Who Has the Best Coffee in The Pacific Northwest?

Who Has the Best Coffee in The Pacific Northwest?

By Rock Me Coffee

One of the top questions that most people from Portland to Seattle have is “who has the best coffee in the Pacific Northwest?” and the answer to this question varies on a variety of factors including your hometown, style of coffee you prefer and the type of coffee shop you like.

Thankfully, we’ve made answering the question of who has the best coffee in the Pacific Northwest simple by compiling the best coffee houses, and coffee as a whole, that people from Portland OR to Seattle WA favor the most.

Best Coffee in The Pacific Northwest


In a city bursting over with so much great coffee, it’s not easy to standout, but Coava manages to do just that. Its amazing java is the result of some serious sourcing, which includes picking each single-lot coffee only after trying beans from about 500 other neighboring farms. At any given time Coava offers some 10 coffees, that range from naturally processed Ethiopians to washed Colombians, but the menu changes so frequently, it typically goes through around 70 different types of coffee in any given year. Plus, it boasts a huge, relaxing space that’s ideal for sipping and soaking up the weirdness of Portland.


Located right in the heart of downtown Bend, Thump Coffee is a locals’ favorite, voted best local coffee shop every year for the past four years. That may be because that’s when Thump started roasting its own. Hipster to the max, above the bar is states something like, “We want all Baristas to look like members of the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons.”

The space is warm, open and airy with live plants and lots of exposed brick and natural wood and an especially welcoming feel for those that like moustaches, free Wi-fi and bike riding.


Craftworks recently launched its coffee house in Lower Queen Anne, with the goal to become “Seattle’s ultimate coffee bar,” and it seems to be on its way to becoming just that. Craftworks is unique in that it offers an educational coffee drinking experience. Patrons order from a rotating menu of coffees produced from Northwest micro-roasters, including nitro coffee and cold brew on tap, while learning about the products.

Jenny Lee of Craftworks noted, “We want to show customers how good coffee can be, without being covered up by milk or sugar or cream. Much like a wine bar, where people go to enjoy and learn about wine, Craftworks will be a place where people can come in and learn about coffee. We believe everyone should be aware of the great coffee that is out there and our goal is to present it in a relaxed environment and bridge the gap between coffee roasters and coffee drinkers without being pretentious or uncomfortable.”


There are several Slate Coffee locations around Seattle, and if you bring your patience, you can enjoy a coffee that was perfectly made just for you. The knowledgeable baristas ask each customer questions about their preferences, determining exactly what your perfect cup of Joe should be. Tasting flights are offered too.

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