. As cafes have peeled back on retail offerings, Sterling’s own shelves remain stacked with plenty of merch and brewing accessories to use at home.

Nossa Familia Coffee

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Nossa Familia, Portugese for ‘our family,’ has become a mainstay in the city since its 2004 beginnings. Nossa founder Augusto Carneiro grew up in Rio de Janeiro and sources the majority of the brand’s green coffee from his own family’s farms in the highlands of Brazil, along with coffee from Kenya, Nicaragua, and beyond. At the roaster’s cafes — including locations in central eastside, Ladd’s Addition, and the Pearl — coffee drinkers will find the standard array of milk drinks and espresso, as well as Brazilian cafézinho, potent espresso with hot water and raw sugar; Nossa’s chocolate-espresso whipped cream is a sweet addition to most of the cafe’s drinks.

Super Joy Coffee

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Also known as In Joy, this café on the Southwest Park Blocks downtown is frequented by the students of Portland State University and other locals for its meticulous approach to the science of coffee brewing. Owner Wenbo Yang’s many certifications of coffee excellence are posted along the walls of this otherwise humble space, including his status as a Q Arabica Grader, Certified Golden Cup Technician, Authorized SCA trainer, and first-place winner of the 2020 U.S. Roasters Championship and 2023 Brewers Cup. Super Joy has a sibling at the roasting-cafe facility on nearby Southwest Yamhill; both serve drinks with beans mostly sourced from Asia and latte ingredients like osthmanthus, soy sauce, and taro.

La Perlita

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La Perlita founder Angel Medina is responsible for several Portland coffee businesses that launched prior to La Perlita, like Kiosko, Con Leche, and Smalltime Roasters. In early 2020 Medina rebranded Smalltime as Reforma Roasters, which now supplies the coffee for additional cafes that have opened since, including Esperanza Trading Co. and Electrica. Reforma is the namesake of the Mexico City barrio that Medina once inhabited, and many of his coffee beans are sourced from Mexico for beverages like cortaditos, con leches, and the True Mexican, a mocha sprinkled with cayenne, cinnamon, and freeze-dried raspberry crumbles. (Medina notably went on to found the celebrated República and its growing family of restaurants).

Kafiex Roasters

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Gone are the days when Vancouverites needed to drive across the Columbia for a cup of coffee a cut above the national chain brews. Seidy and Matthew Selivanow’s award winning bean offerings include Esther Short, a blend of beans from Latin American women farmers participating in the Café Femenino ethical sourcing program. Baristas brew those beans using a variety of different tools and contraptions, including V60 and Chemex pour over cones, syphons, and espresso. The smaller Coffee Lab on Esther Street offers jaffles (hot Australian pressed sandwiches) and pastries, while the Gastro Café on the scenic waterfront has a more expensive food menu of grain bowls, toasts, and flatbread pizzas. Both locations offer beer, wine, and cocktails.

Less and More Coffee

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Less and More is especially memorable for its use of unconventional latte ingredients like black sesame cream, mugwort, and ube, but rest assured, Less and More offers the typical gamut of unadorned espresso drinks highlighting the beans, roasted for the cafe’s label by Super Joy’s Wenbo Yang. 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 a hot or cold drink with accompanying pastry selections from Bakeshop.

Deadstock Coffee Roasters

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Proving the Venn diagram of sneakerheads and coffee obsessives has plenty of overlap, Deadstock serves bright, sweet house roasts with names like Fresh Prince and Slow Jamz, listed with flavor notes of “fruity pebbles” or “cinnamon toast.” The café has no posted menu, but patrons can order any of the coffeeshop standards here (with a sneaker-shaped stencil of cocoa powder if you ask nice). Warm weather specialties include Zero Chill, a blend of coffee and sweet tea, or the similar LeBronald Palmer, a blend of coffee, lemonade, and sweet tea. For more space to hang out and work, Concourse Coffee across the river is from the same owner and roaster, Ian Williams.

Coava Coffee Roasters

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In the early years of Portland’s specialty coffee scene, Coava was among several roasters who paved the way for direct sourcing in the industry. From its humble beginnings in 2008 out of a motorcycle garage to its now widespread wholesale presence across the West Coast, Coava has maintained several of those early partnerships forged with coffee farmers to this day. Coava showcases these business relationships at their three locations throughout Portland through offerings labeled with producer names like David Mancia (Honduras) and Robinson Figueroa (Colombia). Sip Coava’s stellar roasts at their southeast Grand flagship, their roastery-view coffee bar a few blocks away on southeast Main, or their cozy shop on Hawthorne.

