Crema Bakery & Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 2728 SE Ankeny St

    Portland, OR 97214

    Cross street: at SE 28th Ave

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  • 503-234-0206

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7 AM - 6 PM M - Sat 7:30 AM - 5 PM Sun

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A cavernous, noisy space, which feels cold much of the year, but the coffee and pastries are very good. Service can be hit and miss.

3
★★★★★

A cavernous, noisy space, which feels cold much of the year, but the coffee and pastries are very good. Service can be hit and miss.

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I went to Crema with 4 friends to have some coffee and a snack around 5:30 on the Saturday before Halloween. I thought the place was pretty and they serve Stumptown, (love). I did not realize they were about to close, but got that info in

3
★★★★★

I went to Crema with 4 friends to have some coffee and a snack around 5:30 on the Saturday before Halloween. I thought the place was pretty and they serve Stumptown, (love). I did not realize they were about to close, but got that info in

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Most of the time my experience at Crema is spot on even with the occassional wait in line. However, I feel I just got nickled and dimed for a half cup of coffee from the self service station. On occassion after spending the typical $5 -

3
★★★★★

Most of the time my experience at Crema is spot on even with the occassional wait in line. However, I feel I just got nickled and dimed for a half cup of coffee from the self service station. On occassion after spending the typical $5 -

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This place is very hip with good food and ok coffee. Just because you are hip with ok coffee does not mean that you can sacrifice customer service. I hope they are working on providing us with a better customer experience.

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★★☆☆☆

This place is very hip with good food and ok coffee. Just because you are hip with ok coffee does not mean that you can sacrifice customer service. I hope they are working on providing us with a better customer experience.

Pros: food and coffee

Cons: service, cost, comfortable seating

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Crema is always packed, but they are quick with the service. They have great coffee/espresso drinks and great baked goods too.

4
★★★★☆

Crema is always packed, but they are quick with the service. They have great coffee/espresso drinks and great baked goods too.

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Great coffee, beautiful light-filled space and an incredible bakery too. Service can feel a bit unfriendly at first, and there's a clear difference in how regulars are treated. Still, totally worth it!

4
★★★★☆

Great coffee, beautiful light-filled space and an incredible bakery too. Service can feel a bit unfriendly at first, and there's a clear difference in how regulars are treated. Still, totally worth it!

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Wow! coffee that doesn't taste like turpentine? how do they do it? discovered this place by accident, and bought a Red Velvet cupcake for a friend that needed cheering up. Excellent food.
i'm probably guilty of hanging out too long on the internet, but hey, there are outlets under just about every table, and to me that screams out "please plug in your laptop here". hello? ever heard of an internet cafe?

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★★★★☆

Wow! coffee that doesn't taste like turpentine? how do they do it? discovered this place by accident, and bought a Red Velvet cupcake for a friend that needed cheering up. Excellent food.
i'm probably guilty of hanging out too long on the internet, but hey, there are outlets under just about every table, and to me that screams out "please plug in your laptop here". hello? ever heard of an internet cafe?

Pros: great espresso drinks

Cons: could open earlier, stay open later

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I am very picky when it comes to my Latte. Victor was totally cool about it and it was if he could read my mind. A friend of mine and I went in looking very dodgy on 05/18/2009. We decided to get some coffee after a long day of work before we took our evening stroll.

Victor took our order. He pulled some very lovely shots which he showed us. He was fun, friendly and fantastic!

If you want to have a quality drink then come to Crema. The staff is awesome, treats are yummy and they have awesome windows for babe watching!

2
★★★★★

I am very picky when it comes to my Latte. Victor was totally cool about it and it was if he could read my mind. A friend of mine and I went in looking very dodgy on 05/18/2009. We decided to get some coffee after a long day of work before we took our evening stroll.

Victor took our order. He pulled some very lovely shots which he showed us. He was fun, friendly and fantastic!

If you want to have a quality drink then come to Crema. The staff is awesome, treats are yummy and they have awesome windows for babe watching!

Pros: Nice shots!

Cons: They stole my heart and my business from other local shops.

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The food is great whether you're in the mood for pastries, a sandwich or soup. Coffee lovers paradise, good orange juice, tea and hot chocolate too. Nice variety. Have found everyone there to be friendly, love the open atmosphere with the wifi.

2
★★★★★

The food is great whether you're in the mood for pastries, a sandwich or soup. Coffee lovers paradise, good orange juice, tea and hot chocolate too. Nice variety. Have found everyone there to be friendly, love the open atmosphere with the wifi.

Pros: Food, coffee. location

Cons: Can't really think of any

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Crema is my favorite favorite place to go to meet up with friends for coffee, read a book, do homework, relax with the paper, etc. It's the best of southeast

2
★★★★★

Crema is my favorite favorite place to go to meet up with friends for coffee, read a book, do homework, relax with the paper, etc. It's the best of southeast

Pros: Coffee, service, atmosphere, location

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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Crema's coffee is good but not the best. Their pastries are better than most. I've had some bad coffee and pastries though. Some girl who really needed to brush her teeth put like half a cup of cream (?!) in my Vietnamese coffee. I really didn't like seeing her crusty yellow teeth while she was making my coffee. And there's this real pretentious hipster (who wears really tight shirts though he is fat. It's not becoming, guy...) who always screws up the orders. Once, I saw him get rude to a pregnant girl because she needed her Americano iced. Um, look guy, she's pregnant and can't have a 150 degree beverage-- so don't roll your eyes. I also saw him at a bar one night calling some girl some really nasty things, for which there might be an excuse, except they weren't arguing. I think he just talks to her that way. Sad.

