Portland, Oregon is known for its coffee scene, and that’s one reason I love living here. It’s awesome to always have freshly-roasted coffee beans available from our local roasters.
Whether you live here in Portland or want to experience the coffee scene from elsewhere, these seven Portland coffees will give you a taste of Portland’s offerings. All these beans are perfect to treat yourself or as a holiday or birthday gift for someone else!
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Below are my suggestions for beans to try at home from some of Portland’s most popular roasters. The options below include beans great for espresso, light and dark roasts, and even a decaf option.
And the best part is that all of these are available through Bean Box, so you can have these beans shipped directly to you! You can pick to have the beans delivered whole or ground, and some even have the option to be set for regular delivery.
Flavor Notes: Black cherry, smoky, merlot
This coffee blend is described as being “like a roaring bonfire under a starry night sky, this multi-dimensional dark roast strikes the perfect balance of smoky warmth and sweet clarity.”
Smoky coffee notes are becoming increasingly popular, and this blend just makes me want to drink this on a chilly day or under the trees on a camping trip. This coffee would pair well with s’mores or a chocolate donut.
Dapper and Wise is the roaster associated with Insomnia Coffee, whose coffee shops are top of my list of favorites. Their original shop is located just a few blocks from where I grew up in Hillsboro, Oregon so they have a special place in my heart.
Flavor Notes: Chocolate, fruit, spice
Origins: East Africa, South America
These beans would be perfect for any autumn or holiday celebration. This roast’s “creamy notes of chocolate layer cake and toffee are what make this roast SO good, with just a hint of bright fruit in the first sip and a pleasantly spicy finish.”
With the chocolate notes in this blend, it’s perfect for making a mocha or to pair with a chocolate eclair. The fruity notes even mean it will pair well with your morning apple fritter or with your Thanksgiving apple pie. It’s a versatile but flavorful blend.
Coava Coffee has quickly become one of Portland’s most famous coffee roasters, and with good reason. They have great offerings both in their local shops and for shipping right to your home!
Flavor Notes: Cinnamon, nuts, walnut
Origins: Central and South America
If you like adding a bit of cinnamon to your morning cup, this blend is for you. It’s described as having, “notes of toasty dark chocolate, with a scone-like combination of buttery walnuts and earthy, cinnamon spice.”
Fill your cup each morning with this coffee as you eat a cinnamon roll or croissant. Add in a bit of cream and sugar and your morning will be perfect!
Water Avenue Coffee Company is another of Portland’s premier roasters. They roast fresh coffee right next to the Willamette River on Portland’s central east side. Each roast from them is a treat that you have to try!
Flavor Notes: Caramel, dark chocolate
This blend is great to use for espresso. They say of this blend that “caramelized sugar and dark chocolate notes pair lovingly with a splash of milk.”
This Oro Seasonal blend is great for your morning espresso, or if you want to have espresso-like flavors in your drip coffee. Pair it with your favorite morning pastry, or include with frothed milk for a delicious latte.
Roseline Coffee roasts and has a café in Portland. They focus on small-batch, single-origin coffees.
Flavor notes: Black cherry, chocolate, citrus
These coffee beans are also a great option for espresso or your brewed coffee. This blend has reminders of “rich chocolate and citrus finishes with syrupy notes of red wine and cherry.”
Use this coffee in your espresso machine, moka pot, or drip brewer. It’s great for a latte or as a cup of black coffee with your morning muffin.
This is another option from the roaster Dapper and Wise.
Flavor notes: Caramel, Honeydew, Hibiscus
This Ethiopian coffee offers brighter and fruitier flavors than the others listed. It has “delicate notes of hibiscus tea, slowly leading toward juicy honeydew.”
This coffee is a great option for those who like a lighter and crisp taste to their coffee. It will work well as an afternoon coffee with a lemon bar or as a stand-alone cup with complex flavors and notes.
This is another option from the popular Coava Coffee.
Flavor notes: Chocolate, toffee, vanilla
Origin: Central and South America
Decaf is a great option to have on hand if you want to drink coffee later in the day or to serve to guests (or yourself!) who don’t do caffeine. It’s “a versatile, balanced blend, this medium roast suits both drip, and espresso, with a toffee-like body and just a hint of brightness.”
This decaf bean will work well in espresso, French press, or drip-brewed. Drink it in the evening with dessert, or in the morning for a sans-caffeine beverage. Pair it with your morning pastry and you are good-to-go.
This is another option from roaster Water Avenue Coffee.