It’s really wonderful when two people can come together and form a bond over shared interests. Jade and I have been able to do that with this blog and it’s fantastic to see others doing the same. Ro and Natasha of Either/Or Coffee are embarking on a journey together and we are thrilled to be able to capture a few moments of what they have started. These two ladies have started their own business, a coffee shop in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland on Southwest 13th Avenue. We were able to come in the second week they were open. There are only two employees so far, Natasha and Ro. They are two seasoned baristas taking their skills to the next level and doing something new and a little different in the coffee community.
They are serving up Heart as their primary roast and serving other small micro roasts such as Coava and Sterling. We ordered a latte to begin with to see what kind of cup they put together. It was delicious but that wasn’t even the best part of the place. We struck up a conversation with Ro, who is sweet, enthusiastic and genuine, which only made our whole experience that much better. It felt as if we were old friends. She wanted us to try one of their specialties, an espresso flight. That’s right, you’ve probably had a beer flight, or a cheese or meat flight , but a flight of coffee? Probably not. At least we haven’t seen one at any of the places we’ve gone so far. There is a small latte, an espresso shot, a shot of carbonated water, and a small side of milk chocolate with fruits and nuts to compliment the espresso. The combination of each part of the flight is delightful on it’s own, but together they are a complete experience. We settled into a corner of the shop to sip our coffee and people watch. As other customers came in throughout the afternoon, Ro and Natasha greeted every single one by name. This is the type of establishment that really cares about its customers.
We couldn’t help but ask about the story behind the name of their shop. They told us that they named their shop Either/Or partly after the Elliott Smith album (which I love,) and for the concept of life phases philosophized by Søren Kierkegaard that the name encapsulates. Their space has plenty of beautiful natural light coming through the windows and the design is clean and concise. They also are making their own syrups and sodas in house. We didn’t get to try them, but I guess that just means we have to go back very, very soon.
Do yourself a favor and go grab a cup from Natasha and Ro…