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Coffee By Design

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620 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3304
+1 207-772-5533
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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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
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Arles-sur-Tech, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Friendly staff, good coffee and great chai latte, with a pretty good almond croissant. Limited seating to the rear. Wasn't sure whether they had real cups and silverware, would have preferred that to plastic cups, but maybe they don't have dishwashing equipment. Anyhow, a good place to relax.

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Bowral, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Yes we like a flat white, and yes they knew how to do one. Best of all they asked how do you like your flat white and so it was perfect. Aroma, flavour, strength, size, taste - all very good. Plus the trail mix cookie was fabulous!!!

Thank Joanne P
The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Clearly a local feel and services, providing you a good cup of coffee, well prepared, with friendly staff. Small. And not as commercial as the Starbucks. If I want to sit quiet or meet up with a friend and talk, that's the kind of place. Be aware, most days they close at 7 PM.

Thank DutchTX
Quincy, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

This local company knows their coffee suppliers first hand and is a tremendous benefactor to the "good works" of the city of Portland. Coffee is wonderful and when you buy a pound - ground to your liking if you wish - you get a free 12 oz cup of your choice!

Thank Jan H
Davis, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016

Beautiful coffee bar with a wide selection of different coffees. Yiu can have them grind beans customed to your needs. So much better than Starbucks!

Thank Chiili
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2016

Good coffee. Comfortable seating area with tables in the back. Great neighbourhood. Our latte could have used an extra shot but the brewed coffees (one caf, one decaf) were excellent. Nice to be able to drink them out of ceramic mugs rather than having paper as the only choice. Great staff.

Thank BandB-1508
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

Coffee by Design is a quintessential local business. In addition to serving great coffee in several locations in Portland, they contribute to the community continually. In fact, they are a model for how to do business both with a social conscience, and making the host community a better place.

Thank Bosotros
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2016

Nicely prepared coffee. Friendly staffs. Ample seating areas at the back. The price was right as well.

Thank bookworm6971
Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2016

wide variety of excellent coffee beans ground and whole. Fresh roasted onsite. Local pastries available.

Thank LZimmerman
Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank ellenandmike_12

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 620 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3304
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-772-5533
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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