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“Great Coffee Near Portland's Waterfront”
Review of Coffee By Design

Coffee By Design
Ranked #4 of 23 Coffee & Tea in Portland
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.
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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.
Texas Gulf Coast, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
485 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 452 helpful votes
“Great Coffee Near Portland's Waterfront”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

Although CBD has several locations in and near Portland, my favorite is the one on India Street. It's near the Portland Regency and several other hotels and about a 5-minute walk from the CBL ferry terminal and the new international cruise ship terminal. I always get a dark roast to go and I'm always happy with it. Service is fast and friendly. If you need a place to kick back and relax, several tables line one wall. More tables by the big windows at the front get warmed by late afternoon sunlight. Free WiFi and easy to find electrical outlets are welcome conveniences. If you enjoy fine coffee at reasonable prices and also want to catch some local color, this is one of the better places near the waterfront to do it. Try it, you'll like it, and you'll go back for more!

  • Visited March 2013
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Cumberland, Maine
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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“I love, love, love Coffee By Design”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

I have purchased all of my coffee from CBD for many years. I have never been disappointed. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and engaging. They have several locations, but my favorite is the India Street store. All of their stores have a warm and inviting atmosphere, with funky art and the ability to use WIFI, have small, informal meetings and hang out.

I highly recommend Coffee By Design for both the serious coffee drinker and the person who enjoys chai, hot chocolate and other delicious beverages. It is a wonderful way to experience the culture of Portland.

Visited April 2013
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Thank Luvmyredmiata
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Peaks Island, Maine
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A great coffee house, with a great conscience”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

Expect great coffee and simple baked good here -- not a lot more. But the people are friendly, the company's values are great, they open early, and . . . what more does a coffee house need to offer.

Visited March 2013
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Thank ArthurFink
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Portland, Maine
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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“It's Great”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

Love the tea. Coffee is great as well. The bakery items are also a delicous treat as well. It's aplus that the staff in knowledgeable about the prodcuts, and are great at recomending items!

  • Visited March 2013
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Maine
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Just good coffee”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

It doesn't matter which Coffe by Design you go to... its just GREAT coffee. They also have some yummy foods, and fun decor. Really, just good coffee!!!

Visited March 2013
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Thank MaineMomma
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