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.
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.
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.