When we went to Public Domain, it was right at the height of a coffee break. If you’ve ever been in a coffee shop in the middle of that kind of rush you know that there was a line and a wait. Public Domain is located on SW Broadway and Alder, which is basically the busiest part of downtown Portland. Once I got through the line to order our latte, espresso and a pastry, we were able to take a seat at the bar along the window.
After a few sips of their house roasts, it was pretty obvious why Public Domain was as busy as they were. The coffee was really, really good. It made me curious though as to where their delicious grinds come from. After doing a bit of research I found out that their shop is actually a culmination of the efforts of Coffee Bean International, one of Oregon’s first specialty coffee roasters. They started their business in Eugene, Oregon back in 1972 and after numerous awards and plenty of success, Public Domain opened their doors in 2010. So though you may have to wait in line for a while for a cup of their delicious coffee, it’s only a testament to their long standing dedication to serving up the best brew to the hard working people of the heart of the city.