An Italian Coffee Legend Returns to Downtown Portland

Oct 20, 2023 424

ESPRESSO EXPERTcoffee roaster, and cafe owner Andrea Spella first established his reputation with the eponymous downtown Portland coffee cart he opened in 2006. Now after the pandemic, and massive changes in the neighborhood, Spella has once again put roots down in the city center with Spella Caffè, his new flagship that opened October 12. The new Spella is a shoebox-size, Art Deco–style space located at the old Moonstruck Chocolate (608 SW Alder St).

This isn’t Spella’s first downtown brick-and-mortar. The former flagship opened in 2010, just a few blocks away. In 2020, it temporarily shuttered due to the pandemic, and, after a brief reopening, closed for good in late 2022. Spella is optimistic about this space as more workers start to return to downtown offices.

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