There’s plenty of good coffee in Portland but I’m a tough one to please. I want more than that — there has to be something special thrown into the mix to sway me. Over the last few months, there’s a place that’s grown very near and dear to my heart and it’s called Good Coffee. While the coffee is indeed good, it’s everything else that’s not mentioned in the name that has made me a dedicated fan.
First up: the decor. Oversized white hex tiles cover the sides of the counters, which are topped with light, creamy, grayish marble. Then there’s a jumbo cactus that never gets old, especially when you’re a dedicated taker of shoe selfies. And, the entrance is done up in penny tiles inlaid with the phrase Good Day. The interiors of both locations are mostly white and anchored with a lot of natural wood for a very Scandinavian modern vibe. Need I say more?
Once you’ve been bamboozled by the fabulous decor, tasty banana bread and yes, good coffee, the next thing you’ll notice are the genuinely friendly baristas. I appreciate places that are warm and welcoming. After all, there’s nothing worse than walking into somewhere and getting the overwhelming feeling that everyone hates their jobs with a fiery passion. What a mood killer! Good Coffee is the exact opposite — I’d venture out on a limb and say that it’s the friendliest coffee shop in Portland.
There’s nothing like a hangout that not only looks good but makes you feel good. With so much competition in the coffee shop world, the one thing that can still win people over is good, old fashioned customer service. Don’t you agree?