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Portland Coffee Houses

The Coffee in Portland Can't Be Beat!

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The Northwest is known for having some of the best coffee in the entire world, and Portland coffee drinkers have hundreds of choices for java. These are a few of the best.

1. Stumptown Coffee

Where: SE 45th/Division
SE 33rd/Belmont
SE 3rd between Ash and Pine
1026 SW Stark

What: Stumptown is considered by many to be quite simply the best coffee in town. Their beans are roasted locally and distributed widely, but the best lattes come from the Stumptown coffee shops themselves. The shops double as galleries and offer free Wi-Fi, so bring your laptop and stay awhile.

Three locations (one downtown and two on the east side) provide in-the-know Portlanders with what they crave.

2. World Cup Coffee

Where: NW 18th/Glisan
Ecotrust (721 NW 9th Avenue, #175)
What: Powell's Books (W. Burnside between 10th and 11th)

World Cup's brews are earthy, warm, and delicious. The Northwest shop's jungle-themed ambiance makes you feel like you're enjoying a cuppa in an exotic locale. Fancy a cup of tea? Here, it's served in a French press for one with a white china cup. Three locales, many loyal fans.

3. Rimsky-Korsakoffee House

Where: 707 SE 12th (near Morrison)

What: Renowned for its European feel and intimate surroundings, Rimsky-Korsakoffee House, aka Rimsky's is a popular gathering spot for groups, lingering conversation, and cozy charm. Housed in a big red Victorian home with no sign, finding the place is all part of the fun. An evening at Rimsky's (they don't do mornings) might include live classical music, a luscious homemade dessert, or a late-night drink.

4. Pied Cow

Where: SE 32nd/Belmont

What: Though cozy in the winter, the Pied Cow's outdoor seating area comes alive on summer evenings. The flavor here is friendly, bohemian, and communal. In addition to excellent coffee and desserts, the menu offers tasty cheese plates and tasty Middle Eastern food, such as spicy hummus and baba ganoush. And if you're feeling adventurous, order flavored tobacco and share a hookah with friends (you must be at least 21 to partake).

5. Urban Grind

Where: NW 14th/Kearney
NE 22nd/Oregon

What: The high-ceilinged, formerly industrial space gives Urban Grind's Westside location a modern, funky feel. Get your caffeine fix or relax with a cup of tea like the fruity African Roiboos variety. Free W-Fi, a vast magazine rack, and a menu of tasty sandwiches and snacks (the tuna melt is fantastic) make this a favorite hangout.

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