I don’t visit their cafe that often— I got my punch card when they opened and I have one more coffee to go before I get a free cup— but I really love Spielman Coffee Roasters (and bagelmakers).
It opened on the other side of my neighborhood, not long after I’d moved to Portland. It’s a small space, and still haphazard, though not nearly as much as it was at first. It was clearly family-run.
The coffee is top-notch and the bagels are excellent, and all credit has to go to the Spielmans. In the two years they’ve been open (one and a half?), they’ve expanded to include an industrial kitchen in my new neighborhood, where they make bagels for wholesale, and some slick packaged bagel chips, according to the video. That’s impressive, but what I like most about their story is that they’ve staked their claim on Restaurant Row.
Southeast Division Street is packed, as Spielman says in the video, with world-class restaurants. It’s a marvel, and a shitshow on the weekends, but something truly special. And half the restaurants are ventures by proven brands like Stumptown or the Pok Pok empire. To have a family business like the Spielmans’ thrive amidst that kind of cash and cachet is remarkable.
I hope their story continues to be one of success. It’s one of the things that make me happy to live here.