The location is an interesting choice: the little coffee bar was previously operated by excellent Eastside roaster Heart, but the operation lasted only months, and has been empty since April. According to Sprudge, Maglia Rosa will serve single origin espresso using Stumptown beans, competing directly with the Ace Hotel Stumptown about a block away (though Stumptown seems fine with this, tweeting about it on Thursday). It will keep the same hours as West Endâ10 am-7 pm weekdays, and 10-6 pm Saturdaysâthus missing the pre-work crowd.
Still, we wish Maglia Rosa well. Launching in summer means it can really take advantage of the "bike-through" curbside coffee service, which is its biggest selling point over downtown's other top coffee shops.