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Jun 12 2017

Portland's Finest Roasters

Category: Best Of | Cafes | Favorites | Listskmaxwell @ 04:19

In a city known for its specialty coffee, it can be hard to choose among the dozens of micro-roasteries and cafes that dot the downtown streets. But choose, you must. This coffee mecca takes its java-sipping seriously, and it’s one of the best ways to get a true taste of Portland. Skip the Starbucks for now (especially if your time in the Pacific Northwest includes a stop in Seattle, where you can visit the original Starbucks), and check out these local standouts instead:  

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Although this roaster and retailer has been recently acquired by powerhouse Peet's Coffee, it began as a grassroots operation that popularized a new type of cafe experience—one that elevated coffee from commodity to craft. There are now multiple locations throughout the city, as well as sites in Seattle, New York, Los Angeles and New Orleans.

Head to the headquarters on Salmon Street for free public tastings, where you can sip samples and learn from one of their knowledgeable baristas.

Stumptown Coffee cafe in Portland, Oregon; photo via Wikimedia Commons

Heart Coffee Roasters

Established in 2009, this local roaster prides itself on sourcing the best green coffee from Central America, South America and Africa. Coffee is tested in a lab to ensure it meets standards, and drinks are made entirely in-house. AeroPress is their specialty. (In fact, owner Wille Yli-Luoma took second place at the International AeroPress Championship in 2013.)

There are two locations in the city—an east-side cafe on Burnside Street and a west-side cafe on 12th Avenue. The vibe is chic and minimalist.

Roasted coffee beans; photo via Wikimedia Commons

Nossa Familia Coffee

A lesser-known operation with a small espresso bar and roastery in the city's Pearl District, Nossa Familia ("our family" in Portuguese) stems from a family tradition steeped in Brazilian coffee-growing for over a century. The first coffee roaster in Oregon to achieve the Certified B Corporation distinction, Nossa touts its commitment to sustainability and ethical sourcing.

For a behind-the-scenes look at their roasting process, stop in for a free cupping and roastery tour. They also offer barista and home-brewing classes.

Nossa Familia espresso bar menu

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