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Groundwork Coffee Opening Multiple Portland Shops After Tin Man Acquisition

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Groundwork Coffee in LA. The Portland locations are scheduled to begin opening Sept. 1. Images courtesy of Groundwork Coffee Co.

Los Angeles-based organic roaster/retailer Groundwork Coffee Co. is entering fertile new coffee ground in the Pacific Northwest, preparing three new shops for late summer or fall openings in Portland.

The company has acquired the two locations of Tin Man Coffee Co., a multiroaster cafe business launched earlier this year by native Portlanders Adam Schley and Matthew Peter. The soon-to-be former Tin Man locations — one at 4703 SE Hawthorne Blvd and the other in the George Lawrence Building at 308 SW First Ave — will require minimal design changes, and may open as soon as Sept. 1, Groundwork told Daily Coffee News today.


This past Spring, Groundwork finalized a deal to acquire longtime Portland roaster Kobos Coffee, and the former Kobos roastery will supply the two new Groundwork locations. In addition, the company is renovating and redesigning the Kobos retail space for a third Groundwork Portland location to debut later this fall.

The company operates 11 retail locations, including its North Hollywood roastery, in the Los Angeles area. For design of the Portland locations, Groundwork is partnering with local firm FFA Architecture & Interiors.

Here’s more from Groundwork on what to expect from the first two Portland outposts:

The new shop at 4703 SE Hawthorne Blvd is an inviting and spacious new-construction building with a beautiful reclaimed dark wood façade, sliding garage doors that can be opened wide on warm days, and plenty of seating. In addition to their exceptional coffee and tea, Groundwork on Hawthorne will serve a full menu of locally sourced fresh, house-made pastries, cookies, breakfast items, sandwiches, soups, and salads, plus a wide selection of grab-n-go options.

The second new location is in Portland’s Old Town neighborhood in the beautiful historic George Lawrence Building at 308 SW First Ave. The Historical Class A building constructed in 1902 features classic second renaissance revival architectural detailing, large windows and exposed brick. Groundwork will be serving coffee, pastries and freshly made grab-n-go items from a kiosk with café seating in the building’s elegant lobby.