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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
Dining options: Breakfast, Coffee & Tea
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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  • 65
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  • 23
    Very good
  • 5
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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
Perfect Coffee in Maine

We made a stop at Coffee By Design in Portland, which was perfect. The location was easy to get to and the coffee was wonderful. The young woman who worked there was funny and very nice. Don't miss this stop if you are a coffee lover!

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

We made a stop at Coffee By Design in Portland, which was perfect. The location was easy to get to and the coffee was wonderful. The young woman who worked there was funny and very nice. Don't miss this stop if you are a coffee lover!

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Charlotte, NC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

A great coffee stop offering organic/sustainable coffee at reasonable prices. Plenty of seating, free wifi and very attentive service at the counter.

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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

We tried a couple of Coffee By Design locations during our stay and they were all great. Definitely try the Iced White - perfect for a summery day.

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Boston, MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

If you like good microroasted coffee, but don't like multinational chains, this is your choice. They also have cold drinks (Odwalla, milk, chocolate milk, energy drinks) and, of course, iced coffee and tea.

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We liked to visit coffee roasters when travelling and this is one of the best we experienced in New England. They have a nice variety of different coffee, including nice blends. We bought quite a few bags of beans, the El Salvador and Costa Rica beans were very nice. Still enjoying it now just wish it was closer to home.

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Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Stopped in for a bag of beans after trip up from Boston-- excellent location in Portland, easy to find, parking on the street, and a free cup of coffee when you buy a bag. Eclectic, and a nice change of pace. Will be back for sure.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Visited on my first trip to the city and wasn't very impressed. Ordered a latte and muffin "for here". Didn't offer to heat up the muffin and served the latte in a to-go cup. Muffin was good. Latte was ok--I probably wouldn't go back.

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Brattleboro, Vermont
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 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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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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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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