10 Essential Portland Coffee Shops

From pour-overs to classic French press, Portland has the coffee game on lock. Look no further than these spots for your caffeine high.


Portland, Oregon is the best coffee city in the country. You heard me, Seattle. Want to make something of it, San Francisco? Sorry, New York, you're not even a contender. It's not just because it's the hometown of super influential third wave pioneer Stumptown; Portland has over 40
 coffee roasters within the city limits alone, the vast majority of which are dedicated to producing meticulously sourced, small-batch, artisanal coffee. It's also home to champion baristas (yes coffee-making is a sport, and unlike basketball and soccer, it's one Portland is actually good at), three national coffee magazines (Fresh Cup, Barista Magazine, Roast Magazine), the hottest coffee gear inventor (Able Brewing), and one of the best coffee equipment stores (Clive Coffee) in the country. Food lovers already make pilgrimages to the City of Roses to gorge on the abundance of heavily-hopped craft beer and mossy farm-to-table fare. But they should also be charting a course around the city's top caffeine slingers.

We've taken the cartographical heavy lifting off your hands by listing 10 of the best. Bonus: you can get to all of them, in one day, by bike. Ride there in the rain! It is the Portland way.

Written by Ruth Brown (@rbbrown)

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  • sambamaster

    Too bad you missed the best espresso in Portland: Spella. Not into trendy, questionable single origin coffees that are underroasted…just amazing, perfectly roasted and extracted espresso blends! Guess their jeans are not skinny enough!

    • http://twitter.com/rbbrown Ruth Brown

      Hey, I’ve got a lot of time for Spella and it was on my short list. Hands down my favorite affogato and lovely people. I used to go to the cart a lot. This is my list of places I think coffee tourists looking for a distinctively northwest style and experience will enjoy (and I gave some consideration to geographic diversity—though I’m hardly hitting the numbers with any of them—and a few other things). Certainly in my experience, it’s the ones they *do* enjoy (I get asked for suggestions fairly often). But yes, it’s a conservative list, I’ll definitely cop to that. There are definitely a lot of great Portland coffee shops not on here. I’d love to do a second list at some point highlighting more eclectic places.

      (I thought Spella does do some single origins? Maybe I remember incorrectly)

  • caffeine

    yall spelled caffeine wrong in the header

  • tmtpdx

    But Portland IS good at basketball and soccer ;) Go Blazers and Timbers!

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