Get Out and Grab a Tasty Cup of Joe, Springtime Coffee Shop Roundup
As the clouds clear and flowers bloom, the spring season is a perfect time to check out these local coffee shops working hard to bring flavor and community connection to the area.
Edge Coffee, 14647 SW Millikan Way. Beaverton. (503)747-6021. edgegoodcoffee.com
Edge Coffee located near Tualatin Hills Nature Park, offers something special to the area coffee scene: in-store small batch roasting. Brenda Enyart has been roasting her own Sauvie Island Coffee for over twelve years. Brenda’s coffee venture began as a stay-at-home mom who realized Sauvie Island needed its own coffee. A roasting class inspired Brenda to buy her own roaster, eventually bringing it to Edge, where the mall meets nature. Not only is the coffee at Edge organic and bird friendly, Brenda’s long-time staff collaborate on blends, celebrating the distinct nuances of coffee beans from countries like Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia, and Guatemala. The Edge team even has milk tastings to bring a fully developed delicious cup to every patron. But you don’t need be a coffee expert to sit indoors and gaze at the sunlit high wood beams, or sit outside and watch the local birds. The parking is ample and baristas are happy to customize drinks, using distinctive ingredients like sea salt, fresh orange peel, and lavender.
Ki Coffee, 4655 SW Griffith Dr. Ste. 160. Beaverton. (503)746-5907. facebook.com/kicoffeepdx
Ki in Japanese means “energy” and Misa Thompson’s Ki Coffee located across the street from Beaverton Town Square, reflects not only her heritage, exuberance, and drive, but a long-time dream realized. Misa, a working mom who saved for years to realize her coffee vision, is humbly “invested and passionate about making a great cup of coffee like everyone else.” That great cup of coffee has evolved over the years, based in part on her studying coffee in Malawi and Thailand, eventually applying those high standards to each drink. Ki features Thornton Roasters beans, Stumptown on nitro, beer, cocktails, kombucha, and sake. Ki is known for beautiful latte art as well as colorful art and merchandise for sale from local artists. Ki also has the very popular Toby Toast, named after the owner’s son, which is avocado toast highlighting Jacobson’s salt and house-made vegan aioli. In spite of the fancy touches and high standards, the key to Ki’s success is the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
Lionheart Coffee Co., 4590 SW Watson Ave. Beaverton. (503)521-7051. lionheartcoffee.com
Lionheart recently opened a second location in downtown Beaverton, offering a safe and welcoming space. Wife and husband team, Lauren and Ben Reese, are devoted to enriching the Beaverton community by delivering exacting quality with each beverage. While coffee aficionados feel at home at Lionheart with every measured espresso shot, the Reese’s are dedicated to providing a space that is approachable and conscientious of people and the environment. Lionheart’s community focus includes rotating local roasters like Water Avenue, Sterling, and Heart. The baristas here take coffee so seriously, some of them have entered competitions, becoming finalists. This includes Aaron Stout, who won the 2019 Oregon Coffee Board Brewers Cup, is competing in the National Brewers cup, and is ranked in the top 30 brewers in the USA. The Reese’s believe “great components make a great product.” From the layout and design of their space in the historic 95-year-old building on Watson Ave., to ensuring each customer is interacted with, Lionheart roars with care for the Beaverton community.
The Coffee Shop, 4712 SW Scholls Ferry Rd. Portland. (503) 707-4851. thecoffeeshoppdx.com
The Coffee Shop in Raleigh Hills is nestled at the edge of Beaverton serving families, friends, and Beavertonians on their way to and from Portland. Married couple May and Steve Bonfiglio wanted to create a homey coffee shop for years, finally finding the perfect location that’s convenient with free parking in a thriving community. The Coffee Shop features Thornton Roasters coffee in an environment that’s clean and simple with coffee served right every time. Although many shops may have years of experience in the coffee business, May and Steve bring a fresh perspective to the scene as longtime consumers of quality coffee drinks. Their outsider status created a shop that delivers approachable and delicious coffee and drinks that every member of the family can enjoy. The intimate space allows the couple to experiment, not only with unique espresso drinks like a Mocha featuring mezcal, but also with their food menu. This includes a soon to be unveiled avocado toast that will feature lobster medallions, caviar, and black truffle oil.