A café of real quality. Knowlegable baristas with freshly roasted beans in a minimalist atmospher of integrity. Coava deliveries beyond the visual attracation to give taste, texture and delightful aromas. In a word, Quality
This place is cool looking. Massive interior which would be awesome for events and other such things. A few long communal tables made from reclaimed items, making it reminiscent of a Melbourne cafe. I love the Portland way of giving a run down on the beans they are currently using and asking for preference. I had a fruity Ethiopian in my flat white, an was impressed by the flavour, but the ever prominent milk problem arose here yet again. I really have no idea why a small flat white (or latter for that fact) needs so much milk added. It's ridiculous and just means you end up bloated and don't get to enjoy the coffee as much. I would recommend coming here, but if make sure you asked for a 5-6oz cup rather than their "small".
Water Avenue sits in the industrial east side of Portland, across the river from Downtown. It's a cool looking place, in a little complex with some other eateries making it worth the trek. The staff were friendly and helpful, even when asking for special brews (just less milk, Americans just love things huge, which waters/milks down the shot).
Because they roast there own they have a good idea as to which bean goes with milk and which is best drunk straight. I ordered a cap and was pleasantly surprised at the single origin Indonesian light roast. Full of flavour and super fruity on the palate.
The barista was lovely, and if I lived in Portland I would frequent this place.