Coffee Guide: Cream of the Cups

5 Coffee Drinks Worth a Drive across Town

From thirst-quenching coffee soda to a decadent s'mores mocha, it's time to abandon that Americano order.

By Benjamin Tepler February 20, 2017 Published in the March 2017 issue of Portland Monthly

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Water Avenue’s S’mores Mocha

The respected roasters tapped the s’more experts at local Nineteen27 for this fireside classic. It’s made with a double shot of house El Toro espresso, Israeli chocolate, a chocolate graham cracker, and an espresso-infused marshmallow, blow-torched to order.

Café Revolución’s Café de Olla

The Latina-run coffee-house across from downtown’s DMV does the Mexican tradition proud with a seemingly straightforward mug o’ joe—but sweetened with piloncillo and spiced with cinnamon. 

Hà VL’s Ca Phe Sua Nong

Think all Vietnamese coffee is the same? Hà VL’s cult classic is a hyperconcentrated blend made with four different coffees, including Stumptown, with just a pinch of salt to counteract the bitterness.

Cacao’s Macchiato

Downtown’s chocolate peddlers double down on mocha intensity with this froth-topped macchiato: a fruity, silky-smooth, faintly sweet, 72 percent Ecuadoran chocolate power shot.

Dapper & Wise’s Coffee Soda

D&W rotates its fizzy, amber thirst quencher every season. In winter: root beer made the olde-school way, with sarsaparilla, birch bark, and wintergreen. Warm weather brings a sweet vanilla–rose water number topped with fluffy coconut foam. The real kicker? A glug of Dapper & Wise cold brew. 

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