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Coffee By Design

620 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3304
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Ranked #17 of 539 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Most recent review
- Aug 22, 2014
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English first
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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101 reviews 101 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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120 reviews 120 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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Portland, Maine
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Visited the new shop and warehouse. It's very cool! Sleek and modern decor, great coffee and tea and local baked goods. Met my friends and just relaxed. The place let's you observe the coffee roasting and packing operation, too. Interesting.

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Milford, Connecticut
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Cold brew was the best. I make it every day at home, so happy to find it while traveling. My husband also thoroughly enjoyed his iced Americano. Great spot!

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Arlington Heights, IL
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72 reviews 72 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

It's a long narrow shop with some comfy chairs but mostly hard chairs and tables. Local artwork for sale. Free books. Pastries. Local chain. Didn't disappoint, but I have another I like better in Portland.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

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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193 reviews 193 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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
36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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