Coava Coffee Roasters, Portland Oregon
December 30, 2010 by ladyducayne
I don’t remember exactly when I first heard about Coava, but it was definitely during their very very early stages, and it had to have been almost a year ago. I kept hearing how amazing their shop was and all about how they shared space with a Bamboo designer…or something like that. The details were fuzzy, but I knew that I definitely wanted to visit this place one day. So much so, that I even added it to my (not a) bucket list.
A few months ago, I actually got to try Coava coffee thanks to my friend Mike L at Blue Dot. It was pretty amazing, I must say! Still…the more I heard about how amazing their actual shop was, the more I longed to visit. Yet, a trip to Portland wasn’t really in the plans. My logic is always that I rather explore more of Canada. D’uh.
We were in Vancouver for Christmas, and after a few days, we decided that maybe we should finally check out Portland for a few days since we had been curious for a while. After all, Portland was only a three hour train ride from Vancouver. If we didn’t like it, we could just go home. Sounded like a plan.
Which brings me to earlier today. I never imagined I would be visiting Coava this year, but here I am in Portland so that’s exactly what we did. It is located across the bridge from downtown in a more industrial area, and we actually walked all the way there from our hotel. Once we walked inside, the feeling of the shop totally came over me. They do share a space with Bamboo Revolution and it was so amazing to see both of these places mesh so well together. In the back you could see the Bamboo guys working hard and then along the side you could see Coava! I instantly was smitten with this set up.
There are tables and chairs among adapted machinery and a feeling that you are really experiencing something different. Like, this place casually came together, and they aren’t even trying that hard to give off this industrial vibe. Almost like things just fell into place for both of these shops. Maybe I’m too tired to put it into words, or maybe it is something you have to experience. I know that everything I had heard leading up to my visit didn’t even come close to how I felt at this shop.
The menu is simple, and they have two different choices. I went with the Kenya because I like blackberries. That’s my logic. I always go for the fruity coffee. The baristas were amazingly nice and friendly and soon my cappuccino was being prepared. Only $3 for this cup of awesome. Score!
Something else I noticed was that their roaster was RIGHT THERE. No, literally, it was a couple of feet from the bar area. When we first walked in, there was someone actually roasting. Right there! After he was done and I got close, I could feel the warmth. Talk about freshly roasted!
Coava is currently selling these little books where you can log your coffee drinking experiences. I’m much of a coffee doofus for this type of book, but I did buy some as souvenirs for my coffee snob friends.
And speaking of my coffee snob friends, I couldn’t leave Coava without picking up a little something else for them too!
I sat down by the window, sitting under some green industrial machine and stared out the front window of this shop. Really, such an amazing feeling. I was finally at Coava and it was so much more than I could have ever imagined. Who knows when or if I’ll ever be back in Portland or at Coava, but the fact is, I made it there today, and it was a wonderful experience, and one that can’t easily be described in words…
Coava Coffee Roasters
1300 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214