the ideal spot to have a coffee meeting or grab to go
Name: Heart Coffee
Address: 537 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-6pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am-6pm
Vibe: The go-to spot that underground Portland hipsters and creatives frequent for coffee meetings and quick cups to go. Inside, there’s a cool juxtaposition of being extremely bright (thanks to the large windows) and white while also having a lot of darker accents. It makes for a cool, creative space. They describe it as industrial chic and there really is no better way to describe it.
Coffee & Food: Already having binged on Blue Star donuts, I skipped the food and went straight for the coffee. Although, they do boast “gourmet pastries” so maybe next time I’ll have to go for it. As for the coffee, I decided to change things up a bit and went for a vanilla latte. I had never really seen one of those on a menu, but it sounds right up my alley. This one happened to be just about perfect. From the moment it arrived, it looked frothy, light and everything I wanted. When I took my first sip, it was an incredible mix of sugar and coffee. As the shop’s beans come from their own roaster, it’s safe to say that they know what they’re doing and it shows… or in this place, tastes. It was only slightly humorous the next day when I met a friend for coffee and she ordered a vanilla latte, stating that they were the best coffee drink around. Lesson learned. Maybe mochas have some competition. But overall, vanilla lattes are fab. And this vanilla latte in particular, 10 out of 10.
Seating: When I first walked in, I got nervous because almost all of the seating was taken! While there is a lot of seating, it can also be quite busy depending on when you go. They have a back wall, pictured above, that has three small, two-seater tables. They also have bar seating along the large window, a communal picnic-style table as well as some seating outside.
Overall: I really enjoyed my time at Heart coffee. It’s an easy location to get to (near Blue Star donuts may I add…) and it has a really nice general vibe. I like their bright white aesthetic with darker pieces and their coffee was also exceptional which of course, is the core of any great coffee shop. Heart, well done.
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