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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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Sun 6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Thu 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Takeout
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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  • 71
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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
Hot coffee; cool place!

CBD is a coffee shop with an interesting vibe. Wide variety of coffees, espresso,cappuccino, etc pastries and soup. Friendly young servers add to the cool ambience.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 10, 2015
rfmcnulty
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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

We wanted to like this place. So much that we bought beans on two separate occasions. We were disappointed both times. Peak roast seems to be not roasted, or maybe the beans were stale. Coffee by the cup (complimentary) was weak and tasteless. We're all about local roasters but our experience was meh.

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Thank ellenandmike_12
Marblehead, Massachusetts
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

CBD is a coffee shop with an interesting vibe. Wide variety of coffees, espresso,cappuccino, etc pastries and soup. Friendly young servers add to the cool ambience.

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Thank rfmcnulty
East Greenbush, New York, United States
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Let me start by saying we didn't order the food here, and so we really can't comment on that, however what my husband and I saw--it looked tasty. The help was great, friendly, and fast. However the coffee my husband and I had was terrible! My husband got this cappuccino with a shot of almond..he said it tasted like sour... More 

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Thank AlRia12
Portland, Maine, United States
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Coffee is always great. Service is usually very prompt. Seats are often available. Music is lively but not overwhelming.

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Thank Kate P
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

Good coffee and pastries and decor. I found this on my GPS in desperate need of coffee. It hit the spot.

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Thank Rebecky7
Montpelier, Vermont
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 314 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is a convenient, downtown stop for coffee and pastries. The staff ranges from friendly and helpful to hipster "too cool for school". But the coffee, pastries, and cookies are first class and fairly reasonably priced. There's tables and seating inside, and the decoration is pleasant and interesting to look at while relaxing with your brew. The coffee is carefully... More 

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Thank MontpelierGuy
Paradise Valley, Arizona
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

Awesome coffee, great service and the bacon onion roll was as the New Englanders say "wicked good" . We will be back the next time we are in Portland.

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Caribou, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

I stopped in for an iced white mocha, which was superb. This has become my go-to coffee place in Portland!

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Thank Sam J
Halifax, Canada
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78 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Very friendly staff. Convenient location and right in LLBean. Strawberry Banana smoothie is excellent!

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Thank glory4him
Warrensburg, New York
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99 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This can be found in a couple of locations in Portland. The coffee and foods are wonderful. A great place to stop in the early morning when you are setting out for a day in Portland or other areas. They have been in business for a long time and are a part of Portland.

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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: Cafe

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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