Since the loss of Coffee House Cafe I've been searching for my new favorite coffee place downtown. I look for a place that is locally owned, has friendly service, yummy coffee and tasty goodies.
Since I work downtown I had been to the Governor's Cup under the previous owners and after bad service had never gone back. Once I heard they were under new ownership, I decided it was time to try them again.
I always loved the little hole in the wall location, as it's tucked in between two other business. The front window features their coffee roaster and the place gives you the feel of being in on a local secret.
Now the Governor's Cup has been around forever and isn't much of a secret. This morning I had the luck of overhearing the new proprietor getting grilled by a customer. He was asking about the history of the business and how she came to be running the place. As it turns out she had worked there when she was in high school and had always hoped to someday own the place.
I've been there many times over the last few months and she has always been there with a smile on her face happy to serve customers. There are typically two staff on when I'm there, so there can be a line, but the employees' positive attitudes make it no big deal.
They feature bagels and pastries from Marsee Bakery in Portland, quiches from O-Babie Bakery in Keizer, and they roast all their beans in house. My personal favorite is their bagel and lox. It is served open faced and comes on your choice of bagle with tomatoes, onions and capers. Since I have to go back to the office I usually pass on the onions and get extra capers.
I haven't tried the quiche or the parfait since I can't seem to pass up the lox, but I've seen them both go out to other customers and they look great, especially with the beautiful colorful fruit. I appreciate that they are using local suppliers and feature local fruit when they can.
If you haven't been there since the new owners took over, pop in and give them a try. They even have a happy hour from 6pm -9pm!