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Foodies Favorite Finds: Augusto Carneiro, founder of Nossa Familia Coffee

Monday, August 31, 2015



Nossa Familia Coffee founder and CEO’s Augusto Carneiro's relatives have been harvesting beans from their coffee estate in Brazil since 1890.

Nossa Familia Coffee founder and CEO’s Augusto Carneiro's relatives have been harvesting beans from their coffee estate in Brazil since 1890. In 1996, more than 100 years later, Carneiro moved to Portland to earn a degree in engineering and play tennis competitively for the University of Portland Pilots.  

After graduation, Carneiro found life as an engineer to be unfulfilling, so he began plotting a way to combine his love of his family’s business and his personal passion: social responsibility. He decided he could do both by sharing his family’s coffee with the community in Portland and in 2004 he co-founded Nossa Familia (“Our Family” in Portuguese).

He started slowly and unconventionally “without a café, a roaster, a business plan or funds,” jokes Carneiro. He also shares that the initial investment to open the company was $800 to pay for the first FedEx shipment of beans.  Today, Nossa Familia is one of the very few vertically integrated coffee companies in the nation.   

In 2012, Carneiro opened his Pearl District roastery and the Espresso Bar followed in 2013.  He also began expanding beyond the family line by importing and roasting coffees from other families and co-ops in different growing regions of the world.  Today, his coffees can be found in dozens of locations in Portland, including New Seasons, Zupan’s Markets, Grand Central Bakery, Whole Foods Markets, Verde Cocina, Petite Provence and many more. 

In addition to coffee, Augusto’s family raises cattle and chickens as well as grows corn, potatoes, eucalyptus, fruit, rice and beans.  His love of farm fresh foods persists today and is evidenced by his Foodie Find: Fuego Food Cart, which has been in business for more than 20 years – long before “food carts were hip”.

“Like the cooking of my childhood in Brazil, Fuego only uses fresh and unprocessed ingredients.  Each burrito comes with brown rice, black beans, house made salsa, sour cream or yogurt and a choice of several hot sauces – I like to go with the milder salsas, which allow the other flavors to pop.  My favorite burrito is their chicken burrito with fresh guacamole, rice and spinach. Funnily enough, I’m one of very few Brazilians that prefers no beans! 

There are several carts in town, but I go most often to the one nearest my roastery on NW 12th and Hoyt because Laura, the woman who runs it, has a killer smile and a winning attitude.  Great food and positive energy: that’s a combination I can’t resist!”

Nossa Familia Coffee, Roasting & Wholesale 1319 NW Johnson St (503) 719-6605. 

Nossa Familia Coffe, Espresso Bar. 811 NW 13th Ave (503) 719-6605. M-F 7am – 4pm and Saturday & Sunday 8am – 5pm. 


Related Slideshow: 15 Mother’s Day Brunches in Portland

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Portland’s EastBurn restaurant hosts a Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 10th, from 10am - 3pm. This brunch will be excellent for the mothers out there who could really use the chance to kick back and drink $2 mimosas to their heart’s content. 

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EastBurn, 1800 E. Burnside St.(503) 236-2876. Open 11am -2:30pm. 

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Pix Patisserie

If your group has a sweet tooth and an appreciation for the finer things in life, Pix Patisserie is the spot for you. For Mother’s Day, the patisserie serves a special of ten bite-sized treats and sparkling wine. There is also a kid’s version of the special that serves six treats coupled with a nonalcoholic beverage.

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Pix Patisserie, 2225 E. Burnside St. (971) 271- 7166. Open 2pm - 2am. 

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Zoo Brunch

This Mother’s Day, the Oregon Zoo hosts its annual Mother’s Day brunch at the Cascade Crest banquet center. The brunch includes a buffet for all ages and is followed by a tour of the zoo’s favorite families, including the African lioness, Kya, and her three 8 month old cubs. 

Call 503- 525- 4299 for reservations. 

Oregon Zoo, Cascade Crest banquet Center, 4001 SW Canyon Road. Seating for the brunch begins at 9am. 

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Bread & Ink

Bread & Ink Cafe serves up a Mother’s Day Brunch that you won’t forget anytime soon. Enjoy a plate of their signature Chicken and Waffles or have a lighter meal of Lox Benedict. Reservations are going fast for this one, so be sure to call soon.

