[Homeroast] Portland Cafe reviews

Barry Luterman lutermanb at gmail.com
Tue Feb 1 10:03:16 CST 2011


The Bali at my house was not mentioned Hummph

On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 8:55 PM, Justin Schwarz <houstini at comcast.net>wrote:

> While in Portland earlier today I stopped in a few shops that were notable,
> yes I know there are many.
>
> Barista/NE Alberta:
> I had a SO Sulawesi espresso that was very nice and my wife had a macchiato
> with a guatemalan (not a person) that was delicious as well.  I forgot the
> roasters of those two, but they did have 3 SO espressos on the bar and it
> was a nice experience to get to choose from multiple roaster's offerings.
>  The atmosphere was okay, but I must be getting old or something because I
> just felt out of place with my family in a coffeeshop full of hipsters with
> macbooks, I guess it can't be avoided in Portland though and I will put up
> with the "scene" for good espresso. Only 1 serious gripe though, a big -1
> for knocking the portafilter THREE times after building the portafilter.
>  Overall impression: worth checking out, a great experience for anyone
> serious about espresso.
>
> Red e/1006 NE Killingsworth:
> This was not my first visit here, but it is one of my favorites so I
> thought I would comment on today's visit.  The barista was very friendly,
> and took some time to talk to me about coffee and poured some very intricate
> latte art on my macchiato.  I was under the impression that he truly cared
> about the beverages that he put out and there was a passion that had
> developed for his trade.  They had a Nicaraguan from Coava as their SO and
> they also have Intelligentsia Black Cat on the bar.  I have spoken with the
> owners on previous visits and they are very easy going people that really
> love being there.  The space is set up well and even when they are busy it
> doesn't feel crowded. Overall impression: Excellent prep, good people, it's
> going to be hard to beat them and that's why I try and come back even though
> it was completely unnecessary for me to consume more espresso.
>
> Random Order/NE Alberta:
> Okay, so I didn't actually drink any espresso here because they are
> basically across the street from Barista but they do serve Vivace so that is
> where that part of my review will end.  Pie is their thing, really delicious
> pie, I mean sinfully delicious pie. We shared a piece of brandied pear and
> chocolate, a piece of banana cream, and a slice of a mixed berry pie.  Not
> very much seating, but I would probably stand at the counter and eat it if
> there was no room.  My advice: go out of your way to stop here and get pie,
> I promise it's worth it.
>
> Next time I am in Portland I would like to try Heart on east Burnside and
> Coava on SE Grand, both of which have been on my list for too long.  Also a
> trip to Vancouver or Beaverton may be in order, I need some Delerium!
>
> -Justin
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