Rain or shine, a good cup of coffee can be appreciated by most. (Especially on Mondays!) It’s a universal love. The Northwest is known for having some of the best coffee in the entire world. But excellent coffee doesn’t make itself; so we journeyed south to Portland, Oregon, one of the best coffee roasting cities out there, to see what all the fuss is about.
1. Stumptown Coffee Roasters – “Revolutionizing” the coffee business in the Northwest, Stumptown Coffee Roasters is an independent coffee roaster and retailer based right out of Portland, Oregon. This line of coffee is bursting around North America – people can’t seem to get enough. There are numerous locations around Portland, but you can now taste and see what all the hype is about in New York and Seattle as well.
2. Ristretto Roasters – Another one of the few places in town that roasts its own high-quality coffee (they often buy from the same importers and farms as Stumptown). Every batch of coffee beans is handcrafted on-site in a vintage Probat roaster. You can even go to regular tasting events in the dedicated “cupping room” in their newest location on Williams Avenue.
3. Barista – Owner, and award-winning barista Billy Wilson knows how to run a coffee shop. Arguably offering the best cup of espresso outside of Italy, Barista offers a chalkboard listing rotating selections of coffees, plucked from all over the world and roasted by the country’s top roasters. They are currently the only shop in the city that offers coffee made with halogen vacuum pots, which might mean nothing to you… but it should.
4. Heart Roasters – Known for its stunning shop, this trendy coffee hot spot will truly warm your heart. A newer addition to the new wave of coffee roasters in Portland, Heart Roasters offers delicious hand-crafted artisan coffee, roasted in a state of the art roaster located right in the center of the café.
5. Ken’s Artisan Bakery – Not only do they serve up a mean cappuccino, but here you will find croissants that will melt in your mouth. High ceilings, rustic hardwood floors and a large communal table add to the light and cheery atmosphere you’ll find here. Do not miss out.
And if you’re heading to Portland for the night, here are some Portland hotels we think would pair quite nicely with your cup of joe.