It’s the world’s favorite beverage. It’s what keeps all of us awake and moving. It’s coffee and we can’t live without it. Luckily, Hood River is home to a plethora of incredible, independent coffee shops and roasters!
To prove it to you, we rounded up some of our favorite places to get caffeinated in our incredible city. So skip the Starbucks this morning and stop by one of these locally owned coffee shops instead!
For more than 15 years, 10 Speed Coffee Bar has been serving delicious coffee drinks and pastries in the Hood River area. Their story began when they opened their doors right next to a local bicycle shop, quickly becoming a social hub for the cycling and coffee community. That’s why a percentage of every purchase still goes towards sponsoring local riders, events and national races! Today, many know them as a quintessential Hood River coffee stop, serving up in-house roasted coffee along with items like breakfast burritos, pitas and more.
When you picture “kid-friendly” destinations, a coffee shop usually isn’t the first thing to come to mind. But at Dog River Coffee, they not only welcome kids, but they love having them! With a dedicated kid play space and scrumptious hot chocolate ready with a dollop of whipped cream, Dog River is about to be your new favorite family hot-spot. And that doesn’t mean they don’t have much to offer for adults! This quaint cafe is also a great spot to get some work done on your laptop, have a meeting or relax with a beer—yes, beer!—from the tap.
Nestled downtown, Doppio Coffee is a destination for those looking for a quick cup of Joe before work, a quiet place to do some homework, or a great spot for people watching in the afternoon! In addition to a wide range of coffee drinks and smoothies, they also offer plenty of breakfast and lunch items like egg sandwiches, avocado toast, granola, fresh sandwiches, salads and more. And you definitely don’t want to miss their array of freshly baked pastries like muffins, scones and croissants that change flavors with the seasons.
Photo courtesy of Ground Espresso Bar & Cafe
In 2008, the airline where Carin Agren had worked as a flight attendant for 10 years filed for bankruptcy. Finding herself unemployed, Carin decided to find a new career—and owning a coffee shop seemed like just the ticket. She purchased Ground, started roasting her own coffee, and more than 10 years later, business is still booming! So head downtown and get a taste of what has made Ground so successful over the years: great coffee, delicious small plates and an amazing staff.
When you’re in a hurry and need a delicious cup of coffee ASAP, Java Drive Thru is the spot for you. This drive-thru and walk-up coffee shop serves hot, iced and blended drinks along with fresh breakfast burritos, stuffed croissants and yummy pastries 5 a.m.-5 p.m. every single day. They are always coming up with new tasty concoctions and creations—like infused Red Bull—so be sure to follow them on Facebook to stay on top of it all.
Photo courtesy of Mugs Coffee
Located down the river in Bingen, Mugs Coffee is more than just a coffee shop. They are a home away from home, complete with cozy chairs, friendly baristas and giant, adorable dogs that are always there to greet you when you arrive. They serve a full line of espresso drinks and coffee using their own Mugs Blend locally roasted by Pacific Rim Coffee. They also offer freshly baked goods that are either made in house or delivered by neighborhood favorite, Sweet Things by Julie, along with a full breakfast and lunch menu. Stop in for a morning start or an afternoon pick-me-up—their amazing staff (and pups!) will be waiting for you.
While Pine Street Bakery is first and foremost a bakery, they also offer a wide variety of coffee and espresso drinks that definitely warrant a mention on this list! They use Nossa Familia Coffee to make their drinks, which is responsibly sourced and sustainably roasted in Portland, along with tea from Good Medicine Tea, Steven Smith Teamaker, Metolius Artisan Tea and Columbia Gorge Organic. Visit and enjoy a tasty sandwich or salad, grab a loaf of bread for later, or make it your go-to spot for breakfast every morning! You can find all of their current specials and menus on their Facebook page.
Conveniently located in downtown historic Hood River, Remedy Cafe serves exciting and healthy organic juices, breakfast, lunch bowls, plates, burritos, and smoothies along with espresso and hot drinks! In addition to the classic Americanos and lattes we’ve become accustomed to, Remedy Cafe puts a healthy spin on espresso, crafting drinks like Kale Lattes, Golden Milk, Zen Lattes and more. Click here to peruse their menu and to order ahead before you visit!
Photo courtesy of STOKED Roasters + Coffeehouse
Deemed “the official coffee of the outdoors,” STOKED is all about crafting delicious coffee that also happens to be sustainably roasted and responsibly sourced. They boast six signature blends along with seasonal creations so you can try something new every time you visit! Their bright and open coffee shop is one of our favorite places to relax in town but STOKED coffee was really made to be enjoyed on a hike, in a kayak, or on a simple walk around the Gorge. So pick up a bag or a cup of the good stuff today and get ready for an amazing adventure!
It’s a brew-tiful day for a great cup of coffee!
Let us know which Hood River coffee shop is your favorite in the comments!