Spella Caffe


Spell Cafe

Spella Caffe

[Update 10/2010 – Spella Cart is now closed. Find them at their cafe on SW5th]

Location: SW 9th and Alder


Spella Cafe is considered one of the best espresso carts in the city. Spella has been noted in numerous publications for the quality of their roast and artisanship of the preparation. I have been to Spella many times over the past few years – mostly to enjoy a quick doppio or maybe an Americano. When the draw is that good, I just don’t want to change it up with milk or sugar. Straight up espresso for me people.

Espresso @ Spella Caffe

Espresso @ Spella Caffe

Andrea and Amanda of Spella are great people. They welcome you with a smile and ask about your day. Just what you want on a cold rainy Portland morning. The magic of Spella is from Andrea Spella’s history with coffee. Andrea Spella roasts his own coffee once a week – enough for his flagship cart, some retail accounts and to sell to customers. There is no stale coffee beans in this joint. The mix of fresh roasted beans and the attention to detail when pulling the espresso makes for a perfect shot with just the right amount of crema.

Andrea Spella is expanding. In the coming month, they will open up an indoor space down on SW 5th and Alder. That is a great food cart success story. Spella coffee does offer up all types of coffee drinks and gelato in the warmer months, so head on down there, have a great coffee and tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.

[This post was updated in October of 2009. If you would like to read more about Spella, Portland Food and Drink has a wonderful article and interview with Andrea Spella – Read More Here]

Sample Menu:

  • Espresso – $1.75
  • Macchiato – $2
  • Cappuccino – 8oz: $2.75; 12oz: $3
  • Coffee – $1.25 to $1.75
  • Latte – 12oz: $3; 16oz: $3.25

Hours: Mon-Fri 9AM to 4PM
Spella Caffe