Stumptown Coffee Roasters

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Stumptown Coffee RoastersStumptown Coffee Roasters
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

11 Ratings
Ratings: 11
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: n/a
Taps: 4
Bottles: 20
Cask: N
[ Bar ]

128 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, Oregon, 97204
United States
phone: (503) 295-6144

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Place added by: SamuraiJack

Note: AS OF SUMMER 2011, NO LONGER SERVES ANY BEER. PLEASE DO NOT REVIEW.
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Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 8
Photo of yemenmocha
3.39/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

Came here for both beer and coffee multiple times. They really need to fix the line problem, either with another register, or a separate line for just plain coffee, or another barista station. Whatever. The line is always to the door and it isn't cool.

A handful of taps were offered, Chimay, among others. Coffee quality was good, though it took awhile to get it of course. Not sure many people really come here just to have a few glasses of beer. Beer seems to be more of an afterthought once you're already in the place. Most of their business is clearly from the coffee stuff.

Nice location not far down from Voodoo donuts. Prices were reasonable for downtown.

Photo of squaremile
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place to my knowledge no longer serves beer but I love it anyway and will review. The Belmont location is a bare bones coffee shop that is stark, modern, and clean. The barristas are your typical Portland hipsters and I like that kind thing. Next door at the Annex you will find a different type: the coffee autistic. These are people who know everything about everything related to the types of beans you are buying. If you are in Portland and enjoy your beer AND your coffee, make sure you stop here.

Photo of djbreezy
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

This Stumptown location is my regular stop for coffee. I wait in line, pick up a lb of beans and roll out. I've never stopped to enjoy a beer here but after seeing the decent bottle selection and taps, I may have to do so.

The interior is great. High ceilings, tons of natural light, bright white walls, wood flooring, a DJ booth, artwork on the walls, a minimalist magazine rack/newsstand, a small terrarium on the counter. I dig it.

The staff...what can you say about the staff? Weirdos. Hipsters. Nice but odd. I dunno. I can't judge people but there is a certain vibe about Stumptown employees. Sorry folks.

Photo of John_M
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I should probably have reviewed this place when I first came to Portland, as the selection has dropped considerably, as has the quality. Still, this place is an interesting idea, and along with Higgins, is some place I can only imagine existing in Portland.

Stumptown has now become one of the preeminent coffee roasting companies in Portland, and by all accounts is now making inroads on the rest of the NW (I heard there is a Stumptown opening in already coffee saturated Seattle - I'm sure it will do just fine). In fact, when you walk into this downtown location, you would never guess this place is also a decent beer bar. I was there for a latte one morning, when walking around, waiting for my drink, noticed 4 beer taps. At first I thought they were just decoration. something left over from possibly a previous incanrnation. However, the waitress assured me they sold beer as well (I then noticed the glass cooler stuffed with bottled beer). At the time I think she told me that the owner/manager really liked good beer, Belgians in particular, which was why they had beer available at this Stumptown location (and only this location, or so I was told).

When I first came to Portland in August 2004, one of the things I missed (having moved from Baltimore - there actually weren't many things I missed) was the great selection of Belgian beers I could find on tap (and in bottle) back east. The Rose and Raindrop and Horsebrass would typically have one Belgian beer on tap, but that was about it. Hence, I was delighted to see that 3 of the 4 taps at the Stumptown location were Belgiums, including a Flemish Red. Even better, during happy hour (late afternon on weekdays) glasses of Belgian beer were only $3 a pop (probably, I'm guessing, because the last thing most patrons want at Stumptown is a glass of Belgian beer).

Things have changed in Portland and now Belgian beers are as easy to come by as they are back East (for the most part). The beer selection at Stumptown has changed as well, as they rarely have any Belgian beers on tap any more. The bottle selection has also been reduced.

Service at this place is so pretentious as to be laughable. The atmosphere is ultra chic and hip, and the barista staff completely act the part. There is a stark, minimalist vibe to this place, with just a few pictures on the wall, and a rack of unreadable magazines stuffed in the corner on the left when you first walk in. There is a long bar running to the back of the narrow cafe, and maybe if you're really lucky you can flag down a waiter/waitress if you're sitting at it.

An interesting place, but since they ditched the Belgians on tap, I now visit this place almost solely for the coffee (which oh by the way, is just outstanding).

