Travelers to the Versailles of bookstores, Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Ore., might find themselves needing a browsing respite in the largest independent book store in the United States. Acquiesce then to the World Cup Coffee and Tea House, situated right in the heart of the store. While noshing on the classic tomes of knowledge that surround you, you can also snack on delectable sandwiches and pastries and imbibe various coffees and teas.
You won’t run out of things to peruse in their aisles. When the aroma of World Cup’s roasting room catches your nose, you may find yourself distracted from your book surfing and instead perusing their large coffee collection. From beans to bean grinders to brewing — it’s like a tour unto itself to see how much goes into making the perfect cup of coffee.
And it would be remiss not to mention their teas, chai being a local favorite. "Their lattes have a great spicy flavor to them," said one pleased customer.
They also have a wide variety of black, green, and herbal teas that are sure to give your taste buds something to do while you read in the cozy café surroundings. Snack on a pastry, take in your favorite authors, and let the warmth of your beverage fill you as you check out what’s going on their flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi.
All in all, Powell’s is a metropolis of literature. If you’re looking for a lazy afternoon retreat from the city outside, where you can get lost in the pages of great writers (as well as publish and print your own literature in the store), you will really enjoy the ambiance of a time-honored café. World Cup Coffee and Tea House in the heart of Powell’s is the perfect retreat.