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Coffee By Design

620 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3304
+1 207-772-5533
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Ranked #28 of 540 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun 6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Thu 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
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Description: Coffee By Design, a Maine owned and operated coffee company since 1994, is dedicated to changing the world, one cup of coffee at a time by providing customers with sustainably sourced, traceable coffee. Owners Mary Allen Lindemann and Alan Spear were named Maine SBA Small Business Person of the Year, 2014. In addition to serving some of the world's finest coffee, Coffee By Design is committed to running a sustainable business dedicated to the arts, the environment, and the community.
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Brattleboro, Vermont
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I like to think that I am quite the traveler, and I definitely drink my fair share of of coffee but I must say that Coffee By Design has to be the best Coffee in Portland ME, if not all of New England! They really put a lot of love and thought into each and every cup of carefully crafted... More 

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Saint Albans, Vermont
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

If you are looking for good coffee from someplace different, this is a great place to go. Service was fast and friendly. Prices were good.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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476 reviews 476 reviews
239 restaurant reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I asked my concierge where the best coffee in Portland could be found and he suggested Coffee by Design. It wasn't bad but it wasn't the best coffee I've had. The service was great. The shop was fine. the coffee wasn't bad. It just wasn't as good as I was expecting. It was solid.

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New York City, New York
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354 reviews 354 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We've been here before the Labor day and tasted their donut first before I experienced the Holy Donut quality, brought some also while we were traveling to Nova Scotia,and tasted good too. You have to try their other products too.

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Portland, Maine
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I have been a fan of CBD for at least 10 years. Their coffees are excellent as is their selection. The atmosphere is collegial and relaxing. My favorite coffee shop in Portland. Several locations, India St is less crowded than Congress.

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Rangeley, Maine
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44 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The cappucino was delicious, the coffee full-bodied and the nibble choices from Holy Donut and a cupcake bakery rounded out a nice lazy Sunday morning. There were lots of papers to read and easy chairs for comfort without any pretension inside or on the sidewalk. And, the price was right.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Great coffee, and a break for the big name coffee shops. God selection of quick bagels, cookies, muffins. Small, but clean and friendly.

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Sydney, Australia
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164 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Back on Congress Street in the Arts District we dropped into this place; the flagship of several other Coffee By Design branches. The tiny and cluttered space offers several places to sit, coffee paraphernalia, even an extensive range of beans they roast themselves. If I can make comparisons, the macchiato at Speckled Ax was far more superior than the one... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Located right around the corner from the Residence Inn. Had multiple coffee options including decaf and five different iced coffee blends. Muffins and donuts were good and the coffee was very smooth. Enjoyed the coffee and atmosphere more than Crema, another shop located close to the hotel.

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Mobile al
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

A small local place that did a terrific skinny latte. The locals appeared to frequent it. Nice change from the chain coffee shops.

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Additional Information about Coffee By Design

Address: 620 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3304
Phone Number: +1 207-772-5533
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
Open Hours:
Sunday 6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Coffee Shop

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