Contributor: Jenny Mundy is the Records Officer and Electronic Records Management Analyst for Multnomah County, in addition to being an avid gardener, vegan powerlifter, and cat fancier. Ask her for a long explanation of why americanos are way better than drip coffee.
118 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
- Featuring Trailhead Coffee Roasters and Ranger Chocolate Company, combining the two for notable drinks. I’ve heard many praises of their pastries.
1205 SE Stark Ave
- Serving Water Avenue coffee. All vegan bakery with filling sandwiches and gluten free options.
707 SE 12th Ave
- One of the oldest coffeehouses in Portland. Notable for delicious desserts and a fun atmosphere. Heads up: they’re cash only.
Mudd Works Roastery’s Half Pint Cafe
537 SE Ash St Suite 108
- This tiny shop is built on a converted 1902 freight elevator. Accurately captures the innovative, industrial aesthetic popular in Portland coffee shops.
555 NE Couch Street
- Outstanding coffee, just a short walk from the Convention Center. Buy a bag of beans to take home with you.
125 NE Schuyler St.
- Serves the iconic brunch coffee, Stumptown Roasters, alongside their Southern-inspired biscuit sandwiches. Their location on NE Schuyler is a short bus ride from the Convention Center and will keep your stomach from grumbling through sessions!
Farther Afield but Worth the Trip
SE 32nd and Hawthorne Blvd
- Egyptian coffee served in a double decker bus.
1300 SE Grand Ave
- My personal favorite! In an incredibly Portland moment, it was featured in an episode of Jerry Seinfield’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, alongside Portlandia’s Fred Armisen. A short ride on the streetcar from the Convention Center.
3430 SE Belmont
- Prefer tea over coffee? Take a ride down to their original location on Belmont to explore their expansive collection of fancy teas. They have a second location at the Lan Su Chinese Gardens, which is an experience all of its own.
2223 NE Alberta
3917 NE Mississippi
- Another well known tea shop in Portland with great variety of teas and comfortable seating for reading and chatting. Their kombucha is available all around town and is highly recommended.
Coming in early or sticking around after the conference? Coffee lovers might be interested in joining in on a more comprehensive tour.
PIONEERING EASTSIDE ROASTERS
On the east side of the Willamette River, nestled among converted warehouses and quirky neighborhoods, you’ll find the pioneering micro-roasters that sparked the third wave coffee revolution. This three-hour walking tour introduces you to award-winning baristas crafting some of the world’s finest coffee drinks. Taste top-notch espresso, cold brew variations and as an added bonus, one of the country’s finest and most innovative teamakers. We’ll stroll 1.5 miles on foot around one of Portland’s hippest emerging quadrants.
Fridays @ 10:00 AM, $40
Meet at Portland Roasting, 340 SE 7th Ave
Plan on about 3.0 hours
A STREETCAR NAMED DELICIOUS
A rich variety of renowned cafes and pioneering micro-roasters can be found in each of Portland’s diverse neighborhoods, but there’s no better way to explore the delicious coffee scene than by jumping on the streetcar. On this three-hour walking tour, you’ll sip your way through Portland’s coffee scene in Downtown, the Pearl District and the Central Eastside. You’ll visit five micro-roasters and cafes, experiencing a brew methods demonstration, tasting the city’s finest espresso and finishing with a cupping, the industry standard for coffee tasting. There’s no better way to experience the diversity of Portland’s café culture.
Sundays @ 10:00 AM, $40
Meet at Cup & Bar, 118 NE MLK Jr Blvd
Plan on about 3.0 hours
Note: The tour’s ending point is approximately 1.25 miles from start – use of Streetcar, Taxi or Uber is encouraged.