Portland Coffeehouses: Walk, Bike, or Drive.

By The Beacon | September 1, 2014 7:48pm

The Beacon

By Emily Neelon |

Whether you’re self-proclaimed addict, or only rely upon it’s magical powers to get you through finals week, coffee is an essential part of college life.
At some point during a student’s time on The Bluff, they will realize that the majority of their meal points have gone towards buying coffee. In fact, all of their money (or lack there of) has gone towards buying coffee.
Looking to escape campus or The Commons, explore Portland and fuel that ever-increasing coffee craving? We’ve got you covered.

Walking Distance:
Cathedral Coffee
N Willamette Blvd., Portland, OR 97203
1.3 miles from campus

Are you tired of fighting for space in the Clark Library on a crowded Sunday afternoon? Are you about to pull your hair out because you haven’t seen the outside of said library all day?
Escape the monotony and walk over to Cathedral Coffee. The large tables and comfortable chairs are perfect for spreading out all of your homework, reading The Beacon, or taking a power nap. Additionally, the calming yet upbeat music will keep you from having a mental breakdown.
Try a latte, made with coffee from local roasters, and a slice of  freshly baked pie straight from Cathedral’s kitchen. Don’t ask questions, just do it.

Biking Distance:
GrindHouse Coffee
2.0 miles from campus
1934 N Rosa Parks Way, Portland, OR 97217

Have you ever biked past a building with a sign outside their door promising sexy coffee? Are you curious as to what constitutes coffee as “sexy?”
It’s time to find out and venture into GrindHouse Coffee. On top of serving coffee from Extracto Coffee House, pastries from Fleur De Lis Bakery and - dare I mention - ready-to-order breakfast sandwiches, GrindHouse Coffee has outside seating. What better way to soak up the last few days of sunny Portland weather?
Avoid The Commons’ infamous weekend brunch rush and grab “The Stud-Muffin” sandwich instead.

Driving Distance:
Nossa Familia Espresso Bar
5.4 miles from campus
811 NW 13th Ave., Portland, Oregon, 97209

Founded by Augusto Carneiro, a UP ‘01 alum, Nossa Familia Espresso Bar features coffee sourced from his family’s farm in Brazil. Fueled by a passion for connecting coffee farmers with coffee drinkers, Carneiro’s unique business philosophy ensures that every drop of espresso you drink at Nossa Familia makes a farmer’s life better.
Order a mocha, explore the streets of NW 23rd and forget about that English paper you need to write… at least for a little while.

Emily Neelon is a reporter for The Beacon. She can be reached at neelon17@up.edu or on twitter @neelonsays.