Push X Pull Coffee

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In a city full of excellent coffee shops, Push X Pull stands out with its rotating wine pours and sleek, spacious café space, which hosts a mix of industrial accents like polished concrete floors and maple, balanced out by an abundance of natural light and pastel colors. Home coffee drinkers will appreciate the brewing gear, range of coffee processing methods, and varieties for retail bags, with plenty of sweet natural coffees, mostly from Latin America and Ethiopia. Other standout menu items include the Suzy, a latte with raw honey, Ceylon cinnamon, and Himalayan pink salt, and bolos — Portuguese-style sweet muffins baked locally by Jen’s Pastries.

Roseline Coffee

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Roseline initially launched as a wholesale distributor before establishing its first café in 2018, which is tucked away in the Goat Blocks of Southeast Portland. Its airy interior, floor-to-ceiling windows, and decorative house plants make it another upscale coffee hangout to work away in while drinking pour over, espresso, and pink-peppercorn-cardamom lattes. Roseline has more recently expanded to locations in the KOIN Tower downtown and on Northeast Alberta.

Proud Mary Cafe

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Proud Mary Coffee may hail from Australia, but it has solidified its status as a Portland go-to when visiting the Alberta neighborhood. Coffee drinkers shopping for beans to take home can choose between roasts described as “mild, wild, curious, and deluxe,” ranging from geshas to blends to single origin roasts. At the cafe, milk drink aficionados can find things like flat whites, piccolos, and mochas; black coffee lovers will find a full slate of V60 pour-over options, ranging from Cup of Excellence selections to 96-hour anaerobic catuai. There will always be an affordable drip coffee and at least two highly sought-after gesha options on the pour-over menu, a luxury coffee variety typically offered at a high price. It’s not uncommon to walk up to Proud Mary on a random Tuesday morning and find it jam-packed with urban brunch enthusiasts seeking an elevated avocado toast or a potato hash doused in bagna cauda.

Kopi Coffee House

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Kopi on Southeast Burnside sources its beans throughout Southeast Asia, often including coffees from Vietnam, Indonesia, and Myanmar. The owners spent 15 years traveling and living in this region learning about coffee farming, and now roast under the name Pagi Coffee Merchants. Visitors will be charmed by the Indo-Malay décor; the charming sloped-roof entrance welcomes patrons to an interior filled with traces of Indonesia, like imported carved columns and paintings of wayang puppet theater. The café menu is also packed with beverages that feature ingredients found throughout Southeast Asia, from Kopi Jahe, an Indonesian ginger coffee, to a take on Vietnamese iced coffee made with cold brew. Alongside these are traditional espresso beverages, visitors can order loose-leaf tea from Jasmine Pearl, breakfast burritos from Higher Taste, and pastries supplied by Bee’s Custom Cakes.

Guilder

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With spacious greyscale interiors and sleek bar equipment, it may be a little intimidating initially to step inside Guilder; the portrait of Andre the Giant on the wall will calm the nerves within a few minutes. For home brewers looking to drink black coffee and compare tasting notes on retail bags, Guilder has packed shelves of bright and complex coffees from Latin America and Asia under the moniker Juniors Roasted Coffee. Alongside standards like cortados, filter coffee, and cold brew, the menu includes an impressive slate of vegetarian fare, from burritos to jackfruit vegan chicken salad. The storefront’s changing display of the daily market cost of coffee also exemplifies the company’s commitment to price transparency, as well as a livable wage for coffee producers. Guilder also operates a more colorful café inside the downtown Powell’s City of Books.

