|This Barista location - aka 'Barista 3', or the third of what is now four Portland cafés - opened in the historic Hamilton building in July 2012. Barista is the brainchild of three-time Northwest Barista Champ, Billy Wilson, and each of its Portland locations has a distinctive design. This location is more old school sophisticated, and its environment truly does elevate the coffee-drinking experience to something more elevated: there is a white penny round tile floor, a distinctive bar decorated with darkly stained wood, marble countertops, and tall windows in front for window counter seating (seating is otherwise a little limited inside). It reminds us a little of Caffe Trinity on SF's Market Street. There's also limited sidewalk metal café table seating in front. Barista is one of the first dedicated coffeehouses to go multi-roaster in Portland, and here they offered Coava's Meaza, Verve's Kokanna, and Roseline's Catapult for espresso. For retail sale, they offered Coava, Verve, Roseline, and Bows & Arrows. Using a custom black matte three-group La Marzocco Strada MP, they pulled shots of Roseline Catapult with a medium brown, textured, even crema of decent thickness. It had the flavor of some brighter fruit, some spice, but more an emphasis on the brightness. A good shot overall in an elegant setting.