Look I don't really mind hipsters, but this place is filled with juvenile nastiness from the staff. One time this guy was supposed to bring me an iced Americano, but it was made wrong. For some reason he walked around the whole shop looking for me though I was sitting next to the espresso machine the whole time. When he found me he nearly shoved the drink in my hands and rolled his eyes, then waved up his arms as if I had run into his car or something. It really angered me and that piping hot drink spilled a little on my hands. I almost went over and beat the tar out of him, but instead calmed myself down and emailed the manager. Mr. Fortune was very nice and apologetic and gave me a couple gift certificates. Cool. But guess who was there when I returned! You guessed right. I can't believe that guy wasn't fired! Pretentious hipster *%&*$#@&*^.

Sometimes, the place is fairly dirty and it's hard to find a clean table. They often grab a pastry for you after handling money. Dirty! It's a cool space but it's being ruined by a bad staff, lack of cleanliness and mishandled orders. Get a new staff! Clean up a little! Do this and they will come...back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Crema's coffee is good but not the best. Their pastries are better than most. I've had some bad coffee and pastries though. Some girl who really needed to brush her teeth put like half a cup of cream (?!) in my Vietnamese coffee. I really didn't like seeing her crusty yellow teeth while she was making my coffee. And there's this real pretentious hipster (who wears really tight shirts though he is fat. It's not becoming, guy...) who always screws up the orders. Once, I saw him get rude to a pregnant girl because she needed her Americano iced. Um, look guy, she's pregnant and can't have a 150 degree beverage-- so don't roll your eyes. I also saw him at a bar one night calling some girl some really nasty things, for which there might be an excuse, except they weren't arguing. I think he just talks to her that way. Sad.

Look I don't really mind hipsters, but this place is filled with juvenile nastiness from the staff. One time this guy was supposed to bring me an iced Americano, but it was made wrong. For some reason he walked around the whole shop looking for me though I was sitting next to the espresso machine the whole time. When he found me he nearly shoved the drink in my hands and rolled his eyes, then waved up his arms as if I had run into his car or something. It really angered me and that piping hot drink spilled a little on my hands. I almost went over and beat the tar out of him, but instead calmed myself down and emailed the manager. Mr. Fortune was very nice and apologetic and gave me a couple gift certificates. Cool. But guess who was there when I returned! You guessed right. I can't believe that guy wasn't fired! Pretentious hipster *%&*$#@&*^.

Sometimes, the place is fairly dirty and it's hard to find a clean table. They often grab a pastry for you after handling money. Dirty! It's a cool space but it's being ruined by a bad staff, lack of cleanliness and mishandled orders. Get a new staff! Clean up a little! Do this and they will come...back.

Pros: meh. Pastries are usually good.

Cons: Everything else.

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Crema is awesome, they have great food and coffee and a nice atmosphere. Nice place to grab a quick light lunch or a bowl of soup. They are great! I fully recommend them!

5
★★★★★

Crema is awesome, they have great food and coffee and a nice atmosphere. Nice place to grab a quick light lunch or a bowl of soup. They are great! I fully recommend them!

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The first time I came in here was for a quick coffee stop and just had a cup of their house coffee, which was good stumptown but just as good as any other place. The next time I came I had a cappuccino and I've gone back every time I'm in the mood for one since. They're the best I've had anywhere, and I've had a lot of cappuccinos. The espresso is rich and smooth and the foam is thick and delicious. Their toddy and iced lattes, and iced mochas are delicious too, but the cappuccino remains my favorite. And if you're looking for dessert be sure to try the red velvet cupcakes, the frosting is delicious!

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★★★★★

The first time I came in here was for a quick coffee stop and just had a cup of their house coffee, which was good stumptown but just as good as any other place. The next time I came I had a cappuccino and I've gone back every time I'm in the mood for one since. They're the best I've had anywhere, and I've had a lot of cappuccinos. The espresso is rich and smooth and the foam is thick and delicious. Their toddy and iced lattes, and iced mochas are delicious too, but the cappuccino remains my favorite. And if you're looking for dessert be sure to try the red velvet cupcakes, the frosting is delicious!

Pros: Cappucinos and award winning baristas.

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The good:
Crema is a wonderful location with great drinks and food. It's normally a very lively place in a hip neighborhood and a great place to hang if it's not too crowded.

And the bad,
I've lived in the same neighborhood as Crema for the last few years. I've noticed a steep price increase and deterioration of their customer service and environment. I go there at least once a week and as of the last few months, I've been served a lot of attitude with my coffee. This bothers me much more than the increasing prices, and it is ultimately the reason I'll stop going to Crema. You'll see other posts around local foodie boards and I'm clearly not the only one who is feeling their customer counter needs a fresh overhaul in personnel.

A year ago, I would have given them 4.5 or even 5 stars. Now, it's barely 3. More importantly, my money is going to other shops in the area. I hope the owners are reading their reviews, because i'd hate to lose this once great shop.

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★★★☆☆

The good:
Crema is a wonderful location with great drinks and food. It's normally a very lively place in a hip neighborhood and a great place to hang if it's not too crowded.

And the bad,
I've lived in the same neighborhood as Crema for the last few years. I've noticed a steep price increase and deterioration of their customer service and environment. I go there at least once a week and as of the last few months, I've been served a lot of attitude with my coffee. This bothers me much more than the increasing prices, and it is ultimately the reason I'll stop going to Crema. You'll see other posts around local foodie boards and I'm clearly not the only one who is feeling their customer counter needs a fresh overhaul in personnel.

