[Homeroast] Portland Cafe reviews

Demian Ebert coffehound at gmail.com
Fri Feb 4 11:42:03 CST 2011


I would also add Spella to your list of shops to try. Tiny hole in the
wall on SW 5th (about the 500 block). No tables, standing room only
but they roast their own and do care about what they serve.

Plus they are just a block from my office.

Demian

On 2/1/11, Jeff Cozad <coffee.jkc at gmail.com> wrote:
> Justin,
>
> You really do need to get over to Compass in Vancouver. I still dream about
> it.
>
> Jeff
>
> Bettendorf - Formerly Iowa's Most Exciting City
>
> On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 10:55 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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