You know it.
I know it.
Even folks in Seattle know it!
Portland has some of the best coffee in the country! Coffee isn’t just a drink here – it’s a culture, and today, we’re celebrating some of our favorite coffee shops near the American Sanican offices. Check out one of these fantastic establishments if you’re in the area. Each one is unique in its vibe and its offerings, but one thing is for sure, they all make terrific coffee!
Junior’s Roasted Coffee is a micro-roastery founded by Caryn and Mike Nelson. They have two locations, one inside Guilder on Fremont Street and the other inside Powell books. Junior’s isn’t just high-quality locally roasted coffee – it’s about sustainable business practices at every level of the organization. Everything from soil conditions on the farm to community and connection with the Portland area. Junior’s aims to tell a story through delicious coffee. And never fear if you’re not local to Portland, you can still buy their coffee online.
Looking for snob-free coffee? That’s what Deadstock Coffee aims to provide. With their motto, “Coffee should be dope,” Deadstock brings a unique element to the local coffee scene. They are a sneaker-themed coffee shop located in Old Town. There’s not really a menu, so you know you just ask for what you want. But folks in the know, know to ask for the sneaker-stenciled latte art! If you’re feeling adventurous, grab a Zero Chill – a unique mix of sweet tea and iced coffee. They also have a Lebron-themed drink, a twist on an Arnold Palmer, called The LeBronald. It’s the Zero Chill combined with lemonade.
Kiss is a black-owned, woman-owned coffee shop run by husband and wife team Trae and Sarah. They are a walk-up counter shop with outdoor and indoor seating – open for breakfast and lunch. Kiss stands for “Keep It Sweet and Simple,” and that they do – with fresh ingredients and a delicious menu. In addition to a standout food menu, Kiss also makes great coffees with housemade syrups if you want to add in some extra flavor. And in true community spirit, they bring in what they don’t make in-house from local vendors like True Tea Matcha, Gabriel’s bagels, and Tillamook Cheese.
Hanging out in NE Alberta? Swing by Proud Mary’s. There might be a bit of a wait, but trust us – so worth it! Proud Mary was founded in 2009 by husband and wife team Nolan and Shari Hirte in Melbourne, Australia. Their cafes in Melbourne, Austin, and Portland use high-quality beans direct from the origin and sourced with equitable and sustainable business practices in mind. Similarly, the food comes from local farmers with ethical and healthy production practices. Make sure you try the ricotta hotcake or the green shakshuka. Chef’s Kiss!
With four locations, you can’t miss Barista – the epitome of the Portland coffee scene. Barista was founded by coffee legend and two-time Northwest Regional Barista Championship Winner Billy Wilson. It’s a high-end joint featuring roasts from all over the world but getting a coffee from Barista is truly an unforgettable experience. “We don’t approach coffee as snobs but as craftsmen who want to share our passion‚,” Wilson says. At Barista, you will find unique beverages made with fancy equipment, like coffee made with cloth filters or thousand-dollar halogen vacuum pots. The prices may be a little higher than most of the other places on this list, but for a unique Portland experience, we think it’s worth it, We wouldn’t be able to be in business in the Pacific Northwest without talking about our love of coffee. So if you’re swinging by the Sanican offices or just in the area, pick up a cup of joe at one of these joints. Tell them American Sanican sent ya!
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