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Coffee By Design

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620 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3304
+1 207-772-5533
06:30 - 21:00
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Sun 06:30 - 19:00
Mon - Thu 06:30 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 06:30 - 21:00
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Rockland, Maine
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166 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
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 graduated from school with tech jobs. Each place has its own vibe but the coffee,... More 

Thank astro005
Boston, Massachusetts
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112 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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
Falmouth, Maine
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53 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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 that I've visited -- I haven't been to Tandem -- but the consistently best overall... More 

Thank Kbelton1961
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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
Kennebunks, Maine
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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
Arles-sur-Tech, France
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121 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
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 place to relax.

Thank opera_fanatic47
Bowral, Australia
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548 reviews
329 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
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 was fabulous!!!

Thank Joanne P
The Woodlands, Texas
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153 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Clearly a local feel and services, providing you a good cup of coffee, well prepared, with friendly staff. Small. And not as commercial as the Starbucks. If I want to sit quiet or meet up with a friend and talk, that's the kind of place. Be aware, most days they close at 7 PM.

Thank DutchTX
Quincy, United States
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

This local company knows their coffee suppliers first hand and is a tremendous benefactor to the "good works" of the city of Portland. Coffee is wonderful and when you buy a pound - ground to your liking if you wish - you get a free 12 oz cup of your choice!

Thank Jan H
Davis, CA
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381 reviews
262 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2016

Beautiful coffee bar with a wide selection of different coffees. Yiu can have them grind beans customed to your needs. So much better than Starbucks!

Thank Chiili

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
06:30 - 19:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
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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