Location: Portland, OR
Rating: 6+ [see key]
Not every city neighborhood has a name that also works perfectly as a coffeehouse name. But Arbor Lodge, Portland is such a neighborhood with such a coffeehouse.
Born to provide quality, responsible goods in an easily accessible spot, the Arbor Lodge sits on a somewhat busy intersection in a one-story brick building with large glass windows and plenty of picnic benches for warm weather. Inside, the place has lots of wood elements, soft colors and lots of light, both natural (when available) and electrical.
As for the coffee that fine day, they were slinging beans from Roseline Coffee and Tanager Coffee, both great roasters from around town. I went with an espresso of Tanager's Gondo Kenya and a pourover of Roseline's Ethiopia Aricha. The espresso gushed forth with grapefruit and cranberry, followed by chocolate, corn, a little kale and a touch of root beer, making for a piquant-up-front shot that rounded out beautifully as I sipped. The pourover similarly proved juicy and flavorful, with bombastic notes of blueberry, jasmine tea, apricot torte, steel oats and milk chocolate in a medium body.
While I'll confess that part of me wishes the Arbor Lodge was a large, wood cabin (you know, to better suit the name), I otherwise can espouse nothing but pleasant tidings of my experience. If you happen to be in the kingdom of Portland, steer your stead to the coffeehouse (and neighborhood) of the Arbor Lodge for a grand local coffee spot.
Update: As of the date of this post, they now roast and offer their own Sasquatch Blend.