Ristretto Roasters in Portland, Oregon
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Coffee Houses – Ristretto Roasters in Portland, Oregon

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I wish I could say that I chose to get coffee this last Wednesday at Ristretto Roasters in Portland, Oregon because I just knew it was quality coffee: small batch, hand-roasted, specializing in medium roast coffee beans of single origin. But no, I chose Ristretto because it was located the closest to our Mississippi neighborhood Airbnb, and it was on the way to PDX and opened early (6:30 – the location on Williams St.). Little did I know it is one of Portland’s finer/better coffee joints (with 3 locations!). What a pleasant surprise at 6:30 in the morning. Good stuff.

I also didn’t know what the definition of ristretto translates/means, and for a self proclaimed “kinda” coffee nerd (and by “coffee nerd” I just mean I can clearly tell when espresso sucks), this is definitely a faux pas that I have remedied – and in case you don’t know…

“Ristretto is traditionally a short shot of espresso coffee made with the normal amount of ground coffee but extracted with about half the amount of water.[1] Since ristrettos are essentially the first half of a full length extraction, the faster-to-extract compounds predominate in a ristretto. The opposite of a ristretto is a lungo, which is typically double the shot volume. Ristretto means “limited” or “restricted” in Italian whereas lungo means “long.””

The husband and I were in and out of Ristretto pretty quickly – but, I did manage to snap a few images to share on this space. My ultra smooth (and not suck) latté managed to fuel/medicate me all the way to PDX in a calm and satisfied manner. Next time I visit Portland, I’ll definitely be picking up some beans – and more tasty beverages!

tables at Ristretto Roaster in Portland, Oregon
At 6:30 in the morning it was pretty mellow…
menu item at Ristretto Roasters in Portland, Oregon
Options
Cold brew coffee at Ristretto Roasters in Portland, oregon
Cold brew loveliness
menu board at Ristretto Roasters in Portland, Oregon
Choices, choices
latte art at Ristretto Roaster in Portland, Oregon
Latte and lids – so avant garde, I know
Ristretto Roasters in Portland, Oregon
Follow the blue sign
menu board at Ristretto Roasters in Portland, Oregon
Menu board – digging the script

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Now, I use a quart mason jar, a canning funnel, and a filter I jacked from our old coffee machine to make cold brew.  But IF I was to go legit I’d use one of these dudes or it’s industrial sized cronie (unless they totally suck – and if they do let a sista know, OK coffee people?):

One thought on “Coffee Houses – Ristretto Roasters in Portland, Oregon

  1. It ‘s a major treat to see someone do a good job of what they have picked to do. Let’s go to this coffee house this winter. Nice reportage.

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