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Coffee By Design

620 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3304
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Ranked #8 of 535 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Most recent review
- Jul 8, 2014
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94% Recommend
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

I agree there are many fine coffee shops in Portland. My husband is an espresso snob and their's was the first that gained his approval. I so appreciated a REAL chai tea latte that wasn't made with spicy flavored syrup. I added my own honey to sweeten it to my taste. Would definitely return. It's a great place to enjoy... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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157 reviews 157 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

A nice coffee spot with friendly service, excellent coffee, and quite a few tables for relaxing. Both iced and hot coffees were terrific. Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area and craving coffee.

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

First time in any new city, my quest is to fine the best cup of coffee. This was okay, but only okay. There was a nice vibe, however, and the retail selection was interesting.

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Tampa, Florida
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244 reviews 244 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

There are several great coffee shops in Portland, but this was our favorite! Great atmosphere, staff, and drinks. There is parking on the street that you can easily walk from. They also serve Holy Donuts if you don't want to have to travel to one of their main stores. The spicy chai latte was fantastic, and my husband loved his... More

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Colchester, Vermont
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25 reviews 25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

I'm not a coffee drinker, but my husband is, so I appreciate when a coffee place has other options that are also delicious. There were 2 choices: *Sweet* or *Spicy* (less sugary, more spices added) Chai Latte, and I chose spicy. Delicious! I also noticed they had some donuts that looked homemade & a s'mores bar that looked like the... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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197 reviews 197 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This was a great stop on a very rainy Saturday morning! Helpful staff and a great cup of dark roast coffee. Parking is on the street, which may mean a little bit of a walk. Will be back!

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Portland, Maine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Love the coffee here. Love the atmosphere of all of the locations. The new CBD is beautiful. Peak roasts are my favorite, especially the Costa Rica Dota Finca La Pastora Honey Coffee 8oz jar and the Costa Rica Tarrazu La Minita Estate, which we often get by the pound. Nutty and very flavorful. Provides locally made treats which is wonderful.... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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84 reviews 84 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Great coffee and extensive menu with all the coffees we are used to back home in NZ like mocha's, lattes and cappa's. They customised our order to suit our preference and it was worth the extra $ for more shots. Also a cute wee store with merchandise and cabinet goods. Highly recommend for a nice takeaway or sit in coffee.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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153 reviews 153 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

One of the best lattes I have had in the US. Sandwiches were pretty good as well. Wifi is free and the surroundings are nice. Can really recommend.

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Portland, Maine
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Strolling through downtown, I came across this shop and stopped in. The atmosphere was wonderfully designed; service was superb. The barista was very helpful in creating the best coffee according to what I was looking for with just the right amount of sweetness to the strength of the brew. Coffee was smooth with rich flavor. I would recommend it to... More

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