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Coffee By Design

620 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3304
+1 207-772-5533
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“chai” (3 reviews)
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620 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3304
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had the coffee at the location in Freeport and liked it so much we sought out an outlet in Portland to buy beans. Staff called the Freeport location for me to find out which coffee they had been serving and recommended another variety too.

Thank PatE57
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

Brilliant place to make a stop while on Portland. Their coffee is great as well as their chai latte.

Thank rdrib
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

A cool coffee shop (the original location) on a busy street, with a nice, quiet ambience and great coffee to go along with it. I'd certainly come back here a lot if I lived here. I highly recommend.

Thank Joey613
Reviewed 24 February 2017

There are 3 main locations for CBD. This one is their original location. It is perfectly located for the art students that frequent the area. Let me characterize the places: Congress St - college students; India St - the student's professors; Washington Ave - young...More

Thank astro005
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Lots of great options for delicious, fresh coffee, and the iced coffee was absolutely delicious. I will return here.

Thank Chris_CAB
Reviewed 4 December 2016

In the never-ending debate over which local coffee in Portland is best, there are a number of worthy competitors -- Arabica, Bard, Coffee By Design, Speckled Ax, Tandem -- all who can reliably (based on their fans) claim bragging rights. I enjoy coffee from all...More

Thank Kbelton1961
Reviewed 8 November 2016

We were in Portland for our honeymoon and I always try to check out the local coffee joints. Wonderful selection with a quality product.

Thank Courtney D
Reviewed 4 November 2016

We travel year round and spend summers in Maine. One of the first places we go is CBD to get their excellent excellent coffee.

Thank lilac_gs
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Friendly staff, good coffee and great chai latte, with a pretty good almond croissant. Limited seating to the rear. Wasn't sure whether they had real cups and silverware, would have preferred that to plastic cups, but maybe they don't have dishwashing equipment. Anyhow, a good...More

Thank opera_fanatic47
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Yes we like a flat white, and yes they knew how to do one. Best of all they asked how do you like your flat white and so it was perfect. Aroma, flavour, strength, size, taste - all very good. Plus the trail mix cookie...More

Thank Joanne P
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Greg K
31 July 2015|
Response from MGordonCharlotte_NC | Reviewed this property |
Not sure...think a call to the management is needed for that. Enjoy.
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
06:30 - 19:00
06:30 - 20:00
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06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 620 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3304
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-772-5533
Coffee By Design, a Maine owned and operated coffee company since 1994, is dedicated to changing the world, one cup of coffee at a time by providing customers with sustainably sourced, traceable coffee. Owners Mary Allen Lindemann and Alan Spear were named Maine SBA Small Business Person of the Year, 2014. In addition to serving some of the world's finest coffee, Coffee By Design is committed to running a sustainable business dedicated to the arts, the environment, and the community.
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