A year ago, I would have given them 4.5 or even 5 stars. Now, it's barely 3. More importantly, my money is going to other shops in the area. I hope the owners are reading their reviews, because i'd hate to lose this once great shop.

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Love so many things about Crema! The pastries are wonderful, as are the more savory items. The espresso drinks are really good but take far too long to get. The french press coffee I find a little muddy and not as good as the espresso, but others seem to like it. The big complaint is the service/setup. The counter is run very inefficiently and it takes forever to get your order. I will only go if the line is 4 people or less, because it takes so long per person. If they worked on this it would be a truly stellar place.

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★★★★☆

Love so many things about Crema! The pastries are wonderful, as are the more savory items. The espresso drinks are really good but take far too long to get. The french press coffee I find a little muddy and not as good as the espresso, but others seem to like it. The big complaint is the service/setup. The counter is run very inefficiently and it takes forever to get your order. I will only go if the line is 4 people or less, because it takes so long per person. If they worked on this it would be a truly stellar place.

Pros: pastries, soups & sandwiches, espresso drinks

Cons: slow service

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This is a nice local bakery, good pastries and great sandwiches. Not your standard "ham and cheese", their sandwiches are made with artisan breads and grilled to perfection.

This place can get crowded on weekend mornings, so you may want to get your sandwich to go. They do have a little bit of outdoor seating, but not much.

5
★★★★★

This is a nice local bakery, good pastries and great sandwiches. Not your standard "ham and cheese", their sandwiches are made with artisan breads and grilled to perfection.

This place can get crowded on weekend mornings, so you may want to get your sandwich to go. They do have a little bit of outdoor seating, but not much.

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There are no spots to sit and eat ....because every darn table is usually filled by people and their laptops for HOURS. What a bummer. I don't like to eat sandwiches standing up! Then again, who does?

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★★★☆☆

There are no spots to sit and eat ....because every darn table is usually filled by people and their laptops for HOURS. What a bummer. I don't like to eat sandwiches standing up! Then again, who does?

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crema now apparently charges $7 for a veggie sandwich...yes, that sandwich has no meat on it. i'm certain that the last time i was in there that sandwich was not 7 dollars. it is a good sandwich, but not 7 dollars good, especially with slow service and minimal seating.

but still, i went back. and i ordered one of my all time favorites, the most consistent and wonderful of all pastry items...the crema coconut cupcake. but to my dismay, upon preparing to eat it in the comfort of my own home, i came across a dark hair in the white creamy buttercream, a hair likely to match the head of the unwashed fella who served it to me.

and so this is a not so fond farewell, crema.

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★☆☆☆☆

crema now apparently charges $7 for a veggie sandwich...yes, that sandwich has no meat on it. i'm certain that the last time i was in there that sandwich was not 7 dollars. it is a good sandwich, but not 7 dollars good, especially with slow service and minimal seating.

but still, i went back. and i ordered one of my all time favorites, the most consistent and wonderful of all pastry items...the crema coconut cupcake. but to my dismay, upon preparing to eat it in the comfort of my own home, i came across a dark hair in the white creamy buttercream, a hair likely to match the head of the unwashed fella who served it to me.

and so this is a not so fond farewell, crema.

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Crema foes and friends, unite! Please don't give up on Crema. While I totally agree with these negative reviews there may be hope for our favorite coffee spot! The make-out twins have disappeared! I haven't seen either one of them in weeks, so maybe this place finally got the hint and gave them the BOOT. At any rate the atmosphere at Crema has been much nicer....reminiscent of a time before....when the sun was shining and the baristas were smiling...and so were the customers! On behalf of loyal Crema fans everywhere....thanks for bringing our coffee shop back!

1
★★★☆☆

Crema foes and friends, unite! Please don't give up on Crema. While I totally agree with these negative reviews there may be hope for our favorite coffee spot! The make-out twins have disappeared! I haven't seen either one of them in weeks, so maybe this place finally got the hint and gave them the BOOT. At any rate the atmosphere at Crema has been much nicer....reminiscent of a time before....when the sun was shining and the baristas were smiling...and so were the customers! On behalf of loyal Crema fans everywhere....thanks for bringing our coffee shop back!

Pros: the boss is putting the positivity back into Crema

Cons: snooty toots are scaring the customers away

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It seems like more and more people are starting to notice that Crema is going downhill--fast. Thought I should chime in with my own account of this good place gone bad. I went to a dinner party last night, and people were talking about the crappy customer service and sky high prices. It's really disheartening because for many of us, this place had become a daily habit. It was almost "cool" to wait in that line for 20 minutes. Lately, however, it seems like the same three people are always standing behind the counter, and they seem far more interested in each other, than helping customers. Just recently, I had to wait patiently at the register while the cashier guy reached under the counter to answer his cell phone. I looked to the barista for sympathy, but she was too busy hugging and kissing the other barista. Are they kidding?! I know the owner of this place is supposed to be some kind of coffee genius (there's a framed barista judge certificate thing above the bar), but it totally seems like he's checked out. Does he even have any idea what's going on at his business, or does he even care? Sad.

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★☆☆☆☆

It seems like more and more people are starting to notice that Crema is going downhill--fast. Thought I should chime in with my own account of this good place gone bad. I went to a dinner party last night, and people were talking about the crappy customer service and sky high prices. It's really disheartening because for many of us, this place had become a daily habit. It was almost "cool" to wait in that line for 20 minutes. Lately, however, it seems like the same three people are always standing behind the counter, and they seem far more interested in each other, than helping customers. Just recently, I had to wait patiently at the register while the cashier guy reached under the counter to answer his cell phone. I looked to the barista for sympathy, but she was too busy hugging and kissing the other barista. Are they kidding?! I know the owner of this place is supposed to be some kind of coffee genius (there's a framed barista judge certificate thing above the bar), but it totally seems like he's checked out. Does he even have any idea what's going on at his business, or does he even care? Sad.

