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Papaccino's - 8 Reviews - 8421 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland, OR - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (503) 452-8859

Papaccino's

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8421 SW Terwilliger Blvd
Portland, OR 97219
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(503) 452-8859
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I had gone a few years ago and the place was not very desirable, but was in the area last friday, and the only other option was starbucks, and didn't want to stoop to fastfood sty...

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I like to support this neighborhood place; its owners are nice people and do a lot of animal rescue, which is to be admired. But here was my experience on a quiet Sunday morning:...

This place is now Bella's Garage/My bad day 6/12/2011

I like to support this neighborhood place; its owners are nice people and do a lot of animal rescue, which is to be admired. But here was my experience on a quiet Sunday morning: A new big-screen TV is on nonstop, although no one is watching, and a new barista had the music up so loud that you couldn't read or work. A big man, he plays in a boomer rock band, and the speakers point toward the customers and not behind the counter so he misjudges how loud the otherwise well-chosen music is. When I asked the female barista if they could take the otherwise very good tunes down a notch, the male barista yelled ""Boooooorrrriiiiiiing!"" And the volume went back up within the next half hour. It seems like this bigger-than-life barista fellow has mistaken the coffeehouse for a personal performance space. He ""entertains"" by loudly singing cover songs while he works and creates a nonstop ""pay attention to me"" presence that veers into the disruptive for customers who seek the normal space to think, work or converse with each other. We frequently couldn't hear each other over his high-volume antics (""You don't KNOW the HONEY-BADGER!? From YouTube?...."" at 15-minute intervals.) For some reason today (at 11 am), this Falstaffian fellow decided he would clean the windows directly next to where my group of three was reading (he's large and basically 1-2 feet away, with mid-riff etc at our head level, rubbing vigorously), and when nicely asked if he might finish up later or when no one was sitting there, he cheerfully (passive-aggressively?) told us he could not stop until he had finished every pane on a floor-to-ceiling, 15-foot-wide roll-up door. Then he came and plopped down in a couch next to us and talked about how tired he was. He revived—only to return, bent on an aggressive and prolonged carpet sweeping around our feet and belongings, despite the lack of any reason or urgent need for cleanup in that area, stirring up a cloud of dust from the wall-to-wall carpet right next to our lattes (on low tables). All three of us, including a nice 85-year-old Dunthorpe lady who was reading a New York Times, asked if he could please clean when customers weren't sitting there. He refused, laughed at us, and said, ""You can get up and help me,"" and ""A little dirt's good for you."" As if to make a point, he then did the most thorough cleaning imaginable within 3-6 feet of our food and reading space, moving the tables and chairs closest to us as if to extend his carpet-sweeping frenzy. I haven't ever seen an employee carpet sweep or vacuum under customers unless there was a spill. This once-comfortable place has just gotten strange lately, or maybe forgotten its manners and the wonderful customer-oriented focus that so many of its past baristas excelled at. This is a place where I used to drop a little gift to my two favorite baristas (different ones over the years) as a thank you at the holidays. Now I feel like a fool when I tip their Sunday crew! more

Good atmoshere, not so good coffee 7/13/2009

I am just visiting from overseas and live down the road, so it is really convenient to where im living, without going to Starbucks.\r I felt really welcome in there and spend alot of time in there using the free wi fi.\r However the coffee is definately not on par. The general flavour of the coffee is average, but it is not made well. I usually buy lattes and they are very watery with a bit of gritty stuff left in the bottom. The milk and froth isnt fluffy and creamy, I just wasnt very impressed.\r \r But as much as the coffee needs a bit of work, the comfy couches and free wi fi do make papas a desirable place to sit down and relax, just dont expect a top notch coffee Pros: Love the atmosphere and free wi fi Cons: Not good coffee more

downhill 3/12/2009

This is after the Winter / Early Spring (09) changeover in ownership. Previously, the coffee was ok, not great, but the location was convenient to me, and I did not want to support the Starbucks across the street (also, their drinks are a bit watery for my tastes). There's a new barista (a guy). I've gotten four or five drinks from him, all mochas. Once, he forgot the espresso. I told him about this the next time I was in, and he gave me 50 cents off my current drink. Pretty ridiculous, since what I received minus the espresso was a hot chocolate - and I don't want a hot chocolate in the morning. He didn't seem to value my repeat business enough to give me what should have been a free drink. Another time, he failed to control the temperature of my drink. As a result A) it scalded my mouth and B) it was oversteamed, which meant that it tasted horrible. That's 2/5 bad espresso drinks = no more visits to Papaccino's. Previous to the change in ownership, the drinks were fine. Pros: It's convenient Cons: Bad barista more

Great Changes 1/12/2009

I had gone a few years ago and the place was not very desirable, but was in the area last friday, and the only other option was starbucks, and didn't want to stoop to fastfood style coffee. I came in the door and was plesently suprised, the atmosphere was very inviting and had good coffee from Portland Roasters. Evidently they changed management last summer and have been making positive changes. \r \r The manager was very helpful and nice, and was focused on me and the other customers, not whipping his employees into shape. Definately a place to stop on the way home when traffic is backed up and you just need to relax for a minute! Pros: Comfy chairs as always, good for a group Cons: Hard to tell it's great from the street sign more

If you only knew.... 4/10/2008

The reason the coffee tastes bad is because it is really really old. Especially the iced coffee. The manager will do anything to save a buck. The employees are treated horribly and therefore dont have the enthusiasm to do great customer service. And if you dont want to chance getting sick I wouldnt eat anything with meat or cheese on it since they dont clean the meat slicer. Just a friendly heads up from someone who knows. ;) Pros: The baristas are genuinly nice people. Thats why they put up with the management. Cons: I wouldnt eat or drink anything from there unless you have a really healthy immune system. more

Comfy chairs but bad coffee 6/29/2007

The good thing about this place is that it has some comfortable chairs which makes it a great place to hang out. The downside is that the coffee is bad. When I first started to to frequent this establishment several years ago, the mocha's were really good. Then things seemed to go downhill. I purchased a regular drip coffee and it was absolutely horrible. I stopped going, but was recently in the area again and decided to check it out. Sorry to say that the coffee was really poor. My girlfriend and I actually asked them to remake our coffee because they both had a really burnt taste to them. The second cup was better, but watery. Another annoyance was that the barista originally forgot to make our coffee and we sat there and waited awhile before going up and asking whether or not they were done. I will not be visiting this coffeeshop again. Pros: Comfy chairs Cons: Bad coffee, Aloof service more

Good neighborhood hangout 3/11/2007

I recently moved to this area from SE, where I was able to indulge in Stumptown on a regular basis. That being said, it was a nice place to hang out. There are many comfortable chairs, a good number of tables. The service was friendly, if a little on the slow side. I'm not a big fan of their coffee though, as I don't enjoy Longbottom coffee. But if I was going somewhere to just relax with a friend, I would recommend this spot. Pros: Ample parking, friendly service Cons: Slow service, Longbottom Coffee more

great place to relax 6/6/2005

If your looking for a great place to just chill out and a enjoy an incredible cup of coffee then papaccinos is your kinda shop. Not only is the coffee great but its so mellow that you can just bring your books in and study or even sleep(I know Ive done it). the girls that work there are also a riot. their so sweet and are hilarious to watch, you can tell that their having a great time so it makes your experience there so much better Pros: great help, yummy coffee and food, really comfortable more
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