In July 2013, Port City Coffee Roasters won New Hampshire Magazine’s 2013 Best of New Hampshire Award for Best Local Coffee Roaster, beating out many larger coffee roasters in bigger cities state-wide. Voting is done by magazine readership via write-ins on blank ballots.
Port City Coffee Roasters has a café and a retail counter. The inside space is small. The roasting machine is front and center. There are a couple of high and a few conventional tables, plus a counter along the front window and a couple of armchairs. There is outside seating along the covered cement walkway out front. But, a lot of business is for takeout.
The retail counter offers about 40 varieties of roasted coffee for sale that include South American, Central American, Kenyan, and Indonesian coffees, plus many blends and flavored coffees, such as Cinnamon Hazelnut, Pumpkin Spice, Irish Cream, Mudslide, and Butter Rum. Prices are under $15.00/lb. I’ve had the Pumpkin Spice Decaf for the winter holidays. It’s a favorite. For the rest of the year, I like Sumatran Decaf for its low acidity and smooth taste. It’s a great coffee for later in the day and into the evening. For full-bodied coffees, I like the Costa Rican Decaf and the slightly richer-tasting Colombian Decaf.
The café offers a selection of hot and cold drinks that include a half dozen freshly-brewed coffees, espresso, cappuccino, latte, tea, chai, cocoa, cafe au lait, and bottled drinks. But, most people come for the coffee.
The menu includes a wide selection of fresh-daily go-withs such as large cookies, slices of coffee cake, East End Bagels (from Ipswich, MA), muffins, and more. One unique offering is the apple croissant. There are some breakfast sandwiches. For meal-time, there are sandwiches and wraps from $4.25, plus grilled panini from $6.50. The sandwiches feature Old World all-natural artisan breads from When Pigs Fly, a bakery based in nearby York, Maine with its own set of awards and accolades and several retail stores in ME, NH, and MA---one of which is two doors down from Port City Coffee Roasters.
Sandwich/wrap filings include ham, turkey, pastrami, grilled chicken, tuna salad, and chicken salad. Additions of lettuce, tomato, onion, sweet or hot peppers, olives, baby spinach or pickles cost 35 cents each. Addition of American, cheddar, provolone, or Swiss cheese costs 50 cents. Dressings include ranch dressing plus two mayos, and several varieties of mustard.
Some sandwiches are pre-made for the convenience of the takeout customers who want to grab a sandwich quickly. Most are made to order for diners who are eating on premises.
My most-recent visit was late on Sunday afternoon. I had a large Costa Rican Decaf at $2.15 + 9% NH Room & Meals Tax. As usual, it was excellent. I know that I can depend on Port City Coffee Roasters for coffees of consistently high quality and with a certain taste that remains unchanged from batch to batch. And, the coffee is always freshly-roasted and freshly-brewed.
Because of where I sat during this visit, I happened to notice a framed memorial for musician/songwriter and luthier Chris Pearne, who taught guitar at Gary’s Guitars, played at The Press Room, and frequented Port City Coffee Roasters before he passed away in June 2011.
If you own or manage Port City Coffee Roasters, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.