Heart Coffee Roasters

Overall Rating: 8.000

Address: 537 12th Ave.
Cross Street(s): Btwn SW Alder & SW Washington Sts.
City, State ZIP: Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503.224.0036
Hours: M-F 7am-6pm; Sa-Su 8am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Espressonistic Works B.V.
Coffee Rating: 8.00
Aroma: 8
Body: 7
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Heart Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Le Porcellane d'ANCAP
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 05/31/2015
First Reviewed: 05/31/2015
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

This newer West Side Portland location is part of a local chain and roaster from pro snowboarder and Finnish native Wille Yli-Luoma. It takes its inspiration from the Swedish 'fika' coffee break. There are dark hexagonal tile floors, tall windows with lots of light, white-painted walls, a wall o' mersh, and wood surfaces everywhere: benches, long shared picnic bench seating, small caf´┐Ż tables, and window counter seating. (Though overall the seating is a bit scarce.) And as you often find in Portland: requisite uncomfortable-and-over-designed chairs. It's also known for its exclusively light roasts, which they do well in a Nordic style - even if that means high acidity with every cup. These factors combined with photogenic clientele and a reputation for aloof service have made it highly divisive among Portlanders: you either love it or hate it. They offer bread, pastries, and espresso drinks. No pour-overs, unlike their East Side mothership location. Using a custom three-group Mistral machine, they offered two options for espresso: an Ethiopian Dabub Mateyba S.O. and their Stereo blend. The Stereo blend comes with a even, medium brown crema of modest thickness. The shot fills rather high in the cup, seemingly influencing the weaknesses in its slightly thin body. There's a woodiness and cloves and cinnamon with a fading acidic sharpness at the finish. Heart does a good job of sticking to a light roast stereotype without stumbling into grassy, almost raw coffee. Served in white logo ANCAP cups with a shot of sparkling water on the side. Their cappuccino comes with rosetta latte art and a decent job of milk-frothing: good consistency and heft but not overly milky overall as can be common in Portland. Oddly, we're in the rare middle ground camp: a very good place, but not one I'd seek out in Portland above a few others.