Kainos Serves Coffee with a Conscience

As many Roseway neighbors long observed, our neighborhood seemed to be about the only one in Portland without a dedicated espresso joint. No longer.

Marten Boyden opened the doors to his bright coffee shop at Northeast 67th and Sandy Boulevard on Nov. 1, 2016, with business building ever since. Kainos (“Kai-” rhymes with “hi,” and “-nos” rhymes with “dos,” or Spanish for “two”) is the Greek word for improvement or, as Boyden says, “better than what came before.”

A native of The Dalles, Boyden worked at Pizzeria Otto and Pip’s

Original Donuts before opening Kainos, which now has four employees. Before that, Boyden lived in Austin, Texas, and traveled the world, including living with gypsies in central Bulgaria.

His love of travel led to a two-week trip in 2012 to the Philippines with a friend he’d met in Austin. After time spent south of Manila and connecting with local people, Boyden returned to the United States with the feeling that “I need to do more. I need to give back.”

“You Drink, Kids Eat” says a poster on the wall at Kainos; those kids also get a roof over their heads. Purchases of food and beverages at Kainos support the efforts of the LifeChild Asia Foundation in Silang, the Philippines, where so far 21 homeless kids between the ages of 3 and 12 are housed.

Further proving that doing good and doing business aren’t mutually exclusive, Boyden contracts with local outfit VilleVelo, at 15th and Prescott, for baked goods, and takes his beans to the do-it-yourself roasting facility Buckman Coffee Factory, in Southeast.

Outdoor seating opened just in time for summer, and on a recent Friday afternoon found plenty of takers who, like the patrons inside, were taking a break in the cheerful oasis beside busy Sandy Boulevard. The light-filled space also brightens lives on the other side of the world, with, as Boyden says, its mission to “take a child out of the dump and give them a way out.”

Kainos Coffee Co., 6633 N.E. Sandy Blvd., 512-992-8249, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

A regular feature written by Roseway Neighborhood Association board member Margaret Davis, Roseway Works profiles the businesses that help make our neighborhood unique.

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