Coffee Cowboys and Mocha Maidens

Jim & Patty’s Coffee Shop – Portland, OR

Portland, OR

Drink Recommendation: 16 oz. Soviet Mocha
Food Recommendation: Gingerbread with whipped cream

Generally I don’t approve of walking in a door of an establishment and immediately running into the counter. It’s bad fung shui. It stops the flow of energy into a space. But there is always an exception to the rule. At Jim and Patty’s Coffee Shop on Fremont in Portland. Pushing open the lime green front door and immediately running into a counter full of energetic, smiling, informative and eager employees is a delight, to say the least. This quaint, family owned coffee shop’s cup flows over with a friendly chatter, bubbling in from all corners. Filling your senses with warm smells of freshly baked goods and intensely creative coffee concoctions.
Earning their four stars in creativity Jim and Patty’s Coffee Shop goes, with mochas, like no other mocha makers have gone before. First of all lets talk about the sizes. You can purchase coffee from sizes of an 8oz to 24 oz. 24 oz…. I have never seen such a thing, but Jim and Patty’s Coffee sells them like hotcakes or rather coffee cakes. They are known for their generous portions of sour cream coffee cake. Soft, moist, rich and always fresh, topped with a brown sugar and hazelnut crumb topping. Not being a big nut on desserts fan, i opted for the gingerbread. I was blown away. $2.50 (for the gingerbread) and a 16 oz coffee, coming to the total of $5.90.
Continuing to reach above and beyond……Their coffee collaboration style can only be achieved by a very brave barista; pushing boundaries and taking names…….Such as the Adult Mocha, made with bittersweet chocolate and soy milk. The breava made with freshly squeezed Orange Juice and chocolate shavings. Or the Mocha Loca which has a splash of hot sauce, giving it a slight kick of spice. Then there is my favorite the Soviet Mocha. I was scared at first. The description of bittersweet chocolate mixed with sour cream and a shot of espresso sounded unappetizing to say the least. But in true blogger fashion i pushed forward exploring the unknown, the scary, the unappealing, so you don’t have to. The barista saw my concern and assured me that it was excellent. A quick few minutes later it was done. It was handed over the high counter top by Patty herself. I carried it over to my table, closed my eyes and took my first sip. I was pleasantly surprised. it was absolutely DELICIOUS!!! So creamy, well blended to the perfect combination of sweet, from the chocolate to a mellowed-out tangy cut of the sour cream. I enjoyed every sip.
To think of putting freshly squeezed orange juice, hot sauce or sour cream in a mocha, you would have to be off your rocker. Off their rockers, Maybe? But true geniuses, mixologists and Rock Stars, definitely! My hat is tipped to Jim and Patty’s Coffee shop for taking a big, brave leap forward in the ever drowning sea of boring coffee drinks. Congratulations and thank you for making me be excited about coffee again.
Caffeine Cowboys and Mocha Maidens this one is for you!
(This review was on LeLa’s review blog ‘the sassy server’ in 2007)


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