Portland Cà Phê

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Cà phê is the word for coffee in Vietnam, whose traditionally dark robusta-bean roasts, paired with sugar, often get overlooked by coffee connoisseurs — at least until Portland Cà Phê began opening local sippers’ eyes in 2021. Owner Kim Dam started roasting beans from Vietnam for her family’s restaurant House of Banh Mi before supplying other Vietnamese businesses in Portland. Now equipped with a storefront in the Brooklyn-Holgate neighborhood and a second location on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Dam is showing off the quality of Vietnamese beans, roasting both arabica and robusta beans grown in the Southeast Asian country. In each café, customers will find a thoughtful mural that displays the regions of Vietnam, along a menu of banh mi and Vietnamese coffee, served in classic espresso-drip options, traditional Vietnamese iced coffee made with a phin, and lattes with flavor additions like ginger syrup and house ube puree.

Extracto Coffee Roasters

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After nearly two decades on Killingsworth, Extracto is a venerable institution by Portland standards. With a loyal clientele coming for the cafe’s bright but homey vibes as much as the brews, one could imagine a slight dip in quality as the years roll on. On the contrary, Extracto has maintained an unwavering commitment to balanced roasts of carefully curated beans from around the globe. Tip: if Extracto’s pastry display is picked over, head around the corner for a bite at Flour Market.

Tov Coffee II

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Recently graduating from its iconic but drafty red double-decker bus, Tov Coffee can now serve Egyptian coffee to loyal patrons in year-round comfort in its brick-and-mortar café on Southeast Hawthorne. Tov also serves American-style brewed coffee and familiar espresso drinks, but the main attraction here is the thick, slow-brewed, cardamom-enhanced Egyptian coffee made for leisurely sipping and long conversations. Those looking to cut the caffeine should try the milky Egyptian shalep. Bites include sweet pastries like the nutty ba’alawa and cheese konafa.

Never Coffee

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Never Coffee Lab is a colorful brand with two locations, downtown and on Southeast Belmont. The playful pastel-colored designs within Never’s cafe spaces are a tasteful pairing to its clean white walls, especially when juxtaposed with one of Portland’s endless-feeling gray days. Patrons will try to decide between inventive lattes flavored with ingredients like Cascade hops, saffron, and fennel seed, which come in stylish handmade ceramics or bottled to go with oat milk in tasteful amber glasses.

Heart Roasters

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It’s hard to talk about coffee in Portland without mentioning Heart, whose owners have established somewhat of a cult following through its wholesale presence on the West Coast. Heart embodies everything intimidating about specialty coffee, but it’s hard to resist a brand that buys green coffee at near-perfect scores, is transparent about how costs are passed down its supply chain, highlights its fruitiest flavors at roast, and supplies a surplus of pastries sourced from a handful of local bakeries. For coffee connoisseurs who want a consistently solid drip option, Heart will never not have a bright, acidic single-origin in rotation, along with its menu of classic espresso-milk beverages — all steamed to the perfect temperature.

Carnelian Coffee

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A geology themed coffee shop might sound like something generated by a Portland-crazed AI model, but there’s something strangely perfect about sipping artfully crafted coffee next to million-year-old rocks in this cozy, russet-colored café in Southeast’s Foster-Powell neighborhood. Nestle in amongst the carnelian collection inside or grab a seat outside and gaze out at the mountains of mulch, sand, and gravel at Mt. Scott Fuel across the street whilst sipping on house-roasted coffees that are decidedly rock, sand, and grit-free.

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Turmeric latte at Carnelian Coffee.
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Futura Coffee Roasters

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Sustainability is important to plenty of Portland coffee roasters, but at Futura it’s a passion, with portions of sails going into soil regeneration efforts and at least one coffee on each day’s menu coming from a farm adopting regenerative agricultural methods. The results are vibrant beans — ranging from fruity to floral — offered in a simple drip, pour over, or classic espresso preparations. Affordably priced food includes oatmeal, sandwiches, and bagels. Futura now has a second location in Arbor Lodge and a third all the way in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Cathedral Coffee

A few blocks away from the namesake iconic gothic arches of the St. Johns Bridge, Cathedral Coffee is always bustling thanks to its expansive seating and floor-to-ceiling windows, which invite remote workers and students from the nearby University of Portland to spend hours relaxing and catching up on tasks. Cathedral started roasting coffee in May 2022, offering a wide array of single-origin roasts with approachable names like Honey Melon (a floral Ethiopian) and Fruit Punch (a sweet Colombian). It all gets roasted out of the warehouse in St. Helens near the second café location in Scappoose, where the team bakes pastries for both cafes. It’s not uncommon to see the savory foldovers — a doughier panini riff — or a hearty quiche stuffed with bacon and roasted parsnips, sold out by noon.

