Sisters Coffee first opened in Sisters Oregon in 1989. It was founded by Winfield & Joy Durham. They were the first Coffee Roasters in Central Oregon. Originally they were mostly wholesale but the business has now expanded and has two coffee shops.
One in Sisters, and the second one in Portland. The business is now run by Justin, Jared, and Jesse Durham (Joy & Winfield’s children).
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Owned and Operated By the Durham Family, the First Coffee Roasters in Central Oregon
One thing is very clear about Sisters Coffee is that they take their coffee seriously and they make regular trips to Coffee Plantations to check on conditions and to maintain a relationship with the producers. One such producer is Aurelio Villatoro in Guatemala who they have worked with since the time of Joy & Winfield.
Customer Reviews Rave About the Staff
Accounts from staff members consistently talk about how well the staff is treated. For example, when the Portland outlet was closed following a fire, it remained shut for five months and they only lost one member of staff. When insurance for business interruption was running out, the owners paid staff out of their own pockets. This seems to pay off because all customer reviews seem to repeat how good the staff are.
Their Coffee is Carefully Selected
The Durhams certainly know their coffee and are building a range of quality single-origin products. One Blend Particularly worthy of note is:
Black Butte Gold
A heavy-bodied blend with Dark Chocolate, Tobacco, and Roasted Almond aftertastes. This coffee originates in the Hortigal Estate in Boquete, Panama. The bean variety is Typica, a variety of Arabica which has a pretty low yield per acre but has a high-quality rating at higher altitudes. This is not a variety that people grow just looking at profit. It is produced by people that care about the coffee.
They Offer Delicious Sausage Breakfast Sandwiches and Vegan Options
A popular menu item in Sisters is the locally sourced sausage breakfast sandwiches that they heat up. they also have Vegan options; avocado and vegetable toasties and will also make coffee with Vegan plant milk drinks.
The Sister’s Cafe is a Big Part of the Community
The cafe is located in a “Lodge Style” building (lots of wood). The outlet has a range of roasted and green coffee beans for sale. They also serve teas and stock a wide range of merchandise.
The cafe is an active participant in local events and is a real community hub. They have an assortment of tables, comfortable chairs by the fireplace and upstairs a study/working area.
The Portland Location Just Recently Reopened
Recently the Portland outlet reopened after a prolonged closure due to fire. The company has taken the opportunity to make big changes and improvements. They tore out the large fireplace and creating more seating upstairs. The bar is a sleek design that allows greater interaction between staff and customers.
Most people who reviewed Sisters Coffee have commented about the high quality of staff and the pleasant atmosphere in both outlets. By their actions regarding staff and developing long term relationships with suppliers, they have shown that the business is about more than just profit. A Highly recommended company.
273 W. Hood Ave. Sisters, OR 97759
1235 NW Marshall St. Portland, OR 97209