Pros: Fresh baked food

Cons: "Too cool for school" attitude behind the counter and PDA's

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i used to enjoy going here. The bakery treats are tasty and coffee is ok. French press isn't my favorite. But the more I went, the more I observed. As of two weeks ago, I no longer patronize this place. $2.00 for a large size coffee was fine, a bit more than independent coffee shops charge, for the same size but I paid it. When I went a week ago, they now want $2.00 for a small coffee. Its stumptown coffee (which is delicious) but last time I checked there was price increases of the coffee (I called stumptown to enquire). So why the raise of prices beyond the market price for the same item? Could it be GREED? Gentrification? The bakery items are delicious. The coffee is mediocre. The service is bad. I ordered a sandwhich and the guy put my cash in the register, walked directly to the sandwich case, grabbed a sandwich and placed it on the grill. Is something missing there?...yah, the part where he washed his hands. Money is dirty and so is this place. The tables are never clean. I'm not sure what all 5 of those people behind the counter are doing, except collecting a paycheck. I will not be back. Overpriced delicious treats and coffee served with attitude. NO THANKS!

0
★☆☆☆☆

i used to enjoy going here. The bakery treats are tasty and coffee is ok. French press isn't my favorite. But the more I went, the more I observed. As of two weeks ago, I no longer patronize this place. $2.00 for a large size coffee was fine, a bit more than independent coffee shops charge, for the same size but I paid it. When I went a week ago, they now want $2.00 for a small coffee. Its stumptown coffee (which is delicious) but last time I checked there was price increases of the coffee (I called stumptown to enquire). So why the raise of prices beyond the market price for the same item? Could it be GREED? Gentrification? The bakery items are delicious. The coffee is mediocre. The service is bad. I ordered a sandwhich and the guy put my cash in the register, walked directly to the sandwich case, grabbed a sandwich and placed it on the grill. Is something missing there?...yah, the part where he washed his hands. Money is dirty and so is this place. The tables are never clean. I'm not sure what all 5 of those people behind the counter are doing, except collecting a paycheck. I will not be back. Overpriced delicious treats and coffee served with attitude. NO THANKS!

Pros: bakery treats

Cons: service, value, cleanliness

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I love the coffee and food here-the quality is top-notch. But, why is it that every time I go there, no matter what time of day, every table is taken by individual people on their laptops who stay there for hours? It may be a Portland thing, and I'm probably just getting old and cranky, but there seem to be more of these people here than at other coffee shops. I almost always end up taking my stuff to go instead of having to sit at the communal table, surrounded by more people pounding away on their laptops. That being said, no other bakery that I know of has consistently wonderful coffee, food, and baked goods like Crema. It's the best.

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★★★★★

I love the coffee and food here-the quality is top-notch. But, why is it that every time I go there, no matter what time of day, every table is taken by individual people on their laptops who stay there for hours? It may be a Portland thing, and I'm probably just getting old and cranky, but there seem to be more of these people here than at other coffee shops. I almost always end up taking my stuff to go instead of having to sit at the communal table, surrounded by more people pounding away on their laptops. That being said, no other bakery that I know of has consistently wonderful coffee, food, and baked goods like Crema. It's the best.

Pros: Best espresso, coffee, and baked goods in town

Cons: Patrons hogging the tables and working on their laptops for hours at a time

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I really love the coffee and food at Crema. Unfortunately, I have had extremely bad customer service many times there before(i.e. my order being way wrong or totally forgotten). Today went there, ordered the vegetarian soup to go, got back to work to find out they gave me chicken noodle! There are always around five to six people working behind the counter, I don't see how they can have such awful, awful customer service.

1
★★☆☆☆

I really love the coffee and food at Crema. Unfortunately, I have had extremely bad customer service many times there before(i.e. my order being way wrong or totally forgotten). Today went there, ordered the vegetarian soup to go, got back to work to find out they gave me chicken noodle! There are always around five to six people working behind the counter, I don't see how they can have such awful, awful customer service.

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I'm so glad somebody finally mentioned the recent addition of make-out sessions at my formerly favourite coffee shop! I was beginning to think I was the only person bothered by this. I've been coming to Crema on a regular basis for a few years now. The pastries are great, and the coffee has always been top notch, but geez, what happened to the customer service??? Should I really have to wait for the baristas to stop making out with each other before they'll take my order? And do I even want to touch that mug after watching the barista grope his presumed girlfriend--right there in plain view of everyone??? I don't know who the owner is, but it seems it would bode well for his business to put an end to this extremely tacky and disgusting behaviour. In the meantime, I'll take my coffee break elsewhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

I'm so glad somebody finally mentioned the recent addition of make-out sessions at my formerly favourite coffee shop! I was beginning to think I was the only person bothered by this. I've been coming to Crema on a regular basis for a few years now. The pastries are great, and the coffee has always been top notch, but geez, what happened to the customer service??? Should I really have to wait for the baristas to stop making out with each other before they'll take my order? And do I even want to touch that mug after watching the barista grope his presumed girlfriend--right there in plain view of everyone??? I don't know who the owner is, but it seems it would bode well for his business to put an end to this extremely tacky and disgusting behaviour. In the meantime, I'll take my coffee break elsewhere.

