Coffee & Travel blogger Melina of Coffee and Fernweh tells us her 5 best coffee shops in Portland, Oregon. So, in Melina’s words….”Grab yourself a cup of Joe and let’s get to it!”

When you think of Portland or the Pacific northwest in general, you probably think of rain, flannel, the grunge era and microbreweries. But did you know Portland is a coffee addicts dream? It’s true! Portland has become known for the NUMEROUS amazing coffee shops, award winning baristas and coffee roasters. In fact, the area has at least 43 coffee roasters and that is just in Portland!
     
The coffee scene in Portland really is fantastic, every street has numerous shops and you’ll want to try them all! But where do you start? I’m so glad you asked! These are, in my opinion, the 5 best coffee shops in Portland.

Barista

Has 5 locations across Portland, the location I visited was in the Pearl District. This store opened in 2009 and is Barista’s first and smallest shop. This particular store was meant to be a grab-and-go type of coffee shop so you can continue exploring everything this area has to offer without missing a beat. Because this location is meant to be a grab-and-go the shop is tiny and narrow, just enough room to order, pick up and go! There is seating in the hallway outside and outside of the building if you want to stay awhile to people watch. Barista uses only the highest quality beans from some of the world’s best roasters and their baristas are exceptionally talented and it shows! The menu is small with no frills, it’s just the basics here, but when they are done to perfection does it really matter how big the menu is?
What to get: Bittersweet Valrhona Mocha, made with 61% bittersweet dark chocolate (pictured above). 
Why I love it: High quality beans, bittersweet mocha, made to perfection!
Price: $$

Heart Roasters

There are 3 Heart coffee shops in Portland, I visited their Westside cafe on a whim. My friend Alex and I were walking from Tasty N Alder to Blue Star Donuts (don’t judge) when we saw Heart and decided we needed to go in. The shop is small and simply decorated in white, black and woods, but was well maintained. There isn’t a lot of seating in this location and the shop gets busy fast. The menu is small, but they have perfected the drinks they do have. Heart only buys high quality green coffee from Africa, South America and Central America. They roast it themselves so it’s exactly the way they want it.
What to get: Mocha (pictured below). 
Why I love it: It tasted like it was made with dark chocolate, it was bitter but smooth. The latte art was on point and the milk was perfectly steamed.
Price: $$

Case Study Coffee

Case Study Coffee Roasters has 3 locations in Portland. This is another shop found by accident while walking to the Art Museum. The shop is set up differently than any other shop I’ve been to. In the middle of the store is a wood rectangle, you order then follow it around to the other side for your drink pick-up. There is seating on two sides of this rectangle bar along with tables all along the windows. The vibe is kind of modern, kind of vintage. It’s really unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It was so busy when I was there, I wish I had time to go back to get a picture of the interior of this coffee shop.
What to get: Cold-dripped (ice brewed) coffee (pictured below). 
Why I love it: Well balanced and smooth, this cold-dripped coffee only needed a little creamer to make it perfect
Price: $

Public Domain

Was conveniently located down the street from the hotel I was staying at. I visited Public Domain once and didn’t stay long as the shop does not offer a lot of seating and they do get fairly busy. The seating they do have is poorly laid out, if you can’t snag a seat at the long bar at the window I  would recommend getting your coffee to-go. The decor was simple with eye-catching wall art. The menu is simple and they offer three different sizes: 8, 12, or 16 ounces. The baristas I encountered were friendly and helpful.
What to get: Iced mocha, to-go
Why I love it: simple and properly made, with a good price point
Price:$

Stumptown

There are five locations in Portland along with shops in Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle, Chicago and New Orleans. I visited the Ace Hotel location, located in the lobby and has been open since 2007. It’s a good starting point in the morning if you want to head to Powell’s Books, which is right around the corner. There are big comfy couches in the lobby if you want sit and stay awhile. Since this particular shop is located inside of a hotel, it can get incredibly busy. I love Stumptown because they believe in sustainability not just for the environment but for the farmers as well. They want to help farmers set up strong businesses that help their communities and produce the highest-quality coffee year after year.
What to get: Iced Mocha (but really anything on the menu is good)
Why I love it: Well balanced blend of espresso and mocha, not overly sweet
Price: $

Portland is filled with high quality coffee shops at every turn, I didn’t find a bad coffee shop or have a drink that I thought was horrible. I hope you enjoyed this post, if there is a coffee shop you think I need to try in Portland or beyond let me know in the comments section or email me at coffeefernweh@gmail.com. 

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