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Coffee By Design

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620 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3304
+1 207-772-5533
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6:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Thu 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Description: Coffee By Design, a Maine owned and operated coffee company since 1994, is...
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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  • 62
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  • 20
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Coffee Around!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2014
Heather M
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Brattleboro, Vermont
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Brattleboro, Vermont
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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
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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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248 restaurant reviews
163 helpful votes 163 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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67 restaurant reviews
149 helpful votes 149 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
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13 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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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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Oshawa
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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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94 helpful votes 94 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
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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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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 620 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3304
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-772-5533

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop

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.
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

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