Pros: Great food and coffee

Cons: Employees kissing and groping while you wait

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I visit Crema every time I come visit Portland. I love their baked goods and their espresso is superb. However, last time I left a little uneasy. As I was trying to buy a drink I had to wait for the PDA between staff members to cease. It didn't seem like an appropriate activity for a business place, especially while customers are waiting!

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★★★☆☆

I visit Crema every time I come visit Portland. I love their baked goods and their espresso is superb. However, last time I left a little uneasy. As I was trying to buy a drink I had to wait for the PDA between staff members to cease. It didn't seem like an appropriate activity for a business place, especially while customers are waiting!

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First off I would like to say that I have been coming to Crema for a long time. What keeps me coming back is the amazing level of care that goes into everything there. The regular coffee is only Stumptown and is never anything less than french pressed. Don't even get me started on the espresso drinks. If you think a honey vanilla latte sounds good, you would be wrong. It's actually amazing. Do yourself a favor and get one. Like now. The baked goods are to die for with things like pear and brie cheese bread pudding and orange ginger scones. The music is always good (Iron & Wine, Postal Service, Ryan Adams), but is never too loud. The baristas are really friendly, but not in a forced kind of Starbucks way (Maybe they are actually glad to be there?). Also very knowledgeable about what they are doing. The only drawback though is the art. The first time I came in there was some of the coolest art on the walls. I always used it in my description of the place... "Great coffee, great music, great local art, free wi-fi etc. etc." but now that "great art" rave has been omitted from my description of late. There has been a severe lack of original or inspiring art on the walls of my favorite coffee shop in the last few months. I want to put a challenge to whomever picks the art, put as much effort into the art on the walls that you put into the art in the cup of coffee you serve. Notice I still put a "Recommended" rating on Crema. It will always be near and dear to my heart. It is still my favorite. But I want to give it five stars. Come on Crema. Don't let me down.

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★★★★☆

First off I would like to say that I have been coming to Crema for a long time. What keeps me coming back is the amazing level of care that goes into everything there. The regular coffee is only Stumptown and is never anything less than french pressed. Don't even get me started on the espresso drinks. If you think a honey vanilla latte sounds good, you would be wrong. It's actually amazing. Do yourself a favor and get one. Like now. The baked goods are to die for with things like pear and brie cheese bread pudding and orange ginger scones. The music is always good (Iron & Wine, Postal Service, Ryan Adams), but is never too loud. The baristas are really friendly, but not in a forced kind of Starbucks way (Maybe they are actually glad to be there?). Also very knowledgeable about what they are doing. The only drawback though is the art. The first time I came in there was some of the coolest art on the walls. I always used it in my description of the place... "Great coffee, great music, great local art, free wi-fi etc. etc." but now that "great art" rave has been omitted from my description of late. There has been a severe lack of original or inspiring art on the walls of my favorite coffee shop in the last few months. I want to put a challenge to whomever picks the art, put as much effort into the art on the walls that you put into the art in the cup of coffee you serve. Notice I still put a "Recommended" rating on Crema. It will always be near and dear to my heart. It is still my favorite. But I want to give it five stars. Come on Crema. Don't let me down.

Pros: Everything but the art.

Cons: The art.

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Great coffee and pretty solid food for a coffee shop. You get alot of light with all the windows. Only issue to me is that the staff is mainly a bunch of hipsters.

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★★★★☆

Great coffee and pretty solid food for a coffee shop. You get alot of light with all the windows. Only issue to me is that the staff is mainly a bunch of hipsters.

Pros: coffee and atmosphere

Cons: a few to many hipsters working there and trying to look cool.

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They serve Stumptown Roasters grind -- the very best. Lines are almost always long, but not eternal. Long lines are the price of a superb place. The staff are great and seem to actually enjoy their jobs -- so unlike most underpaid service employees. I hope the owner rewards their staff handsomly at Crema.

I'm new enough, I haven't had time to sample but a fraction of their tasty baked goods, however, the cookies, sweetbreads, muffins, and croisants have all been the essence of food to write home about.

Hats off to the interior planners! Most of all, I enjoy sitting at the community table near the center of the place. The large tables and bench seats afford a sense of community in a great Portland neighborhood.

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★★★★☆

They serve Stumptown Roasters grind -- the very best. Lines are almost always long, but not eternal. Long lines are the price of a superb place. The staff are great and seem to actually enjoy their jobs -- so unlike most underpaid service employees. I hope the owner rewards their staff handsomly at Crema.

I'm new enough, I haven't had time to sample but a fraction of their tasty baked goods, however, the cookies, sweetbreads, muffins, and croisants have all been the essence of food to write home about.

Hats off to the interior planners! Most of all, I enjoy sitting at the community table near the center of the place. The large tables and bench seats afford a sense of community in a great Portland neighborhood.

Pros: great coffee and baked goodies

Cons: frequent lines

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The bread is made daily, the croissants are the flakiest I have ever had melt in my mouth. They use imported chocolate in the dessets and make the mayonnaise fresh daily. There is a breakfast pastry with mushrooms and cheese and tomatoes that I would fly to Portland to have daily. The bakers change the menu enough to keep it fresh, with out taking the stand bys that the regulars rely on off the menu.
The baristas are all professional, though slower than mass produced coffee houses.
The interior is light and refreshing, airy and clean.
It is in a word, delightful! More than a neighborhood coffee shop.
Cheers to the innovate owner!

