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Topic: Portland Cafe reviews (10 msgs / 269 lines)
1) From: Justin Schwarz
While in Portland earlier today I stopped in a few shops that were notable, yes I know there are many.
Barista/NE Alberta: 
I had a SO Sulawesi espresso that was very nice and my wife had a macchiato with a guatemalan (not a person) that was delicious as well.  I forgot the roasters of those two, but they did have 3 SO espressos on the bar and it was a nice experience to get to choose from multiple roaster's offerings.  The atmosphere was okay, but I must be getting old or something because I just felt out of place with my family in a coffeeshop full of hipsters with macbooks, I guess it can't be avoided in Portland though and I will put up with the "scene" for good espresso. Only 1 serious gripe though, a big -1 for knocking the portafilter THREE times after building the portafilter.  Overall impression: worth checking out, a great experience for anyone serious about espresso.
Red e/1006 NE Killingsworth:
This was not my first visit here, but it is one of my favorites so I thought I would comment on today's visit.  The barista was very friendly, and took some time to talk to me about coffee and poured some very intricate latte art on my macchiato.  I was under the impression that he truly cared about the beverages that he put out and there was a passion that had developed for his trade.  They had a Nicaraguan from Coava as their SO and they also have Intelligentsia Black Cat on the bar.  I have spoken with the owners on previous visits and they are very easy going people that really love being there.  The space is set up well and even when they are busy it doesn't feel crowded. Overall impression: Excellent prep, good people, it's going to be hard to beat them and that's why I try and come back even though it was completely unnecessary for me to consume more espresso.
Random Order/NE Alberta:
Okay, so I didn't actually drink any espresso here because they are basically across the street from Barista but they do serve Vivace so that is where that part of my review will end.  Pie is their thing, really delicious pie, I mean sinfully delicious pie. We shared a piece of brandied pear and chocolate, a piece of banana cream, and a slice of a mixed berry pie.  Not very much seating, but I would probably stand at the counter and eat it if there was no room.  My advice: go out of your way to stop here and get pie, I promise it's worth it.
Next time I am in Portland I would like to try Heart on east Burnside and Coava on SE Grand, both of which have been on my list for too long.  Also a trip to Vancouver or Beaverton may be in order, I need some Delerium!
-Justin
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2) From: Barry Luterman
The Bali at my house was not mentioned Hummph
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3) From: Jeff Cozad
Justin,
You really do need to get over to Compass in Vancouver. I still dream about
it.
Jeff
Bettendorf - Formerly Iowa's Most Exciting City
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4) From: Justin Schwarz
Barry was in the garage roasting on the quest when we arrived, he let me see it in action and I am in full on quest envy now.  The controls on it are just too easy and extremely quiet.  After visiting and roasting a batch, he brewed me up some very delicious Bali in the Technivorm that was rested.  This was my first experience with the TV and I was impressed by the brew quality, the bali reminded me of a really good kona with something extra going on in the cup, it was sweet and smooth slightly nutty and a pleasant taste that lingered with me until lunch.  I was afraid to review Barry's house as to have a possible run on his personal stash but if you are in the area you should drop him a line, Barry and Lois are such great hosts and I enjoy visiting with someone that shares a passion for coffee. Thank you again for a great time and some great coffee.
-Justin
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5) From: Yakster
Sounds like a fun trip, Justin.  I was hoping to have a long layover in
Portland on my way back from Europe, but my plans changed and I ended up in
Chicago instead (so I took a cab to Intelligentsia).
Regarding the hipster invasion, that's nothing unique to Portland, I have to
battle this at my local Barefoot Coffee in Santa Clara and when I hit Red
Rock in Mountain View last Sunday it was more of the same. The barista there
was trying to explain to a customer why he wouldn't serve a soy latte, but I
missed the details of this conversation.
-Chris
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6) From: Demian Ebert
I would also add Spella to your list of shops to try. Tiny hole in the
wall on SW 5th (about the 500 block). No tables, standing room only
but they roast their own and do care about what they serve.
Plus they are just a block from my office.
Demian
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7) From: Justin Schwarz
Thanks for the recommendation, there are so many gems in Portland it is easy to overlook about 85% of them.
On Feb 4, 2011, at 9:42 AM, Demian Ebert wrote:
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Seriously some of the best espresso to be had.  I was working in Vancouver around Thanksgiving and made it in every chance I got.  There are a lot of great shops but MiKe and Bryan are doing it in a way that is really outstanding.
