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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 - 7:00 pm
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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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Quincy, United States
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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153 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars 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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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars 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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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars 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
Marblehead, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

CBD is a coffee shop with an interesting vibe. Wide variety of coffees, espresso,cappuccino, etc pastries and soup. Friendly young servers add to the cool ambience.

Thank rfmcnulty
East Greenbush, New York, United States
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Let me start by saying we didn't order the food here, and so we really can't comment on that, however what my husband and I saw--it looked tasty. The help was great, friendly, and fast. However the coffee my husband and I had was terrible! My husband got this cappuccino with a shot of almond..he said it tasted like sour... More 

Thank AlRia12
Portland, Maine, United States
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Coffee is always great. Service is usually very prompt. Seats are often available. Music is lively but not overwhelming.

Thank Kate P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout
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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