2
★★★★★

The bread is made daily, the croissants are the flakiest I have ever had melt in my mouth. They use imported chocolate in the dessets and make the mayonnaise fresh daily. There is a breakfast pastry with mushrooms and cheese and tomatoes that I would fly to Portland to have daily. The bakers change the menu enough to keep it fresh, with out taking the stand bys that the regulars rely on off the menu.
The baristas are all professional, though slower than mass produced coffee houses.
The interior is light and refreshing, airy and clean.
It is in a word, delightful! More than a neighborhood coffee shop.
Cheers to the innovate owner!

Pros: innovate pasteries

Cons: lines at busy times

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What a delightful find. The pastries are quite possibly some of the best I've ever had. I don't drink coffee, but the wonderful assortment of tea's can fill any need. I've been back for lunch several times, excellent!!
I've not found anything at this little gem that is not simply top notch. A great neighborhood place, but worth the drive if you live in another part of town. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dessert, it's all wonderful. There are waits for tables at times, but that's to be expected in a quality establishment. If it weren't worth it, the people ahead of you wouldn't be there.

2
★★★★★

What a delightful find. The pastries are quite possibly some of the best I've ever had. I don't drink coffee, but the wonderful assortment of tea's can fill any need. I've been back for lunch several times, excellent!!
I've not found anything at this little gem that is not simply top notch. A great neighborhood place, but worth the drive if you live in another part of town. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dessert, it's all wonderful. There are waits for tables at times, but that's to be expected in a quality establishment. If it weren't worth it, the people ahead of you wouldn't be there.

Pros: Delicious food

Cons: Lines at time, but the quality of the food makes it well worth the time.

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I really want to love this place. I live close, the pastries are good, the coffe is decent. BUT THEY ARE SO SLOW AND INEFFICIENT I WANT TO SHOOT MYSELF. Granted they make sandwiches and such that can complicate things, but on most days I could walk to Stumptown on Belmont and get served by the time they serve all the people in front of me in line. Please someone with retail know how get these folks moving . It is really stupid service if the barista making coffee then goes and delivers it out on the floor and all of a sudden none is making coffee!!!!!

1
★★☆☆☆

I really want to love this place. I live close, the pastries are good, the coffe is decent. BUT THEY ARE SO SLOW AND INEFFICIENT I WANT TO SHOOT MYSELF. Granted they make sandwiches and such that can complicate things, but on most days I could walk to Stumptown on Belmont and get served by the time they serve all the people in front of me in line. Please someone with retail know how get these folks moving . It is really stupid service if the barista making coffee then goes and delivers it out on the floor and all of a sudden none is making coffee!!!!!

Pros: good coffee and baked goods

Cons: the slowest service in Portland

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The airy atmosphere, natural lighting, free wi-fi, and abundance of tables with electrical provided by this establishment make it a prime spot to plug in your laptop and work for a few hours. The pastries and coffee are good. It isn't my favorite coffee house in Portland--that is, I've had better coffee--but I keep going back.

1
★★★☆☆

The airy atmosphere, natural lighting, free wi-fi, and abundance of tables with electrical provided by this establishment make it a prime spot to plug in your laptop and work for a few hours. The pastries and coffee are good. It isn't my favorite coffee house in Portland--that is, I've had better coffee--but I keep going back.

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I'm not a big service guy and will usually rate a place high if the food is good but the service is sub-par. Crema has such lousy service that i am forced to make an exception. the rudeness alone doesn't bother me that much but the slowness kills (although the rudeness gets old: you are not that cool, you work at a coffee place). the idiots behind the counter spend time talking and joking with each other instead of working despite a 15 min line out the door! even when it is a 2-3 peson line, it never moves quickly. The fat guy with the too-tight shirts and the arm tatoos is the worst -- please fire him and promote the guest worker in the back to barista! that said, the stuptown is great and the AM buns are the bomb, which is why i come back and deal with these jerks.

1
★★★☆☆

I'm not a big service guy and will usually rate a place high if the food is good but the service is sub-par. Crema has such lousy service that i am forced to make an exception. the rudeness alone doesn't bother me that much but the slowness kills (although the rudeness gets old: you are not that cool, you work at a coffee place). the idiots behind the counter spend time talking and joking with each other instead of working despite a 15 min line out the door! even when it is a 2-3 peson line, it never moves quickly. The fat guy with the too-tight shirts and the arm tatoos is the worst -- please fire him and promote the guest worker in the back to barista! that said, the stuptown is great and the AM buns are the bomb, which is why i come back and deal with these jerks.

Pros: stump-town, AM buns

Cons: 80% of the employees

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Crema is generally a great place for coffee( I especially love their lattes). Most of the baristas, customer service staff is pretty friendly. I have seen quite a bit of turnover in the last while though that concerns me as I have grown to adore some of the 'veteran' baristas and wonder if the quality of service will decrease,,, As the rest of the reviews will tell you, they bake/make their sandwiches etc on site which is cool as you can see them baking in the back. I do wonder about the cleanliness at times as I don't think all the staff wash there hands at all times when supposed to.(i.e. touching the garbage and then my sandwich is a no no!) I did only witness this once, but it WAS once too many! As for the reviews that describe the waits...well it does depend when you go in. I work full time also and my time IS valuable. I simply add a bit of time to my lunch when I know I'll be eating here as it's usually packed.
I definitely think it's a place worth visiting.

