Channeling the aura of a lively Las Vegas scene, a red carpet guides guests from Twinsies Coffee and Cupcakes’ door straight to the display of artfully frosted cupcakes, made from scratch each morning in a rotating selection of 12 flavors. Bakers bob along to the upbeat hum of ‘80s music and the bubbling of a new 8-foot-long fish tank as they craft jumbo-sized cupcakes, which enchant taste buds with flavors such as Nutella chocolate, PB&J, and lemon. Alongside simple cake-batter cupcakes, filled confections conceal creamy centers and trick cupcakes conceal mini whoopee cushions. The café keeps energy high with a full espresso bar, which brews up infusions crafted from locally roasted beans to promote the local economy.
Tea aficionados at Momma Honey and the Princess brew up pots of Intelligentsia loose-leaf tea and coffee to serve alongside pastries crafted at local bakeries. Pinkies protrude over high tea as pairs of guests share pots of elixir brewed from loose leaves or roasted beans harvested from sustainable small farms around the world and brewed with local water. Discuss teatime topics, sharing opinions on world politics or the boiling point of water between mouthfuls of sandwiches, savory cream puffs, and scones. Alternatively, customers can present a punch card and caffeinate with 10 12-ounce Intelligentsia loose-leaf tea and coffee drinks of their choice, served in compostable cups that amateur farmers can use to fertilize and grow their own coffee-shop plants.
More than 25 breads, made from fresh, natural wheat flour, fill the racks at House of Bread, ready to be toted home and eaten, or sliced for the bakery's hearty sandwiches. The stone-milled flour combines with honey, which serves as a natural sweetener, and natural ingredients to create mouth-watering loaves of challah, raspberry swirl, gluten-free rice bread, and over 20 others. A rotating schedule of breads, muffins, and scones keeps the menu as fresh as the pastries.
In a profile for Oregon Live, Matt Perry said he got the idea to open a coffee shop in 2010, shortly after returning from service in Iraq with the Oregon Army National Guard. He was taking a community-college business course and had to make the plans for a shop as an assignment. Two years later, he was able to realize his plans with the cozy two-story business named after his english mastiff.
Toasty aromas of Portland Roasting Coffee's beans waft through the shop as baristas fill mugs and steam silky lattes. Several healthy drinks provide an alternate jolt of nutrition, from berry smoothies enhanced with flax or multivitamins to green juices, such as the Army Greens with a blend of kale, spinach, ginger, and patriotic speeches. Upstairs, leather chairs and a cozy love seat reside in a bright space illuminated by sunlight filtering through arched windows.
Named for the Hawaiian word for passion fruit, Lilikoi Coffee exudes a tropical feel with walls painted the color of the ocean on a clear, bright day. Guests can order up a plate of savory or sweet waffles, including some dusted with powdered sugar and ripe strawberries. Baristas camped out behind the counter navigate jars filled with loose-leaf Foxfire tea, pots of brewing Stumptown coffee, and 14 styles of syrup to mix into chilled italian sodas or bubble bath for Candyland. Staff can customize the drinks to suit dietary requirements, swapping out the milk in traditional lattes with rice-, almond-, or hemp- milk alternatives.