Sterling Coffee Roasters

Having once served as a coffee kiosk around the corner from its permanent location on Northwest 21st, Sterling Coffee Roasters has been a stalwart of this Alphabet District nook since 2009. The neighborly cafe’s elegant-yet-homey interior serves as the backdrop for employees and regulars to catch up over a range of light-roast single origins or a heartier blend, the go-to base for the everyday cappuccino. Those seeking something specific to Sterling may find luck with espresso flights or house-made syrups for chai and caramel-flavored beverages. As cafes have peeled back on retail offerings, Sterling’s own shelves remain stacked with plenty of merch and brewing accessories to use at home.

Nossa Familia Coffee

Nossa Familia, Portugese for ‘our family,’ has become a mainstay in the city since its 2004 beginnings. Nossa founder Augusto Carneiro grew up in Rio de Janeiro and sources the majority of the brand’s green coffee from his own family’s farms in the highlands of Brazil, along with coffee from Kenya, Nicaragua, and beyond. At the roaster’s cafes — including locations in central eastside, Ladd’s Addition, and the Pearl — coffee drinkers will find the standard array of milk drinks and espresso, as well as Brazilian cafézinho, potent espresso with hot water and raw sugar; Nossa’s chocolate-espresso whipped cream is a sweet addition to most of the cafe’s drinks.

Super Joy Coffee

Also known as In Joy, this café on the Southwest Park Blocks downtown is frequented by the students of Portland State University and other locals for its meticulous approach to the science of coffee brewing. Owner Wenbo Yang’s many certifications of coffee excellence are posted along the walls of this otherwise humble space, including his status as a Q Arabica Grader, Certified Golden Cup Technician, Authorized SCA trainer, and first-place winner of the 2020 U.S. Roasters Championship and 2023 Brewers Cup. Super Joy has a sibling at the roasting-cafe facility on nearby Southwest Yamhill; both serve drinks with beans mostly sourced from Asia and latte ingredients like osthmanthus, soy sauce, and taro.

La Perlita

La Perlita founder Angel Medina is responsible for several Portland coffee businesses that launched prior to La Perlita, like Kiosko, Con Leche, and Smalltime Roasters. In early 2020 Medina rebranded Smalltime as Reforma Roasters, which now supplies the coffee for additional cafes that have opened since, including Esperanza Trading Co. and Electrica. Reforma is the namesake of the Mexico City barrio that Medina once inhabited, and many of his coffee beans are sourced from Mexico for beverages like cortaditos, con leches, and the True Mexican, a mocha sprinkled with cayenne, cinnamon, and freeze-dried raspberry crumbles. (Medina notably went on to found the celebrated República and its growing family of restaurants).

Kafiex Roasters

Gone are the days when Vancouverites needed to drive across the Columbia for a cup of coffee a cut above the national chain brews. Seidy and Matthew Selivanow’s award winning bean offerings include Esther Short, a blend of beans from Latin American women farmers participating in the Café Femenino ethical sourcing program. Baristas brew those beans using a variety of different tools and contraptions, including V60 and Chemex pour over cones, syphons, and espresso. The smaller Coffee Lab on Esther Street offers jaffles (hot Australian pressed sandwiches) and pastries, while the Gastro Café on the scenic waterfront has a more expensive food menu of grain bowls, toasts, and flatbread pizzas. Both locations offer beer, wine, and cocktails.

Less and More Coffee

Less and More is especially memorable for its use of unconventional latte ingredients like black sesame cream, mugwort, and ube, but rest assured, Less and More offers the typical gamut of unadorned espresso drinks highlighting the beans, roasted for the cafe’s label by Super Joy’s Wenbo Yang. 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 a hot or cold drink with accompanying pastry selections from Bakeshop.

Deadstock Coffee Roasters

Proving the Venn diagram of sneakerheads and coffee obsessives has plenty of overlap, Deadstock serves bright, sweet house roasts with names like Fresh Prince and Slow Jamz, listed with flavor notes of “fruity pebbles” or “cinnamon toast.” The café has no posted menu, but patrons can order any of the coffeeshop standards here (with a sneaker-shaped stencil of cocoa powder if you ask nice). Warm weather specialties include Zero Chill, a blend of coffee and sweet tea, or the similar LeBronald Palmer, a blend of coffee, lemonade, and sweet tea. For more space to hang out and work, Concourse Coffee across the river is from the same owner and roaster, Ian Williams.

