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Sip and Savor an Artisanal Cuppa at Portland’s Good Coffee

The vibe at Good Coffee is all about bright, positive energy — and excellent joe. (Photos: Joe Greer)

Like deciduous trees, industrial bridges and seemingly perpetual rain, great coffee is one of the many things associated with life in Portland. One could even say that the city kick-started the artisanal coffee trend that swept the rest of the United States. In this town, grabbing a quality cup of joe is as easy as getting caught outside without an umbrella.



But Good Coffee is a little different. Founded by brothers Sam and Nick Purvis in 2014, it’s the kind of place where design nerds come to spend their afternoon. Here, shelves of plants line the walls while high ceilings soar above white oak millwork. It’s all about bright, clean energy.


The brothers came up with the interior design scheme together, from the hanging lamps to the small-framed paintings scattered throughout the café. Their plan also included gems like vintage Coleman iceboxes, antique dishes and an extra large Oregon state flag – personal touches that play against the café’s modern architecture.


True to its name, Good Coffee brews a mean cup of brown. Aside from serving picture-perfect lattes with delicately layered rosettas, the owners take pride in experimentation. Purvis recently mixed up a cocktail-inspired coffee soda – a refreshing tonic that combines the deep-bodied flavor of coffee and the light sweetness of citrus (think lime, grapefruit and lemon rind). The result is a creamy, bright beverage that feels a little like a spritzer you might find in the south of France.

• 4747 SE Division St., Portland, OR, +1 971 254 6599, Mon-Sun 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

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