Portland’s got plenty of coffee shops. Let us help you decide where you belong.
Today is National Coffee Day. Says who? Who cares?! McDonald’s is giving away all sizes of its McCafe Pumpkin Spice and any flavor hot coffee, and Dunkin’ Donuts is selling medium hot coffees for 66 cents. But that makes no difference if you’re still in denial about the end of iced coffee season or if you’d rather die than be seen with a cup of Mickey D’s. So, here are some local spots where you can celebrate the national holiday and still feel good about yourself.
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We might be biased because it's right near our office, but being in Arabica just makes you feel good about buying coffee -- and about your life. For a cozy everybody-knows-everybody feel, visit its location tucked away behind Monument Square. For plenty of room to work (or use a laptop as a prop for looking productive), head to its newer location by the waterfront. For National Coffee Day, the Commercial Street location is showing "The Coffee Man," a documentary about the world of specialty coffee and one man's quest for "coffee nirvana."
Arabica, 2 Free St. and 9 Commercial St., Portland.
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Waiting for your table at Hot Suppa? Yordprom to the rescue! This neighborhood coffee shop serves the West End well — and is probably the only place in Portland where you can grab a coffee in the morning and go back for a curry dish at lunch.
Yordprom Coffee Co., 722 Congress St., Portland
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If you're trying to take a walking coffee tour of the city, right down the street from Yordprom is one of Tandem Coffee Roasters' two locations in Portland. This converted gas station is still helping people fill up and go with its coffee made across town in East Bayside.
Tandem Coffee Roasters, 742 Congress St. and 122 Anderson St., Portland
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OK, maybe we started you in the wrong direction. Time to back track into the Arts District for the most hipsterly-named shop of the bunch, Speckled Ax. Ah, yes, two words that have never before appeared next to each other and never will again. But that's just one of the reasons people love this place and love loving this place. And love loving themselves. We love all of it, too.
Speckled Ax, 567 Congress St., Portland
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Coffee by Design, however, might get the ultimate hipster coffee shop award because it's been making coffee in Portland before making coffee in Portland was cool. After 22 years – yes, coffee was around then – there are four Portland locations and another at L.L.Bean in Freeport. Pretty much the ultimate compliment you can get in Maine is that L.L.Bean wants to be associated with you. For National Coffee Day, they're giving away cups of joe to students at Maine College of Art. They're also giving away tickets to Anthony Bourdain's show at the Cross Insurance Arena. But that doesn't have anything to do with the holiday.
Coffee By Design, various locations in Portland and at L.L.Bean in Freeport.
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You don't have to have written a play to go to Bard Coffee, but kind of. This is the intellectual's coffee shop. The is the professional's coffee shop. It just feels like everyone here is important in some way, but maybe that's because it's right in the heart of the Old Port, where they can look down at the Starbucks across the street where they all used to go.
Bard Coffee, 185 Middle St., Portland