2
★★★★☆

Crema is generally a great place for coffee( I especially love their lattes). Most of the baristas, customer service staff is pretty friendly. I have seen quite a bit of turnover in the last while though that concerns me as I have grown to adore some of the 'veteran' baristas and wonder if the quality of service will decrease,,, As the rest of the reviews will tell you, they bake/make their sandwiches etc on site which is cool as you can see them baking in the back. I do wonder about the cleanliness at times as I don't think all the staff wash there hands at all times when supposed to.(i.e. touching the garbage and then my sandwich is a no no!) I did only witness this once, but it WAS once too many! As for the reviews that describe the waits...well it does depend when you go in. I work full time also and my time IS valuable. I simply add a bit of time to my lunch when I know I'll be eating here as it's usually packed.
I definitely think it's a place worth visiting.

Pros: sandwiches, coffee, muffins

Cons: nowhere to sit at times, cleanliness?

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I too really want to love this place. Open, airy and a great location. I appreciate the contemporary artwork, Stumptown coffee and delicious pastries. Some of the baristas are pleasant... the ones who aren't are complete tools and ruin the experience. I am often just wanting a simple americano, but the wait (after I place the order) is ridiculous. I support the 50-cent refills to promote my chance to actually get a table. Otherwise, the place should stick to local cost standards and rid itself of a useless barista or two.

1
★★★☆☆

I too really want to love this place. Open, airy and a great location. I appreciate the contemporary artwork, Stumptown coffee and delicious pastries. Some of the baristas are pleasant... the ones who aren't are complete tools and ruin the experience. I am often just wanting a simple americano, but the wait (after I place the order) is ridiculous. I support the 50-cent refills to promote my chance to actually get a table. Otherwise, the place should stick to local cost standards and rid itself of a useless barista or two.

Pros: Ambiance

Cons: Long waits, rude baristas

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OK, first off, to all the whiny and impatient twits who have "jobs", RELAX and maybe give yourself some more time so you're not so rushed. Remember, the staff @ Crema are people too, not robots. If you want fast coffee, go somewhere else. I don't even live in town and am not a regular but every experience I've had there was exceptional. The coffee is wicked strong and tastefully prepared, the food is top notch,(try some homeade soup!) and the service is friendly and unique. We don't need anymore homogenous chain coffee joints to support, do we? Go Crema, keep on keeping on.

2
★★★★★

OK, first off, to all the whiny and impatient twits who have "jobs", RELAX and maybe give yourself some more time so you're not so rushed. Remember, the staff @ Crema are people too, not robots. If you want fast coffee, go somewhere else. I don't even live in town and am not a regular but every experience I've had there was exceptional. The coffee is wicked strong and tastefully prepared, the food is top notch,(try some homeade soup!) and the service is friendly and unique. We don't need anymore homogenous chain coffee joints to support, do we? Go Crema, keep on keeping on.

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I keep trying to go to Crema, so it's partially my fault. I want to believe or I hope it has changed or I like to get angry. Parking in that neighborhood, once one of my favorites is nearly impossible. The space is large and airy and pretty, yet boring and uninspired. The floral arrangements are frightful. Every uncomfortable, boring chair is taken up by an equally boring uncomfortable someone on their laptop who doesn't have a job, these are the people who have ruined Portland, take a minute and thank them. When you finally get to the front of the line, it looks like a confusing clumsy dance, there are at least 5 (albeit very nice) people behind the counter, all doing a very active looking nothing. The pastries have been consistently disappointing, and taste like they are cheaply made. I always order espresso and hot water, it always takes a better part of the day to get this simple drink. I can not for the life of me understand why. What is going on? I have a job to go to. Really, a job at a place that I have to be at, at a certain time, (9am, pretty standard work time)I know it's unusual, but I work. And I need coffee and I'm addicted and I just want the coffee and I have to go to work. Hurry hurry hurry up! I don't care about valentines they can make with the milk. Maybe they need two people on the machine and some butter in the pastries?

1
★★★☆☆

I keep trying to go to Crema, so it's partially my fault. I want to believe or I hope it has changed or I like to get angry. Parking in that neighborhood, once one of my favorites is nearly impossible. The space is large and airy and pretty, yet boring and uninspired. The floral arrangements are frightful. Every uncomfortable, boring chair is taken up by an equally boring uncomfortable someone on their laptop who doesn't have a job, these are the people who have ruined Portland, take a minute and thank them. When you finally get to the front of the line, it looks like a confusing clumsy dance, there are at least 5 (albeit very nice) people behind the counter, all doing a very active looking nothing. The pastries have been consistently disappointing, and taste like they are cheaply made. I always order espresso and hot water, it always takes a better part of the day to get this simple drink. I can not for the life of me understand why. What is going on? I have a job to go to. Really, a job at a place that I have to be at, at a certain time, (9am, pretty standard work time)I know it's unusual, but I work. And I need coffee and I'm addicted and I just want the coffee and I have to go to work. Hurry hurry hurry up! I don't care about valentines they can make with the milk. Maybe they need two people on the machine and some butter in the pastries?

Pros: Nice staff, prices are fair

Cons: takes forever, pastries are lackluster

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My favorite coffee shop in Portland! Try the California Cookie. I'm a straight up house drip drinker and they're always roatating Kenya to an Ethopian to Lima to whatever, I appreciate that. The staff is always very nice too!

2
★★★★★

My favorite coffee shop in Portland! Try the California Cookie. I'm a straight up house drip drinker and they're always roatating Kenya to an Ethopian to Lima to whatever, I appreciate that. The staff is always very nice too!

Pros: Outdoor seating, Yummy treats

Cons: Long lines early on the weekends

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The coffee here is french pressed - strong and fresh and always hot. The baked goods are made every day. Some of these reviews say the staff has attitude. I am a regular here and they are always super friendly - its a neighborhood kind of place. If anyone is rude its the customers at times. Get over it. They aren't perfect, and they will refund your money if you're not happy, so just tell them instead of posting your negative thoughts on here. Or at least leave contact info. I'm sure they wouldn't snake anyone out of a tip Vanloon.
Where else can you find hand crafted baked goods and hand crafted coffee under one roof in this city? Most bakery coffee misses the mark. Kudos to Crema for being good at both.