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8) From: Bryan Wray
Honestly, to me Spella is just way too old school.  They do a good job wi=
th old school, but I got over robusta in my espresso a looong time ago.  =
There is so much more to espresso than persistent crema, especially if the =
crema tastes like Goodyear.
The espresso tastes alright in a milk drink, but as you start going sub-6oz=
 it really isn't very pleasant, IMHO.
-bry
Bryan Wray
Compass Coffee
360.831.1480
Bryan
It is my hope that people realize that coffee is more than just a caffeine =
delivery service, it can be a culinary art- Chris Owens
--- On Fri, 2/4/11, Justin Schwarz  wrote:
From: Justin Schwarz 
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Portland Cafe reviews
To: "A list to discuss home coffee roasting. There are rules for this list,=
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Date: Friday, February 4, 2011, 11:00 AM
Thanks for the recommendation, there are so many gems in Portland it is eas=
y to overlook about 85% of them.
On Feb 4, 2011, at 9:42 AM, Demian Ebert wrote:
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Seriously some of the best espresso to be had.  I was working in Vancouve=
r around Thanksgiving and made it in every chance I got.  There are a lot=
 of great shops but MiKe and Bryan are doing it in a way that is really out=
standing.
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9) From: Justin Schwarz
Was up in Portland again today and crossed another off my list. 
Coava Coffee: 
If anyone watched or read about the NWRBC a couple of weeks ago will know that they rocked it and Samuel Purvis took home 1st in the Barista championship and Devin Chapman placed in the #1 spot for the Brewer's cup, congrats to both.  The space is large and open, the roaster is set up right next to the bar and the owner was roasting during my visit.  I had a shot of a SO WP Ethiopian (the name escapes me right now) that really gave me a wake up call to the flavors that are masked or altered by the dry process in the beans I tend to gravitate toward in my personal bean purchases of Ethiopians.  The shot was a tight ristretto that was so sweet and delicious that I can still almost taste it.  I decided that I needed to try out their Kone pourover so I had Devin pour me a nice service of the same coffee.  I realy enjoyed this as a brewed coffee as well, with the Kone there was very little sediment in the cup although they were using Mazzer Robr or Kony E's on their pourover bar.  Bottom line is this, Coava is owned and staffed by a caliber of people that are passionate about coffee and know that with every batch you roast, every shot you pull or cup you brew, there is a challenge to brew the next one better.
-Justin
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10) From: Bryan Wray
The Ethiopia Kemgin is indeed delicious.  You should have done yourself a=
 favor and had the David Mencia for pour over.  Easily one of the best co=
ffees to show up so far this year.  Tons of berry with a little bit of a =
banana undertone.  Amazingly impressed with this cup.  I have had it as=
 an espresso (BARISTA) as well, but it had many more layers and was far mor=
e complex as a Kone pour over.
-bry
Bryan Wray
Compass Coffee
360.831.1480
Bryan
It is my hope that people realize that coffee is more than just a caffeine =
delivery service, it can be a culinary art- Chris Owens
--- On Thu, 2/17/11, Justin Schwarz  wrote:
From: Justin Schwarz 
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Portland Cafe reviews
To: "A list to discuss home coffee roasting. There are rules for this list,=
 available athttp://www.sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html"
Date: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 11:16 PM
Was up in Portland again today and crossed another off my list. =
Coava Coffee: =
If anyone watched or read about the NWRBC a couple of weeks ago will know t=
hat they rocked it and Samuel Purvis took home 1st in the Barista champions=
hip and Devin Chapman placed in the #1 spot for the Brewer's cup, congrats =
to both.  The space is large and open, the roaster is set up right next t=
o the bar and the owner was roasting during my visit.  I had a shot of a =
SO WP Ethiopian (the name escapes me right now) that really gave me a wake =
up call to the flavors that are masked or altered by the dry process in the=
 beans I tend to gravitate toward in my personal bean purchases of Ethiopia=
ns.  The shot was a tight ristretto that was so sweet and delicious that =
I can still almost taste it.  I decided that I needed to try out their Ko=
ne pourover so I had Devin pour me a nice service of the same coffee.  I =
realy enjoyed this as a brewed coffee as well, with the Kone there was very=
 little sediment in the cup although they were using Mazzer Robr or Kony
 E's on their pourover bar.  Bottom line is this, Coava is owned and staf=
fed by a caliber of people that are passionate about coffee and know that w=
ith every batch you roast, every shot you pull or cup you brew, there is a =
challenge to brew the next one better.
-Justin
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