Public Domain

Overall Rating: 8.000

Address: 603 SW Broadway
Cross Street(s): SW Alder St.
City, State ZIP: Portland, OR 97205
Neighborhood: Downtown
Phone: 503.243.6374
Hours: Su-Sa 6am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Synesso
Coffee Rating: 8.00
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Public Domain
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 05/29/2015
First Reviewed: 05/29/2015
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

One of the more well-regarded coffee houses in downtown Portland, it opened in Spring of 2010 near Pioneer Courthouse Square - replacing the former Portland Coffee House. It's the brainchild of the much bigger Coffee Bean International as a way to showcase some of their specialty, seasonal roasts and in a retail space to properly serve it. It's a clean, well-lit space with tall, diner-like windows wrapping around its corner location (allowing sunlight in when available - this is Portland). It's not a terribly large space, but there are a number of smaller tables indoors wrapped around a central service counter that juts out. There's the wall of merchandising as you enter (primarily Chemex gear and mugs plus t-shirts), blonde wood floors, and retail roasted coffee offered beneath the central service counter - which displays two two-group Synesso machines in operation and some six commercial grinders for their various bean stock options. Pastries are about the only food service here. They also offer pour-over coffees, including an intriguing Colombia Finca La Esperanza - a 2014 Cup of Excellence winner - at our visit. For espresso they offer single origins, but this review is based on their core Prometheus Espresso blend. They pull shots with an even, medium brown crema with finer microbubbles. It has a strong, potent flavor centered around herbal pungency and some spice, but it has limited sweetness and lacks any real fruit. Good, but not outstanding. Served in a non-descript white ceramic cup with a side of sparkling water. They serve their cappuccino in a proper classic brown Espresso Parts 5.5-oz tulip cup with a little rosetta latte art. It lacks much texture in the milk, and the overall cap is a bit too milky and weak despite its proper size. A great place overall, but nothing we haven't had elsewhere many times.