Portland >James Bean Cafe
wonderful place. healthy food, caring people. puts their heart and soul into their food, customer service is exceptional...beautiful people doing beautiful work.
best smoothies and food. food is healthy, delicious, reasonable priced. Wild Salmon is great with best brown rice ever...employees were fast and friendly
The friendliest coffee in an unlikely place.
I work in the historic Yamhill District and have a vast choice of coffee vendors. Why anyone working in that area would look any farther than James Bean Cafe is beyond me. It's cheaper, friendlier and (shockingly) less crowded than the Starbuck's across the street. Sean and Linda are incredibly gracious hosts (who also run the great lunchtime bento shop around the corner). You've got news-front tables if you're into the daily grist. You've got the peoplewatching (including the Bally to-ers and fro-ers), the secluded tables and the tables in mid-traffic. As connoisseurs of coffee and more teas than you can shake a stick at, what's not to love?
James Bean galvanized my undying affection when they agreed to donate coffee for the monthly bike event Breakfast on the Bridges. Numerous people stopped me and asked me where the great coffee came from. Two people said it was their favorite new place just from the scrumptious coffee (Kona blend). No frills, straight up honest to goodness deep-roasty succulence. To sip is to love, truly.
Don't bother crossing the street to Starbuck's. They can never treat you as well as they do at JBC.
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