With more than 40 coffee roasters within city limits, Portland is happily drenched in wave after wave of artisan coffee. A trek through the central eastside will deliver you to several of the city’s best roasters, where you can order a freshly made espresso, pick up a bag of beans or take a class on how to brew the perfect cup of coffee.
Central Eastside coffee tour
Explore some of the city's most innovative coffee purveyors.
Travel Portland April 27, 2017
Since 2010, this Third Wave icon has offered its two daily roasts and two espresso-based drinks in five unsweetened preparations — no more, no less. The industrial-chic eastside location appeared in the Fred Armisen episode of Jerry Seinfeld's quirky web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."
When industry vets who run a nationally renowned barista training program launch a roasting company and cafe, you can bet their coffee will be top-notch. Taste for yourself at the original location, which offers some of the best service in town. Their beans are roasted slowly to develop the natural sugars, and some are even aged in pinot noir barrels first for added complexity.
The company headquarters houses the Stumptown Annex cafe where, at 3 p.m. daily, there are free coffee tastings with baristas on-hand to discuss flavor notes. Saturdays, sign up for a full-blown tour of the roastery and coffee lab. (The $15 fee includes a half-pound of beans.) Want to make the perfect cup back home? The "Introduction to Brewing Class" ($15, reservations required) demonstrates techniques for pour-overs, French press and more.
Super seasonal, small-batch and a Portland favorite for over a decade, Ristretto's beans are given a longer roast, making their brews a little richer than most. Grab a cup at the sleek eastside cafe, one of five locations around town. Its walls of windows set along a busy bike corridor make it the perfect perch for watching Portlanders doing their thing.
Coffee & tea