Great Coffee is Public Domain™

New Coffeehouse Slated to Open April 30th in Downtown Portland
Publish Date: 
March 24, 2010

For years, the bustling corner of SW Broadway and Alder has been an outpost for Portland Coffee House, where the downtown community has sipped locally roasted coffee. To make way for a shop that more clearly represents the owner’s vision of an ideal coffee experience, this low-key coffeehouse quietly closed earlier this month.

Portland-based Coffee Bean International®, the city’s original specialty coffee roaster, bought Portland Coffee House in December of 2005, with the intent to give it a “refresh.” However, the transformation currently underway is much more.

Slated to open on April 30, 2010, Public Domain will captivate and educate coffee lovers with exceptional coffee in an environment that places the coffee at the center of the experience. Public Domain will be Coffee Bean International’s flagship coffeehouse and feature a menu of micro-lot, artisan roasted coffees that changes seasonally.

The interior space features a stage-like setting that will allow customers to engage with the baristas as they prepare coffee using pour over, French press, or one of two espresso machines. One of them is the Slayer, an innovative espresso machine that allows baristas the flexibility to control and adjust water pressure throughout the course of every shot, a process that highlights the best qualities of each coffee. In addition, baristas and roasters will host events such as daily cuppings, classes on brewing coffee at home and happy hour espresso tastings.

Roastmaster and coffee visionary, Paul Thornton, sees Public Domain as an exciting development in the growth and evolution of the company. “I’ve been buying and roasting coffee for Coffee Bean International’s retail clients for almost 30 years. Public Domain gives us the opportunity to bring our coffee directly to coffee lovers and do it our way, as an expression of the inspiration and experience we’ve accumulated over the years. We’ll feature hard-to-find coffees, always in season, roasted on our vintage Probat UG45, and served by passionate and knowledgeable baristas. And as the name Public Domain indicates, we’re excited to offer this experience for all to enjoy, right in the heart of downtown Portland.”

During the remodel, the baristas are training, working alongside the roasters, and helping to develop Public Domain’s proprietary espresso blend. Follow the evolution of Public Domain and be among the first to hear about the April 30th opening at or