Coava Coffee Roasters

In the early years of Portland’s specialty coffee scene, Coava was among several roasters who paved the way for direct sourcing in the industry. From its humble beginnings in 2008 out of a motorcycle garage to its now widespread wholesale presence across the West Coast, Coava has maintained several of those early partnerships forged with coffee farmers to this day. Coava showcases these business relationships at their three locations throughout Portland through offerings labeled with producer names like David Mancia (Honduras) and Robinson Figueroa (Colombia). Sip Coava’s stellar roasts at their southeast Grand flagship, their roastery-view coffee bar a few blocks away on southeast Main, or their cozy shop on Hawthorne.

Push X Pull Coffee

In a city full of excellent coffee shops, Push X Pull stands out with its rotating wine pours and sleek, spacious café space, which hosts a mix of industrial accents like polished concrete floors and maple, balanced out by an abundance of natural light and pastel colors. Home coffee drinkers will appreciate the brewing gear, range of coffee processing methods, and varieties for retail bags, with plenty of sweet natural coffees, mostly from Latin America and Ethiopia. Other standout menu items include the Suzy, a latte with raw honey, Ceylon cinnamon, and Himalayan pink salt, and bolos — Portuguese-style sweet muffins baked locally by Jen’s Pastries.

Roseline Coffee

Roseline initially launched as a wholesale distributor before establishing its first café in 2018, which is tucked away in the Goat Blocks of Southeast Portland. Its airy interior, floor-to-ceiling windows, and decorative house plants make it another upscale coffee hangout to work away in while drinking pour over, espresso, and pink-peppercorn-cardamom lattes. Roseline has more recently expanded to locations in the KOIN Tower downtown and on Northeast Alberta.

Proud Mary Cafe

Proud Mary Coffee may hail from Australia, but it has solidified its status as a Portland go-to when visiting the Alberta neighborhood. Coffee drinkers shopping for beans to take home can choose between roasts described as “mild, wild, curious, and deluxe,” ranging from geshas to blends to single origin roasts. At the cafe, milk drink aficionados can find things like flat whites, piccolos, and mochas; black coffee lovers will find a full slate of V60 pour-over options, ranging from Cup of Excellence selections to 96-hour anaerobic catuai. There will always be an affordable drip coffee and at least two highly sought-after gesha options on the pour-over menu, a luxury coffee variety typically offered at a high price. It’s not uncommon to walk up to Proud Mary on a random Tuesday morning and find it jam-packed with urban brunch enthusiasts seeking an elevated avocado toast or a potato hash doused in bagna cauda.

Kopi Coffee House

Kopi on Southeast Burnside sources its beans throughout Southeast Asia, often including coffees from Vietnam, Indonesia, and Myanmar. The owners spent 15 years traveling and living in this region learning about coffee farming, and now roast under the name Pagi Coffee Merchants. Visitors will be charmed by the Indo-Malay décor; the charming sloped-roof entrance welcomes patrons to an interior filled with traces of Indonesia, like imported carved columns and paintings of wayang puppet theater. The café menu is also packed with beverages that feature ingredients found throughout Southeast Asia, from Kopi Jahe, an Indonesian ginger coffee, to a take on Vietnamese iced coffee made with cold brew. Alongside these are traditional espresso beverages, visitors can order loose-leaf tea from Jasmine Pearl, breakfast burritos from Higher Taste, and pastries supplied by Bee’s Custom Cakes.

Guilder

With spacious greyscale interiors and sleek bar equipment, it may be a little intimidating initially to step inside Guilder; the portrait of Andre the Giant on the wall will calm the nerves within a few minutes. For home brewers looking to drink black coffee and compare tasting notes on retail bags, Guilder has packed shelves of bright and complex coffees from Latin America and Asia under the moniker Juniors Roasted Coffee. Alongside standards like cortados, filter coffee, and cold brew, the menu includes an impressive slate of vegetarian fare, from burritos to jackfruit vegan chicken salad. The storefront’s changing display of the daily market cost of coffee also exemplifies the company’s commitment to price transparency, as well as a livable wage for coffee producers. Guilder also operates a more colorful café inside the downtown Powell’s City of Books.

