An insider explains why Portland has become a coffee capital.

If you have a hard time getting your morning started without a big mug of coffee, we’d encourage you to take a five-minute walk from Lucia to 12th and Alder, where you’ll find Heart Coffee Roasters. Known for its high-quality product and thoughtful sourcing, Heart represents the pinnacle of specialty coffee without any hints of pretension. We had the chance to chat with Director of Wholesale, Ryan Cross, to learn a little bit more about what makes Heart unique, and what he loves about Portland’s coffee community.

How and when did you get into coffee? What drew you to the coffee world?

When I was old enough to boil water, my grandma would have me make her instant coffee; I was her little barista. My first ‘real’ barista job was in the late 90s at a Starbucks in Portland. My first exposure to specialty coffee was at Haven Coffee House (RIP). Haven was an early Stumptown account on SE Division & 34th. Stumptown’s training and education really got me hooked.

Aside from Heart, what are some of your favorite coffee shops in the Portland area?

There are too many wonderful coffee shops in Portland to list, and they all have something special going on. These ones serve quality beverages paired with something special.

Nuvrei – for the pastries

Either/Or – for the food

Prince – for the stroopwafel

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