Nossa Familia Coffee

Overall Rating: 8.100

Address: 811 NW 13th Ave.
Cross Street(s): NW Johnson St.
City, State ZIP: Portland, OR 97209
Phone: 503.719.6605
Hours: M-F 7am-4pm; Sa-Su 8am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.40
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 9
Crema: 8
Flavor: 9
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Chocolate-like
Coffee Beans: Nossa Familia Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Inker
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 05/31/2015
First Reviewed: 05/31/2015
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Founded in 2004 by Brazilian expat, Augusto Carneiro, who spent his youth among family coffee farms established in the 1890s, the business began as a Brazilian family coffee importing operation with early practices in direct trade and sustainable farming. With the roastery opening in 2012, this adjacent bar - the Nossa Espresso Bar - opened in April 2013. With a garage door roll-up on a platform as is typical of the Pearl district, the espresso bar is a tiny walk-up space with limited wooden counter stool seating that overlooks their coffee storage and roasting operations. There's also 'sidewalk' seating among a few metal patio chairs on the raised platform above the NW 13th Ave. street level in front. They offer weekly cuppings on Tuesdays, homebrewing classes, and even trips to origin in Brazil. Next to their wall of merchandising, they use a two-group, red La Marzocco FB/80 to pull shots of either their signature Full Cycle blend or an Ethiopian single origin microlot. The blend comes with an even, darker to medium brown crema with a flavor that's well balanced. There's a brightness complementing apples and pears, cinnamon, and some bittersweet chocolate. There's also some molasses and honey with an acidic bite at the finish. They serve it two-sips short in a black Inker cup with sparkling water on the side. One of the most impressive shots in town.