Good Coffee

Overall Rating: 8.400

Address: 1150 SE 12th Ave.
Cross Street(s): SE Salmon St.
City, State ZIP: Portland, OR 97214
Phone: 971.254.6599
Hours: Su-Sa 7am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.50
Barista: 9
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.30
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 9
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Vanilla-like
Coffee Beans: Various
Cup Manufacturer: notNeutral
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 05/30/2015
First Reviewed: 05/30/2015
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Good Coffee first opened in 2014 in two Portland locations - this one following just months after the mothership. It's a small, bright space with tall windows on two sides of the corner shop. There's rough wood-paneled floors, corner seating at metal chairs and wood slat café tables, and a mix of small inner tables with odd choices for uncomfortable, impractical chairs. There's a large central rack of coffee and coffee accessory sales, and the place seems to have a clientele heavy on spandex yoga pants due to a nearby gym. They're dedicated as a multi-roaster café - serving Madcap, Roseline, Coava, and Heart at the time of our visit. They offer cortados and mochas, but no pour-over coffee: just batch-brewed and espresso drinks. Using a three-group La Marzocco Linea PB Classic, they pulled shots of Madcap Ethiopian Yirgacheffe (no blends available) that came with a pale blonde, relatively thin crema. It had a complex aroma and a classic single origin shot narrow flavor profile, but it surprisingly wasn't a brightness bomb. There was some balance in the narrower profile as three quite flavorful sips: vanilla, butter, and some turpeny elements that stretched into cedar. It was a pleasant surprise in that the shot defied my usual heuristics for what makes a great espresso, still delivering an interesting and flavorful shot anyway. And to his credit, the barista made at least 4 sink shots before dialing in the shot he served me. Served in notNeutral white cups.