J.René Coffee Roasters

An Artisanal Coffee Gathering Place


We are happy to announce two new arrivals at our store. Ethiopian Yirgacheffe “YirgZ” and Sidamo “Ardi” from Keffa Coffee Importers.

I had the priviledge of befriending Sam Demitesse, owner of Keffa Coffee, at the SCAA Coffee Convention in Portland two years ago.  At the conclusion of the show, Sam spotted me walking through downtown Portland, and took it upon himself to introduce me to the many great roasters that have contributed to the big coffee scene in Portland.  I soon realized that Sam, was the man to know.  Sam is a proud member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), Rosters Guild, Certified Q-Grader and 2nd place winner of 2011 & 2013 United States Cup testers championship!!  We’re proud to introduce two of his finest offerings.  Thanks Sam!

ETHIOPIAN SIDAMO “ARDI”: There is no doubt that Ethiopian Ardi is complex. The cup begins savory sweet with passion fruit and flowery notes.  The acidity is soft and the mouthfeel syrupy.  Hints of dark cocoa, cedar and lavender permeate the cup.

ETHIOPIAN YIRGACHEFFE “YIRG –Z”: “Yirg-Z” takes 6 minutes to sort up defect beans by hand on conveyer belt per 10kg batch in comparison of other conventional coffees taking only 2 minutes per 24Kg.  Floral and tea notes accentuate the cup.  Medium bodied and delightful brightness softly develop as the cup begins to cool.  Crushed pepper, and dark chocolates also present.