Barista PDX

Overall Rating: 8.100

Address: 529 SW 3rd Ave., Unit 110
Cross Street(s): Btw SW Washington & SW Adler Sts.
City, State ZIP: Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 503.224.1424
Hours: M-F 6am-6pm; Sa-Su 9am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.20
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 9
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Various
Cup Manufacturer: notNeutral
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 05/31/2015
First Reviewed: 05/31/2015
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

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.