2181 NW Nicolai Street
Portland, OR 97210
When Ristretto Roasters founder Din Johnson first thought about roasting coffee in Portland, he made a scouting visit to Coffee Bean International’s massive warehouse in industrial Northwest Portland. Five years later, the building had been bought by Schoolhouse Electric, whose owner, a longtime Ristretto customer, said, Hey, Din, want to open a Ristretto here? If you can show us a more gorgeous café, we will buy… a coffee! Come take a look at the solid wood old-growth beams, experience the trains flying past the rear windows, and ogle the fixtures on the Schoolhouse showroom floor.