We’ve grown up and have a real website.

February 7, 2011

You can check out our new website at wateravenuecoffee.com


One month under our belt …

July 29, 2010

A lot has happened in one month, we opened our doors June 28th and things could not be going better. Sales are picking up steadily and we are evolving our menu a bit to fit the needs of our valued regular customers. Have been receiving consistent positive feedback on the coffees and have been bringing in some excellent coffees in the past month.

We have taken on a handful of cool wholesale accounts and are excited to start working with more coffee bars, restaurants, dive bars and community spaces who want to serve excellent locally crafted coffees.

We had our surprise health inspection today and scored 100% … gold stars for our crew.

We are also looking at expanding our hours a bit, and have applied for a beer and wine license for those who want to come in and hang out in a loft style coffee roastery space in the evenings, in between cocktails and killer food from our new neighbors at Bunk Bar, planing to open mid August.

Thanks to all who have supported the shop and made it thru our 1st month of transitions and growing pains. We are now taking credit cards as well!

Come on in and let us know what you think. We are here to meet the needs of our customers, serve the best damn coffee we can roast and brew per cup, and satisy a social need while effecting buying practices on a global scale.

Thanks again for the support!

– Matt


Water Avenue Coffee to Open Monday June 28th

June 25, 2010

WAC will finally be opening our doors Monday, June 28th.


m-f 7:30-5:00

potential limited hours Saturdays – more to come.

Come see our new pretty roasting and retail factory! 1028 SE Water Ave. Portland, OR 97214


Almost Open

June 12, 2010

We are in the final stages of opening our retail and roasting facility to the public. Everything is coming together and we are excited to serve the Central Eastside the fantastic coffee it deserves.

You may have already noticed the glow of the blue neon from our rafters.

Opening date is still pending but we are hoping late next week.


When it rains we pour …

April 13, 2010

Water Avenue Coffee is super stoked to have such a great team and we are thrilled to be offering a great selection of pour over coffees daily as well as our espresso menu and Chemex into carafe as our only drip. While Drew Woods pours perfect capps and lattes, Tom Pikaart has been blowing minds with his pour over Hario fanaticism. Today we implemented a pre–portioned coffee method in dated, air tight containers from Coffee Vac to the pour over routine. We feel that everyone should be able to enjoy a freshly ground and hand poured cup of WAC coffee, and are implementing a way to make it a more streamlined process.

Exciting times down on Water Avenue. Come on by to try from our market price coffee menu currently featuring 5 coffees from Ethiopia, Sumatra, Rwanda, Honduras and Colombia.


Temporary Coffee is Open

April 3, 2010

Temporary Coffee is open at 1028 SE Water Avenue. We are extremely stoked to have Tom Pikaart (www.pouredover.com) and Drew Woods (Vivace) on board serving killer espresso and coffees. We are rocking 8 and 12 oz drinks, no menu board, pour over and chemex only for drip, serving coffees from WAC and espresso from OLY. Our hours are 7:30-5ish Monday-Friday. The goal is to transition from the Temporary Coffee space into the Water Avenue Coffee Factory in a month or so, but in the meantime, provide our neighbors with excellent coffee.

We have a small selection of delicious pastries from Pearl Bakery, Pie from Pie Spot, teas from Steven Smith Tea Co. and a big bowl of oranges. Come late in the day and you may find a stray Tecate in fridge, and Matt, Brandon and Bruce on one of the leather sofas.


Water Avenue Business Card Letterpress Detail

March 14, 2010


Get your coffee individually roasted by the pound

February 25, 2010


While you are waiting for your dream catcher to be woven, watch as your selected coffee gets the 1lb treatment* on the propane-powered Probatino coffee roaster.

*Burt Reynolds Is Not Going To Be There So Don’t Show Up With Your Cannonball Run Poster or Showgirls merch.


Street 14 is open

February 22, 2010

It has been a fun few months working with Street 14 in Astoria, OR and helping them open the coolest new coffee bar in Oregon. Denise is the first official Water Avenue Coffee account, and currently the ONLY place where you can buy WAC Coffee.

Her shop is beautiful, and a designers dream … a perfect fit for the launch of WAC’s branding efforts and first round of coffees. We have 4 single origins, and espresso blend and a decaf on tap.

“The coffee is amazing, the food offering is incredible and the staff warm and friendly! It was really cool to be in the hotel lobby looking into a buzzing cafe!
Clearly a formidable partner in our success to come!
It’s been a long costly winter at the hotel – As a package – the cafe should complete an all ready compelling experience!
Water Ave’s coffee is spot on in their branding and identity- bought a bag for
French press at home.” Says Brian, a partner of the Commodore Hotel, where Street 14 rests in it’s main floor and lobby.

Here are some pics:


February 19, 2010

There is no other way to read a Hardy Boy’s mystery than with a wholesome and sober cup of decaf coffee. Tackling Nancy Drew, on the other hand, requires a quart of gin.