Coava Coffee Roasters started as a small team working out of a garage as they poured their all into the best roasts they could craft. Now, they’ve successfully created one of the best places to get coffee in the city by bringing their coffee obsession to a warehouse-style shared space alongside a sustainable bamboo-woodworking collective in SE Portland.
Their dedication to balanced roasts has won them national acclaim and their crew – past and present – have held some of the top coffee honors. At the counter you choose from two, perfected, single-origin roasts or simple espresso drinks. No sugared and flavored concoctions. No multi-word order that is designed to hide true bean flavor. Simple, pure, great coffee. But, don’t be overwhelmed if you aren’t the coffee connoisseur type. As owner Matt Higgins put it to Barista Magazine, “Our crew is built around folks who not only care deeply about coffee and the industry that surrounds it, but they also really want to invite others into it.”
The folks at Coava concern themselves with everything from sustainable farming practices to the perfect pour. They know the agricultural process behind the beans they use and travel to the regions they source from so the single-origin roast that is in your cup represents more than a morning tradition. They strive to make their coffee business a partnership with the farmers they source from to the baristas that ensure the final product reflects the high quality of the source. Coava is dedicated to cup by cup pour overs using a Chemex coffee maker and use the metal KONE filter, which they designed, to allow oils from the coffee to get into your cup instead of being soaked up by paper filtering. The result is a hard-earned, well-balanced flavor you can watch them craft.
Their coffee isn’t the only thing that will leave an impression. Once you have your cup, grab a barstool or a seat at a community-sized table and enjoy the warehouse style space they share with Bamboo Revolution. The open floor plan of the shared space is eye-catching with a sweet minimalist vibe and a nod to industrialism. The limited tables and chairs mean that there aren’t too many long-term loungers and that is part of what makes this place great – Get in, get your fix and be ready to seize the rest of the day. In the summer, the garage door style walls roll up and help make the SE located Coava feel fully integrated into the Portland cityscape.
With the great coffee, amazing space and friendly staff, you will come to know Coava Coffee Roasters as one of the top places in Portland to not only get a cup of outstanding coffee, but learn what high quality coffee sourcing and roasting is all about.
*All photos by the fantastic Kristine Ridley Weilert. Check her out here.
Location: 1300 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR
Hours: Weekdays 6am – 6pm, Weekends 8am – 6pm