Portland Cà Phê

Cà phê is the word for coffee in Vietnam, whose traditionally dark robusta-bean roasts, paired with sugar, often get overlooked by coffee connoisseurs — at least until Portland Cà Phê began opening local sippers’ eyes in 2021. Owner Kim Dam started roasting beans from Vietnam for her family’s restaurant House of Banh Mi before supplying other Vietnamese businesses in Portland. Now equipped with a storefront in the Brooklyn-Holgate neighborhood and a second location on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Dam is showing off the quality of Vietnamese beans, roasting both arabica and robusta beans grown in the Southeast Asian country. In each café, customers will find a thoughtful mural that displays the regions of Vietnam, along a menu of banh mi and Vietnamese coffee, served in classic espresso-drip options, traditional Vietnamese iced coffee made with a phin, and lattes with flavor additions like ginger syrup and house ube puree.

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Extracto Coffee Roasters

After nearly two decades on Killingsworth, Extracto is a venerable institution by Portland standards. With a loyal clientele coming for the cafe’s bright but homey vibes as much as the brews, one could imagine a slight dip in quality as the years roll on. On the contrary, Extracto has maintained an unwavering commitment to balanced roasts of carefully curated beans from around the globe. Tip: if Extracto’s pastry display is picked over, head around the corner for a bite at Flour Market.

Tov Coffee II

Recently graduating from its iconic but drafty red double-decker bus, Tov Coffee can now serve Egyptian coffee to loyal patrons in year-round comfort in its brick-and-mortar café on Southeast Hawthorne. Tov also serves American-style brewed coffee and familiar espresso drinks, but the main attraction here is the thick, slow-brewed, cardamom-enhanced Egyptian coffee made for leisurely sipping and long conversations. Those looking to cut the caffeine should try the milky Egyptian shalep. Bites include sweet pastries like the nutty ba’alawa and cheese konafa.

Never Coffee

Never Coffee Lab is a colorful brand with two locations, downtown and on Southeast Belmont. The playful pastel-colored designs within Never’s cafe spaces are a tasteful pairing to its clean white walls, especially when juxtaposed with one of Portland’s endless-feeling gray days. Patrons will try to decide between inventive lattes flavored with ingredients like Cascade hops, saffron, and fennel seed, which come in stylish handmade ceramics or bottled to go with oat milk in tasteful amber glasses.

Heart Roasters

It’s hard to talk about coffee in Portland without mentioning Heart, whose owners have established somewhat of a cult following through its wholesale presence on the West Coast. Heart embodies everything intimidating about specialty coffee, but it’s hard to resist a brand that buys green coffee at near-perfect scores, is transparent about how costs are passed down its supply chain, highlights its fruitiest flavors at roast, and supplies a surplus of pastries sourced from a handful of local bakeries. For coffee connoisseurs who want a consistently solid drip option, Heart will never not have a bright, acidic single-origin in rotation, along with its menu of classic espresso-milk beverages — all steamed to the perfect temperature.

Carnelian Coffee

A geology themed coffee shop might sound like something generated by a Portland-crazed AI model, but there’s something strangely perfect about sipping artfully crafted coffee next to million-year-old rocks in this cozy, russet-colored café in Southeast’s Foster-Powell neighborhood. Nestle in amongst the carnelian collection inside or grab a seat outside and gaze out at the mountains of mulch, sand, and gravel at Mt. Scott Fuel across the street whilst sipping on house-roasted coffees that are decidedly rock, sand, and grit-free.

A yellow-tinged latte in a tall clear glass.
Turmeric latte at Carnelian Coffee.
Nathan Williams/Eater Portland

Futura Coffee Roasters

Sustainability is important to plenty of Portland coffee roasters, but at Futura it’s a passion, with portions of sails going into soil regeneration efforts and at least one coffee on each day’s menu coming from a farm adopting regenerative agricultural methods. The results are vibrant beans — ranging from fruity to floral — offered in a simple drip, pour over, or classic espresso preparations. Affordably priced food includes oatmeal, sandwiches, and bagels. Futura now has a second location in Arbor Lodge and a third all the way in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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