2
★★★★★

The coffee here is french pressed - strong and fresh and always hot. The baked goods are made every day. Some of these reviews say the staff has attitude. I am a regular here and they are always super friendly - its a neighborhood kind of place. If anyone is rude its the customers at times. Get over it. They aren't perfect, and they will refund your money if you're not happy, so just tell them instead of posting your negative thoughts on here. Or at least leave contact info. I'm sure they wouldn't snake anyone out of a tip Vanloon.
Where else can you find hand crafted baked goods and hand crafted coffee under one roof in this city? Most bakery coffee misses the mark. Kudos to Crema for being good at both.

Pros: free wi-fi, latte art on every drink

Cons: closes early, sometimes people let their kids run free

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This was a great find. While visiting in Portland for a week I spent every morning checking my email at Crema. Once I spent 6 hours straight there editing some Photoshop files on my laptop and enjoying the scrumptious breakfast and luncheon treats. I found the staff friendly and attentive. Really enjoy the open windows on a sunny warm summer day.

2
★★★★★

This was a great find. While visiting in Portland for a week I spent every morning checking my email at Crema. Once I spent 6 hours straight there editing some Photoshop files on my laptop and enjoying the scrumptious breakfast and luncheon treats. I found the staff friendly and attentive. Really enjoy the open windows on a sunny warm summer day.

Pros: Occasionally there are long lines for food and drinks. It's worth the wait.

Cons: Sunny bright and open space with great food and free wifi. People friendly place.

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This place was recommended to me by Criollo (before they closed). The counterpeople just ignored me while they finished their conversation with each other. There was hardly anyone in the place so it's not like they were busy. I also noticed flies sitting on the croissants - yes. I mentioned to them that it would be a good idea to get some covers for their food. I walked out.

1
★★★☆☆

This place was recommended to me by Criollo (before they closed). The counterpeople just ignored me while they finished their conversation with each other. There was hardly anyone in the place so it's not like they were busy. I also noticed flies sitting on the croissants - yes. I mentioned to them that it would be a good idea to get some covers for their food. I walked out.

Pros: I wonder if the owners know.

Cons: Rudeness, sketchy health code observance

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This place is great. Some say the staff is rude, but I've seen some of the people that come in there and they are so dumb or so stuck up that I would be pissed to see them there too. I've never had a problem with the wyfi and if it doesn't work then it's not like im losing money. I have always had friendly service with pretty leaves in the foam of my latte. Which shows the lengths they go to, to make each cup of coffee personal. I go here all the time because of the windows. And the food is always so great! Most of the people working there know me by now and they have always been very nice even though I work for a competing coffee shop. If you need a place to relax and enjoy the Portland atmosphere this is the place to go.

2
★★★★★

This place is great. Some say the staff is rude, but I've seen some of the people that come in there and they are so dumb or so stuck up that I would be pissed to see them there too. I've never had a problem with the wyfi and if it doesn't work then it's not like im losing money. I have always had friendly service with pretty leaves in the foam of my latte. Which shows the lengths they go to, to make each cup of coffee personal. I go here all the time because of the windows. And the food is always so great! Most of the people working there know me by now and they have always been very nice even though I work for a competing coffee shop. If you need a place to relax and enjoy the Portland atmosphere this is the place to go.

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Crema is a beautiful, warehouse-like coffee shop and bakery featuring delicious Stumptown espresso and french press coffee. The baked goods? Outstanding.

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★★★★★

Crema is a beautiful, warehouse-like coffee shop and bakery featuring delicious Stumptown espresso and french press coffee. The baked goods? Outstanding.

Pros: The Space, The Coffee, The Scones

Cons: Gets Crowded, Can Be Loud, Can Wait for Drinks

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some of the staff here are pissed that they didn't make it as banana republic salespeople, and the emerging clientele is similar. it's gotten popular, so it gets packed with trendoids and permissive parents of toddlers who need ritalin.
it can be hard to find a seat, and people are kind of prickish about it - putting their stuff down and then going to order, when there are no other seats available.
okay they do have wi-fi, but that is also on the fritz frequently.
it is a nice space with lots of light, but the hassle is not conducive to a nice cup of coffee.

1
★★★☆☆

some of the staff here are pissed that they didn't make it as banana republic salespeople, and the emerging clientele is similar. it's gotten popular, so it gets packed with trendoids and permissive parents of toddlers who need ritalin.
it can be hard to find a seat, and people are kind of prickish about it - putting their stuff down and then going to order, when there are no other seats available.
okay they do have wi-fi, but that is also on the fritz frequently.
it is a nice space with lots of light, but the hassle is not conducive to a nice cup of coffee.

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Not only does this place have great Stumptown Coffee but they truly are a bakery...everything is baked/made onsite.

The banana/chocolate bread is so rich! And you gotta try their panini sandwiches for lunch.

Cool building with good looking customers and hip locals. Should we tell others how cool this place really is?

2
★★★★★

Not only does this place have great Stumptown Coffee but they truly are a bakery...everything is baked/made onsite.

The banana/chocolate bread is so rich! And you gotta try their panini sandwiches for lunch.

Cool building with good looking customers and hip locals. Should we tell others how cool this place really is?

Pros: Huge Selection, Tons of seating, Easy Parking

Cons: Close @ 6pm

 

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