Click here for reservation details.

Bread & Ink Cafe 3610 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Open at 8am, Sunday - Saturday. 

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One of the best kept secrets in SE Portland, Trinket offers a unique and great brunch menu from Duck Eggs Benedict to their Polenta with Steamed Eggs & Kale. It’s the perfect place to spend mother’s day.

Click here for reserveration details. 

Trinket, 2035 Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. Brunch, 8am to 3:30pm.

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Brix Taven

Brix Tavern celebrates Mother’s Day with a buffet brunch and Bottomless Mimosas. If that’s not a way to show your mom you love her, I don’t know what is.

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Brix Tavern, 1338 NW Hoyt St., (503) 943-5995. Open 11am - 12am. 

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Down to Earth Cafe

Located in Portland’s picturesque Multnomah Village, Down to Earth Café is a great option for an affordable yet delicious Mother’s Day Brunch. Try out some of the café’s delicious French toast with a mimosa on the side. 

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Down to Earth Café, 7828 SW 35th Ave.(503) 452-0196. Open 8am - 3pm. Dinners are for private parties only, call to reserve.

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Portland Spirit

If you want to actually help your special momma “get away" for Mother's Day, you might want to make a reservation aboard the Portland Spirit. The Portland Spirit offers a brunch cruise, a dinner cruise, and a special gorge dinner cruise. This is a great option for an unconventional yet still elegant Mother’s Day meal.

Click here for reservation details.

The Portland Spirit, boarding locations vary, (503) 224-3900. Times vary from 9am - 930pm. 

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Chart House Restaurant

If your mother, or the woman you’re celebrating, loves seafood and a great view. Chart House Restaurant is a great choice for brunching in style on Mother’s Day.

Click here for reservation details. 

Chart House Restaurant, 5700 SW Terwilliger Blvd, (503) 246-6963. Open 11:30am - 9:30pm. 

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Henry's 12th St. Tavern

Henry’s 12th Street Tavern keeps the mommas of Portland happy all day long by offering brunch in the early part of the day and a special dinner in the evening. The restaurant celebrates both Saturday and Sunday for those of us who like to celebrate a day early, or all weekend long for that matter. 

Click here for reservation details.

Henry’s 12th Street Tavern, 10th NW 12th Ave., (503) 227-5320. Open 11:00am - 12:00am. 

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HopCity Tavern & Market

The Hilton’s HopCity Tavern & Market, the former Bistro 921, kicks off the Mother’s Day celebration with a bottomless champagne fountain, live jazz, and delicious cuisine. 

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HopCity Tavern & Market located inside Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, 921 SW Sixth Ave. (503) 220-2565. Open 6:30am - 11:30pm. 

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Irving Street Kitchen

Rumor has it, Irving St. Kitchen has the best Bloody Mary’s in rip city. So grab your mama and bring her down to the Pearl District for a delicious and nutritious Mother’s Day.

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Irving Street Kitchen. 701 NW 13th Ave. (503) 343-9440. Open for brunch from 10am - 2:30pm. 

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Sur La Table

Maybe that maternal person in your life would like more than just an average brunch. If so, the cooking class at Sur La Table might be the best option for a Mother’s Day celebration. Together, you will learn to make chocolate dipped delicacies and other sumptuous treats. 

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Sur La Table, 1101 NW Couch St. Sunday, May 10, 10am - 12:30pm.

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Keeping things local, Bluehour serves a Mother’s Day brunch that features Oregon’s ripe and delicious spring produce. Portlandia’s mothers will love this unique menu made especially for the holiday.

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Bluehour, 250 NW 13th Ave. (503)226-3394. Normal hours are M - F 11:30am - 2:30pm, with a special Mother’s day opening. 

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Olympia Provisions

Both Olympia Provisions’ locations will serve a unique Mother’s Day meal. Give a toast to your mom using the restaurant’s signature rhubarb  mimosas and enjoy a tasty meal from their classic brunch menu.

Click here for reservation details.

Olympia Provisions. 1632 NW Thurman St. (503) 894 - 8136. SE location is at 107 SE Washington St. (503) 954-3663. Open Sunday, 10am - 10pm.


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