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Stumptown is urban minimalism at its best. The place is stark and spacious, white and off white, and smells of the most wonderful coffee beans. A DJ Booth and a whole lot of vinal rests in one corner. A long bar lines another wall. A very small number of modern table and chair sets lie scattered here and there. A couch and a peculiar glass coffee table sit on a small stage like risen area off the floor. Extremely cool and equally unreadable magazines with eye grabbing names and abstract covers hang in a rack on a wall near the windows. Ducks are required to visit the bathrooms. Those afraid of graffiti or who expect cleanliness should probably hold their bladders while visiting.

I counted 30 bottles – Rochefort, Bernie, Boon, Chimay, Orval, Aventinus, etc… Four Taps – Rodenbach, Pils Urq, and 2 locals.

Staff were too hip to be helpful but they fit in really well with their surroundings.

The coffee is sublime.

According to one of the tie-dyed employees over at Belmont Station, Stumptown gets its name from old slang for Portland. Apparently there was once a problem with drunken sailors or drunken loggers, or perhaps both, driving off hills and cliffs around town. To put a stop to it, some folks went around painting all the stumps on the sides of the roads white.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

Note: As of Spring 2007, this location has significantly reduced their beer stock, fewer selections in bottles (gone are the likes of HOTD, Traquair, Schlenkerla, others - things that "weren't selling".). Still a good, albeit MUCH tighter, selection...

I've stopped in on several occasions, both for coffee (AM) or beer (PM). Very casual "bar", focus is definitely on the coffee side. At 6pm, a DJ sits in the far corner, spinning records - very casual hip groove going on here. At times I think the 'batista' staff is annoyed/confused if someone orders a beer...

A small but excellent beer list comes in a neat little 5x5 illustrated booklet "menu". Very nice quality Belgians (Delirium, Duvel, La Chouffe, St. Bernardus, Tripel Karmeliet, Scaldis, Boon, Liefmans), Trappists (Chimay, Orval, Achel, Rochefort 8 & 10, Westmalle, even Westvleteren 8 ($14 but out of stock)). Very good Germans, too: Franziskaner, Schneiderweiss, Ayinger Ur-Weisse & Celebrator, Aventinus). A few stouts, brown ales, IPA's & pilseners, too. A few local and NW favorites, including Hair of the Dog Fred & Adam.

The only big drawbacks are a fairly aloof staff and (though wonderful smelling ) a pervasive coffee aroma, which affects some of the tastes/smells of the beer IMO. Also, prices are a little high...

Overall, though, a nice little hidden gem and worth a visit when in downtown Portland - directly across the street from Embassy Suites Hotel/Portland ChopHouse on SW Third.

Photo of bassoonoflunacy
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Quite a change from the pubs you're used to. This place is primarily a cofee house that strangely serves belgian beers. Even at 8 pm, the beer drinkers are vastly outnumbered by the coffee crowd. This isn't a bad thing, but it does make the place seem a little more lively, jumpy.

The beers are great, though. There are only four beers on a tap but they're all Belgian (with proper glassware). And they have an impressive bottle list.

Snacks are available (olives, nuts, etc.).

Pretty close to Shanghai Tunnel and Tugboats, too.

Photo of SamuraiJack
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

If they rented rooms in the back I would want to live here. I mean, what could be better than getting the best coffee in town in the morning and fantastic Belgian beer in the afternoon... all in a super hip environment with gorgeous furniture and design, cool original art and a DJ booth! It's my dream combination.

Last time I went (which would be just last night) they had on tap Chimay Cinq Cents, LaChouffe, Delerium Tremens and a freshly tapped keg of Dupon Avec Les Bons Voeux. They rotate two of these regularly, and tend to have the Chimay and the LaChouffe all the time.

The bottle list is almost entirely Belgian and German in nature and is both extensive and interesting. It's a mix of classics like Westmalle Tripel, Chimay Premiere and Duvel with the more obscure beers like Boon Gueuze, Samichlaus and the like.

The staff isn't super knowledgable about beer - so it is more suited to someone with an understanding of Belgian and German beer (or at least with an adventerous spirit). On the other hand, the staff seems very knowledgable about coffee and are all quite nice.

Very enjoyable!

Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Portland, OR
90 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.